Tyler Bate Debuts on WWE SmackDown, Teams Up with Butch in Brawling Brutes Tag Match



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Tyler Bate Debuts on WWE SmackDown, Teams Up with Butch in Brawling Brutes Tag Match
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In a dazzling display at WWE SmackDown's "New Year's Revolution" episode, the wrestling world witnessed the stunning main roster debut of Tyler Bate, who stepped into the ring as Butch's enigmatic tag team partner. Their opponents, the formidable duo of Pretty Deadly, composed of Elton Prince and Kit Wilson, faced a fierce challenge.

Tyler Bate, also known as "The Big Strong Boi," fully embraced his nickname, unleashing a barrage of moves including a flying European uppercut and a breathtaking standing Shooting Star Press. Bate's showcase of strength was further highlighted when he effortlessly executed his famed spin move, much to the delight of the captivated Vancouver audience.

The climax of the match saw a seamless collaboration between Bate and Butch, with Bate executing his renowned Tyler Driver 97. This masterful maneuver allowed Bate to secure a victory pin, marking a triumphant first win on the main roster, an auspicious start to his SmackDown journey.

Bate & Butch: Rivalry Evolved

The alliance of Bate and Butch is rooted in a rich history. They were both integral members of the British Strong Style, a dominant force in Progress Wrestling. Their paths diverged in WWE, where they became celebrated adversaries in "NXT UK." It was here that Bate emerged victorious over Butch, claiming the title of inaugural "NXT UK" Champion.

Their rivalry reached a pinnacle at "NXT" Takeover: Chicago, where their match garnered critical acclaim. This shared history made Bate's main roster debut alongside Butch not only fitting but also deeply symbolic. Until this momentous occasion, Bate's seven-year tenure with WWE had been exclusively within the realms of "NXT" and "NXT UK." Earlier in April, there were rumblings about a potential main roster call-up for Bate, alongside Joe Gacy and Cora Jade, although they were notably absent from the 2023 WWE Draft.

Bate's transition to the SmackDown roster may mark the end of his "NXT" chapter, which concluded with a loss to Dragon Lee for the "NXT" North American Championship on December 12. Furthermore, Bate's arrival in SmackDown could signify a strategic shift within the Brawling Brutes, especially in light of Ridge Holland's November betrayal and his apparent full-time shift to "NXT." This new development in Bate's career not only reshuffles the dynamics of WWE SmackDown but also promises to bring a fresh and exhilarating energy to the ring, captivating fans and shaping the future of WWE.

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