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Kings of Kings. From left to right: Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate
This is everything. Norwich was made famous. The WWE UK was made famous. British Strong Style; we run the universe.

British Strong Style is a professional wrestling stable comprised of "The Bruiserweight" Pete Dunne (born Peter England; November 9th, 1993), Trent Seven (born Benjamin Webb; August 21st, 1981) and Tyler Bate (born March 7th, 1997). Originally, Trent and Tyler teamed together as Moustache Mountain, with Pete Dunne teaming with his Kayfabe brother Damien. However, at Progress Wrestling Chapter 33: Malice in Wonderland, Trent and Pete turned on their respective partners under the banner of British Strong Style. They claimed that the eponymous British Strong Style of wrestling(a mixture of Japanese strong-style and British catch wrestling which Progress is heavily associated with) was a creation of the West Midlands of the UK, where each group member is from, "long before Progress was even a thing". At Chapter 35, Tyler Bate joined the group as well by turning on Damien Dunne, his tag team partner that night.

Since then, British Strong Style have achieved worldwide notoriety. Trent and Tyler were former two-time Progress Tag Team Champions, an accomplishment shared by Peter and Trent, and the group as a whole won the Chikara King of Trios tournament in 2017. Individually, Pete Dunne was a former Progress World Champion, the current Future Shock Adrenaline Champion, the current DWW Champion, and the current WWE UK Champion; Trent Seven was a former ICW World Heavyweight Champion and a former Fight Club: Pro Champion; and Tyler Bate was a former wXw Shotgun Champion, a former WWE UK Champion and the winner of the inaugural WWE UK Championship Tournament.

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  • Arc Words: Everything is mine/ours. Throughout their reign of terror in Progress, Pete and Trent repeated this phrase almost ad nauseam.
  • Arch-Enemy: Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews have fought each other across the globe, from Progress to NXT to the WWE UK Tournament to PWG.
  • Batman Gambit: Their plan to take the Tag Team Championships back from CCK at Chapter 51. The main event of that show was a six-person tag match between CCK (Travis Banks, Chris Brookes, and Kid Lykos) and British Strong Style. Before the match started, BSS added a stipulation to the match. If BSS won, Trent and Tyler would get the Tag Team Championships back. But if CCK won, BSS would never challenge them for the Tag Team Championships ever again. British Strong Style won the match via sledgehammer shot to Kid Lykos, thus becoming the Tag Team Champions once again. This entire plan would have failed completely had CCK simply refused to add the stipulation to the match.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Tyler. Pete pulled him into a chop by WALTER at Chapter 47, while Trent snatched the mike away from him when he was about to speak at Chapter 54. During their group promos, Pete and Trent always do the majority of the talking while Tyler stands awkwardly in the background (as seen here and here); Tyler was even left behind by the others in the former video. So far, he doesn't seem to mind.
    • Trent had it even worse since Super Strong Style 16, having been beaten in 6 seconds by Matt Riddle, he then moped melodramatically the rest of the weekend about what a bad time he was having, and everyone including Jim Smallman started calling him "Trent Six"
  • Establishing Character Moment: One of the first thing that Pete Dunne did in the WWE UK Tournament was crack his quarterfinal opponent Sam Gradwell with an elbow, firmly establishing himself as The Bruiserweight.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Tyler Bate's Airplane Spin is truly a sight to behold.
  • Evil Brit: Obviously.
  • Evil Vegetarian: All three of them are vegans in Real Life.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: Trent and Tyler between WWE and Progress via complicated canonicity:
    • From WWE's perspective, Pete was implied to be a former associate of Moustache Mountain purely via them all being from the same area, but not currently teammates (until Pete turned face in NXT by default of Undisputed Era being bigger jerks, anyway). The fact that they were a heel stable in Progress wasn't acknowledged.
    • From Progress' perspective, Trent and Tyler implied their rivalry with Pete in WWE was faked to get them more TV time and thus money, and it was more friendly competition. Neither Tyler nor Pete showed any jealousy after the other had won the WWE UK Championship from them.
  • Fingore: One of Pete Dunne's more common moves in a match is to bend his opponents fingers in all sorts of grotesque ways. See Man Bites Man below.
  • Finishing Move
    • Pete Dunne has the Bitter End, a complicated-looking move best described as a Pumphandle Flatliner. Outside WWE he now has another variation called the Better End, ending the move with a Tombstone Piledriver rather than a Flatliner.
    • Tyler Bate has the Tyler Driver 97, a Sit-Out Double Underhook Powerbomb, made famous by Mitsuharu Misawa.
    • Trent Seven has the Seven Star Lariat, a Rainmaker lariatnote , and the Seventh Heaven, a Spinning Piledriver.
  • Freudian Trio: Pete is The McCoy; brash, arrogant and the most aggressive of the trio. Trent is The Spock; the most calm and well-spoken member, often taking up the most microphone time and never seeming to get more than a bit angry (although he often cries like a baby when he accidentally chops the ring post). Tyler is The Kirk, albeit a more subdued version; although he almost never speaks in their promos, he seems to be the most stable and polite of the group.
  • Heel–Face Turn: With Pete Dunne implying he has limited time remaining in Progress before WWE calls him in full time, he came out to the ring with the rest of the stable at the start of Chapter 56 and gave an unofficial thank you and goodbye speech. Later in the show, Tyler and Trent wrestled a tag match as their likable face "Moustache Mountain" gimmick while still representing the full stable.
    • Reinforced at the next show, when he ran in to save Trent and Tyler from the Grizzled Young Veterans and Joseph Conners.
  • Man Bites Man: Pete Dunne takes an almost sickening pleasure in biting his opponents fingers during a match.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pete crossed this in his run as champion in Progress Wrestling - hitting Dahlia Black in her already badly injured leg as a way to get to her stablemate Travis Banks.
  • Noble Demon: After losing the belt in Progress, Pete never really turned into a good guy like the rest of the stable, but he did stop being a smug dick and just let his wrestling skills do the talking, which also carried over into his WWE appearances.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: As a team, the cover of Love is Blindness by Jack White.
  • Rich Bitch: An uncommon male variant in Trent. He takes great pleasure in reminding the Progress fans that he is "extremely rich" thanks to his WWE deal.
  • Signature Move: Trent Seven and his chops.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite weighing only 174 pounds, Tyler Bate is able to perform an Airplane Spin and a Giant Swing at the same time against two different opponents, and perform a deadlift German Suplex on the 310 pound WALTER.
  • Token Good Teammate: Tyler Bate was still a babyface in the WWE while he was in the stable, and he retained many of the same characteristics (waving to the crowd, slight awkwardness) between the two companies. Aside from certain moments of Jerkassness in some of his matches, he's probably the least heelish out of the three men.
  • Weapon of Choice: The team adopted Triple H's signature sledgehammer as weapons after their NXT deal. Also a case of Passing the Torch.

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