25th Nov2019

‘NXT UK’ Review (Nov 21st 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have four matches, which is good. Yeah, don’t expect much excitement from me this time. I fell asleep on my toaster. I’ll let you figure out what that means.


Match #1: Trent Seven def. Kona Reeves

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Prior to his match against Trent Seven, NXT’s Kona Reeves got on the mic in order to insult both the NXT UK brand and The Artful Dodger. When words turned to action, Seven defended the honor of both himself and his brand when he overcame Reeves with the Burning Hammer. However, as he exchanged high-fives with the WWE Universe at ringside after the bell, someone suddenly grabbed his hand and didn’t let go. That man was a smiling Eddie Dennis, returning to the view of the NXT UK crown for the first time in several months! Eventually, Seven pulled his hand away, but it will be interesting to see what comes of the tense exchange between the two elite competitors.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Seven did a good job, but that is about all there is to say. Kona (mostly) sucks, but there’s hope for him. This wasn’t a very thrilling match, but the right man won and looked like a star doing so.

Match #2: A-Kid def. Jack Starz

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After the first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate reportedly endorsed him, the up-and-coming Spanish Superstar A-Kid continued his winning ways when he scored a submission victory in a hard-fought match against Jack Starz.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was all about A-Kid and his fantastic skills. That’s it. This was just a demo reel of why he should keep his job and get a push. Connie Francis.

Match #3: Ridge Holland def. Oliver Carter

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The highly anticipated debut of Ridge Holland did not disappoint as the skilled competitor triumphed over the high-octane Oliver Carter. He hit a nasty diving tackle into the headbutt before finishing him off with Northern Grit. After the bell, Ridge took pause to tip his hat to as Oliver’s recent partner Ashton Smith as he emerged to help the defeated competitor.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was enough to be worth the time out there, but I wish that this match could have been a bit more like that commercial that advertises the US Marines and has that lousy techno song that samples part of Chicago’s “25 Or 6 To 4”. That’s what this match made me think of. Maybe this match deserves a lower score, if all I can think to say is that this match reminds me of a stinkin’ commercial? Screw it. The score stands/I’m lazy.

Match #4: (Main Event) Alexander Wolfe def. Ilja Dragunov

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Despite Alexander Wolfe’s recent overtures in favor of Ilja Dragunov perhaps joining Imperium, Dragunov chose to shockingly side with Gallus when push came to shove against Imperium forces two weeks ago. In the wake of their conflict, the man from Moscow looked to step out of the shadow of his one-time Dresden trainer when he battled Wolfe one-on-one. The subsequent main event contest proved brutal both inside and outside the ring. In the height of the action, the sudden interference of Imperium inevitably tipped the contest in Wolfe’s favor and allowed him to seize the victory with powerbomb.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a great one. This was Itchy and Scratchy good. This is what it looks like when you attempt a lobotomy with a hammer. I think that looks cool. IIja has quickly become something of an attraction for this brand, which is great for him. I say a lot of dumb things, including obvious things. It’s been revoked! I’m glad that this went the right length of time and had every-thing it needed to be a big success. Do you think that Perez Hilton could do this better than me? Maybe…but who cares? This was a strong climax to the show and that’s the way it ought to be.

News Of The Night:

  1. Grizzled Young Veterans pleaded with Johnny Saint for a title opportunity at TakeOver: Blackpool II

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The main event saved a decent show from just being decent.


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