16th Nov2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Nov 12th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’ve got a great idea for f—kin’ game. I’ll call it golf! You hit a ball into a f—kin’ gopher hole when the little f—kers are on vacation. Ya don’ need a lawsuit now do we?! Then, you yank the ball back out and walk over to another hole and f—kin’ do it again. After you’ve done it eighteen times, whether there’s enough holes or not, you go back to a rich guy’s house and get f—ked up. If they try to throw you out, then just beat the s—t out of them with the golf club. That’s how baseball should be played! Screw givin’ the next guy the bat! I’m using that f—ker to make sure I score run, f—ker! WHAM! SMACK! BANG! That’s my f—kin idea of a good time. Alright, lets watch some people knock around a ball of string…er…wrestle.

Match #1: The Hunt w/Eddie Dennis def. Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan

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Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan looked as though they hadn’t missed a beat, partnering again for the first time since going toe to toe along with Ashton Smith in a Triple Threat Match to qualify for the final spot in the Heritage Cup Tournament. However, The Hunt eventually slowed the match to a more deliberate, punishing pace while demonstrating a seemingly newfound viciousness, perhaps the work of Eddie Dennis, who looked on approvingly as his duo claimed victory following a double diving headbutt.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was A-Okay to me. Would you like some gum? Both teams were on their marks, they were ready and were definitely set, but they never got the signal to go, if you catch my drift. The wrestling was standard for a tag match, but that’s fine. Not every-thing can be the best match you’ve ever seen, but as long as there’s some effort put into it, then how can we really complain? I had a good time with this, but I do wish this had gotten more time.

Match #2: Rampage Brown def. Jack Starz

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Rampage Brown was as advertised in his first NXT UK bout, with Jack Starz the unlucky first opponent to experience what the Leeds native is capable of. Overwhelming Starz with a barrage of bruising strikes and overwhelming power, Brown claimed victory after planting his foe with a massive Samoan Drop and huge powerbomb for a dominant debut victory.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – Rampage ate Starz, which will really ruin a lot of subscriptions to that channel, but made for an entertaining squash…entertaining…squash…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

Match #3: Xia Brookside def. Nina Samuels

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Xia Brookside put her high-flying and impressive mat acumen up against Nina Samuels’ strength advantage in an intriguing clash that figures to be pivotal in the NXT UK Women’s Title picture. While Samuels used her power to gain control, she lost her focus with excessive trash talk that seemed only to light a fire in the plucky Brookside. Samuels later appeared to suffer a knee injury after an awkward landing off the top rope, but she was only playing possum. Unfortunately for Samuels, Brookside didn’t take the bait, instead capitalizing with a small package pin. Samuels had the last laugh, though, hitting a devastating Ushigoroshi on the outside to leave Brookside in a heap.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – There’s nothing bad here, but it was shorter than my Aunt Bingie’s willy…wonka. Xia and Nina tried, but this was a matter of starting being immediately followed by stopping. There’s no criticism to be levied here other than the loss of valuable time to whatever else this show deems worthy to show instead of actual wrestling.

Match #4: (Main Event) Trent Seven def. Dave Mastiff – Advancement To The Heritage Cup Tournament Final

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With both Superstars starting in cautious fashion, perhaps wary of making an early mistake, Trent Seven and Dave Mastiff spent much of Round 1 trading low-risk holds, though they took each other out with simultaneous crossbody blocks to end the round. Mastiff clearly got the better of the collision and took control immediately in Round 2, but The Don of NXT UK pulled a fall out of nowhere, grabbing a 1-0 advantage with a clever crucifix pin. “Bomber” struck a potential knockout blow on even to end Round 3, though Seven willed himself to continue — until he was laid out with a running cannonball and gigantic powerbomb that knotted the tally at 1. Somehow summoning the will to fight on, Seven managed to hoist the much larger Mastiff above his shoulders to hit a burning hammer in Round 6 to claim victory. After vowing that his name would be the first to be engraved on the Heritage Cup, Seven was met for a respectful handshake by A-Kid, whom he’ll meet in the Final.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was good fun, like being hit by a car driven by Baryshnikov. Oy! Mastiff and Seven have good chemistry and they know how to sell the big moments in a match to make it stick. Seven is the better of the two, but Mastiff wasn’t exactly a lame duck here either. You get big slams, big strikes and big holds all rolled-up into one big match that needed one continuous amount of time to really keep the momentum, which it didn’t get due to the rounds. I thought Mastiff was gonna get the victory, so Seven winning was both surprise and pleasure at the same time. Overall, this was very enjoyable, but I wish it was a more ambitious match.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was simple TV as usual, but without another great match like WALTER/IIja from a few weeks ago, this show didn’t have much to promote, other than the next show.

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