20th Jun2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (June 19th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more stuff from Imperium and a big main event for the women. Okay, let’s make like the Hollywood Vampires and buy some mascara.

Match #1: Kassius Ohno def. Kenny Williams

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Kassius Ohno continued his quest to educate NXT UK on “real British wrestling” by taking on Kenny Williams. Although Williams hit him with a back elbow off the top rope for the near-fall, Ohno proved more fortunate than The Lucky Yin when he caught his opponent in the ropes and delivered an earth-shattering elbow of his own to give him the three-count.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun match that was mostly a commercial for how great Kassius Ohno/Chris Hero is in the ring. I like Williams, but Ohno is too complete a wrestler at this point in his career to just be doing what he’s doing now. Of all the WWE wrestlers who could go to All Elite Wrestling, Ohno/Hero is one of the top candidates to actually make a difference if he were to make that transition. If that ever happens, will Vince even notice the loss, or care? Until that time, NXT: UK has an unique attraction that happens to also be one of the most well-rounded talents in the world. Oh, the match was pretty good.

Match #2: Gallus’ Mark Coffey & Wolfgang def. The Hunt

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After suffering a brutal sneak attack at the hands of Gallus two weeks ago, The Hunt set out to unleash their wrath on Mark Coffey & Wolfgang in a knockdown, drag-out slugfest. However, despite The Hunt’s animalistic offensive from the opening bell, ­­­Coffey used the steel steps to take down Wild Boar outside the ring. This left Primate to suffer a hard kick from Coffey into Wolfgang’s devastating powerslam to give the duo another big win. In the aftermath, Joe Coffey joined his brothers to deliver a post-match beatdown to Wild Boar & Primate. This drew “Bomber” Dave Mastiff to the ring, who suffered his own Gallus assault several weeks ago. Though Gallus chose to leave and fight another day, the standoff made it clear that the fans have not seen the last of this conflict.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a good match that made for a brief advertisement of what these guys can do with each other, but I would have liked to have seen more of a match here (too damn short).

Match #3: (Main Event) Kay Lee Ray emerged victorious in first-ever NXT UK Women’s Battle Royal

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In the main event, the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Battle Royal was held to determine who would earn the right to challenge NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm. Out of the fierce melee that included a plethora of top Superstars, Kay Lee Ray outlasted the likes of Piper Niven, Rhea Ripley, Isla Dawn, Jinny, Jazzy Gabert, Nina Samuels, Xia Brookside, Candy Floss, Killer Kelly, Rhio and Kanji to win the epic free-for-all. Although Ray had been sent crashing to the ringside floor mid-match, she wasn’t thrown over the top rope. She reentered the action at just the right moment and sent her only remaining opponent, Brookside, over the top rope to reign supreme. With her victory, a very dangerous Ray can now come after Storm at a date of her choosing.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This worked out pretty well considering that these matches don’t always go so well. There was a nice group of wrestlers here who kept this boat from sinking as it left the harbor, even if they didn’t get to adventurous on those high seas. Ray was a fine choice among the group to win. I bet Ray has a strong title match with Toni Storm, when the time comes.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was quick and painless, which is a crude way to describe a good show that very well with its simple ambitions.


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