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Figure Four Weekly 1/16/2017: WWE's path forward in the United Kingdom


While the specifics of what's to come remain uncertain, it was clear as Tyler Bate stood in the ring alongside Triple H, William Regal, Finn Balor, and Fit Finlay at the conclusion of the United Kingdom Championship tournament that WWE has a legitimate path forward in the country.

Bate closed out two straight nights at Blackpool's Empress Ballroom by defeating Pete Dunne in an excellent main event to become the inaugural WWE UK Champion. It was a match so good that it left no doubt that the two were the right choice to close what was one of the best shows WWE has produced in recent memory.

There were indications early on that Bate and Dunne would be two of the most heavily featured wrestlers in the tournament. They were among the most well known competitors to fans before it even started. And much of the first night of the tournament was built around them.

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