WWE's United Kingdom Championship tournament kicked off at Donnington Park's Download Festival yesterday, with four of its sixteen participants advancing to the next stage.
In their first round matches, Zack Gibson defeated Amir Jordan, pre-tournament favourite Flash Morgan Webster eliminated James Drake, Travis Banks got the best of El Ligero, and Ashton Smith surprisingly overcame Joseph Conners. The quartet will join Jack Gallagher in the quarter-finals, who knocked out Drew Gulak on an NXT TV taping last month.
The remaining three first-round contests are scheduled for the next two days of the Download event. The latter stages of the tournament will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 June, with the eventual winner challenging for Pete Dunne's UK Championship the following night.
The two shows later this month mark the first time WWE have visited the prestigious Kensington venue since the Battle Royal at the Royal Albert Hall way back in 1991, a show highlighted by The Undertaker being played to ringside by an organist dressed as an opera phantom. WWE's commitment to the UK Championship seemed to have waned since last year's tournament at the Empress Ballroom to crown the holder, but ITV's World of Sport tapings have seemingly renewed their interest in the scene.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.