EVERYONE has one teacher you either love or hate… but not everyone has one that is a WWE superstar.
Well that is the case for Eddie “Pride of Wales” Dennis’ former pupils as the former principal prepares to make his bow on prime television tonight.
Former principal Eddie Dennis is set for the big time ahead of his prime time TV debut tonightWWE
Originally from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, the 32-year-old began teaching in Cardiff before switching to a school in Berkshire seven years ago.
The ex-Maths teacher was able to keep his focus in the classroom despite going on to become one of the biggest names on the UK wrestling scene as he earned the position of head teacher.
But it was not long before the secret was out, as Dennis explained to SunSport.
He said: “I tried to keep it to myself for a while but it was not too long before some of the kids were smart enough to find me wrestling on Youtube.
“We then ended up doing some charity wrestling shows at the school, and that was lovely, raised a lot of money for Sport Relief and nothing kills any rumours like doing it in front of them.
The Welshman is hoping to make NXT UK an unmissable hour of TVWWE
NXT UK will air alongside WWE’s regular NXT and 205 Live showsWWE
“And if you conduct yourself in a professional way I don’t think there was too much distraction and they saw me very much as their head teacher and not a professional wrestler.”
Having gained such a senior position at such a young age and a fine reputation for himself in the ring, Dennis was forced to choose between his two passions in the summer of 2017.
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And it was the success that followed WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne and fellow British star Tyler Bate that persuaded him to put down his marker pen and pull on the tights full-time.
And with the historic announcement last week that WWE are beginning to air NXT UK live at 8pm in Britain on their network from tonight, Dennis’ gamble appears to have paid off.
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The Welshman said: “My career in teaching grew at the same time as my professional wrestling so I was kind of training in both at the same time.
“Suddenly I found myself with the headship but it was very difficult to be doing something else on the side.
“So I was faced with a decision to make on which career took a back seat, but if the first UK Championship tournament hadn’t happened and I had not seen Pete and Tyler succeed the way they did the result would have probably been different.
“But WWE coming over here and giving a chance to the British wrestling scene gave me the confidence and belief there was a real career to be made being a wrestler in the UK.
“It’s 15 months since I walked away from the desk, I’ve ticked a lot of boxes in that time, and hopefully I’m proving I made the right choice.”
Dennis is no stranger to the big time having wrestled for Progress at Wembley Arena last month in the biggest independent British show this century.
Now after the huge announcement from Triple H last week, he and the other grapplers on the UK brand are aiming to make the show an “unmissable” watch after earning an “eternal” place in wrestling history.
Dennis said: “I found out about an hour before everyone else about NXT UK being shown and I’m super excited to see the hard work that we’ve produced has a home on the Network at prime time.
“It’s probably the largest archive of professional wrestling in the world, so for it to probably sit there forever makes our work eternal.
“It’s been a crazy year. I got injured back in January so for the first six months I really didn’t do any wrestling. But since then I’ve been working for WWE and wrestled on the biggest independent British show in front of 4,500 people in Wembley Arena – that was pretty spectacular. I’m trying to make up for lost time.
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“Now it’s about putting on the best hour of quality television that we can. I consider myself a wrestling fan as well as a professional, and I consider the American NXT to be an unmissable hour of wrestling TV.
“Now I want the UK brand to be the same and 2019 is going to be a huge year for us, but what that means for us is still up in the air.
“But to make the show an unmissable watch is the goal for everyone backstage.”
*NXT UK airs on the WWE Network at 8pm on Wednesday October 17.
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