Former Forge Student Becomes A Wrestling Champion

Last night, Tyler Bate became a WWE champion at the age of just 19 after winning the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in Blackpool.

The Dudley-born youngster and former student at Ormiston Forge Academy showed all the potential for a superstar future as he defeated Pete Dunne in the final in front of a raucous crowd at the Empress Ballroom.

Bate is a charming, charismatic, standout young performer who captivates British crowds and showed he is one of the brightest talents in the game. He beat Ireland’s Jordan Devlin and Scotland’s Wolfgang, the Insane Championship Wrestling heavyweight champion, to reach the final, where he and Dunne put on an entertaining bout.

The thrilling 16-man, two-day tournament, played out live on the WWE Network which has nearly two million subscribers, concluded with a Tyler Drive on the ‘Bruiserweight’ Dunne in front of a wild crowd in Blackpool for the 1-2-3, before Bate was given the belt by Triple H.

Present and past British wrestling legends William Regal, Fit Finlay and Finn Balor were in the ring as Bate, who despite his age has competed in hundreds of bouts, received his title.

WWE executive and 14-time World Champion, Paul “Triple H” Levesque said, “At 19 years old, who doesn’t think Tyler Bate is the future of this industry? Congratulations!

Addressing the crowd on the microphone after the show had finished, Bate, a former gymnast, said: “The people who really deserve this are all of you people. All of you people who support British wrestling and made this possible tonight. Without you people here there would be no UK Championship. I’d like to thank everyone in the ring [the fellow competitors had made their way down the aisle], all you people, my parents that have driven me all around the country for the last five years just so I can do what I love now. I’d like to thank my friends that supported me through all of this right now, and I’d like to thank all of you people for coming out and supporting British wrestling.

Andrew Burns, Principal of Ormiston Forge Academy, said of Tyler’s WWE UK Championship win: “We are all incredibly proud of Tyler’s achievement last night. He’s shown that age and where you come from isn’t a barrier to success. He’ll inspire Forge students and he’ll inspire young people all over the world, wherever he goes. He’s worked hard and is a leading light for bright young talent from this area. Congratulations Tyler.

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