13th Dec2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Dec 12th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to Jurassic Park! Over there, we have a big f—— dinosaur and over there, we have a big f—— dinosaur! I’m Samuel Hammond and th…damn TalkTech! I was watching the bootleg version of “Jurassic Park”. Spielberg got hammered and made an alternate version of the talking parts of the picture, which I now have a copy of. I’ll have to find the booklet for this sucker and turn the recorder off when I’m not working. Anyway, I’m Nathan Favel and this week’s review of NXT UK starts now.


Match #1: Kay Lee Ray def. Isla Dawn

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NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray overcame Isla Dawn, taking full advantage of her opponent’s leg injuries and finally countering the deadly magic of The White Witch with her Widows Peak/Gory Bomb combination. Not content with her latest impressive victory, The Queen of Scots then picked up the mic to speak of her dominance, offering disparaging words for Piper Niven and Toni Storm that brought both Superstars to the ring, respectively. After Storm charged past Niven to engage the outspoken titleholder, Ray sent Storm colliding into Piper, leaving her enemies at odds with each other as she smiled and made her way toward the backstage area. However, Ray’s mood changed in a hurry when Assistant to the General Manager Sid Scala emerged to place the three competitors in Triple Threat Match for the NXT UK Women’s Title at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – There’s nothing bad here, but this was a paint-by-numbers affair from another WWE women’s division match. These ladies try their hardest to make these matches look competitive, but the WWE Women’s Revolution still pales in comparison to Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling’s Knockout Division at its peak and this match is proof of that. I hope that the women start getting longer bouts booked for them sooner rather than later, but I won’t hold my breath. Over-all, this was genuinely wrestled, but stifled by the dull atmosphere that this show typically has, which is a product of the booking (mostly).

Match #2: Trent Seven vs. Michael May (No-Contest)

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Prior to Trent Seven’s match against Michael May, Eddie Dennis suddenly emerged from the crowd to pull May out of the ring and deliver a vicious attack on The Artful Dodger’s imminent opponent. He then tossed the war-torn competitor back into the squared circle as some sort of twisted offering to the one of the “Founding Fathers of NXT UK.”

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – They did one of those lame “attack” angles that no one wants to see for a feud that makes no sense.

Match #3: Ridge Holland def. Jack Starz

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The tough-as-nails competitor from Yorkshire, Ridge Holland, delivered an all-out mauling to Jack Starz before aggressively laying waste to his opponent with Northern Grit.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – This never had a chance to go anywhere, but that’s the way it seems to go too often these days.

Match #4: (Main Event) Mark Coffey & Wolfgang vs. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner – NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match (No-Contest)

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In response to the growing conflict between Gallus and Imperium and the recent negotiations between faction leaders WALTER and Joe Coffey, NXT UK Tag Team Champions Mark Coffey & Wolfgang of Gallus battled Imperium’s Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner in a highly physical tag team showdown in this week’s main event. In the middle of the back-and-forth slugfest, The Grizzled Young Veterans suddenly ran down to the ringside area and attempted to steal the titles that were once theirs. Before they could make off with the gold, however, Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster blocked their path and ignited a four-way brawl between the top tandems in NXT UK, reminiscent of the chaos last month when the fighting between Gallus & Imperium spoiled the high-stakes match pitting Webster & Andrews against Zack Gibson & James Drake.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Despite having a wonky finish, this match had a lot of action in it, which is the way it should be, especially for the main event. This is a fine match within a feud that is getting better as it goes on. The fighting was the brutal stuff that young maniacs’ dreams are made, because “I was always good to you, Ben!” It’s a shame that guy had to get killed by Magneto. Anyway, as I mourn the death of the guy from that prison movie of the 1970s, you should celebrate that this match went a long time and was super-charged with the power of Power-Sauce (not a recommended source of food). Overall, this match turned out real well for a loaf of bread taken out of the oven a few minutes too early.

News Of The Night:

  1. Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams are a tag team, next week.
  2. Noam Dar fights Tyler Bate, next week.
  3. Jordan Devlin and Tyler Bate are still feuding, thanks to the former chastising the latter for some big losses this year.
  4. Joe Coffey promises to beat WALTER.
  5. Kay Lee Ray will defend the NXT UK Women’s Title against Piper Niven & Toni Storm at Takeover.
  6. The Grizzled Young Veterans, Webster & Andrews, Gallus and Imperium will fight at NXT TakeOver: Blackpool II for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships in a 4-Way Ladder Match!

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This was a show that relied too much on promos to do the work, but the main event delivered some-thing worth talking about.


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