05th Oct2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Oct 1st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’ve got the crotch of a dude and a chick…which makes staying home on a Saturday night a lot more fun (think ball-in-a-cup). In 1988, Industrial Light And Magic morphed a tiger into a naked lady and NXT UK starts now…because when you’re drunk, I’m in charge.

Match #1: Kenny Williams def. Ashton Smith and Amir Jordan – Triple Threat Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Kenny Williams is the final competitor in the NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament. Williams overcame Ashton Smith and tag team partner Amir Jordan, pinning Smith after planting him with a gigantic tornado DDT. Williams will take on Trent Seven in a first-round matchup.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Oh God! It’s coming! I can feel it! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! I’m…it’s coming! Oh God! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Oh…oh…oh…AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! It’s…it’s…a mediocre Triple Threat. This match was a miscarriage of justice. The lame wrestling was an aberration to good taste. Featuring action that was still born of the trite main roster action of typical WWE Triple Threat matches, this match makes you wonder what sort of life these guys live if this is the best they can come-up with? Listen, I want these guys to be able to choose what moves they do in matches…hell I’m pro choice…but when the actual wrestling is just point A to point B in a formula, it is a breech delivery that feels like just another match made in a test-tube. I want these matches to be so good that you can cheer for them all the way up in the C-section, but that only happens if you follow a proper birth plan: beginning, middle and end. You need psychology, you need suspense and you need excitement. I love a melee for an opener as much as the next, but for such a match to work, you need a match that is pregnant with the best wrestling per second you can get and that just did not happen here…baby.

Match #2: Jinny def. Xia Brookside

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Jinny has vowed to show an entirely new, even more vicious side and Xia Brookside experienced it first hand, as she tapped out to The Fashionista. Afterward, Jinny declared she would make history, declaring herself the queen of NXT UK.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was not very much, but it was also easy to digest, like that bag of quarters the hairy prick that’s living in the laundromat keeps trying to take from me. Jinny and Xia did what they could to make this match look good, but they were always pressed for time. I thought this was okay and…those are my quarters!

Match #3: (Main Event) Noam Dar def. Alexander Wolfe – NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament First Round Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Pete Dunne served as special guest referee and The BruiserWeight wasn’t shy about asserting his authority, though it also proved pivotal in the match’s result. The former NXT United Kingdom Champion caught Noam Dar using the ropes for extra leverage during a pinfall attempt in Round 5 and punished him accordingly, kicking Dar’s arm. Dar responded by looking for the Nova Roller on Dunne, but he instead blasted Alexander Wolfe as The BruiserWeight ducked out of the way and had no choice but to count Dar’s pinfall on Wolfe for the 2-1 victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This had a lot of starts and stops to it, but there was enough interesting wrestling in here to keep this peanut butter and fried chicken sandwich together. Dar and Wolfe had a very European battle of the holds that might lose some of the more blood-thirsty folk that watch wrestling, but I’m a member of the group that loves that European style. The rounds broke-up the momentum a bit, but they also added some suspense, so I won’t bitch…much. Tusk is not better than Dogma and this match was not the best main event in NXT UK, but it was fun.

News Of The Night:

  1. Pete Dunne and WALTER appear to be destined to fight for NXT UK Championship.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

Well, at least this show came and went without issue. While this was no great event, it was a nice tease of what this brand can be.

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