22nd Feb2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (Feb 20th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s review of NXT: UK, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and there’s a bad moon rising…maybe. Do you think Vince McMahon has a sex dungeon? Vince seems like he’d have one. Any-way, we have some good wrestling here, so let’s get to it.

Match #1: Joe Coffey & Mark Coffey def. Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

An elite tag team showdown kicked off the latest episode of NXT UK when the explosive combination of Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster squared off against Gallus’ Joe Coffey & Mark Coffey. At the end of the knockdown-dragout contest, Mark caught Andrews as his opponent dove through the ropes and planted him on the ring apron with authority. Moments later, Joe raised his knees and halted Webster’s aerial attack off the top rope. This paved the way for Mark to execute a wicked forearm on The Modfather, sending him right into The Iron King’s All the Best for the Bells for the impressive victory. Could Gallus have their sights set on The Grizzled Young Veterans’ NXT UK Tag Team Titles?

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good showing for the Coffey Brothers, who have the potential to be a fine duo in the WWE. Having Mark and Flash for opponents is about as good of a scenario as these guys could have hoped for and the fact that they got it was a great development. This was a good match that should have been able to go longer and harder, but it was a blast while it lasted.

Match #2: Trent Seven def. Shane Thorne

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Stepping off Moustache Mountain for the night, Trent Seven took on the very aggressive Australian Shane Thorne in his NXT UK debut. In the final moments of an extremely hard-fought effort, the heart of The Artful Dodger reigned supreme. Although he absorbed incredible punishment, including an injury to his right arm, Seven roared back to overcome his opponent with the earth-shattering lariat and picked up the much deserved three-count.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that went back and forth for a little while and made the most of its time. I liked the look of this match and the brutal approach they both took to their offense. Imagine two gorillas beating the $#!@ out of each other for a banana and you’ve got this match in a hand-basket.

Match #3: (Main Event) NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm def. Rhea Ripley

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

In a highly-anticipated NXT UK Women’s Championship rematch, Toni Storm once again went to war against Rhea Ripley. Despite a pre-match attack from The Mosh Pit Kid, Storm showed the heart of a true champion when she insisted that the match commence as planned. Storm battled back from Ripley’s early aggression, only to suffer a vicious onslaught inside and outside the ring. Every time Storm fought back, Ripley shut her down, as she concentrated her ruthless onslaught on the titleholder’s lower back and executed her devastating inverted Cloverleaf. Storm fired back with an explosive attack, including a pair of German suplexes that proved her back was still in in the game. Intensity reached a fever pitch as champion and challenger exchanged the advantage back and forth and left everything on the canvas in an effort to walk away with the coveted title. Then, just when it looked as if Ripley had the title in her sights with a devastating superplex/slam combination, the unrelenting Storm suddenly dodged out the way and sent her challenger crashing into the ring post, opening the door for Storm to roar back with Storm Zero for the huge title defense.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was pretty damn good. These two gals beat the piss out of each other in less time than it takes to sing Moon River backwards in slow-motion. The match was the kind of thing that’s easy to watch and doesn’t take much to understand, because there was no junk in it. One person wanted the title and the other person wanted the title. It doesn’t get any better than that.

News Of The Night:

  1. WALTER vs. Kassius Ohno happens, next week.
  2. 2. Jack Gallagher vs. Tyler Bate happens, next week.
  3. 3. The Grizzled Young Veterans defend the NXT UK Tag Team Titles against Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a fun show that promised an even better show for next week.

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