26th Jul2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (July 24th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got WALTER slamming some poor bastard to death in the main event, so come on back for a snuff video starring a German. Sauerkraut!


Match #1: Noam Dar def. Kenny Williams

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

At Kenny Williams’ request, The Lucky Yin battled his former friend turned bitter enemy Noam Dar in the opening contest. The animosity between the two competitors who know each other so well was clear from the word “go,” and the tension created a highly-personal, yet very intriguing contest both inside and outside the ring. When Williams’ sneaker came off in the height of the action, Dar used it as a distraction, and with the referee’s back turned, The Scottish Supernova hit a low blow on his opponent and quickly followed up with the Nova Roller for the underhanded victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fine way to start off the card. This match was like a traffic cone bouncing in the wind. Do you know what mean? Promises. Yeah, I’m kind of spit-balling on what to say here. This match is one of those bouts that speaks for itself better than I could ever say, but I’ll give it a try. The action was smart, in this case meaning clever, which made it all the more enthralling to me. I like the smart matches, because they can surprise you in ways that would surprise you. It sounds like an echo in a diamond mine. Repetition aside, this is my kind of match and I’m glad it got on television.

Match #2: Kay Lee Ray, Jinny & Jazzy Gabert def. NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm, Piper Niven & Xia Brookside

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NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm teamed with Piper Niven & Xia Brookside against the woman who will challenge her at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, Kay Lee Ray, and her partners Jinny & Jazzy Gabert. All six competitors have been at each other’s throats in recent weeks, and the animosity was palpable as they prepared to compete in NXT UK’s first-ever Six-Woman Tag Team Match. Shortly after order completely broke down outside the ring in the final moments of the matchup, Jinny’s insurance policy once again paid off, as Gabert tripped up Brookside on the turnbuckle, paving the way for The Fashionista to hit her with the facebuster and steal the three-count.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – There was lots of action here, but this felt like a step down considering that the opener had the brains this one essentially doesn’t. It’s like Anne Murray always used to say “Get the &@!% out of the road, jack-ass!” Actually, I can use that weird joke to make my point. This was a lot of fun. That being said, once you’ve gotten a thoughtful match like the opener, it feels almost like a waste of time to get a match that is just a bunch of moves, no matter how properly implemented they were. Don’t get me wrong, because this is a good match, but it could have been more intelligent. That just sounds more pretentious every time I say it. In any case, this was a real jolt of life, if only an aimless jolt. Oh, I definitely sound like a prick now.

Match #3: (Main Event) United Kingdom Champion WALTER def. Trent Seven via referee stoppage

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Following the brutal Imperium assault that put Tyler Bate on the shelf several weeks ago, Trent Seven demanded a match of retribution against United Kingdom Champion WALTER. Once The Ring General accepted, the stage was set for a matchup in which the very balance of power in NXT UK was on the line. The match began with The Artful Dodger attacking the titleholder before he could even get into the ring, signaling the brutal encounter to come. When WALTER finally took control, it quickly became clear that he wasn’t out to beat his opponent but to punish him. The Austrian Anomaly attacked with every vicious tool in his arsenal. No matter what the fierce competitor threw at him, however, the determined Seven refused to give up and continued to answer back with every bit of offense he could muster – including countering WALTER’s top-rope powerbomb attempt with an earth-shattering superplex that rocked the titleholder for the near-fall.

Nevertheless, WALTER took control outside the ring and hit a powerful powerbomb onto the apron before drilling Seven with a second one back in the ring. Refusing to go for the pin, The Ring General instead hit a third dose of the vicious finishing maneuver. Then, with Imperium emerging to stand ringside in a symbol of dominance, WALTER went on to hit a fourth, fifth and sixth powerbomb until the referee finally stopped the match. The pillars of NXT UK of have been destroyed, and the WWE Universe is left wondering if we have truly entered the age of Imperium.

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – This was great $#!@. Talk about having a main event deliver. When I say “Shake Your Groove Thing”, this is what I mean! When I shout “Jungle Boogie”, this is what I mean! When I roar “If the glove does not fit then you must acquit”, this is what I mean! WALTER makes up for not having a last name by being a big brute who can actually wrestle with the best. I think Seven might be dead, if the power-bombs have any say in the matter. I even loved the referee stoppage, because it made WALTER look too lethal for any one man to take. All in all, NXT: UK found a great match to hang their hat on for some time and that should serve as motivation to have more matches just like it.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Grizzled Young Veterans want new challengers for their tag team titles.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

It’s all about the main event on a fine card that delivered lots of great action and even some provocative moments of sheer suspense.


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