Pete Dunne def. Danny Burch - WWE U.K. Championship Match
It was to be a showdown pitting one of the forefathers of British Strong Style against a champion who has taken it to new heights. The sadistic Pete Dunne zeroed in on Danny Burch’s figures, delivering excruciating pain to his opponent as he bent The Governor’s digits back on both hands. Burch escaped with an overhead toss, only to get clocked with a forearm shot from Dunne off the break. Burch attempted the Crossface, but Dunne would escape to the outside, dragging the challenger along with him in order to hit an X-Plex onto the ring apron.
Back in the ring, Dunne again went to work on his challenger’s hand before unleashing a vicious kick to Burch’s arm and trapping it in a tucked wristlock with the leg.
But Burch was patient, and he powered back with a series of powerful chops, kicks and strikes, taking Dunne off his feet with a dropkick off the ropes before laying him out completely with a powerbomb and a brutal knee to the jaw.
Dunne took back control with another huge forearm and went right back to his attack to his opponent’s arm both inside and outside the ring. But when the titleholder tried to stomp Burch’s arm into the ring steps, Burch moved, dropped Dunne onto the steps and followed up with a devastating German Suplex onto the ringside floor.
Returning to the squared circle, Dunne attempted to lock in the Triangle, but he was met with Burch picking him up with incredible strength and hurling Dunne into the corner. From there, the battle moved to the turnbuckle, where Dunne prevented himself from taking the full effects of Burch’s German Suplex off the ropes by turning his body so he landed on his face. Both men struggled to their feet off that high-flying maneuver and immediately reengaged each other.
Dunne executed an X-Plex into the armbar, which Burch reserved into the Crossface, only to have The BruiserWeight reverse it for a near pin. Dunne escaped the German only to run full speed into Burch’s running clothesline. Dunne came right back to the arm, holding it as he unleashed kick after kick and stomp after stomp. Just went it looked like the end was near, however, Burch stood right up in defiance and hit Dunne with a massive headbutt/DDT combination that gave him another near fall.
In the final moments, Burch locked in the Crossface yet again, but Dunne escaped the hold by going to the face and followed up with the Bitter End. Burch astonishingly kicked out, only to find himself hooked in the Triangle, with Dunne twisting his arms back until he had no choice but to tap out to the champion.