13th Apr2021

‘WWE NXT UK: Prelude’ Review (Apr 8th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is NXT UK: Prelude. We have a big main event, which is what I always say to the prostitute when she forgets to wear her glasses. I will start with the first match and move to the second and the third, because I wanted to try something different. Here we go with WALTER…and the other guy…Rampage…not the game!

Match #1: Tyler Bate def. Noam Dar – Heritage Cup Rules Match

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It required the maximum six rounds, but Tyler Bate dug deep and narrowly edged Noam Dar 2-1 in a savage fight to become the No. 1 Contender to A-Kid’s Heritage Cup Championship. The Big Strong Boi caught The Scottish Supernova by surprise just 1:15 into Round 1, claiming an early 1-0 advantage by rolling up his nemesis for the pinfall. With his ally Sha Samuels barking instructions from ringside at the start of Round 2, Dar enjoyed the upper hand and even landed a pinpoint elbow to Bate’s head, but the clock expired before either man could earn a decision. Round 3 saw Dar land another vicious elbow to Bate’s jaw and Bate fire back with a dizzying airplane spin, but the time once again ran out with Bate still leading 1-0. With Dar still dizzy from the conclusion of Round 3, Bate hoisted him onto his shoulders for a second airplane spin, which yielded a long two-count. Dar, however, landed multiple kicks to Bate’s kneecap to leave his foe staggered at the conclusion of Round 4. Dar finally evened the score at 1-1 in Round 5, countering Bate’s back elbow attempt and seamlessly ensnaring him in a kneebar submission hold to force a quick tapout. Samuels, who had resisted the urge to get involved for the first five rounds, finally hopped onto the apron and began chastising Bate, who was perched atop the turnbuckles with Dar down on the mat. Trent Seven immediately began brawling with Samuels, and Bate dodged Dar’s attempt at a Nova Roller, forearmed his rival in the face and planted him with Tyler Driver ’97 for the decisive pinfall.

The Score: 7 out of 10

  • The Good: Bate and Dar worked Dard to make the match Bateriffic. Both of these guys traded holds and locks like spinach puffs on the playground. We all know how kids love spinach puffs. Bate and Dar grappled judiciously, which added to the methodical visuals of this match. This felt like a contest over a fight and I enjoyed that change of pace. There was no grudge here, so why would they be trying to kill each other?
  • The Bad: The match felt like it was missing a little something, but not because the match was simply a contest as opposed to a fight.
  • The Verdict: I had a good time here. There’s something to be said for keeping it simple and, even with the rounds, I still felt like I could hold onto this hunka hunka burnin’…hunka?

Match #2: Emilia McKenzie & Meiko Satomura def. Isla Dawn & Kay Lee Ray

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One week after a wild two-on-two melee pitting Meiko Satomura and the returning Emilia McKenzie against NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray and Isla Dawn, the four Superstars competed in an edge-of-your-seat tag team bout at NXT UK Prelude. McKenzie and Dawn immediately set a nasty tone for the highly anticipated clash, kicking of the match with a ferocious exchange of rights and lefts. Satomura got the best of the titleholder when each received a tag late in the bout, landing several stinging strikes, a kick to the head and Scorpio Rising. With all four Superstars brawling in and around the ring, McKenzie used a crafty blind tag to reenter the match and rolled up Dawn for the 1-2-3. Ray seemingly had a chance to interrupt the count when she dove back into the ring, but she curiously stopped dead in her tracks when The Best in the World blocked her path. As The Best in the World and McKenzie celebrated in the squared circle, Aoife Valkyrie appeared at ringside and placed a feather in the runway while staring a hole through Satomura.

The Score: 6 out of 10

  • The Good: Meiko kicked ass. All others had asses to be kicked. Isla Dawn. That sounds like a…name. I’m tired of writing these things. There are too many shows going on this week. Let’s be honest. Meiko is the reason why this match works. Never doubt a veteran with enough skills to gag a maggot.
  • The Bad: Meiko didn’t have a clone to wrestle. Meiko vs. Meiko…vs. Kramer…vs. Predator…vs. Ecks vs. Sever. Why was that movie called Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever? Why not just call it Ballistic?
  • The Verdict: Not bad for the middle match.

Match #3: WALTER def. Rampage Brown – NXT UK Championship Match

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Life’s only certainties: Death, taxes and a big-fight feeling pulsating through the arena whenever NXT UK Champion WALTER defends his title. In the early goings, the champion and challenger both danced with what brought them, each employing a fierce power game and attempting to flat-out run each other over, and Brown landed the first big blow when he steamrolled WALTER and sent him crashing to the ringside floor. The chests of both competitors turned beet red when they exchanged some cringeworthy chops in the center of the ring. Brown attempted a Doctor Bomb, but WALTER countered with another chop to the chest and a powerbomb, only for Brown to kick out at the last second. Brown took down WALTER with a ring-rattling superplex and soon followed up with a Doctor Bomb, but the champion had the wherewithal to roll to the ropes and avoid a potential pinfall attempt. Perhaps feeling a sense of desperation to end the match after another thunderous powerbomb only yielded a two-count, the gargantuan WALTER uncharacteristically went to the top rope and came crashing down on Brown with a big splash, finally putting away his gutsy challenger in what was arguably his most difficult title defense.

The Score: 8 out of 10

  • The Good: WALTER did it again. F—k Rampage! I only kid. No I don’t. I’m going insane! Rampage did a great job. Hard-hitting like there’s nothing else out there, this match damn near broke the screen just for having had been on it. These guys were like a sledge-hammer smashing the concrete until it cracked down to the dirt. WALTER elected to destroy Rampage, who decided to do the same to the champ.
  • The Bad: It needed a few more minutes. I need a kidney. Gimme gimme gimme.
  • The Verdict: What a wonderful main event. WALTER is so good that he may be able to afford his last name again. Soon, WALTER will be WALTER HITLER once again, just like Michael Bay. Michael Bay: I’m a loud jack-ass!

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was a lot of fun. BTS are weird man-women and this show was excellent. The first and last matches were really good and the middle bout was just fine. Prelude was a fine event. I wish I could invent veggie burger filled with meat. Can you imagine what the Impossible Burger would taste like if it was made with steak? It would taste good. Okay, all hail WALTER…WALTER HITLER. Michael Bay: I’m a loud jack-ass!


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