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NXT UK: Prelude announced for WrestleMania week

A special edition of NXT UK will be part of WWE's WrestleMania week programming.

On today's NXT UK episode, it was announced that NXT UK: Prelude will air at 3 p.m. EST/8 p.m. BST on Thursday, April 8. It was said that the event will showcase the wrestlers of NXT UK in matches that promise to be some of the most talked about in NXT UK history.

NXT UK: Prelude will be headlined by WALTER defending his NXT United Kingdom Championship against Rampage Brown. Tyler Bate vs. Noam Dar in a Heritage Cup rules match has also been announced for the show. The winner of Bate vs. Dar will become the number one contender to A-Kid's Heritage Cup Championship.

Heritage Cup matches feature a British Rounds rules format.

WALTER made an appearance on today's NXT UK episode and told NXT UK general manager Johnny Saint to find a worthy challenger for him. WALTER was then confronted by Brown. Brown said WALTER is a dominant champion, but he's never faced Rampage Brown. WALTER and Brown started to get into it and Brown shoved WALTER down. Brown declared that he's going to end WALTER's NXT United Kingdom Championship reign.

WALTER has been NXT United Kingdom Champion since April 2019. Brown is undefeated since making his NXT UK debut in November of last year.

WALTER appeared on NXT last night, returning stateside for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. WALTER laid out Tommaso Ciampa on the show. WWE looks to be building toward a match between WALTER and Ciampa, but when it will be taking place hasn't been announced.

A video with Saint announcing Bate vs. Dar for NXT UK: Prelude also aired on this week's' NXT UK episode. Saint said Dar has been pestering him for a Heritage Cup Championship match against A-Kid. Saint said Dar will have to earn the title shot.

A-Kid became NXT UK's first-ever Heritage Cup Champion by winning last year's Heritage Cup tournament. He defeated Trent Seven in the tournament finals. Since then, A-Kid has retained the title in matches against Bate and Sha Samuels.

NXT UK: Prelude will air on Peacock in the United States and on the WWE Network everywhere else.