09th Aug2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (Aug 7th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Dave Mastiff fighting Joe Coffey in the main event, so get that mud off your pants and get ready to dance like Bruce Springsteen in a Bombay tickle shack.


Match #1: Noam Dar def. Ashton Smith

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After scoring a hard-fought victory against Aston Smith with a Nova Roller in the opening contest, The Scottish Supernova informed the WWE Universe that he will be at NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff, but it remains unclear just who the outspoken competitor may face at the Aug. 31 event on WWE Network.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match featuring the guy who just keeps getting better in Dar and a guy who ain’t half bad at all. Did you see the reboot of 90210? It confused the @&%? out of me. Anyway, this match was not confusing at all, nor how I feel about it. This was a fine opener that made for an excellent start to the show.

Match #2: Jinny & Jazzy Gabert def. Piper Niven & Xia Brookside

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In a highly-personal showdown, Piper Niven & Xia Brookside more than held their own against the forces of Jinny & Jazzy Gabert, but when Rhea Ripley emerged to interfere and engage Niven halfway through the match, the two competitors brawled all the way out of the ringside area. Unfortunately, this left Brookside in a 2-on-1 disadvantage. Though she fought valiantly, the numbers gamer proved too much, and Jazzy blasted Brookside with the Broken Wings to secure the victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid match that got just enough time to not be missed when it was gone, but not enough time to make you glad it was here for the time that it was. Do you have any idea what I was talking about, because I’m spit-balling. This was paint-by-the-numbers, but that has its pla…screw it. This was a dull match that made the four fighters look tough, but not interesting. Over-all, I’m just glad there wasn’t a storyline, because not only would I be bored, I’d also be trying to blow my head off in a panic. Wrestlers are not good actors and 9 out of 10 storylines suck. This match didn’t deserve a bad storyline and it was spared that gruesome fate. Okay, moving on.

Match #3: (Main Event) Dave Mastiff vs. Joe Coffey (Double Count-Out)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The final bout of the night was a smashmouth affair from start to finish. Despite feeling the effects of a brutal German Suplex, Joe Coffey fired straight back at Dave Mastiff with a hard-hitting spear, driving his lower back into an exposed turnbuckle. With Mastiff reeling in pain from the blow, Coffey went to work dismantling his foe, pinpointing the lower back. But Mastiff battled back, leaving Coffey with an injured ear. As the battered foes continued to clash outside of the ring, the referee called for the bell, ending the bout in a double count-out. Despite being in obvious pain, Mastiff still wanted another piece of Coffey, but he was held back by officials at ringside.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – I think these guys might have tried to kill each other at some point, or maybe they were just trying to get fly off of each other. Who knows Highlander, who knows? What I can tell you is that because you were bor…I got off on to a tangent again. This was a brawl all the way, the kind that Magnum TA and Bruiser Brody would have gone goo-goo ga-ga over. That’s right. If that Berman guy gets “Wop” then I get my dumb phrases. This was pretty good stuff. There can be only one. I like Highlander. There’s no fighting on holy ground. It’s tradition. Highlander 2 should never have been about aliens and this was a fine way to end the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Ilja Dragunov fights Kassius Ohno, next week.
  2. Flash Morgan Webster fights Mark Coffey to get himself and Mark Andrews an NXT UK Tag Team Title shot against the Grizzled Young Veterans.

Final Verdict: 3/5

There needed to be a smidge more wrestling on this show, but what was here helped anchor a solid broadcast that built toward NXT UK’s next Takeover event.


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