Tyler Bate Returns On WWE NXT UK
His first appearance since April...
Tyler Bate made his first appearance on WWE TV since April 2 last night and returned to NXT UK.
The Big Strong Boi appeared on the debut edition of Noam Dar's Supernova Sessions and congratulated A-Kid on winning the Heritage Cup. Bate said he wished he was a part of the tournament, though, which caused Dar to try and stir up issues between the two men. Bate and A-Kid deflected Dar's comments to some extent, but they agreed to go one on one for the cup in the main event.
Bate picked up the first fall in the third round, but A-Kid went on to win the next two falls to retain the cup. The former NXT Tag Team Champion appeared to be disappointed with the loss, but he shook A-Kid's hand and raised his arm after the match.
Bate didn't immediately return to NXT UK after the brand started airing new episodes in September. When asked about Bate's status last month by SPORF Wrestling, Trent Seven said his tag team partner had been doing "a little bit of soul searching."
Seven said: "Yeah, I've spoke to him obviously here and there and you know, been around to his house and met up with him and stuff and you know, this year has been incredibly complex for everyone, you know what I mean? I feel like no matter who you are in the wrestling industry, the year 2020 has taken a bit of a toll on you. So there's a big part of it where he's had to... he's had to do a little bit of soul searching. He's had to go have a look at how he spent his money, how he lives his life, how he - the time he spends away from wrestling, what kind of influences is Tyler Bate looking at to improve his life, you know what I mean?
"There's so many little aspects of things that - and we have to remember and we have to remind ourselves, this guy is 22-years old. He won the UK Championship at the age of 19. That's not a normal life for anyone. There are no 19-year olds on the planet that are WWE champions. It's career-defining, and I think a lot of responsibility and a lot of power got put on Tyler's shoulders at such a young age and I feel like that's the point of this last year is him learning how to deal with that and like, him learning how to cope with the fame and how to cope with the pressure and how to cope with the limelight so, yeah. He's been okay man. But, it's a humongous learning curve for someone at the age of 22 to learn going into being a WWE Champion."
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription