30th Nov2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Nov 26th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a confusing opener and a major main event, which is also how I start off date night with the missus, minus the parts where I look good. Let’s not lose any momentum as we…look…up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s…Grandpa Gusemp! Grandpa Gusemp: I HAVE A FLYING CHAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIRRRRRRR!!!!!!! NXT UK starts…meowwwwwwww!

Match #1: Jordan Devlin def. Amir Jordan – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match

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Jordan Devlin was a man on a mission in the first defense of “his” NXT Cruiserweight Championship in eight months. Fighting as though he still has everything to prove, The Irish Ace punished Amir Jordan with a cavalcade of chops and holds, methodically wearing him down bit by bit. Though Jordan demonstrated his grit by fighting back with a flurry of offense — including a high-risk tope suicida and a rolling flatliner — Devlin stymied the rally and tapped his foe out with a Cloverleaf.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Devlin, who was mainly kept from competition because he was accused of sexual misconduct against women, has returned to defend his version of the NXT Cruiserweight Title, which he claims is his to defend. It will be interesting to see if Devlin and whoever is the NXT Cruiserweight Champion have a unification match in the future, or if this is simply more of the “aimless story-line” kind. In any case, we have Devlin and Jordan here and it was pretty good for the time it had to work with. Devlin was as dominant and consistent, with Jordan keeping his offense and selling steady as a…steady…thing. This felt pretty brisk and immediate, with an over-all sense of urgency that allows me to write a bunch of words that enables me to pretend that I know what I’m talking about. Apart from my suspicions that Devlin may be a sex fiend, Devlin deserved the win here, on the grounds of being the bigger star and giving another strong performance here on NXT UK.

Match #2: Jinny def. Isla Dawn

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One week after playing a pivotal role in Kay Lee Ray’s NXT UK Women’s Title defense against Piper Niven, Jinny showed once again she’s a force to be reckoned with between the ropes as well. Isla Dawn nearly scored a major win after hitting a backdrop driver, but The Fashionista recovered and fired back with a reverse enziguri before tapping out NXT UK’s White Witch with a brutal submission combination.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Jinny and Isla Dawn handled the middle match well enough, but it never felt like more than just the middle match either. I don’t think the finish ever felt like it was in question, but it was nice to see them both put the effort in any-way. Jinny won and that’s alright with me.

Match #3: (Main Event) A-Kid def. Trent Seven – NXT UK Heritage Cup Finals

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A-Kid and Trent Seven needed more than six rounds, but in the end, WWE’s Spanish Superstar became the first to hoist the Heritage Cup by winning in Sudden Death Overtime after an unforgettable classic. Most of the first two rounds were spent on the mat as the competitors traded holds. While the bout wasn’t short on respect, it also wasn’t short on intensity, and A-Kid brought the aggression right off the bat in Round 3, charging Seven before he even finished drinking his water from the intermission. From there, mat wrestling largely went out the window as they traded thunderous strikes. A-Kid scored the bout’s first fall, pinning The Don of NXT UK after connecting with a jumping side kick. Seven fought out of an armbar to hit a huge powerbomb in Round 4, but couldn’t capitalize for a pin in time by the round’s end. A-Kid nearly sealed the deal in the next round, as he countered Seven’s gigantic back superplex by rolling over for the cover, but the bell signaling the end of the round just before the referee could count three. Unable to even the tally even after hitting the Seven Star Lariat and a Burning Hammer, Seven dug deep into his back of tricks to reverse an armbar into what was finally a successful pinning combination to force the extra period. Seven seemed to have the Cup all but wrapped up after hitting a massive slam from the apron to the outside, but A-Kid managed to beat the 10-count. The plucky Spaniard later reversed Seven’s omoplata into his own, eventually forcing Seven to submit after a desperate struggle and giving way to an emotional celebratory scene.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Well, this was a fine finale to a pretty good tournament. A-Kid won a spirited sprint against Seven, who gave the aerial master all he could handle…like ducks in a blender. From bell to bell, day to day and year to year, for 45 years Wyatt and Clara never left each other’s side and when Wyatt died in 1929, his funeral was attended by such early Hollywood stars as Buster Keaton and Tom Mix…Tom Mix wept. Wait…that isn’t even how that narration goes…f—— Robert Mitchum. Well, this match went off like sparklers in the taint…very painful, yet kinda fun. This was no mere spot-fest, with both fighters choosing to mix styles into a subtle hybrid display…sounds like high-end vomit. Both of these athletes came across as top-level guys and, in a match that was entirely on their shoulders, that’s the best thing that you could hope for. I coulda gone either way on the winner, but A-Kid getting it was rather encouraging, as it means that a new star is getting made instead of just solidifying a current one. Hopefully, there are plans for Seven as well, because he’s just too damn good to forget about.

Final Verdict: 3.8/5

Two big matches and a third that didn’t break down the tractor as it was cuttin’ the grass made for a good day of work in the yard.

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