24th Jan2020

‘NXT UK’ Review (Jan 23rd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Bobby Bouche better not be f—— the ladies…’cuz f—— the ladies is the G—D— devil! We’ve got some Europeans playing grab-ass ‘till the cows come home. Mae Whitman is hot. Okay, let’s make like Donald Trump and lie, lie, lie!


Match #1: Jordan Devlin def. Ligero – NXT Cruiserweight Title Fatal 4-Way Qualifier

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Jordan Devlin once again showed the WWE Universe why you must never bet against The Irish Ace when he used Devlin Side to conquer a very game Ligero and earn a place in World’s Collide’s NXT Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match. He will face titleholder Angel Garza, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, and whomever won the matchup between Travis Banks and The Brain Kendrick in NXT UK’s main event.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a real zippy bout that gave both of these guys enough time to do some damage. Devlin and Ligero are a pretty good pairing. Hell, this could be a good candidate for a Best Of 5 Series at some point. Hey, there doesn’t need to be a reason for good s— to happen. Devlin was the right person to go on to the prize fight. I like Ligero, but Devlin is on the cusp of greatness (as far as this brand goes, at least), so him winning was almost a necessity. The match had lots of action in a decent amount of time, so that’s got to count for some-thing.

Match #2: Ilja Dragunov def. Josh Morrel

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Moments after Ilja Dragunov laid waste to Josh Morrel, Gallus’ Joe Coffey joined him in the squared circle. Because Dragunov’s actions at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II accidently injured Coffey mid-match against United Kingdom Champion WALTER, The Iron King hold him responsible for the loss and made it clear that once Ilja was done with Finn Bálor at Worlds Collide, they will have a score to settle between them.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was a f—— SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!!!!!!!!! I hate squashes! I feel like Anita Ward when she asks folks to “Ring My Bell”. Okay, I’m not wasting more A-material on a f—— SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!!!!!!

Match #3: (Main Event) Travis Banks def. The Brian Kendrick – NXT Cruiserweight Title Fatal 4-Way Qualifier

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the second qualifying match of the evening, Travis Banks used the Kiwi Crusher to conquer former Cruiserweight Champion The Brain Kendrick and earn the right to compete in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Worlds Collide for the NXT Cruiserweight Title against titleholder Angel Garza, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Jordan Devlin.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good, solid main event. While it won’t go down as the masterpiece of the year, it will go in the history books as an example of good, old-fashioned wrestling (with a twist of lime). Like Leblanc and Carr’s “Falling”, this was good thing that could have been a bit more robust, but that was just an attempt at auditioning as a music critic (I’ll piss on who-ever the Grammys want). Banks really needed a big win and getting one that’s to a title shot is that much better, like The Sylvers “Boogie Fever” is better than malaria. Rolling Stone should hire me. Over-all, this was a fine main event that ought to win “Best R&B Album Of The Year”.

News Of The Night:

  1. The WWE United Kingdom Title has been rebranded as the NXT United Kingdom Championship.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This show was right to the point and, while not the most thrilling hour of wrestling television, it was good.


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