25th Oct2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Oct 24th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I look like a buffalo with its legs chopped off. This episode has a match or two, so let’s call Kevin Nash to make fun of the whole thing. Hey…their knees aren’t shot. $!@# them! Okay, let’s get to this before Big Sexy hits on the girl from catering and…never mind.


Match #1: Grizzled Young Veterans def. Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Last week, Oliver Carter came forth and volunteered to help Ashton Smith answer a challenge from the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Zack Gibson & James Drake. Noble as that gesture may have been, it wasn’t enough to overcome the tag team precision of a very focused Gibson & Drake on a mission to reclaim their crown, as they put a definitive end to the efforts of their opponents with Ticket to Mayhem.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a good little match that had two guys involved who had names that made them seem like they were from an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog. The shirt is $200, because the fashion gods deem it so. Yeah, well why don’t you blow me. This is one of those nice hard-hitting slug-fests that had enough actual wrestling in it to make the first part of this sentence complete horse-$#!@. This was the kind of match that makes you almost forget X-Men: Dark Phoenix didn’t make any money. While not the match of the year or anything like that, Monster House starred Maggie Gyllenhaal. Okay, not a bad match at all.

Match #2: Ligero vs. Travis Banks (Double Pin)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the final moments of Travis Banks’ hard-fought matchup against Ligero, a struggle between the two Superstars to see who would be able to execute the backslide led to both competitors pinning the other’s shoulders to the canvas for a double three-count!

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – I miss Lucha Underground. I never understood what was happening, but it kicked ass. Bob Welch and his “Precious Love” also made 1979 a very weird year for me, even though I wasn’t born until 1989. What I liked about this match was the speed it was wrestled at, which is great, since, like Sammy Hagar, “I Can’t Drive 55”. This is the kind of action that should be happening on 205 Live. Why can’t Ligero be on that show as well as this one? With lots of thrills all along the track, this bout was a race run well enough to not skid off course or crash the car in a blaze of glory.

Match #3: (Main Event) Trent Seven def. Noam Dar

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The animosity between Trent Seven and Noam Dar has grown to a fever pitch as of late, so much so that when Dar brought his mind games into a match against Seven several weeks ago, The Artful Dodger snapped and got himself disqualified. In their highly anticipated rematch, Dar emerged ready to once again get inside his adversary’s head, waving Seven’s own towel in the air and launching a vicious sneak attack on Seven before the bell. Nevertheless, the determined Seven insisted the contest go on as planned and the highly personal huge main event ensured. Despite injuring his arm early in the bout, and his left knee soon after, Seven matched Dar’s aggressiveness and set the stage for a brutal encounter from start to finish. In the final moments, however, Dar made one last ploy to get inside the head of the Big Strong Boi and paid for it. As he was spitting about the demise of British Strong Style, Seven suddenly grabbed Dar’s fingers and proceeded to snap them. He then lifted Dar into the earth-shattering Birminghammer and seized the satisfaction victory.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a fantastic main event that went for a good chunk of time and made it worth the time it took to watch. Lots of mat work and plenty of those little things that make a match interesting are present here and that’s great. Brilliantly performed by both of these wrestlers, I’m reminded of that weird 70s movie starring John Travolta where his eyes are melted out of his head. Both men played their roles of face and heel very well, which is another way of saying that these guys did a great job pretending to hate each other. That was supposed to become a joke, but we got vetoed on that one. This was a great ending to a fine show.

News Of The Night:

  1. A-Kid debuts, next week.
  2. Jordan Devlin fights Dave Mastiff, next week.
  3. The Grizzled Young Veterans told Gallus that they want an NXT UK Tag Team Title shot.
  4. Tyler Bate wants a match with A-Kid.
  5. Xia Brookside wants her NXT UK Women’s Title Match.
  6. Gallus and Imperium are feuding over which faction is the best.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

A great main event and some good action along the way made this quite good.


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