By Darren Gutteridge
Tyler Bate vs. Trent Seven for the UK Championship: The biggest positive of the last few weeks of NXT TV has been the hype afforded to the first UK Title defense. If the UK talent are going to make a temporary home in Florida, giving the first match such a build up will make them seem like a big deal, worthy of taking up time on NXT. Admittedly, the match was annoying more than anything before the commercial break (any Progress fans will know of my disdain for the “pantomime” styling of the British Strong Style/Moustache Mountain members), but they picked things up nicely and had some solid near falls. On an otherwise empty show, this was easily the highlight.
Ember Moon and Liv Morgan vs. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce: I’m really ready for the start of Ember’s push now. She has been treading water for far too long, and now she takes a momentum hit by coming up short in a tag team match (albeit without being pinned). We all know Asuka can beat Billie and Peyton on her own, so I don’t see the point dragging out the possibility that it could be either of them challenging Asuka next. Instead, it should be full steam ahead with Ember, as anything short of that won’t make her a credible enough threat to Asuka.
Authors of Pain vs. Lance Anoa’i and Garrison Spears: Is there any reason to be optimistic about an Authors of Pain match? They may have pulled one out of the bag at the last Takeover, but that was through working with the super hot DIY. And annoyingly, the creative team are doing a good job of building to DIY vs. The Revival vs. AOP. Maybe that will be a good match, but I fear that from a week to week standpoint it will just be more of this kind of demolition job, and last time that happened, I basically stopped covering the tag division in these Hit Lists.