08th Mar2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (March 6th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have NXT…but in the UK. We’ve got a Falls Count Anywhere Match to get to for the main event, so let’s do so before the worms from Tremors hear us.

Match #1: Ligero def. Joseph Conners

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After falling short against Ligero a couple weeks ago, the very jaded Joseph Conners engaged the highflying competitor in a rematch in order to establish that he is, and always has been, better than the Leeds Luchador. Connors got the advantage early in the explosive contest, punishing his masked opponent both inside and outside the ring. But, Ligero roared back with a high-octane offense that paved the way for a fierce back-and-forth battle for supremacy. But, in the end, Conner’s fury was not enough to overcome the technical prowess of Ligero. For, in the height of the knockdown drag out matchup, the masked warrior used his quickness to lock up his opponent and pick up the pin fall, giving him his second victory over Conners overall. As the dust cleared, Ligero offered a good-sportsmanship handshake, only to watch his defeated opponent refuse it outright and walk away in a solemn fashion.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was certainly one of those matches that had good wrestling in it, but it had a hard time doing more than just exceeding at going through the motions. These two definitely have chemistry together, but this felt more like a bout meant to simply set up a more important match between the two later. You could almost call this match nothing but empty calories, but that would insult the hard work these two guys packed into here. Overall, this was another fine match between the two athletes, but it was a lesser achievement than before.

Match #2: Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel def. Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley

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In a display of sheer domination, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel laid waste to both Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley. When they determined that their outmatched foes had had enough, they capped out their onslaught by hitting Stoker with the wicked powerbomb/forearm combination.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – Both teams looked pretty damn good here and they certainly made a good impression in a decent match.

Match #3: Nina Samuels def. Charlie Morgan

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The Nina Samuels Show came to NXT UK in full force against a very game Charlie Morgan. But, despite Morgan’s tremendous grit, Samuels would ultimately reign supreme by lifting her foe onto her shoulders in the final moments and dropping her opponent into the neckbreaker for another impressive victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was nice for what it was. Nina did quite well here and Charlie wasn’t too far behind.

Match #4: (Main Event) Jordan Devlin def. Travis Banks in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

For months Jorden Devlin and Travis Banks have engaged each other in an out-of-control rivalry. And last week at the UK Performance Center, Devlin’s sneak attack ignited a fierce brawl between the already bitter adversaries. As a result, The Irish Ace battled the Kiwi Buzzsaw in NXT UK’s first-ever Falls Count Anywhere Match, with notable Jeff Jarrett watching the action at ringside. Before the bell ever rang, the two grapplers began slugging away at each other and eventually found themselves battling in the crow and up the stairs. After Banks sent Delvin crashing down to the floor, he took flight and leapt out after him. Back in the ringside area, Devlin attempted to use a chair, only to have Banks turn the tide and use it on the Irish Ace. Though the action moved back into the ring for a moment, Devlin was soon knocked back out again. The Kiwi Buzzsaw tried to leap through the ropes after him, but Devlin stopped him in his tracks by blasting his foe with the chair mid-air.

Back in the ring, Devlin took charge with a strategic assault designed to ware down his prey. When the action reached the apron and Devlin tried for the Spanish Fly to the ringside floor, though, Banks braced himself and The Irish Ace was sent crashing onto the chair below all by himself. Banks answered the call of the WWE Universe by grabbing a table from under the ring. But, before he dropped Devlin onto it, the two reengaged each other in the ring and, in the fury, the referee was suddenly knocked out. As a result, the war-torn official did not see Banks pin Delvin for a double digital count and the matchup continued. The action grew more and more intense with each moment that passed, including Banks answering Devlin’s Superplex off the top rope with a Kiwi Crusher. Then, when things again moved outside the ring, Banks managed to move out of the way and sent Devlin crashing into the steel ring steps. Banks then got some payback by stomping his opponent’s ankle into the unforgiving steel, before executing an ankle lock.

The competitors once against moved to the ring apron in the height of the action, where Devlin hurled Banks back into the ring post before executing the Spanish Fly off the apron and onto the table for the victory.

My Take: 4 out of 5 – This was some wild $#!@. These guys went for just about anything that would look tough to take. This was a lot closer to ECW than you’d think it would be and it is every bit as harrowing as some of the most thrilling matches of that now dormant league. These guys really make you feel every shot fired, so get ready to wince at nearly every turn. I liked this thing and while I might lose a little bit of sleep over how grueling this match was, I would think that these guys were as safe as it gets when doing all of this violence. If you wanted something that feels different and looks even more so from anything Vince is promoting, then this is as good of a place to start.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Coffey brothers battle Pete Dunne & WALTER, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The show was built on the main event, which ended up as a good idea. The other matches did well, but the main event did the trick in more ways than one. If NXT: UK can keep up the consistency with the big matches, then this brand might just stand a chance.

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