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This week we are going to cover former WWE United Kingdom and NXT Tag Team Champion, Tyler Bate. Tyler was born on March 7, 1997, in Netherton, West Midlands, England. Yes, 1997. He was trained by Dave Mastiff and one of his future tag team partners, Trent Seven. Tyler made his pro wrestling debut in September of 2012 for the now-defunct company, Great Bear Promotions. Despite his youth, Tyler Bate is already a well-traveled wrestler. He’s competed all over the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and now the world with WWE. Since his debut, he’s worked for many promotions, such as Attack! Pro Wrestling, Fight Club: PRO, Triple X Wrestling, Kamikaze Pro, AMP Wrestling, Southside Wrestling Entertainment (SWE), HOPE Wrestling, Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (SWA), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Westside Extreme Wrestling (wXw), Preston City Wrestling (PCW), CHIKARA, PROGRESS, and of course WWE.
With his hybrid combination of his gymnastic background with strong style, he has definitely contributed to the reignition of the British Wrestling scene. Tyler is a member of the tag team Moustache Mountain with Trent Seven; as well as part of the group of British Strong Style with Seven and his sometimes rival, Pete Dunne. His and Pete’s rivalry started in the finals of the WWE UK Championship tournament. It has since followed them beyond WWE but hasn’t appeared to affect the British Strong Style faction.
Most recently dubbed the b i g s t r o n g b o i, it’s definitely not just a clever nickname with unique spacing. Tyler recently set a new personal lift record of 264 kilograms, or approximately 582 pounds, or 2 of the PROGRESS World Champion, WALTER. Tyler’s crazy amount of strength combined with his gymnastic background and all-around athleticism is what sets him apart. He stands at a respectable 5’7 and is billed at 175 pounds or 79 kilograms. With his new personal best being 264 kilograms, that’s just over three times his body weight! In the ring, Tyler can do it all. He can execute incredible feats of strength and power moves, employ an aerial offense and has a solid mat wrestling game. Combine all of that with his charisma and fun-loving personality, Tyler is a guaranteed superstar.
While he may be best known as a tag team wrestler to some, he has also had great success as a singles wrestler. He was the very first WWE UK Champion, and one of the youngest ever WWE champions at age 19. More recently, he is set to challenge WALTER at PROGRESS’ Hello Wembley for the PROGRESS World Championship.
Arguably the best thing about Tyler Bate is that he is only 21 years old. He will continue to be a force in the wrestling world for many years to come. And he will probably only get even better. One thing is for certain though, this b i g s t r o n g b o i isn’t going anywhere, any time soon.