Wednesday Wrestling Review: Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate NXT Takeover Chicago
Admittedly I watch a lot of wrestling....a lot. But the match between Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate from NXT Takeover Chicago is among the best matches I've seen.
I've contemplated doing something along the lines of reviewing some different matches or showcasing different companies from around the world. I figured we'd give it a shot and see how much interest there is.
This past Saturday (May 20), NXT held another Takeover show in front of a crazy Chicago crowd. Chicago always provides one of the best atmospheres for a wrestling show. One of the matches featured a WWE United Kingdom Championship match between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne.
The first time I saw both Dunne and Bate wrestle was on the WWE Network's United Kingdom Championship Tournament special this past January. Dunne stood out with his personality, while Bate showcased his wrestling skill on his way to be crowned as the first champion. Fast forward to Wrestlemania weekend, I had the chance to see both guys live at a Progress Wrestling show. I left that show knowing what they could do.
The issue heading into the show on Saturday night was that the country only had a glimpse of what they could do. They were kind of an afterthought on the card in comparison to Hideo Itami vs. Bobby Roode and the ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Titles.
Them being in the back seat didn't last long. Everyone was talking about the United Kingdom Championship match following the show.
In a matter of 15 minutes, Bate and Dunne proved that they didn't just belong...they proved that they are among the best in the world. The two went strike for strike, hold for hold, and told a story in the ring that was unmatched by almost everything this year. The Chicago crowd gave them two standing ovations DURING the match, and again after the match concluded. That's not something that is seen every day.
Consider the show stolen.
For me, this is easily a 5-star classic and contender for Match of the Year. I've already gone back and watched the match three times in the last week. It's that good. The only competition that it has so far for that Match of the Year statement is Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada from Wrestle Kingdom 11 back in January. Better yet, I'd say they're about equal and among some of the greatest matches of all-time. No joke.
Rating: ***** (Must see, instant classic)
How to watch: On the WWE Network