Backstage news on Pete Dunne's status

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Backstage news on Pete Dunne's status

In the Friday Night Smackdown edition aired on Friday night, WWE has seen fit to debut its former NXT athlete, Pete Dunne, on the main roster, alongside Sheamus and Ridge Holland, in an all-European stable. The three heels were the protagonists of a segment backstage, where the two athletes of the main roster presented their friend who had arrived to join forces with them and then took part in a tag-team match against the New Day, where Big E was, however, he is unfortunately injured, going to break two cervical vertebrae with a move he suffered outside the ring.

What had caused the most hype, before the injury of the former WWE Champion, was the change of name that the WWE had wanted to leave to its former NXT duo champion, Pete Dunne, who became the main roster Butch, with Sheamus and Ridge Holland who they named their ally.

The latest news on Pete Dunne

Tommaso Ciampa and former NXT UK Champion Pete Dunne are still listed as members of the developmental brand within WWE. Their future within the company has been the subject of speculation since the show was rebranded to NXT 2.0.

Needless to say, in the minutes immediately following Butch's presentation to the general public, WWE's social media were stormed by fans of the company, who criticized this choice by the WWE, with some athletes having their say.

also online. Apparently, according to what was reported by the microphones of Fightful Select, several sources inside the WWE revealed several hours before Smackdown to reporters of the well-known American newspaper, that something "very stupid" would be broadcast on the blue show.

This nonsense was obviously related to Dunne's name change, with several of Pete's fellow athletes, who in fact found this change to be stupid. Many have associated the new character of Butch with the old WWE Bushwhackers, as Luke is also Ridge Holland's real name.

If all this wasn't enough, AEW talents Matt Cardona and John Silver also made fun of this decision made by WWE, who commented on Twitter. The two stars have had a difficult start to 2022 on NXT. Tommaso Ciampa lost his NXT Championship to Bron Breakker on the New Year’s Evil edition of NXT, Meanwhile, Pete Dunne came up short in a “crowbar on a pole” match against Tony D’Angelo on the January 11th edition of NXT 2.0.

Both men were an integral part of NXT’s previous era, and have been involved in some of the brand’s greatest moments. Tommaso Ciampa is known for his singles heelwork and his tag team work with DIY partner, Johnny Gargano. Meanwhile, Dunne is well-established for his record-setting NXT UK Championship reign.