23rd Aug2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (Aug 21st 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Simon Pegg hates Jar Jar Binks, which is weird, since Pegg kinda looks like Jar Jar. Meesa no’um look like Brad Pitt…cuz ain’t no cave in Yorkshire. Okay, let’s jump right in to an episode of NXT UK and see how much action we get out of the deal.


Match #1: Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) def. The Hunt

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Despite the unorthodox style of The Hunt’s Wild Boar and Primate, Imperium’s Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner defended their sacred mat against their animalistic opponents in NXT UK’s opening contest, showcasing exquisite tag team precision that culminated with stereo dropkicks and the uppercut into the powerbomb on Wild Boar for the three-count.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was fun for what it was, with one movie fighting another. Imperium did well with Harry Potter smacking Donald Trump’s latest victim with the magic wand, but the GLOW chick pulled her face real hard and…I’m way off on this one. Both teams worked real hard to make a small match feel exciting, which is what they should be doing. I sound like an arrogant day-care worker. Hey, they can’t all be good jokes. Okay, this was fun and you might like it.

Match #2: Kay Lee Ray def. Shax

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Kay Lee Ray geared up for her imminent title match against NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm by dominating the feisty newcomer Shax, hitting an earth-shattering Crescent Kick as her foe was coming off the turnbuckle before locking her into the Widows Peak and driving her face into the canvas for the victory. After the bell, Ray continued her mind games against Storm by going on a verbal tirade that visually affected the titleholder and motivated her to slap Ray hard across the face. Ray walked back up the ramp and basked in the satisfaction that she had once again gotten under Storm’s skin.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a squash match, but it did its job.

Match #3: (Main Event) Mark Andrews def. James Drake

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Following Flash Morgan Webster’s huge victory over Gallus’ Mark Coffey last week, Mark Andrews entered the ring with the opportunity to earn himself and The Modfather a place in a possible NXT UK Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match at TakeOver if he can overcome James Drake in singles competition. In the final moments of the high-stakes matchup, Gallus’ Mark Coffey & Wolfgang emerged to attack Webster before exchanging words with Gibson outside the ring. The chaos of that distraction threw Drake and provided Andrews enough room to hit Stundog Millionaire and roll up his adversary for the win. As a result, the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match at NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff was set, pitting titleholders The Grizzled Young Veterans against Coffey & Wolfgang and Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews in a Triple Threat Match!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This worked for me. I pay it $3.25 an hour. No sick pay. I’m a cheap prick. Wait, the match. This was an excellent bout that had the right kind of stakes to it and had the action to match it. This was a pretty wild match to get intimate about it, which feels like a Jonathan Demme romantic-comedy. Married To Fava Beans. Is that not how fava is spelt? Eh, it gives you leverage over a dink like me if you can spell better than I can. This worked out well for a main event that comes just before a big card. I would hope that next week’s go-home show has just as strong of a match to anchor the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Noam Dar fights Travis Banks at Takeover: Cardiff.
  2. Tyler Bate attacked Aichner & Barthel.
  3. Dave Mastiff fights Joe Coffey at Takeover: Cardiff in a Last Man Standing Match.
  4. Oliver Carter debuts, next week.
  5. Jordan Devlin fights Kenny Williams, next week.
  6. Tyler Bate and WALTER had a big brawl that included Imperium and Mustache Mountain.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

There was enough wrestling here to feel like a good show and the build towards Cardiff felt exciting enough to warrant being on the show in the first place. This should lead to an excellent go-home show, next week.


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