21st Mar2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (March 20th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and NXT: UK will kick ass… maybe.

Match #1: Eddie Dennis def. Ligero

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Returning from “exile” with renewed destructive resolve, Eddie Dennis battled Ligero, hitting an awe-inspiring hanging superplex before executing the Severn Bridge and the Next Stop Driver for the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice little match between these two that helped re-establish Eddie as a potential star for the year.

Match #2: The Hunt def. Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley

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The tag team combination of Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley hoped to rebound following their NXT UK loss last week against Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, but the barbaric duo of Wild Boar & Primate shut them down in a hurry, capping off their onslaught with a pop-up into the belly-to-back suplex for the simply animalistic win.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – As squashes go, this turned out just fine.

Match #3: Kassius Ohno def. Ashton Smith

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NXT’s Knockout Artist made his presence felt in his NXT UK debut, emerging from across the pond with the goal of showing the U.K. Superstars what British wrestling was all about. Despite tangling with the relentless Ashton Smith, who took down Ohno with a high-impact Samoan drop, the powerful Knockout Artist hit a pair of crushing sentons before following up with the brutal ripcord elbow to the back of his opponent’s neck for the huge three-count.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – Ohno was good in a dull match.

Match #4: (Main Event) Tyler Bate def. James Drake

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With the NXT UK Tag Team Championship very much on the mind of Moustache Mountain, NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint granted Tyler Bate a one-on-one showdown against one-half of the Grizzled Young Veterans, James Drake. The first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion triumphed over the tenacious titleholder with a beautiful corkscrew senton off the top rope.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that didn’t quite get beyond being a solid match, but it did serve nicely as an effective main event. Bate is very talented and I think could still be a great contender for Pete Dunne at some point this year. Drake worked hard here and made the most of this brief bout. Overall, this was a good match, but it could have been more.

News Of The Night:

  1. Pete Dunne will fight WALTER at NXT: Take-Over – New York.
  2. Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams want a tag team title shot.
  3. Kassius Ohno attacked Ashton Smith and was stopped by Travis Banks.
  4. Gallus discussed how to regain their standing in NXT: UK.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

There was a bit too much talking and not enough wrestling, but what was here was good while it lasted.


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