09th Nov2020

‘WWE NXT: UK’ Review (Nov 5th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Drowning Pool drowning in a pool of its own drowned poolishness. Last week’s classic main event was the standard for what this show should be…so this will suck, because Vince never does it right twice in a row.

Match #1: Gallus def. Sam Gradwell & Pretty Deadly – Six-Man Tag Team Match

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The Iron King is back, and thus Gallus is once again at full strength. Joe Coffey made his highly anticipated return to the ring and was as physically dominant as ever as the Glasgow firm squared off with the oddball alliance of Sam Gradwell & Pretty Deadly. Coffey found himself alone in the ring with Gradwell and ate an STO, but recovered in time to deliver All The Best for the Bells and put the Gallus boys on top.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was good fun, like sand-paper on a whale’s vagina. I…don’t know what that means. Is it a drug joke? Anyway, Gallus had the alleged perv Joe Coffey back in the fray and it paid off for match quality. If you like moves and…moves…and moves, then this match will offer you…moves. Hey, it was an opener on NXT UK. What did you expect?

Match #2: Jinny def. Aleah James

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The feisty upstart Aleah James gave Jinny plenty to deal with in a spirited effort, but The Fashionista put down the underdog challenger with a rolling Liger kick for the victory. Not yet satisfied with merely a victory, Jinny commandeered a microphone and ran down her competition in the NXT UK Women’s division, and Piper Niven was quick to meet her in the ring for a heated shouting match. NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray soon joined the scene as well, challenging both to demonstrate their “killer instinct.” Jinny slapped Piper but was met with a thunderous headbutt. Seemingly snapping, Niven smashed a chair over Jinny’s back before planting her with a Piper Drive.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Jinny and me was like peas and carrots…ceas and parrots…peats and carros…Momma always said I can’t spell none good. This was decent, with the established name getting the win. While the wrestling may not have been as compelling as it could have been, it was adequate and that is just fine. You do get some gutsy offense near the end, so stick around for the last third of this match.

Match #3: (Main Event) A-Kid def. Noam Dar – NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Semi-Final

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A-Kid has punched his ticket for the finals after digging deep for a comeback victory. The Spanish Superstar nearly tapped Noam Dar for the first fall, but The Scottish Supernova was saved by the bell marking Round 2’s end. Dar instead turned the tables, earning a submission fall in Round 3 and keeping the hold cinched in even after the bell to potentially jeopardize A-Kid’s right arm, which he targeted with a vicious kick to begin Round 4. A-Kid evened the tally, however, pinning Dar with a crafty bridge combination, and neither man earned a fall in Round 5, requiring Sudden Death. Potentially sealing his own fate, Dar planted two kisses on the Heritage Cup as the action spilled outside, but moments later found himself locked in A-Kid’s omoplata and had no choice but to submit.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a real quirky, crazy, wild kinda fight that had a lot of unique action being put together to make a match that is memorable enough, at least. A-Kid and Dar made for a fine…fine? What is this, Martha Stewart Living? Dar feels like he’s in a holding pattern at this point, simply because all he does is lose random matches. I mean, this is a tournament bout, but Dar was barely promoted for this. Hell, A-Kid was barely promoted for this. These guys were doing some jarring things out in the ring and it largely was wasted on being in a match that was hardly said to have existed at all. Well, my kvetching aside, this match was rather exciting and arresting as well. Okay, give me your wallet…nerd.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This episode was done in by the lack of ambition…that’s it.


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