Welcome to my NXT UK Review: Jan 30th. This week’s episode of NXT UK started with a recap of Worlds Collide.
Now, even though I’m still in a minority of one, I’ll stand by what I said in my NXT review from yesterday.
It just wasn’t that good.
It wasn’t awful by any means and The Undisputed Era vs. Imperium bout that closed the show was awesome, but overall it was kind of hit and miss.
Some matches worked, some didn’t, but after NXT had washed the taste of disappointment out of my mouth 24 hours earlier, I was hoping that NXT UK would be the chaser to wash it all down.
Did it though?
Only one way to find out, let’s lace up our boots and head to the ring for the first-ever NXT UK Review.
Tag-Team Match: Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs. The Hunt
Here are four men who don’t f*ck about.
From the first bell, this was all about hard-hitting and power moves and was better for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always got time in my day for high-flying flippy moves, but some days I just want to watch a few blokes beat the hell out of each other for my entertainment.
Is that so wrong?
Lorcan, Burch, and The Hunt put on a very good curtain-raiser that had me hooked as soon as Danny started lying in the open palm slaps as if he was beating on a drum and didn’t waver until the former got the win after laying out the Primate with an Impact DDT.
Sometimes it seems that violence truly is the answer.
Winners: Oney Lorcan And Danny Burch
Isla Dawn vs. Nina Samuels
After a couple of segments that set up Toni Storm vs. Kay Lee Ray somewhere down the line, along with Eddie Dennis vs. Trent Seven in a Street-Fight, it was time for Isla Dawn vs. Nina Samuels.
This is why I love wrestling.
I wasn’t expecting anything from this match but it was superb and left both women looking a lot stronger coming out of it than they did going in.
It’s not like these two haven’t faced each other before and will explain why they gelled so well together here, but it was such a pleasant surprise to see some quality women’s wrestling after the garbage AEW seems intent on forcing down my throat each week.
I didn’t know who’d be picking up the win either, which is a rarity in this day and age, as the company seems pretty high on both the competitors involved, and they even went so far as to suggest that Samuels would emerge victorious, so when Isla Dawn got the 1-2-3, I cheered.
I’m hoping that we see more of Isla Dawn and Nina Samuels going forward in NXT UK, as I now feel that both could and should be in and around the title picture in the future.
It’s amazing what one good bout can do for a career.
Winner: Isla Dawn
Ridge Holland vs. Tyson T-Bone
I am not quite sure if this could be called a squash match, even though it was set up to be, as Tyson T-Bone got in quite a lot of offense of his own.
It might very well have been and was designed to put Ridge Holland over but there were enough examples of British Strong Style on show from both men to have even the most ardent NJPW fan wincing.
This was, as they said on commentary, a good old-fashioned scrap and I loved it for that.
Yes, it was over pretty quickly, with Ridge Holland laying T-Bone out with The Northern Grit, but Tyson didn’t walk away from this looking like a chump and Holland walked away looking like a badass for being able to defeat such a brick shit-house.
Winner: Ridge Holland
6 Man Tag-Team Match: Imperium vs. Dave Mastiff, Mark Andrews, And Flash Morgan Webster
There are only two factions in the whole of the WWE worth a damn right now and they are the Undisputed Era and Imperium.
If you’re not on the hype train for both of these teams then I advise you to grab a seat as soon as possible, because when they both hit the main roster, these carriages are going to fill up fast.
After their barnstormer at Worlds Collide, it would only be Imperium who would be in action this week, but considering Adam Cole (BAY-BAY!) had other things on his mind, such as being put through a table, then I’m fine with that.
This 6 Man Tag is my Fight of the Night, an honor I wanted to bestow upon Dawn and Samuels but them’s the breaks, as all competitors involved left everything in the ring.
It had everything, from flippy shit to cannonballs, from StunDog Millionaires to Delayed Brain Buster’s.
And when it looked like his team might be on the losing end of this match, Walter came to the rescue, only to run into that immovable object, Dave Mastiff.
There was a time when Mastiff ruled the UK Independent scene but he’s kind of become a little lost in NXT UK, but it seems as if he’ll soon have a way out of the wilderness as he went straight after the NXT UK Champion and leveled him.
If this doesn’t set up a title match against Walter at the next NXT UK: TakeOver then I’ll put on a pink tutu and dance the watusi.
I enjoyed this week’s episode of NXT UK.
After World’s Collide it would’ve been easy for the company to rest on its laurels for the show, but is seemingly the way with this brand, they went to work and gave a great hour of entertainment.
It set up future matches perfectly and had some excellent in-ring action and the thought of Mastiff vs. Walter is so mind-blowing I think I might have to go lay down for a moment after I’ve finished writing this.
I also prefer the 60 minutes format as well as it means they have to be more concise in getting their points across, as they have to leave time for the wrestlers to be able to do their thing.
I mean, I like the new NXT but how long before we start to see padding appearing on the screen?