05th Apr2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (April 3rd 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 the final card before Wrestlemania, so let’s see if Vince tries to bomb the United Kingdom so he doesn’t have to pay for this brand any-more. It wouldn’t surprise me if Vince actually had a nuclear weapon at this point, so maybe that joke has the potential to be a hit a bit too close to home.

Match #1: Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan def. Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner

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In NXT UK’s opening match, it looked as if Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan’s recent good fortune might finally have been coming to an end when they locked horns with the dominant force of Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner. However, just when Aichner was executing another impressive hanging suplex, the Lucky-Yin suddenly broke loose with a counter that allowed him to pick up the quick victory, the third (and definitely the biggest) win for his tandem in a row! While Aichner and Barthel were left in a state of complete disbelief, one has to wonder if this stunning triumph will put Williams & Jordan in line for an NXT UK Title opportunity.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a meat and potatoes kind of meal, with only a little bit of gravy to dip it all in. That’s right, we’re back to freakin’ food phrases for the reviews. I’m hungry. I can’t really sing the praises of some-thing that wasn’t the great match, but I can tell you that they laid the foundation for more matches between the two later on, so there’s that. Overall, this was the greatest match I’ve ever seen…if you don’t count 50,000 other matches.

Match #2: Kay Lee Ray def. Isla Dawn

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Not feeling the least bit allegiant toward her fellow Scotsman Isla Dawn, Kay Lee Ray went to battle against The White Witch in her second matchup on NXT UK. In the final moments of the hard-fought contest, Ray delivered a painful overhead chop into the superkick, before getting her opponent up in the Widows Peak and driving Dawn’s face hard into the canvas in the center of the ring for the impressive three-count.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a nice match that gave both women a few good minutes to prove they could handle the truth…that they are both talented wrestlers. Who ordered the Code Red?! The NXT: UK women’s division is quickly becoming more interesting than its American sibling, which can be witnessed by this match. I’m really gasping for air on this one. Overall, this was a fun little thing from two skilled grapplers.

Match #3: (Main Event) Joe Coffey def. Trent Seven

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After Joe Coffey referred to Trent Seven as “dead weight” in his quest to get Gallus back on top of NXT UK, the two competitors squared off in the show’s final main event match before WrestleMania Weekend. In the height of the knockdown drag out brawl both inside and outside the ring, Coffey miraculously kicked out of his opponent’s Seven Star Lariat. This allowed The Iron King to take advantage of the injured back of his adversary, which he had targeted throughout the contest, and follow up a powerbomb by making The Artful Dodger tap-out to the Boston Crab.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This match served the function of a main event and did it with glee. Yeah, I’m running on empty. I might have to make some-thing up. Macho Man showed up covered in dirt and started whoop…I remember the rest now. Joe and Trent played a game of Backgammon. That’s a cute play on words here, because the back was the theme of the match. I know, I’m so damn riveting that you’re feeling a little Rosie. Is that reference right? I enjoyed the pace of the match, as it was slow and methodical. The action was like watching paint dry, but I happen to like watching paint dry, so there you go. Overall, this was a good main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. Toni Storm will fight Jinny, next week.
  2. Piper Niven debuts, next week.
  3. Kassius Ohno will fight Travis Banks, next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was pretty much the run-of-the-mill sort of thing for this brand, as it was good, but not very exciting.

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