WWE superstar Tyler Bate rose to fame as one half of Moustache Mountain, but nothing lasts forever.
The Wolverhampton-born wrestler, who rose to fame aged 19 after becoming the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion back in January 2017, has risen through the ranks to the bright lights of SmackDown but along the way he drastically changed his look.
Explaining the decision to grow out his beard and go for a fuller style, he exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think I just wanted to be more handsome. I wanted to be more like – just handsome to a regular person!
‘The mustache was working, it was fun, but I couldn’t honestly look in the mirror and say, “Yeah”. Like, it wasn’t a very handsome look. It was a fun look! Much more comfortable with the beard.’
Tyler, who turns 27 in March, has grown up in front of fans, and despite the moustache catching on with wrestling crowds, something had to give once he signed with WWE.
‘I was carrying it for a while. So I grew the mustache when I was 16 and then 20 would have been when I grew a beard out,’ he pondered. ‘So yeah, I had just the mustache for four years.
Tyler Bate was known for his signature moustache as he rose up the ranks (Picture: WWE)
Eventually, it was time for a change (Picture: WWE)
‘I would go to college with the moustache, everyone looked at me like I was insane!’
Tyler admitted the ‘tasche was ‘pretty much’ a wrestling choice rather than a style one, and he revealed how fellow British star Chris Brookes provided the inspiration behind the look.
‘So I wanted to grow out just the mustache. And it was him! He was living with me at the time, It was him who egged me on to do it,’ he recalled.
‘So I had really fair hairs at the time, really fair blonde hairs. So I’ve got my sister’s eyeliner – or whatever you use for your eyelashes – and I had this jet black, like really fair haired mustache and I looked like Groucho Marx!’
The still-moustached Tyler won the NXT UK Title back in 2017 (Picture: WWE)
His mum ‘hated’ the look, but his dad was a big fan and it ‘almost immediately’ caught on with fans across the UK.
‘People were chanting “Tyler’s mustache”. I thought, “Maybe I’m onto something right now”. So I kept it and then Moustache Mountain was born,’ he said of his tag team with Trent Seven.
Alongside Pete Dunne (AKA Butch), the trio formed British Strong Style and became a real force on the UK scene, later spearheading the NXT UK brand.
Now, Trent has inked a deal with TNA Wrestling, while Tyler has been reunited with Butch on SmackDown, finally getting his shot at the big time.
He beat Pete Dunne in the final seven years ago… (Picture: WWE)
..and now they’re teaming up on SmackDown (Picture: WWE)
Fans have been desperate to see him on this stage since that WWE UK Title win seven years ago, but the level headed wrestler has been happy patiently priming himself for this moment.
‘Because I’ve been in wrestling so long, it’s almost like sometimes I forget how young I still am,’ he said. Even though I’ve been here for seven years, I still have a lot of time.’
Tyler’s kept himself ‘in check’ by reminding himself of the bright future still ahead of him, and he’s enjoyed ‘taking his time and not rushing’ any stage of his career.
He added: ‘It’s finally like it got to the point like people were just like, “Come on. Let’s get Tyler on!” So I’d rather that then, like, I’m “not ready for the main roster”. It’s been like partly tactical.’
It’s taken seven years since getting signed, but he’s made it to the main roster (Picture: WWE)
The game plan paid off as he finally made his debut this month alongside Butch on SmackDown, and while he was ‘super nervous’ for their match against fellow Brits Pretty Deadly, he was ‘excited’ to see the culmination of all his hard work.
‘A lifetime of work was all coming together,’ he smiled. ‘We both put a lot of pressure on ourselves with where we come from in representing British wrestling, and the style of British wrestling.
‘Taking that to the main stage feels like a huge responsibility. But I feel like we’re both nailing it… [I was] super proud of how it went. It couldn’t have been more ideal for me.’
Royal Rumble 2024 airs live from St. Petersburg, Florida on January 27 at 1am. Tune in on the WWE Network or TNT Sports Box Office.
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