07th Jun2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (June 5th 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…some matches. I really hope this goes better than Raw or Smackdown. I have a feeling I’m going to need to ask those sorts of questions about Raw and Smackdown more often than I should have to. Okay, let’s go UK crazy with a number one contender’s match for the main event.

Match #1: The Hunt def. Tyson T-Bone & Saxon Huxley

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In a brutal opening match between two of NXT UK’s most rugged tandems, Wild Boar & Primate hit a monstrous pop-up German Suplex and stereo driving headbutts off the top rope to give The Hunt the win over Tyson T-Bone & Saxon Huxley. But as the dust cleared, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang unleashed a ruthless surprise assault on Wild Boar & Primate, perhaps sending a message of Gallus’ dominance to the Scottish crowd ahead of Joe Coffey’s high-stakes Fatal 4-Way Match.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 - This was good for what little time was given to it, but it never went too far beyond a brief interlude to some-thing that felt like it wasn’t coming. As confusing as that sounds, it makes even less sense in my head. This wasn’t bad though, so that works out well for an opener.

Match #2: Kay Lee Ray def. Kasey Owens

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the height of a knockdown drag-out brawl between two determined warriors, Kay Lee Ray delivered an earth-shattering Crescent Kick to Kasey Owens before executing the Widows Peak and driving the face of her unfortunate opponent into the canvas for the three-count.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 - Once again, this was far too short for a match to make a mark, but it worked for what it got the chance to do.

Match #3: (Main Event) – Travis Banks def. Dave Mastiff, Joe Coffey and Jordan Devlin in a No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

At the height of an absolutely out-of-control Fatal 4-Way main event before inside and outside the ring, a frenetic Joe Coffey launched himself at Dave Mastiff with All the Best for the Bells, and both competitors sailed over the top rope and landed with a thud on the ringside floor. Travis Banks took advantage of the opening by tattooing a war-torn Jordan Devlin with a Slice of Heaven off the ropes and immediately followed up with the Kiwi Crusher to pick up one of the biggest victories of his career. By claiming the win in the edge-of-your-seat melee, The Kiwi Buzzsaw became the No. 1 Contender to dominant WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 - This was a fine main event. I feel like I’m working at a school for the delightfully remedial every time I give a WWE match a good rating. If you’ve been watching Raw/Smackdown, then that last comment will make perfect sense. As four-man matches go, this was a good one that didn’t stray too far from a bout that made good sense. There was plenty of solid wrestling all over the place and it all got tied together by the promise of a title shot. Over-all, this was a strong finale to this week’s show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Grizzled Young Veterans to defend the NXT UK Tag Team Titles at the Download Festival.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The main event was good, but the rest of this show felt like a waste of time.

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