Tyler Bate has revealed his remarkable mindset to losing his WWE UK Championship – stating wrestlers shouldn't care about winning or losing.
The NXT UK star, 19 at the time, made national headlines three years ago when he won the WWE United Kingdom Championship in Blackpool.
The then little-known independent star defeated his good friend, Pete Dunne, in the final, before going on to drop the championship to Dunne later that year.
In a candid Mirror Sport exclusive, the youngster, now 23, admitted he was more than happy to have lost the title in what was an explosive encounter at NXT Takeover: Chicago.
Instead, an impassioned Bate hit out at those performers who put too much weight behind their win-loss records, in what is an entertainment-based industry.
Speaking to our own Matty Paddock, the former NXT tag team champion alongside Trent Seven as Mustache Mountain, insisted his passion lies in creating memorable moments.
Bate has certainly managed to provide enough of those. The defeat to Dunne was rated NXT's Match of the Year, while renowned wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer awarded his clash with Walter – an attempt at regaining the title at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff last summer – a 5.25 rating, one of just a handful of matches in WWE history to break the coveted five-star barrier.
Here the Wolverhampton-born grappler opened up about some of those landmark moments, his hopes for the future in the industry, and plenty more.
We should ask how you are, how your family is. Are you all keeping safe and well just now?
Yeah, I feel really lucky to be on what I guess is the more privileged side of the economy, so I don't have to struggle as much as I know a lot of other people are at the moment. Plus, I have a lot of 'toys' in my house to keep me busy, and to keep my mind and body active.
Wrestling rarely pauses – has this break given you time to reflect on your last few years?
I guess, yeah. I've done a lot of reflecting two years, and more so looking towards the next few years. I have been thinking about all the fun, crazy stuff I've been able to do through wrestling. Having such a long period of downtime has allowed my brain to almost play catch-up, letting all of the memories and experiences settle in. Now, my mind is ready for a new bunch of craziness!
How do you go about summing up what's happened to you in the last few years, as it has been quite a ride as far as the WWE stage goes…
It's hard to sum up what It has been like in a few sentences. First and foremost, it has been very busy! Everybody is just running around. Before NXT UK and before we had a show, it was kind of just up in the air, and there was a bunch of UK [talent] bouncing around in NXT and in 205, then there would be a few odd bits on Raw and Smackdown, when they'd come to the UK.
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