We noted earlier this week how there had been a lot of talk about rechristening the title to bring it in line with the rest of the NXT UK titles - the NXT UK Tag Team Titles (currently held by Gallus) and the NXT UK Women's Title (currently held by Kay Lee Ray). WWE pulled the trigger on those plans today, in the opening segment of the tapings.
As seen in the tweets below, Imperium (NXT UK Champion WALTER, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, Alexander Wolfe) appeared in the ring with NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint and his assistant Sid Scala for the rechristening segment. WALTER received the title but it looks like there were no major design changes, besides the WWE logo being replaced with a NXT UK logo.
This segment should air on next Thursday's NXT UK episode on the WWE Network. It was announced on this week's show that Imperium will be in the ring to speak next week.
As noted back in December, the original WWE UK Title belt was stolen during a "smash and grab" theft on WALTER's rental car in Chicago. His passport was also stolen. There's been no word on the belt ever being recovered.
Stay tuned as our correspondent will be providing full spoilers from the NXT UK TV tapings in York soon, featuring fallout from the "Takeover: Blackpool II" event and the final build for Worlds Collide.
Below are a few fan shots from the segment:
First episode 'proper' starts with Imperium out as WALTER is presented with brand new #NXTUK Title belt (looks a lot like the old one from here...). They then have some STERN WORDS for Undisputed Era for Worlds Collide next week.#NXTUKYork pic.twitter.com/WvBtJSQLeG— BenXT UK (@BritWresAwayDay) January 17, 2020