24th May2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (May 22nd 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 Raw and Smackdown sucked.  You know why Raw and Smackdown sucked?  Vince McMahon is an idiot.  Yeah, so we’re with the European people, who don’t have to talk to him like the main roster folks do.  Okay, I forgot where I’m going with this. Just note that the supplementary brands of this league have done better than the billion dollar siblings this week.

Match #1: Travis Banks def. Joseph Connors – Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the final moments of NXT UK’s high stakes open matchup, Travis Banks managed to overcome the aggressive style of Joseph Connors. After hitting the Slice of Heaven off the ropes, he quickly followed up with the Kiwi Crusher to earn the final spot in the Fatal 4-Way Match to determine the No. 1 contender to the WWE United Kingdom Championship. As the dust cleared, The Kiwi Buzzsaw vowed that he will triumph over Joe Coffey, Jordan Devlin and Dave Mastiff in his quest to capture the U.K Title in two weeks’ time.

My Opinion:  2.5 out of 5 - This was pretty good.  Banks and Connors worked well together, but this match was just missing something.  I don’t know.  I’d probably like it more in a month, but I don’t have the time to just sit on a review for that long to find out.

Match #2: Noam Dar def. Mark Andrews

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Following a dual injury that brought a sudden halt to their contest several weeks ago, Mark Andrews and Noam Dar stepped back into the squared circle to finish what they started. But, after making it seem as if his knee injury had returned and rendered him unable to continue, the Scottish Supernova suddenly hit Andrews from behind, before blasting him with the Nova Roller for the underhanded victory.

My Opinion:  2.5 out of 5 - This was a fun match that didn’t quite get to where I was hoping for, but they had a good start that led to some good wrestling.

Match #3: (Main Event) WALTER def. Pete Dunne – WWE United Kingdom Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

It was touted as one of the biggest matches in NXT UK history, with Pete Dunne attempting to reclaim the WWE United Kingdom Championship from WALTER. Without a doubt, the subsequent contest was every bit the knockdown, drag out showdown that the NXT UK Universe expected it would be, both inside and outside the ring. But in the height of the action, just as The BruserWeight secured the arm of the Ring General and began to bend back his fingers to make it seem as if the tap-out was inevitable, Fabian Aichner suddenly emerged to push the bottom ring rope forward so that WALTER could get his leg on it. Then, as the referee was busy dealing with that distraction, Marcel Barthel entered the ring and blasted Dunne with the U.K. Title from behind. This cleared the road for WALTER to hit the powerbomb and successfully defend the gold. As the dust cleared, WALTER, Aichner and Barthel stood over Dunne, presenting a stunning united front that threatens to completely transform the rising brand forever.

My Opinion:  4 out of 5 - This was a great match.  I think I’m just saying the same thing that most folks will say about the match, but that’s fine.  These guys worked a very physical bout that had as many tense sequences of action that you’re likely to find anywhere.  WALTER has been a breath of fresh air in this brand and he’s just the same in this title match, doing things that are more interesting than all of what happened on Raw and Smackdown this week.  Yeah, it’s an easy target to hit.  Dunne is still doing very well and makes for a convincing challenger, in addition to being a great champion.  This was a fabulous main event and I hope we get another one, soon enough.

News Of The Night:

  1. WALTER, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel are now a faction, thanks to an attack they laid onto Pete Dunne.
  2. Rhea Ripley and Piper Niven are in a feud.

Final Verdict:  3.5/5

This may have been a one match show, but the other two matches were good enough to add another reason or two to watch.

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