17th Feb2019

‘NXT: UK’ Review (Feb 13th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s review of NXT:UK, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and NXT:UK has a great opener to show us, so let’s all go to the lobby…what was I talking about? That delete button is still not in the budget yet, so you get to read all of my dumb ideas/ignore everything I say.

Match #1: Noam Dar def. Jordan Devlin

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Noam Dar returned to NXT UK to engage Jordan Devlin in an explosive showdown, and Devlin gained the advantage when The Scottish Supernova hurt his ankle by inadvertently kicking the steel steps. Smelling blood in the water, The Irish Ace looked to stomp his opponent’s injured appendage into the unforgiving steel, but Travis Banks emerged to make sure Dar didn’t suffer the same fate that he had.

Back in the ring, when Devlin illegally attempted to use the ropes to pick up the pinfall, The Kiwi Buzzsaw again interceded to prevent the three-count. Though the Irish Superstar knocked him of the apron in response, the disruption was enough for Dar to pick up the quick pin. When an irate Devlin attacked his opponent from behind in the aftermath, Banks reengaged his adversary and quickly ignited a fierce post-match brawl between the two bitter adversaries.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a great match that deserved to go even longer. Dar is really becoming a big deal in the WWE, even if he won’t get any credit for it any time soon. Devlin worked hard and made Dar’s fine work look even better. I could go for a few more of these between these guys.

Match #2: Jinny def. Mia Yim

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Just moments after the announcement that NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm will battle Rhea Ripley in a title rematch on the Feb. 20 edition of NXT UK, dangerous contender Jinny went to war on the “inner swag” of NXT’s explosive Mia Yim. Although the “HBIC” drove The Fashionista into the turnbuckle with a wicked German suplex in the final moments, Jinny escaped from the ring before her opponent could follow up. Jinny then caught Yim with a solid kick as her prey was pursuing her back into the squared circle and used the ropes to help assure her the three-count.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was standard stuff, but it was good for what was there. Yim was excellent and Jinny wasn’t very far behind. There’s some good wrestling in here if you’re willing to watch a smaller match that doesn’t really go any-where.

Match #3: (Main Event) WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. Wolfgang

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

As Gallus look regroup and refocus on conquering “their kingdom,” Wolfgang set out to do what his stablemate Joe Coffey could not, namely defeat reigning WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne in NXT UK’s main event non-title showdown. In the intense contest that followed, The Last King of Scotland battled through injuries to his arm and left knee to take The BruiserWeight to the limit. Wolfgang’s onslaught saw him drop the tough titleholder off his shoulders and into the impactful double knee at a critical moment. When he attempted the Howling off the top rope, however, the resilient Dunne caught him in mid-air in the armbar, snapped his fingers and made Wolfgang tap out for another tremendous victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a simple match that was there to make Pete Dunne look important and it worked.

News Of The Night:

  1. Toni Storm will fight Rhea Ripley in a NXT: UK Women’s Title rematch on the Feb. 20 edition of NXT: UK.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a simple show that peaked with the first match. NXT: UK isn’t the best thing in wrestling, but it gets the job done and is giving a lot of unknowns a chance to shine all over the world.


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