Pete Dunne is one of the hot favorites to win the inaugural WWE UK Championship, and the current PROGRESS Champion sat down with WWE.com to talk about his career. Dunne talked about his training in Japan, which not only developed him as a wrestler, but as a man.
“Oh, it’s crazy. I spent three months there. You kind of assume, especially being ignorant of the world and coming from a working-class estate where people didn’t really travel that much, that people everywhere just speak English. Or at least a little bit so you can get by. And we were eight hours north of Tokyo in the middle of the mountains in a remote dojo. We were a 15-minute walk from a main road. That says everything. It was a completely unique experience that was invaluable to me as a person, and not just a wrestler. That experience made me realize, ‘It’s OK to be different.’”
Dunne embraces the British strong style of wrestling, something he is incredibly proud of and has been perfecting since an early age.
“The old style of British wrestling is a lot different than the American style, and that’s what I was trained in. It’s a lot more technical; it’s something that even someone that young has the capacity to start learning. It was just a great head start for me. By the time I was 15, I’d already had a few years behind me learning that stuff, so I was ready to go on the road and learn the American style separately.”
Dunne is known as “The Bruiserweight” which is something he has been working on for a long time but has only gained traction in the last 12 months.
“It was a gradual transition. Even this time last year, I hadn’t discovered the ‘Bruiserweight’ thing yet. Over the last year, I really found my way with it and really learned to piece the puzzle together. It was like one step at a time, adding a different thing to make me look unique or a different move that no one else does. The progression — as you can imagine — from a 12-year-old to a 23-year-old is drastic. But even from this time last year and the year before that and the year before that, every year was a drastic change.”