23rd Feb2020

‘NXT UK’ Review (Feb 20th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Cameron Crowe could kick my ass. Tonight on “Cops”, a 40 year-old b—–dog tangles with the LAPD over DWI charges, while the FOX Network tries to steal the show back in an effort to stave off the Writer’s Guild Strike. Let’s get bizzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaay!


Match #1: Tyler Bate def. Joseph Conners

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Joseph Conners may have challenged “TakeOver” Tyler Bate in order to demonstrate that he is worthy, but the first-ever United Kingdom Champion proved his worth when he overcame his unpredictable opponent with Tyler Driver ‘97. Even though the loss handed Conners his first defeat in about eight months, the whirlwind back-and-forth contest exhibited the next-level talent of both competitors.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was good, but it wasn’t “Robocop 3” good. Robocop 3 is the greatest movie ever made! Bate smacked Conners around like Daggett did to Ann Lewis with that big-ass gun. Conners needed some more talent like Robocop needed to nail Jill Hennessey in Robocop 3. The action was only half as good as the action in Robocop 3. Remember the part in Robocop 3 where Johnny Rehab whoops the s— out of those cartoon characters? There are no cartoon characters in this match! Damn it! Did Robocop 3 not teach us that sewer people were cool and that OCP killed Bradley Whitford?! Rip Torn is in Robocop 3 and this match had Conners doing his “I’m gonna put you to sleep” routine. Hey…up yours, chum! Over-all, Tyler Bate was Robocop 3 and Joseph Conners was Cool Hand Luke. Yuck. Cool Hand Luke sucks! This match had too much Cool Hand Luke for my taste.

Match #2: Noam Dar def. Josh Morrell

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Noam Dar may be nefarious, but his incredible ring skills cannot be denied. That was a point he exhibited when he overcame a very game Josh Morrell with the Nova Roller.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – I like Dar. Do you like Dar? You don’t like Dar?! F— you! I’m sorry. The damn TalkTech is recording me when I’m getting all emotional thinking about Dar. Dar’s a good thing! The match was mostly a chance to show you why Dar should be getting used more often. Morrell was pretty good as well. All in all, this was not bad, but not great. DAR!!!!!!!!!!

Match #3: (Main Event) Ilja Dragunov def. Joe Coffey

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Although he fought alongside Gallus in their ongoing struggle against Imperium, Ilja Dragunov made accidental contact with Joe Coffey during Coffey’s title clash against United Kingdom Champion WALTER at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II, which may have turned the tide of the high-stakes matchup. According to The Iron King, that meant that The Mad Russian owed “the Gallus firm” a debt. Today, he was definitely out to collect when he battled Ilja one-on-one in the NXT main event. At the height of the intense showdown, Dragunov picked up a well-deserved three-count by overcoming a brutal knee injury and drilling Coffey with Tornado Moscow at the same time that The Iron King was winding up to execute All the Best for the Bells.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was some good stuff for the main event. IIja did his European thing, with big slams and tight clinches…you know, nice guy stuff. There’s plenty of strong back-and-forth between these two, so you can call this a heavy-hitter melee. Coffey’s got the goods too, by the way. I liked this. Hell, this even went upwards of fifteen minutes. How about that? We got a satisfying main event.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

The main event got mixed in with a simple show that had some other solid matches to make for a fun show.


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