13th Apr2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (April 10th 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 it’s time to see what happens for this brand after the results of a very successful Wrestlemania weekend.

Match #1: Travis Banks def. Kassius Ohno

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Following Kassius Ohno’s recent claim that he would leave Travis Banks “busted and broken to bits” if they ever crossed paths, The Kiwi Buzzsaw took on NXT UK’s outspoken recent arrival. In the height of the hard-fought matchup that included Ohno targeting his opponent’s recently injured right shoulder, Banks ultimately fought through the pain. Shortly after kicking out of the Rubik’s Cube, the tough competitor ultimately triumphed with the third of three quick pin attempts and left Ohno completely flabbergasted in defeat.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was consistently good the whole way through, with a lot hard shots and swift strikes to take it on home to a surprise finish.

Match #2: Piper Niven def. Killer Kelly

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Two weeks after boldly interrupting the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, in order to lay claim to NXT UK dominance, Piper Niven stepped into the squared circle in her highly-anticipated NXT UK debut against Killer Kelly. Despite a Kelly’s valiant efforts, the final moments of the fairly one-sided contest saw Niven plant her out-matched prey in the center of the ring for the definitive three-count. In the wake of Niven’s victory, Ripley suddenly stormed the ring in an attempt to get the drop on the new NXT UK competitor. But, when Piper saw it coming, The Mosh Pit Kid opted to slow her roll and their subsequent stare down ensued that prophesied a dangerous showdown between the two in the future.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 - This was over quicker than a cat’s fart. The action was fine, but it never got past the first lap. Are these analogies doing anything for you? This match was what it was and there you go.

Match #3: Joseph Conners def. Jack Starz

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The ever-resentful Joseph Conners took out his frustration over the shiny new toys of NXT UK on Jack Starz, enjoying every second as he punished his opponent and planted him face-first into the canvas for the win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This had some god action, but it’s hard to take a match seriously when it is over in less than five minutes.

Match #4: (Main Event) Toni Storm def. Jinny in an NXT UK Women’s Championship Match

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After a long, rivaled history and weeks of mounting tension between NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm and Jinny, the situation completely boiled over last week with a backstage brawl that left the rockin’ titleholder down and out. That assault only served to further stir the pot when two fierce competitors squared off for the gold in NXT UK’s main event. In the final moments of the hard-fought match up, Storm rose above and took down the challenge of a very game Jinny with the help of Storm Zero.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – As title matches go, this was a good one, but it should been given a chance to be great.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a back to basics kind of show that peaked with the first match.

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