- The Heritage Cup will be on the line on next week's episode of NXT UK.
WWE has announced that Tyler Bate will defend his Heritage Cup Championship against Jack Starz on NXT UK next Thursday. It will be Bate's first defense of the Heritage Cup since defeating A-Kid to become champion last month.
On last week's NXT UK, video aired of Bate and Starz training together in a ring at the UK Performance Center. Bate said he's watched Starz over the last few weeks and has been impressed by him. Bate offered Starz a Heritage Cup Championship match, but Starz said he wanted to feel like he's earned the title shot.
Bate said he thinks Starz has earned it and told him the offer was on the table. Dave Mastiff was also at the Performance Center and told Starz that he's earned it and shouldn't turn down the opportunity.
A video package hyping up the Heritage Cup Championship match for next Thursday then aired this week. Bate said Starz's work ethic is unparalleled and he's well-respected. Bate said that's why he chose to face Starz in his first Heritage Cup Championship defense.
Starz called Bate one of the best wrestlers in the world and reflected on being backstage when Bate became the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion in 2017. Starz claimed that he had more tryouts than anyone else in WWE history but was repeatedly told no. Starz said he refused to give up. Starz said all of his hard work will pay off next week.
Here's the full list of what's been announced for next Thursday's NXT UK:
- Heritage Cup Champion Tyler Bate defends against Jack Starz
- A-Kid vs. Jordan Devlin
- NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura will appear
- A video also aired on this week's NXT UK hyping that a wrestler named "Blair Davenport" is coming to the brand. An unidentified woman was shown signing an NXT UK contract in the video. When she'll be debuting wasn't revealed.
WWE filed a trademark for the name Blair Davenport last month.
The teaser video is available to watch below: