09th Mar2021

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Mar 4th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Meiko Satomura challenging for the NXT UK Women’s Title. This is a really cool match to have on the card. I wrote a goat to get to this review, so you better respect the goat. Goat: BAAAAAAH!!!!! Me: Silence my love. Passion will come soon. Goat: BAAAAAH!!!! BAAAAAAH!!!!!! Me: Silence my love! Soon you shall be the center of the passions! We have three matches here on this card, so let’s… Goat: BAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! BAAAAAAAH!!!!! BAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! Goat: Silence my love! The passionable time shall come…now! (the pounding begins…) NXT UK starts…GAFRIGGADEENOBGABOWN!!!!!!

Match #1: Ilja Dragunov def. Sam Gradwell via referee stoppage

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

On one hand, Ilja Dragunov is still unbeaten since suffering a heartbreaking defeat in a wild title fight against NXT UK Champion WALTER in October. On the other, The Mad Russian seems to have lost a part of himself in the aftermath of his war for the title. In what has quickly become a disturbing trend during his matches, Dragunov lost control of his emotions against Sam Gradwell, letting out some tortured battle cries and claiming the win via referee stoppage after landing several savage elbows to the jaw of Gradwell. Even after the bell, Dragunov continued to rain down elbows to his defenseless foe. To be fair, Gradwell all but begged Dragunov to snap, routinely trash talking and antagonizing him right from the opening bell. After the match, an obviously despondent Dragunov backed an official into the corner and threatened to attack him, only to suddenly relent and show genuine remorse, much to the delight of a smiling Gradwell.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • Dragunov worked hard to make this brief bout pack a wallop. Gradwell made for a good opponent to take a beating and to also play the part of manipulator to Dragunov. The idea that Dragunov got a an easy win overall and a mortal enemy out of the deal was a good deal to make with this booking.

The Bad:

  • This was not as competitive as you’d hope for, nor was it that exciting in the big picture.

The Verdict:

  • The right guy won and it felt good.

Match #2: Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan def. Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Two tandems with dreams of wearing the NXT UK Tag Team Titles clashed in a thrilling bout, wherein all four competitors had a chance to shine. Amir Jordan spent the early portions of the match isolated from his corner and absorbing tremendous punishment from each of his foes, but Kenny Williams hit the ring like a ball of fire and leveled Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter. After Jordan was tagged back in, he found himself rolled up by Carter, but Williams yanked Carter’s leg from the ringside area, allowing Jordan to reverse the pinning combination for the 1-2-3!

The Score: 5 out of 10

The Good:

  • There was enough action here to hold the match up to scrutiny. Both teams worked well together and never failed to keep the bout strong.

The Bad:

  • This was not very thrilling match. The whole thing had the feeling of paint-by-numbers, but successfully so, by and large.

The Verdict:

  • I’d say this was a good bout to hold the card up for the main event to rocket off of when it comes up next.

Match #3: (Main Event) Kay Lee Ray def. Meiko Satomura – NXT UK Women’s Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Meiko Satomura didn’t exactly stick her toe in the water when she arrived in NXT UK. Instead, after picking up a decisive win against Isla Dawn in her debut, the world-traveled and decorated legend immediately set her sights on NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray. Ray showed her vicious side when she nailed the challenger with an elevated DDT from the apron to the ringside floor, but Satomura struck back moments later when she dropped the titleholder spine-first onto the very same area of the ring apron. When Ray ensnared Satomura in the Koji Clutch for the second time, The Best in the World fully extended her right leg to narrowly get her foot on the ropes and force a break. In a dizzying conclusion to what can only be described as an instant classic, The Scary Queen of Scots whiffed on her Swanton Bomb attempt, but when Satomura went for the Scorpion Kick, the titleholder nevertheless blocked it. Seconds later, Ray attempted a Gory Bomb, but Satomura rolled her up for a long two-count. Satomura and Ray exchanged kicks to the head, and Ray finally retained her championship by connecting with her second Gory Bomb. After staggering to a vertical base, Ray helped Satomura back to her feet, and the two exchanged bows and a hug as NXT UK concluded.

The Score: 9 out of 10

The Good:

  • Now this was a classic. These two went hold for hold and lock for lock from bell to bell and it was absolutely fantastic. Meiko gave KLR the match of her career so far and also managed to grab another run at base for her own stats. There were no short-cuts taken in the action and no cheap tricks utilized to get the bout over. The match was a bounty of the best wrestling you can ever hope for.

The Bad:

  • Fireworks didn’t shoot out of anybody’s ass. Also, Meiko should have won.

The Verdict:

  • Even though the wrong person won, it doesn’t ruin Meiko’s career to lose. This match was a blast.

Final Verdict: 8/10

The main event made this show worth watching. Nothing on here was bad and it all turned out well enough. The fact that the main event was so good and took up the large portion of the show is why this show gets a great rating. Well, it was nice to finally get back to this review. I’ll see you next week.

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