23rd Dec2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Dec 19th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…Snoke was just Emperor Palpatine…who was just Dr. Manhattan in disguise. Get off the f—— pool! We’ve got lots of European’s a-peein’ in the pool…get off the f—— pool! I keep trying to say we’ve got wrestling here from the UK, but…get off the f—— pool! Okay, let’s just get to it before…damn it! Get off the f—— pool!


Match #1: Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan def. Pretty Deadly

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Returning from injury, Amir Jordan wasted no time rejoining Kenny Williams in tag team action. In the final moments, the reunited tandem scored a victory over Pretty Deadly on the wings of a Swanton Bombay from The Bhangra Bad Boy.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was better than the explanation of how the Emperor came back in “The Rise Of Skywalker”. The action was pretty evened out and gave everybody a chance to get something in. Over-all, this was not a bad start to the show.

Match #2: Jinny def. Amale

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Furious over being left out of the recently announced NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II, Jinny looked to get back on track by using the Makeover to earn a strong victory over Amale.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This was another damn squash match in the 21st century. It’s almost like the year 2000 never happened for the WWE/WWF. Remember when Vince allowed big matches to happen on TV? You don’t need competition to be motivated to book good cards. In any case, this was posturing at its lamest.

Match #3: (Main Event) Tyler Bate def. Noam Dar

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Although Noam Dar insisted that he is contractually guaranteed an opportunity to compete in every NXT UK TakeOver event, General Manager Johnny Saint and Assistant to the General Manager Sid Scala made it clear that The Scottish Supernova needed to prove his worth against first-ever United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate. During the hard-fought showdown, Jordan Devlin suddenly emerged on the stage to get a closer look at the action, but when Dar attempted to take advantage of the distraction, Bate kicked out of his pin attempt and finished off his opponent with Tyler Driver ‘97.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that capped off the show with the kind of thing that makes NXT UK worth watching, which is great wrestling with interesting people. I have no qualms with any-thing that this match did or the amount of time it was given in which to do any-thing at all. Do more of this stuff in the next decade Vince McMahon, because this is what wrestling is all about, not the Rockettes doing leg splits with Pete Rose while Leslie Nielsen looks for William Shatner’s spoken-word WWE theme songs album in Mideon’s ass.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jordan Devlin tried to attack Tyler Bate.
  2. Trent Seven and Eddie Dennis will fight at TakeOver.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

The main event highlighted a docile broadcast that just held the status quo in place like “The Last Jedi” did when it spent two hours on talking about what “Star Wars” should be, when it could have spent the entirety of the two and a half hour run time just being that movie instead. Hey, “Star Wars” came out here in America this weekend and I ran out of things to say.


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