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Trent Seven on his untraditional route to the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament
Sporting what is arguably wrestling’s greatest mustache, Trent Seven might be the best representation of what to expect on January 14 & 15 in the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament. Not only is the Wolverhampton native one of the most highly acclaimed wrestlers competing in WWE’s groundbreaking 16-man tournament, but he’s also an early favorite to win it all with his trademark offense known as “British Strong Style.”
Thanks to his unusual path to the ring, the 35-year-old grappler also is in the unique position of being one of the tournament’s most seasoned competitors, while not being slowed down by the typical wear and tear of other wrestlers his age. As a result, we could very well be looking at the very first WWE United Kingdom Champion. Oh, and did we mention he has a magnificent mustache?
WWE.COM: What is the main difference that WWE fans will see in the British wrestling style in the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament?
TRENT SEVEN: I think they’re going to see a good mix of styles. Hold for hold, British wrestlers could be the best in the world. But, as far as entertainment level, I think it’s going to be something new for them. It’s going to be something British fans and U.K. fans have had for a long time now and I think it’s time for U.S. fans to have a piece of that beautiful English pie.
WWE.COM: You started wrestling at an older age. What made you decide to get into wrestling when you did?
SEVEN: I had always been a fan of wrestling, ever since I had been a young man, as pretty much everyone who’s in the industry says. The difference with my story is, I didn’t chase it as much as I thought I wanted it at the age where I should’ve, so to speak. I went out and moved out of my home, lived away and worked all over the country. I had a great time, lived a great life, then came back and settled down. I thought that was the thing for me, but realized very quickly that it wasn’t for me. Luckily, in 2009 a bunch of friends said, “Let’s have another pop at that wrestling” and I said, “Yeah, sounds like a good idea.”
WWE.COM: Did you expect to reach this level so quickly?
SEVEN: Over the course of the last five to six years, things have sky rocketed. It’s not the most traditional way of getting into professional wrestling or getting to the stages where the WWE’s big, beautiful, rich eyes are looking at me. But, they’re looking at me and I have no regrets. I’m not going to look back over my shoulder, instead let’s just keep going and ride the crest of the wave.
WWE.COM: Do you think being where you are now in your career gives you an advantage in the tournament?
SEVEN: I actually think it does. And that’s just not your typical fighting talk. I’m being genuinely serious about this. There is a huge age range featured in this tournament. I think there’s people as young as 19-years-old and then there’s me at 35-years-old. However, I’ve only been physically competing as a wrestler for the past five to six years. As far as my body goes, it’s in pretty much top nick.
WWE.COM: Some WWE fans in the WWE Universe might know you more as a tag team wrestler in PROGRESS Wrestling or CHIKARA alongside Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. Are you looking forward to the opportunity to stand out on a bigger scale as a singles wrestler?
SEVEN: Definitely. Don’t get me wrong, there will be absolutely no love lost if our paths cross during the stages of this tournament, which hopefully they do. However, as three of the top 16 wrestlers in the country, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be able to tag with both of them through various companies over various continents.
WWE.COM: What do you think the WWE Universe should expect from the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament?
SEVEN: Sixteen men that you may never have seen before will be making sure everything they’ve got is left in the middle of the ring. And as cheesy as that sounds, maybe it’s the thing that will make everyone who hasn’t turned into British wrestling yet take a serious, serious look at it. Because, we’re not the market leader, we’re not the biggest, but we’re out to prove that we’re the best.