01st Sep2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Aug 28th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the big build for the Takeover in Cardiff here, so let’s find out why this thing is a thousand years late. The kids bit me. Okay, let’s go, Idaho.


Match #1: Ilja Dragunov def. Tyson T-Bone

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After Kassius Ohno handed him his first loss in NXT UK two weeks ago, Ilja Dragunov answered back with a hard-fought victory over the tough-as-nails Tyson T-Bone. After T-Bone missed his target and was sent headfirst into the ring post in the final moments, Dragunov capitalized in a big way with a flying senton off the top rope into the dreaded Tornado Moscow for the win.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a vicious match that wasn’t quite as interesting as I hoped for, but it was very visceral.

Match #2: Joseph Conners def. Oliver Carter

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Joseph Conners continued his assault on “shiny new toys” when he ruined the highly anticipated NXT UK debut of Oliver Carter. Although the “the unstoppable strike machine” showed a lot of heart in his first time out, Conners brought his opponent’s hopes for victory to a sudden halt with Don’t Look Down.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a good match that had the wrong winner.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jordan Devlin def. Kenny Williams

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After listening to Jordan Devlin voice his complaints that he is not getting the opportunities he deserved in NXT UK, Kenny Williams stepped into the ring with him to see if the Lucky-Yin was lucky enough to bet against the Ace. After Williams wrenched his lower back early in the contest, the technically proficient Devlin wasted little time exploiting the injury. Nevertheless, the contest proved to be a battle between two determined competitors from beginning to end, one that garnished amazing offense and numerous near falls from both sides. But, in the height of the action, it was The Irish Ace who prevailed when he hit the dragging Back Drop Driver to walk away with the win and prove once again his worth among the competitors of NXT UK.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a really good match that had plenty of action and enough intrigue to it to make it worth the time. Both of these are excellent wrestlers, but the right man won here to make the main event feel important. Overall, Devlin got a needed victory and that’s all that matters.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jack Gallagher fights Kassius Ohno, next week.
  2. Piper Niven fights Rhea Ripley, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

There were video packages the whole to build toward the Takeover, but the rest of the show was too simple to be a great go-home for said event. That being said, this show had enough good wrestling to feel like it wasn’t a waste of time.


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