25th Jan2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (Jan 23rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT:UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have lots of interesting stuff to get to, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Nina Samuels def. Lana Austin

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Although a tenacious Lana Austin was operating on all cylinders against Nina Samuels, delivering a fierce forearm that nearly closed the door on her opponent, Samuels overcame her upstart foe with a fireman’s carry into the Primadonna for the victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a quick match that had some good wrestling but felt a bit flat, if that makes sense.

Match #2: Eddie Dennis def. Jamie Ahmed

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Still recovering from his brutal No Disqualification Match against “Bomber” Dave Mastiff, a very angry Eddie Dennis roared back with a dominant showing inside the squared circle and around ringside against Jamie Ahmed. And though Ahmed avoided the Severn Bridge, it was only a matter of time before he suffered a brutal deadlift superplex and neck-stop driver to give another victory to the former headmaster.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – There was some brutal shots fired the whole way through, but this suffered from being too short to make a mark beyond just a few moves for the highlight reel of either man’s career.

Match #3: Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

After a pre-match brawl left Travis Banks unable to compete against Jordan Devlin at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, the two competitors finally collided in a return match in this week’s NXT UK main event. Although The Kiwi Buzzsaw got the best of his opponent in brawl that stretched into the crowd in the early moments of the emotionally charged main event, The Irish Ace took charge by concentrating his attack on Banks’ already-injured knee, as well as his lower back and right arm, in an effort to systematically dismantle his opponent. As the two competitors battled on the ring apron, Devlin suddenly hit a devastating Spanish Fly off the apron and onto the ringside floor. After both athletes barely beat the count back into the ring, the resilient Banks used incredible adrenaline to stand right up after suffering a second Spanish Fly, responding with a devastating clothesline that completely took out his adversary.

Both competitors pulled out all the stops as the battle raged on, with Banks lifting his knees to counter Devlin’s moonsault off the top rope before executing the Kiwi Crusher for the near-fall. Devlin avoided a Slice of Heaven kick and lifted his opponent to attempt Island’s Call, but the exhausted Superstar couldn’t maintain control, and both competitors collapsed through the ropes out to the ringside floor. After the all-out war, neither battler could get in the ring before the 10-count, and the referee was forced to declare the matchup a double count-out. The bell didn’t stop the action, however, as Devlin and Banks reengaged and battled into the crowd as NXT UK concluded.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that had some fine wrestling, from chain to smash. I enjoyed the pace and the intensity of the match and it was the right kind of contest to end the card. Overall, these guys made a good match and they could be a good one to re-book for a later date.

News Of The Night:

  1. Moustache Mountain versus Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner was booked for next week.
  2. WALTER debuts, next week.
  3. WALTER had a brawl with Gallus in anticipation of his debut on NXT: UK.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a bit dull, but the wrestling was good and it did lead nicely into next week, which looks like it will turn out well.


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