28th Jun2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (June 26th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s review of NXT: UK, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big main event with WALTER defending the NXT: UK Championship against Travis Banks. Okay, before Kenny Omega yaois us to death (The Wrestlers is explaining that on the DDT episode), let’s get to the action.

Match #1: Mark Andrews def. Joseph Conners

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The vicious Joseph Conners looked to use the full force of his brutal nature to ground Mark Andrews in the opening NXT UK contest from the Download Festival, but his high-flying opponent triumphed by hitting Stundog Millionaire into Fall to Pieces for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun burst of action that gave Andrews more TV time to show how talented he is and for Conners to continue to improve.

Match #2: Xia Brookside def. Killer Kelly

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Ever since Killer Kelly left Xia Brookside by herself suffer the wrath of Jinny’s powerful employee Jazzy Gabert several weeks ago, the daughter of legendary Robbie Brookside has been waiting to get even. As Killer Kelly struck Xia’s face with several vicious blows, The Fashionista and Gabert emerged to observe the action. Nevertheless, Brookside overcame the distraction and leveled Kelly with a Double Knee Facebreaker to score the pinfall.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Why book a match to be so short? Just getting people on TV is not enough. There was enough good wrestling here to get you wanting a bit more, so why not actually schedule them to have a bit more? This was good. Why not let it have a chance to be great?

Match #3: Ligero def. Noam Dar

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

During a fast-paced matchup between Ligero and Noam Dar, Kenny Williams came down the ramp to set up a chair and get a closer look at the matchup. The Scottish Supernova leaped off the top rope and feigned another knee injury, and with the referee distracted by Ligero, Dar called to Kenny to pass him a chair. Though The Lucky Yin initially looked like he would grant Dar’s request, he held back the steel weapon at the last second and refused to give it to the nefarious competitor. The distraction allowed Ligero to roll up Dar and pick up the three-count.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Once again, why can’t they wrestle longer? This was doing really well. Did these guys have a cab to catch? Why is Dar losing so much? I thought he was here to be a top star for this brand? How many damn questions am I going to ask? Any-way, this was a good match, but it deserved better from the bookers.

Match #4: (Main Event) WALTER def. Travis Banks in a WWE UK Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After besting Joe Coffey, Dave Mastiff and Jordan Devlin in a high-stakes Fatal 4-Way Match several weeks ago, Travis Banks earned a one-on-one title fight against WWE United Kingdom Championship WALTER, who showed up for battle sans Imperium and ready to earn the victory on his own. Throughout the match, The Kiwi Buzzsaw showed incredible grit, executing a double stomp off the top rope that nearly dethroned the champion and nailing a Slice of Heaven that may have put WALTER down for three if he hadn’t been able to roll under the ropes and avoid the pin attempt. Nevertheless, The Ring General reigned supreme when he knocked Banks off the apron, drilled him with a big boot and a vicious chop, and obliterated him with an apron powerbomb. The onslaught paved the way for WALTER to finish off his prey with a second powerbomb in the ring for the successful title defense.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was too damn good to be less than ten minutes. Who in the hell books a nine minute title match? WALTER looks too intimidating to not give a long title defense to. Banks looked excellent here and deserved a longer title match to strut his stuff. I sure sound like I’m not having a good time, don’t I? This is one of those matches that really works as a tease, but it should never have been designed as a tease. Just let the champion wrestle. Okay, go watch the main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Grizzled Young Veterans fight Moustache Mountain for the NXT UK Tag Team Titles, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Time management was not the order of the day here, despite having something worth ordering with the fine wrestling.

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