21st Sep2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Sept 17th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE NXT: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this show is back on the road. It’s nice to have it running again, even with the glut of perverts being gutted from the roster, thanks to Speaking Out. We’ve still got some aces in the deck, so at least we can play a good hand every now and then. Let’s tuck in our bucked teeth and slap some fish on the news-paper, because it’s dinner time, daddio!

Match #1: Gallus def. Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

NXT UK is back, and so are the Gallus boys — in a big way. NXT UK Tag Team Champions Mark Coffey & Wolfgang defeated Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams, putting Jordan away with a devastating enziguri-powerslam combination. But Gallus quickly learned afterward that Jordan & Williams aren’t the only potential threat to their title reign. Former champions Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster, as well as The Hunt, Pretty Deadly, and Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter approached the ring to lock their eyes on Coffey & Wolfgang’s gold.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a real snappy, precise exercise in suspense that had enough of a European flavor to keep from being to WWE or too Indy. Gallus dominated here in a big way. Also, Wolfgang was accused during Speaking Out. I bet Amir and Kenny didn’t wanna play grab-ass with Wolfgang after hearing about that. Well, that bit of pinchy-pinchy aside, this match delivered some slams and some bangs, like Wolfgang to those ladies if the rumors are true. You can expect some fine kinetic tag fighting techniques, but perhaps not enough was going on in parts to keep the pace up. That being said, there’s a girl with far away eyes having some champagne and reefer, so let me get the hell out of here so…oh, this was pretty good stuff for an opener…so I can make some whoopee.

Match #2: Aoife Valkyrie def. Isla Dawn

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Aoife Valkyrie picked up an impressive victory over Isla Dawn, overwhelming her with blistering offense. Though Dawn showed resilience in kicking out after eating a huge spinning heel kick and a blockbuster, she had no answer for Valkyrie’s top-rope split leg drop.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – These two had a real nice fight that had good transitions and some excellent holds as well, but this was not the most exciting bout either. A lot of this was Valkyrie giving Dawn the business, but that works fine for what was here. This was almost a squash, but not quite. Valkyrie was the big, bad ass-kicker here and she looked tough doing so. The Coke Fairy forgot to bring the goods, but Valkyrie and Dawn did not.

Match #3: (Main Event) Ilja Dragunov def. Noam Dar

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Ilja Dragunov likely made Noam Dar regret interrupting him at the beginning of the show, after which Assistant to the General Manager Sid Scala announced that this match would take place. The Mad Russian overcame attempted interference by Alexander Wolfe to blast Dar with Torpedo Moscow for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This needed a little pick-me-up in parts, but a great deal of this was IIja taking a beating and absorbing the damage so he could fire it right back onto Dar, who looked like The Shaggy Dog. Dar was quite arresting here, like that chick with the Sham-Wow hair when she takes a shower. I can’t say there’s a lot of back-and-forth, but there is a lot of strong selling and dynamic offense from both. For a main event, this was pretty damn good and I wanted this to go even longer, but Singapore said no.

News Of The Night:

  1. Piper Niven fights NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray in a title match, next week.
  2. WALTER’s next big feud for the NXT UK Title is with IIja Dragunov.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a good return card for NXT UK, but I’d argue it was too quiet for its own good.


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