06th Oct2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Oct 3rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Joaquin Phoenix wearing a green wig and playing with those creepy little girls from The Shining. Who in the hell would play with them? This has been a pretty good week for wrestling, so I suppose the European brand of the WWE is screwed if they blow this. Don’t worry. NXT UK is still better than Step Brothers 2: Give Me A Kiss, Swishkabob. Okay, let’s rocket the pocket ‘till the locket breaks the socket so why doncha focket?!

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Match #1: Piper Niven def. Isla Dawn

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Piper Niven encountered an extremely tough opponent in Isla Dawn during this week’s NXT UK, and the bout was highlighted by The White Witch’s awesome display of power when she hoisted up her foe and hurled her backward into the canvas. Nevertheless, Niven delivered an earth-shattering headbutt in the final moment, paving the way for her victory with the Michinoku Driver.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a good match that had a decent amount of time to shine, but it didn’t shine enough to be what it could have been. Confused? Too bad! I don’t do “understand”! Isla Dawn. That sounds like a bad Jurassic Park island. Raptors! …at the gay pride parade! These tough gals worked hard to get a little bit less than what they deserved to get back for their effort, but that happens. You don’t need to understand this review!

Match #2: Alexander Wolfe def. Saxon Huxley

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After a frustrated Ilja Dragunov revealed that he was not medically cleared to compete, Alexander Wolfe appeared on the scene and to volunteer himself to take the Moscow competitor’s place against Saxon Huxley. In the process, he also suggested that Dragunov should think about the future. In the subsequent contest, Wolfe represented Imperium with vigor and put Huxley away with a German suplex into the powerbomb.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was good enough to make those warm San Franciscan Nights worth it for Eric Burdon and The Animals, but I don’t know if it was quite enough for me. There were some hard shots thrown and like Joe South dealing with the Games People Play, they packed a wallop like a volcano on roller-skates that’s just trying to sock it to you. Like Hank Ballard would say to the children of Tubbyslavyia, I just wanted to tell this match “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go!” Well, I gotta end the middling review of this match, because The Angels told me that My Boyfriend’s Back, even though I was really hoping for Herman’s Hermits to help me tell Mrs. Brown I think “You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”. This match was okay.

Match #3: (Main Event) Kay Lee Ray def. Tegan Nox

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After making a heroic return from an injury that lasted more than 320 days, Tegan Nox was given the opportunity to prove herself in a non-title match against NXT UK Champion Kay Lee Ray. Early in the contest, though, Nox tweaked the same knee that she previously injured, a misfortune that was destined to plague her throughout the match.

In the knockdown drag-out slugfest that followed, Nox heroically fought on against the ruthless titleholder with the heart of a lion, matching her opponent’s vicious offense with everything she had and scoring several near-falls. The last of those fall attempts came after she hit the Shiniest Wizard, a maneuver which Ray only survived because she had the presence of mind to hook her foot on the ropes. Nox would not get another opportunity. For moments later, she accidently kicked the ring post, and Ray capitalized on the mistake with the widow’s peak before driving Nox’s face into the canvas for the three-count.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This turned out pretty well and had some fine back and forth. Ray and Nox found a steady rhythm early in the match that allowed them both to take some chances that they may not have otherwise. It’s always nice when the main event goes for a solid amount of time, which makes this match even more palatable. Emeril looks like an Italian troll under a Lasagna bridge and that’s a tasty way to say this was a strong ending to the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Hunt return, next week.
  2. Piper Niven was attacked by Jinny and Jazzy Gabert during a backstage interview.
  3. Ilja Dragunov was propositioned to join Imperium by Alexander Wolfe.
  4. Gallus ambushed Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews to continue that feud.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This was a repetitive show that relied on too many ambushes to push it all forward, but the main event was strong stuff.

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