23rd Nov2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Nov 19th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’m just banging a chubby Christmas tree in the a…Merry Christmas! On this episode of Diagnosis Murder, a guy dies of cancer, but is instead declared dead of COVID-19. It’s a good thing that could never happen in real life. Well, we have a Women’s Title match that is set to go all over the building, because it’s Falls Count Anywhere.

Match #1: Joe Coffey def. Sam Gradwell

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Two weeks removed from suffering a pinfall loss to Joe Coffey and the Gallus boys in Six-Man Tag Team action, Sam Gradwell insisted he would take care of business in a one-on-one setting. While Gradwell brought a fierce challenge to the ring, his talk ultimately proved to be bigger as he lost after Coffey leveled him with All the Best for the Bells.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Joe and Sam had a battle of short first names. I’m easier to say! No, I am! There’s some nice moves and it all looked like Porky Pig running away from a meat-packing plant. You get a decent amount of action in a match that went a decent amount of time, but is decent enough? It feels like so much of this was just to fill time, which is typical of modern wrestling. I wanted this to be more exciting than we got, but at least it was decent enough to keep on the broadcast.

Match #2: Pretty Deadly def. Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter

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Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter stymied Pretty Deadly early on, taking control behind their quickness and innovative double-team maneuvers until Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker were able to isolate Carter in their corner and effectively chop the ring in half. A tag to Smith turned the bout around, but Stoker saved Howley from a near-certain pin by placing his boot on the bottom rope. Stoker blasted Smith with a huge uppercut from the outside moments later, allowing Howley to roll him up for the win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Nobody did anything bad here, but we didn’t have much in the way of sterling wrestling action here either. You do get the standard tag action, but it’s just that: standard. So much of this was of the paint-by-numbers variety, but that’s just par for the course in the WWE. The fighters did what they were supposed to do and kept-up their end of the deal by making the match stay steady from bell to bell…

Match #3: Saxon Huxley def. Levi Muir

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Levi Muir struggled to tame the barbaric, unruly style of Saxon Huxley despite his best efforts. Jack Starz emerged at ringside to cheer on his friend, but that support wasn’t enough to help Muir overcome Huxley, who claimed victory after nearly beheading Muir with a massive clothesline.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – There’s plenty of…well…they moved around a lot. Um…this is like the last two matches. It’s the same praise and criticism that the first two matches got, which is, once again, how the WWE seems to book. I wanted…I get that COVID has changed things for the meantime, but that doesn’t mean that wrestling should take the night off, yeah? The matches I keep seeing are either gut-wrenching battles to the death or are so reserved that they could be said to have hardly occurred at all, like this one. You do get some nice moves here, but every match has nice moves now. I want to see some wrestling in the wrestling matches. That’s why Ring Of Honor’s Pure Tournament worked so well, because it made wrestling the point of the match. All of the problems of the bout were solved with actual wrestling holds, instead of just going from move to rest to move again until they got the signal to bring it home. I…want more from these matches. Why shouldn’t we? Why shouldn’t the wrestlers want more? I’m complaining too much. Well…f—k. 2.7…okay.

Match #4: (Main Event) Kay Lee Ray def. Piper Niven – Falls Count Anywhere Match For The NXT UK Women’s Championship

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Kay Lee Ray and Piper Niven ushered in a new level of brutality in the first Women’s Falls Count Anywhere Match in NXT UK history. Niven wasted no time beginning the chaotic brawl, attacking KLR in the entranceway before the bell even sounded. She also quickly capitalized on the stipulation, introducing an array of foreign objects from under the ring. Both made use of the weaponry, including the ring bell, a trash can, and even a steel chain that The Scary Queen of Scots viciously wrapped around Niven’s face. Jinny emerged moments later looking for payback after Niven left her lying two weeks ago, and began pummeling Niven until the challenger could fight her off and toss her over the barricade. KLR and Niven battled their way backstage at BT Sport Studios where the destructive ingenuity escalated. Countering a Gory Bomb attempt, Niven dropped KLR on a chair with a Piper Driver that nearly scored a three-count. Niven left no doubt about the lengths she was willing to go to in order to become champion, targeting Kay Lee Ray’s injured knee with a steel pipe before the rivals took their fight to the top of an equipment case. That was when Jinny re-emerged to strike Niven in the back with a chair, sending both competitors crashing through a table below. Landing fortuitously atop Niven for the cover, Kay Lee Ray successfully retained her title, though neither woman will likely be the same anytime soon.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was grueling, to say the least. Both champion and challenger went for the jugular in this blood-soaked death-fest. You get one big shot after another in a match that dealt in violence in the same way that I deal with flesh-eating Girl Scouts. There’s something about watching a big-time prize fight gone deadly that I just love. Who needs skilled combat when you can just watch people kill each other? That’s a joke, by the way. As far as this match is concerned, you get pretty mean match with all of the usual mayhem, but none of the plunder fluff. These two were able to keep the intensity the whole time and set-up each twist of the match without hammering it in like Thumbelina when she went to the…WORK-SHED!!!!!!! The champion showed an aggressive side that needs to stick around…or else…WHAM! If you like watching Greta Garbo mulch a dog, then you’ll love the Andrew “Dice” Clay of professional wrestling matches.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

The main event made better a stale show that was filled with rose petals…of lies!

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