This week’s episode of NXT UK kicked it up a notch. For starters, there were no squash matches this time around. Also, we got 5 matches instead of the usual 3. In between each match, we got a handful of promos to set up future matches as well. It was a nicely paced show.
Our first match was Mark Andrews vs. Ligero and was a great way to start the show. I really wish this match could have went longer, but it had to be a short match due to the quantity of matches in such a short time frame. This wasn’t really a bad thing though. Each wrestler had their spots and it seemed every move had a counter to it. The crowd was also into it from the get-go. Ligero won with his c4L Tornado DDT. Since the match was short, I was wanting more. This is something I miss from WCW. Starting out the show with a cruiserweight match and getting that crowd revved up.
After the match we got two promos. The first was with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Where we got confirmation that they will be facing the Grizzled Young Veterans for the NXT UK Tag Titles in Phoenix. The next promo was with Pete Dunne. The Bruiserweight is aware of WALTER and assures us that he fears nobody. I think this is the end of Dunne’s title reign. I just can’t see him doing all that joint manipulation to him or his finisher. We’ll find out soon enough.
Our next match was Candy Floss vs. Xia Brookside. These two ladies are the ages of 19 and 20, respectively. To be that young and be able to perform at the level they’re at is incredible. It was definitely not a bad match. Having their match run a little short on time was probably a good thing for them too. Xia wins her first NXT UK match with her Brooksy Bomb finisher. After the match, Rhea Ripley came in the ring and beat up both competitors and was soon interrupted by Toni Storm. Storm accidentally hits Brookside and the gets hit with The Riptide from Ripley.
Jordan Devlin has a quick promo where he challenges Noam Dar to a match in Phoenix. That has the potential to be an incredible match.
Halfway through the show we got Mike Hitchman vs. Joseph Conners. I have a hard time taking Hitchman serious with that ‘Wild Boar’ schtick and black eyes. He’s not a bad wrestler though. Both wrestlers got their moments but it was Conners with his Don’t Look Down for the win. I’m curious to see where they are going to go with Conner’s whole ‘shiny new toy’ gripe.
Gallus has a promo after the match. Joe’s loss to Dunne at TakeOver: Blackpool has not slowed him down. He lets us know that Wolfgang will take on Pete Dunne on next week’s show and also psychs up Mark for his match against WALTER in the main event for the night. Jinny also has promo and makes fun of Radzi’s appearance and also calls out Toni Storm. She says she’ll be the NXT UK Women’s Champion soon. We also get word that Jinny will go up against Mia Yim next week. I’m really digging what they’re doing with Jinny. I hope they let her ride a win streak for awhile and give her a good push.
Next up was Ashton Smith vs. Joe Coffey. Not a lot really happened here but they were really selling Coffey’s hurt eye at the end. Coffey wins with his discuss clothesline. I really wish he would get a new finisher.
Right after the match Mark Coffey came out to congratulate his brother and went to the ring to face WALTER in the main event. I’ve never seen people so excited to hear someone slap another man. But man can that WALTER slap! Mark Coffey is no small man. WALTER had a couple of spots where he effortlessly tossed him around. Even when he finished him off with his powerbomb it didn’t even look like he was trying. I was really expecting this to be a squash match but Coffey held his own and made for a good match.
And that does it for this week’s NXT UK wrap up. Though the matches were a little on the short side they were still good matches. Four matches is probably the sweet spot for this brand. It was also nice not having any squash matches this time around. Next week we have Jinny vs. Mia Yim and then Wolfgang vs. Pete Dunne in the main event. Thanks for reading and long live wrestling!