09th Dec2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Dec 5th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and…Holy Brandon Lee! It’s NXT UK time! Get your ass away from the James O’Barr and Alex Proyas your way to the Bai Ling to Ernie Hudson your Michael Wincott as you Fun-Boy The Crow. Wait…what the hell was I talking about?

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Match #1: Toni Storm def. Killer Kelly

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

One week after shocking the WWE Universe with her return to NXT UK for the first time since TakeOver: Cardiff and attacking NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Ley Ray, Toni Storm stepped in the square circle against Killer Kelly. Moments after overcoming Kelly with a German suplex and Storm Zero in an aggressive matchup, Storm was suddenly attacked from behind by Kay Lee Ray. This brought Piper Niven to the ring, and she sent the titleholder packing in a hurry. When Niven attempted to help Storm back to her feet, a furious Storm slapped her hand away and insisted she doesn’t need her help. The NXT UK Women’s Title hunt is heating up like never before.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Toni won a squash. They really broke the mold on this match, didn’t they? How is somebody with the name Killer supposed to look like won if they lose in less than two minutes? Hey, what do I know? It’s not like I’ve ever watched wrestling before.

Match #2: The Hunt def. The Outliers

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The animalistic tandem of Wild Boar & Primate locked horns with the unique team of Riddick Moss & Dorian Mack, an up-and-coming combination hoping to make a statement in the ultra-competitive tag team division of NXT UK. Although The Outliers put on a fine display by maintaining control through the majority of the match, The Hunt roared back with a huge comeback to reign supreme over their arrogant opponents with an absolute barrage of flying headbutts off the top rope.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was a whole lotta meat left on a bone that had enough to be a banquet. The match had the potential to be very exciting, but good is good enough, I suppose. There’s some time put into this, but don’t go looking for ten or more minutes of time being dedicated to this one. At least this wasn’t a squash.

Match #3: Jordan Devlin def. A-Kid

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Clearly resentful of the recent opportunities he felt A-Kid was receiving in his first weeks in NXT UK, Jordan Devlin stepped through the ropes to take on the up-and-coming Superstar and teach him a lesson. As the subsequent action unfolded, Tyler Bate walked down to ringside in order to continue to show his support for A-Kid. But the presence of the first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion only served to further enrage The Irish Ace, and despite a heroic effort by the Spanish-born Superstar, which included fighting through a painful injury to his left knee, Devlin caught him with a series of vicious kicks to the face before finishing him off with the Devlin Side.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a lively little sprint toward the finish line that had a lot in it, but not enough time to show it all. I’d keep this match in mind for the near future, because this was easy-viewing that I’d wager as being as pleasurable as any this brand has promoted this year.

Match #4: (Main Event) Joseph Conners def. Travis Banks and Ligero – Triple Threat Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the wake of an attack by Joseph Conners that spoiled a return match between Ligero and Tyler Banks several weeks ago, General Manager Johnny Saint established a Triple Threat Match between the three combatants to settle the issue. The match was an absolute war of attrition from start to finish and featured a jaw-dropping sequence: Banks hitting the Kiwi Crusher on Conners, Ligero executing the C4L on The Kiwi Buzzsaw, and Connors carrying out Don’t Look Down on the Leodensian Luchador. However, in the final seconds of the contest, Connors showed that he is indeed worthy when he hurled Banks into Ligero on the apron before finishing off the latter with his second Don’t Look Down of the night.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Conners kinda sucks (just a bit), but Banks and Ligero are cool, so there you go. Ten minutes of three guys doing their best impression of The Three Stooges taking a piss in five languages. I have no idea what that means, but it seems to be about right.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tyler Bate and Jordan Devlin are being built as a feud.
  2. WALTER agreed to defend the United Kingdom Title against Joe Coffey at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II in January.
  3. NXT UK Tag Team Champions Mark Coffey & Wolfgang will put their titles on the line against Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, next week.
  4. Ilja Dragunov fights Alexander Wolfe in a No Disqualification Match at a later date.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

Typical WWE booking, where the matches are just a distraction that lasts until the big promo at the end of the show.

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