By Haydn Gleed, Prowrestling.net Staffer (@haydngleed)
NXT UK Hits
Zach Gibson and Trent Seven promo exchange: The best segment of the show and nothing else came close. Gibson was his usual arrogant and cocky self while building the crowd into a frenzy before running down some of the more popular babyfaces. Seven interrupted and proceeded to offer an entertaining rebuttal before challenging the scouser to a match. True to his character, Zach left the ring but not in a backing down style, more to antagonize the crowd and Trent to set up a match that will presumably play out over the next few weeks in Trent’s home town of Birmingham. Very well delivered, smartly booked, and it builds anticipation to an eventual payoff. All of the boxes were checked.
Jordan Devlin vs. Kenny Williams: Best match of the show between two up and comers with a ton of potential. Kenny Williams is very much in the mold of a Will Ospreay with Jordan Devlin in the mold of Finn Balor, and I believe both men have the potential to come close to being of the same quality as their comparisons. The show overall wasn’t great for match quality with this match being the only real standout despite it being rather short in length.
NXT UK Misses
Toni Storm vs. Dakota Kai: Considering the talent that was in this match, the match simply didn’t deliver. Don’t get me wrong the fundamentals were spot on and there was no sloppiness in terms of the action, it just felt that the match had no heat and nothing was on the line and at times was just too slow. Jinny coming out to attack Dakota was fun and will kick start a feud with Toni Storm but the match itself was not what I would have expected from these two great wrestlers.
Amir Jordan’s cliché gimmick: Coming out to the cliché music while doing a cliché Bollywood dance is fine on the independent scene, but as the Singh brothers have found on the main roster it is very limiting. I’m all for being proud of your roots and where you come from, but being a cliché representative of your culture in a wrestling company doesn’t usually work out well.
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