12th Jan2021

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Jan 7th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and my ass’s name is Humidity, because it sweats and smells bad. I’m excited for this week’s show, because I already forgot which one it is. Come along with me on a journey…to find the prick that came-up with that phrase. A journey?! What is this, King Arthur’s Bitchin’ Trip To Cabo? Arthur: Lancelot! Bringeth the tanning lotion! Me: What a terrible joke. Why did you tell me to do that? You suck ass. Shut and read the review. I’ve got your nose bitch!

Match #1: Jinny def. Piper Niven to become the No. 1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship

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Jinny’s viciousness was on full display from the bell and she took the fight to Piper Niven immediately. Though Niven managed to turn things around, Joseph Conners — who made his way to ringside — strangely took the proverbial bullet for Jinny on a dive attempt by Niven. Conners’ involvement was far from over. Niven caught Jinny off the top rope, potentially looking to set her up for the Piper Driver, but Conners grabbed her feet, allowing The Fashionista to roll through into a pinfall and become the No. 1 Contender to Kay Lee Ray.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5

Match #2: Dave Mastiff def. Saxon Huxley

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This match came about thanks to Saxon Huxley’s bullying of Jack Starz and Levi Muir after they scored a victory over him. Dave Mastiff evened the odds and sought to conclude his lesson for Huxley in one-on-one action, though the unhinged Huxley was on the offensive early, devastating Mastiff and keeping him grounded. But Mastiff battled back, blasting Huxley with a huge lariat before hitting a massive corner cannonball senton for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5

Match #3: (Main Event) Jordan Devlin def. Ben Carter – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match

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Facing a pressure-packed situation in his NXT UK debut, Ben Carter was every bit up to the challenge against Jordan Devlin after their confrontation on Noam Dar’s “Supernova Sessions.” Carter quickly demonstrated his bonafides, even frustrating the veteran Devlin early as he took him to the mat. Also showcasing dazzling athleticism, Carter had The Irish Ace clearly shaken at one point after sending him to the outside with a huge dropkick. The champion wrestled back control with a side slam and standing moonsault, then began dictating the pace to his liking. Carter nearly scored a massive upset with a near-fall after a high-impact spinning suplex, then made one costly mistake. Devlin dodged Carter’s Phoenix Splash attempt and planted his promising foe with a Spanish fly. Devlin neutralized Carter’s propensity for high-risk offensive by locking on a Cloverleaf before finally putting him away with the Devlin Side. While Carter didn’t leave with the title, he certainly left with respect and made a memorable impression on the NXT UK Universe.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a one-match show that peaked in the main event. Ben Carter made his early debut and gave Devlin an excellent performance to work with. I’m still not sure if the NXT Cruiserweight Title is meant to be the real one or not, but the matches are good, so who cares? The main event was a measured encounter that focused more on even, deliberate competition, as opposed to working the prize fight as a climactic spectacle. The first two matches had their moments, but time was not on either bout’s side and it brought the show, not to a halt, but a crawl. You could skip the first two thirds of the card and just go right to the main event.

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