On Thursday, Tyler Bate defeated A-Kid to become the new Heritage Cup champion. Bate and A-Kid went to a sixth-round in their Heritage Rules match tied at 0:0. With no falls, it was a matter of who would slip up first. Ultimately, it was A-Kid, as Bate managed to cradle A-Kid just long enough to get the three count. Bate becomes the second-ever holder of the Cup after defeating the inaugural champion. Bate seemed on the ropes, as Trent Seven was in his corner reminding him that win or lose, he would always have his back. Of course, Bate had enough to take the title from A-Kid in the end.
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) May 20, 2021
For A-Kid, his reign as the inaugural Heritage Cup champion comes to an end at 175 days. In that time, he successfully defended against Bate and Sha Samuels.
The “Big Strong Boi” was able to win the Heritage Cup in his second attempt for it, as he previously failed to take the Cup from A-Kid in his return match back in December. In that match, Tyler Bate lost 2:1, also in a sudden-death Round 6. Bate earned the shot at the Heritage Cup at NXT UK Prelude, where he defeated Noam Dar in a No. 1 Contender’s Heritage Rules match. This was Bate’s first piece of gold in WWE since 2018 when he and Seven held the NXT Tag Team Championships. The inaugural NXT United Kingdom Champion now only needs to win the NXT United Kingdom Tag Team Championships to be the first-ever Triple Crown winner in the history of NXT UK.
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