07th Dec2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Dec 3rd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…just for the taste of it…DIET COKE! AHHHHH!!!!!! It…it…tastes like s—. Okay, wrestling down the half-pipe…of love.

Match #1: Rampage Brown def. Saxon Huxley

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The unhinged Saxon Huxley matched Rampage Brown’s strength in this battle between two of NXT UK’s biggest bruisers, who also showed off impressive agility at their size, highlighted by a top-rope clothesline from Huxley to give him the upper hand. But Huxley went to the well one too many times as Brown caught him off the top on his second attempt, planting him with a massive powerslam before hitting his patented gutwrench powerbomb for the hard-fought win.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Rampage rampaged like a rampaging rampager that rampages rampagily rampagified…what? It was okay. God! What do you want from me? I was frozen today! Great Scott! Saxon made like the people and lost every war. I liked how I didn’t actually watch this, so I didn’t have a chance to have an opinion on how this was an extended squash for Rampage, who I’ve never heard of and have no knowledge of even after watching him on the indies for years. Done.

Match #2: Aoifye Valkyrie def. Aleah James

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The upstart Aleah James grounded Aoife Valkyrie early and had her on her heels as the match progressed, perhaps catching the dynamic Valkyrie off-guard as one of her first opponents able to match her quickness. James nearly scored an upset with a Northern Lights suplex, though Valkyrie kicked out and fought back with a series of strikes and a massive spinning heel kick to set James up for her vaunted top-rope leg drop.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Jabba da noche miga vuh nuda mon kai! Hohohohohoho! Gado veen gustab, maddo en ko Jedi squmm! Hohohohoho! Loka mie… Sorry about that! Whammy! I was speaking Huttenese by accident. I said that this was a decently worked match of equally decent length, but it never got to go past the first act as it were. Valkyrie worked hard and seems poised to be a big deal for this brand very soon. The right person won and the loser wasn’t half bad either.

Match #3: Joe Coffey def. Alexander Wolfe

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Joe Coffey and Alexander traded their best in an all-out war between members of Gallus and Imperium with the rest of both factions banned from ringside. The Iron King made his strategy clear early on, raining down on Wolfe with thunderous lefts and rights until Wolfe took control with a cheap attack as the referee tried to separate them in the corner. Coffey’s versatility was well on display as he unleashed a spectacular step-up springboard crossbody. A second try proved costly, though, as Wolfe countered in mid-air with a massive uppercut before spiking him with a Death Valley Driver for a near-fall. Though Coffey hit All the Best for the Bells moments later, the signature strike sent Wolfe tumbling to the outside and allowed him enough time to recover for a kickout after Coffey dragged him back into the ring. Following with a huge catapult shoulder block and the Glasgow Sendoff, Coffey hit his finishing maneuver once more to turn Wolfe inside out and finally keep him down for the count.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was good fun and great for those that like the ground-and-pound method of fighting. Coffey and Wolfe took it to each other like Eva Braun and that dog. This was strong-arm fighting at its above-average-est, with Wolfe clobbering ol’ Coffey while he drank a cup of himself. I felt like I was watching The Baldwin brothers fighting at Thanksgiving, which is all I’ve ever wanted from life. Well, this was good and I didn’t watch any of it, because I never watch any of these things.

Match #4: (Main Event) The Hunt w/Eddie Dennis def. Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster

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With retribution on their mind, Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster wasted no time, immediately taking the fight to their former friends turned rivals, Primate and Wild Boar. The former NXT UK Tag Team Champions looked no worse for wear in their first tag team action since January, dishing out an emotionally charged array of high-octane offense, including jaw-dropping tope con giros in stereo. However, the presence of the mastermind Eddie Dennis at ringside proved to be the ultimate x-factor. Not only did The Welsh Dragon help Boar back into the ring to help break up a pin after a devastating double-team attack by Andrews & Webster, Dennis also knocked Andrews from atop the ropes to allow Primate to blast him with a huge Spear. From there, Wild Boar tagged in and the vicious unit unleashed a powerful double toss powerbomb for a major statement victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This made me feel all tingly inside. I like…tingling. There was a lot of pork here, so if you like porkin’ it, then whip it out and…sorry…wrong thought. As tag matches go, this was one of them. The basic rules of tag were observed and I drink your milk-shake! SLURP! You get some bigger moves in the second half that really happened, didn’t they? Nobody was terrible here, but nobody was dynamic either. As main events go, this was the latest.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This came, this went and it was…fine. The brand feels like it doesn’t have a focal point, despite having several top stars and a major title. Some weeks this show is good and some weeks it’s bad. This week it was enough to make me wanna come back next week, but I’m not that excited.


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