685 Days. And not one day more.
We have a new United Kingdom champion for the first time in nearly two years, and only the third time in the history of the belt.
Pete Dunne employed a logical strategy to his UK title defense against WALTER. He targeted this legs to counteract the big Austrian’s size advantage, worked the fingers to take away his legendary chops, and used his speed to land offense of his own.
He weathered a flurry to lock in a heel hook, but WALTER turned it into a Boston crab. He caught a clubbing blow and manipulated a digit, only to get booted to the floor. But when the Ring General demanded Dunne get up and fight him, he made a mistake. A flurry sent the challenger to the floor, and a springboard moonsault followed. The Bruiserweight stayed in the driver’s seat, straight through to a double stomp from the top to the outside of the ring.
They traded powerbombs and lots & lots of strikes, but Dunne wasn’t able to force too many pinning predicaments, and WALTER couldn’t keep the champ down. The champion was able to do a lot of damage to his opponent’s fingers, though, and appeared to have a cardio advantage as the match wore on.
When he finally connected with his Bitter End finisher, it looked like Dunne’s reign would continue. But one more exchange of strikes led to a release super-powerbomb by WALTER.
That was followed by a splash, and the king was dead.
Long live the king.
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