25th Sep2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Sept 24th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got so much to…ragina! Hey, the Women’s Title gets the main event, because going on second was getting old. I’m very sorry that WALTER doesn’t have a last name. I…what’s “Smart” Mark D. Mark doing here? SMDM: Hey Nathan, how’s your dead mom? Nathan: Oh, now I do feel really bad about the jokes. Sorry. SMDM: Pathetic fools! NXT UK begins its path to failure, now!

Match #1: WALTER def. Saxon Huxley

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After not competing for more than six months, WALTER made up for lost time in a hurry with a viciously dominant win over Saxon Huxley. The Ring General nearly won by count-out after laying Huxley out with a powerbomb on the apron, then later finished him off with a massive butterfly superplex and another powerbomb.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – WALTER smashed Saxon for almost seven minutes. There was some proper back-and-forth a various points, but the match was just a glorified squash in favor of the beastly champion. There were a few too many power-bombs here for a match of so little ambition, but this is the WWE, after all. WALTER did look like a star here, so that was a hit. I wanted more out of this, but I’ll take what I can get.

Match #2: Pretty Deadly def. The Hunt

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Pretty Deadly won in cunning fashion, with Sam Stoker capitalizing on a distraction by Lewis Howley to roll up Wild Boar for the victory. They were joined by interesting company afterward in the form of Eddie Dennis, who shared a word with Pretty Deadly, his intentions unclear.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a decent tag bash that had a good foundation, but perhaps needed a dash of zest to spice-up this rutabaga amongst mashed potatoes. I have no real opinion on one team over the other, but “The Hospital” has this freaky voodoo scene in it that is making me freak the f………..uck out, so let’s just call this “ok” and move on to the last.

Match #3: (Main Event) Kay Lee Ray def. Piper Niven – NXT UK Women’s Championship Match

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This grueling battle between former best friends left both competitors completely spent by its end. Kay Lee Ray appeared to sustain an injury when her running knee strike instead found the steel steps. Officials were set to remove KLR from the match for examination — that was until she blasted Piper Niven with a massive slap and the bout continued. But KLR’s hurt knee proved costly several times, particularly when she tried to execute The Gory Bomb. Later on, The Scary Queen of Scots barely draped her boot across the bottom rope to beat the three-count after Piper Niven hit the Piper Driver. KLR sacrificed her injured knee when she drove both into Niven’s midsection to counter a Vader Bomb attempt. Moments later, The Scary Queen of Scots evaded a running corner senton by Niven, who instead landed back-first on the turnbuckle that had been exposed earlier in the bout. Kay Lee Ray took advantage to cover Niven, ensuring that the longest NXT UK Women’s Championship reign in history would continue.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This one was a hard-hitting, smash-mouth fight that checked off plenty of boxes, but could have gotten a few more with an extra couple of minutes. That being said, this got fifteen or so minutes and it made good use of that time. So much of this was Niven earning her stripes in the heat of battle with the champion, who was her once proud friend, now turned bitter enemy. What I haven’t told you is that I love you. Alright?! I love you! I’ll go to Mexico with you and cure VD! Before we haul ass to taco country, how-ever, let’s finish this review. I enjoyed the vicious streak that accompanied the vigorous violence vibrantly…I went one “v” over my limit. Hell, we almost had a Vader Bomb at one point. That’s just too damn cool. This felt like a big-time prize fight and I want these women’s matches here in NXT UK to be more like this one was.

News Of The Night:

  1. Pete Dunne drew the names for the Heritage Cup Tournament.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

I enjoyed this show, even when it let me down a bit. The main event was just what it was supposed to be and every-thing else worked for what it was.


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