05th Jul2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (July 3rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and it’s the 4th of July week in America, which is just an excuse for high schoolers to shoot fireworks into their principal’s house during summer break. Teach me, will ya’? I’ll teach you…with fireworks! Okay, we have a big match or two to get to, so let’s see if it turns out fireworks…I mean, good.

Match #1: Piper Niven def. Rhea Ripley

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Refusing to wait for her scheduled matchup against Piper Niven later in the evening, Rhea Ripley stormed into the squared circle at the top of the show and called out her opponent to decide, right there and then, who the most dominant female competitor is in the NXT UK. She didn’t have to wait long, as Niven quickly emerged to meet the challenge. Although The Mosh Pit Kid held a painful advantage over her foe for the majority of the subsequent contest, a disrespectful slap by the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion awoke something within her fierce adversary. And after Ripley failed to get her opponent up for the Riptide, Niven unleashed an all-out onslaught that ended with the Michinoku Driver and a huge win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a meaty fight that was a bit lazy in logic, but brave and ballsy at the same time. These guys went for the gusto like their lives depended on it, hitting big strikes slams like it was candy in a piñata. Niven did well here, but it felt weird seeing her beat Rhea. I think Rhea losing to Niven just felt a bit too soon. In any case, what’s done is done. I hope that the bookers have a plan for Niven beating Rhea in such casual fashion, because this felt like a result that should have been at a Takeover instead of happening almost at random.

Match #2: Alexander Wolfe def. Jack Starz

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In his daunting in-ring NXT UK debut, Imperium’s Alexander Wolfe took great pleasure in inflicting unrelenting anguish upon Jack Starz, stopping a momentary bit of opposition with the DVD before finishing him off with an earth-shattering powerbomb. In the aftermath, Wolfe demanded that Starz leave the ring immediately so that he could stand alone in victory.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – This felt like a waste of time, but at least it benefitted the winner in giving him a few extra minutes, compared to most squashes.

Match #3: Jazzy Gabert def. Mercedes Blaze & Dani Luna

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Jinny accompanied Jazzy Gabert to the ring to watch her fierce cohort rip through both Mercedes Blaze & Dani Luna with relative ease in a completely one-sided 2-on-1 Handicap Match.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – This was a typical squash match. Do you wanna watch another squash match? It’s up to you.

Match #4: (Main Event) Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Moustache Mountain – NXT UK Tag Title Match (DQ)

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Last January at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, Zack Gibson & James Drake stunned the NXT UK Universe when they overcame Tyler Bate & Trent Seven in the tournament finals to become the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions. In a highly anticipated rematch, The Grizzled Young Veterans once again went to war against Moustache Mountain for the illustrious titles. From the start, both tandem left everything they had on the mat. But, just as it looked as if “Big Strong Bois” might be gaining a decisive advantage over the hard-hitting titleholders in the height of the action, Imperium suddenly came calling. After handcuffing Trent Seven to the ring post, Alexander Wolfe stood guard over their captive as WALTER and his merciless faction unleashed an all-out slaughter on Bate outside the ring.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some good wrestling. Hell, this was some great wrestling. This was another case of two teams renewing the chemistry to make another…I think I was going for a book reference, but some fire-works hit me in the head. I look like Iron Man in a snapping contest. Hi Grandma! Wait…the match. This was like watching Iggy Azalea use her butt to clear traffic the hard way. I happen to think that is a compliment. There’s no reason to be ashamed of a bigger butt and I don’t think she has shame any way. The action was as tense and thrilling as any in recent memory. I’d wager that both teams could hang their hats on this bout for some time and still be seen as among some of the best. This was a pretty damn strong main event that deserved more time and why shouldn’t it get that time? Also, the DQ finish was not my favorite, but it worked.

News Of The Night:

  1. Noam Dar attacked Kenny Williams during an interview to further their feud.
  2. Gallus fight Hunt and Mastiff, next week.
  3. Toni Storm wrestles, next week.
  4. Chris Hero cut a great promo about Mark Andrews being a failure to his country and his native wrestling culture.
  5. Imperium attacked Mustache Mountain to great effect at the end of the main event.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a fine episode that didn’t have any kinks in it, but it also wasn’t as ambitious as it should have been.


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