As Progress X PWA at The Star continues to draw near, it won’t be long until Australian wrestling fans are able to witness some of the finest home grown talent in the country go toe to toe against some of the best wrestlers the United Kingdom has to offer.
Representing Progress, one of these competitors is the young and highly versatile, Tyler Bate. Bate, one half of the vastly popular Moustache Mountain (alongside Trent Seven, who he shares two Progress Tag Team championship reigns with), is perhaps best known for being the first ever WWE United Kingdom champion. He outlasted 15 other men in a tournament to crown the inaugural champion at just 19 years old, making him the youngest champion in WWE history.
Bate regularly competes on WWE NXT and was even able to win the fan voted award for match of the year in 2017, for the tremendous performance he shared with Pete Dunne at Takeover Chicago. As well as this he has competed several times in the WWE Cruiserweight division, most recently earlier this year in a tournament to crown the new Cruiserweight champion.
Outside of WWE and Progress, he has experienced great success on the independent wrestling scene, competing in top tier promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Chikara (where he is a former King of Trios winner).
Standing at only 5’7, Bate may not seem like the most physically imposing competitor, however he has proven in many of his performances that not only is he incredibly agile but also possesses great strength. His finishing move, the Tyler Driver 97 (a variation of a Power Bomb) is a move he is easily able to perform on a variety of wrestlers of all different sizes.
Bate has gained popularity with fans not just because of his charming gentleman persona, but also because of his frequent displays of heart and determination. All though Bate may be an underdog in many of his battles, his never say die attitude is a great asset from him when fighting from underneath his opponent and has helped lead him to many victories.
When Bate steps into the Star on April 23rd, there are a number of wrestlers from PWA that could make for an interesting dynamic for him to compete against. Whether it’s a moustached showdown against Concrete Davidson or a true David versus Goliath battle against Caveman Ugg. Sharing great success with Trent Seven as Moustache Mountain also leaves open the opportunity for matches against the current reigning PWA Tag Team champions SMS or the formidable stable of the Four Nations.
All will be revealed soon about what role Bate will compete in at this event, but based on his credentials it is clear that Australian wrestling fans are in for a treat.