By Haydn Gleed, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@haydngleed)
NXT UK Hits
Toni Storm vs. Rhea Ripley in the NXT UK Women’s Championship final: Not an all out classic, but they told a good story start to finish and felt just about good enough to be the final of the women’s tournament. The basic premise of the match was Storm having her back injured early on with a toss into the barricade and a powerbomb on the edge of the apron, causing her to fail in her attempt at hitting a Storm Zero when she made her comeback. The sell job by Storm was incredible and for a moment I found myself thinking she had legitimately done serious damage before I remembered this was filmed before the Mae Young Classic final.
Ligero vs. Dan Maloney: A decent match that rebuilt Ligero after the loss he took to Devlin a couple of weeks ago.
Overall show: One of those strange shows where everything had a purpose and was entertaining without having a standout match or moment. Although the first show of this week’s doubleheader had the better match in Pete Dunne vs. Jordan Devlin, this show was consistently better over the full hour.
NXT UK Misses
Sid Scala: I got a kick out of Scala being the James Ellsworth type of performer on the roster after taking squash losses over the last couple of weeks. But then they built that he had begged for one more chance from general manager Johnny Saint over a number of shows just for him to come out and say the opportunity was for him to introduce the opponent for Joe Coffey. Did I miss something?!
Trent Seven and his magical healing powers: During the Tyler Bate vs. Joe Coffey match, the announcers were acting concerned about the lack of update to the medical condition of Seven following the beatdown last week. He then made an appearance late in the match by half limping, half walking and then magically he was fine to get in the ring and clear the Scottish trio after the disqualification ending. As the six men faced each other in a feud that they’ve built the early part of NXT UK around, all I could think was that Trent was leaning a lot on his “bad” leg. When you compare the selling job to the one Toni Storm did it’s night and day.
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