In an electrifying showdown on WWE's "SmackDown," the dynamic duo of Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne, while not officially recognized as "British Strong Style" on WWE programming, have indubitably stamped their road to the highly anticipated Elimination Chamber.
The duo is all set to fight in Perth on February 24 for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship against Finn Balor and Damian Priest. In the context of the "Friday Night SmackDown," Bate and Dunne, the latter wrestling under his original moniker for the first time in weeks after reverting from his main-roster moniker, "Butch," teamed up to face off against DIY, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.
The two open the rivalry with a technical mastery struggle between Gargano and Bate, thus setting the pace for what turned out to be a closely contested and thrilling match. With one fact for sure the notoriously changeable energy that the sheer athleticism and competitive spirit of both teams transmitted, it certainly prompted an animated reaction from the Charlotte crowd.
Bate's Dazzling Display
One of those moments that, in the way only seen from Bate, had the audience stand up in enthusiasm, as he displayed his raw strength and athleticism. And enveloping Ciampa's legs in an amazing spectacle that would leave fans in awe, Gargano proceeds to twirl around the ring with Ciampa in a fireman's carry on one end as he executed the dizzying airplane spin on one, and a powerful big swing on the other.
The climax of the match witnessed Dunne cleverly breaking up DIY's "Meet in the Middle" finisher by snapping Ciampa's fingers, and then going on to hit "The Bitter End" on Gargano to pick up the victory for his team. In the end, they showed sportsmanship, where the two teams acknowledged the valor of each other by a fist bump.
The stakes couldn't be higher for Dunne and Bate: they will challenge The Judgment Day in a fortnight at the Elimination Chamber. Yet other than that, it not only definitely cements them as one of the very best competitors in the tag team division, but it lays the foundation for what should be an extremely high-voltage war for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship, and really should be quite a show for fans to tune into.