WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. Tyler Bate

Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne - WWE United Kingdom Championship Match: WWE NXT, Dec. 20, 2017

The BruiserWeight defends his WWE U.K. Championship against longtime adversary Tyler Bate. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

You might think it’d be impossible for Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate to live up to their unforgettable WWE U.K. Title Match at TakeOver: Chicago — a mesmerizing battle that WWE.com deemed the best match of the half-year — and you’d be wrong.

With less than a fortnight remaining in 2017, The BruiserWeight and “Textbook” Tyler gave the NXT Universe one more classic to savor, and, just like in Chicago, Dunne stood tall as the champion, barely, at the end of the breathtaking match.

Full Sail Live watched in awe as the contest evolved from a brilliant mat-wrestling clinic to a smash-mouth brawl. All the while, Dunne indulged his most sadistic tendencies, clawing the wunderkind’s face and stomping his fingers out of joint. Refusing to give in, Bate not only endured the beating but gave it back in kind, using his raw strength to toss The BruiserWeight with suplexes (including an exploder off the ropes) and scoring a near-fall off of his favorite move, the Tyler Driver ’97.

Bate was undone by his decision to pull out all the stops and attempt one final high-risk attack, a release German superplex. Remarkably, Dunne flipped out of the move, landed on his feet and quickly latched on the Bitter End to send Bate plummeting to the mat. The three-count was academic at that point.

It was far from easy, but Dunne again proved that even his toughest foe will have to rethink his game plan if he wants to remove the WWE U.K. Championship from around Dunne’s waist.

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