Pete Dunne won the United Kingdom Championship back in 2017, just months after the inaugural United Kingdom Tournament which launched the UK as a brand.
Whilst the last two years have seen the United Kingdom brand pushed into NXT and overlooked throughout, finally, the NXT UK brand has been launched and there are now more Championships available to the United Kingdom based stars.
NXT UK presents their first ever Takeover event this Saturday live from Blackpool the city that hosted the first-ever United Kingdom Tournament back in 2017 where Pete Dunne will be defending his Championship against Joe Coffey.
Ahead of the show, NXT UK Tweeted the following, which is proof that the odds are definitely stacked against Coffey this weekend.
Pete Dunne has defended against some of the biggest stars on NXT over the past two years including Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole, Ricochet and even the first-ever United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate.
Dunne was later forced to defend his Championship against 2018 United Kingdom winner Zack Gibson, something that Dunne took in his stride as he continued to put together a record-setting reign that now stands at an impressive 600 days, dating all the way back to NXT Takeover: Chicago in 2017.
The Bruiserweight is on the cusp of a two year title reign but he needs to overcome the threat of Joe Coffey this weekend if he has any hopes of further cementing his name in the history books.
The fact that Dunne has been able to reign his division for so long proves that the company thinks highly of him as Champion and it means that the person that succeeds him will have to be someone very special.