By Haydn Gleed, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@haydngleed)
Join Jason Powell for live coverage of NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool on Saturday afternoon at 1CT/2ET.
NXT UK Hits
UK Women’s Title match press conference with Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm: This segment was a discussion point on members audio between Darren Gutteridge and I while we were reviewing the show in audio form for Dot Net members. I loved it while Darren thought it was a bit hockey. Although I could see his point of view, I disagreed at the time and still do. Both ladies were true to their characters and their delivery was strong and it felt like a boxing press conference, which can be a lot of fun (and no I’m not naïve to think that the vast majority of incidents at boxing press conferences are not a work). It just felt like a more interesting way of hyping their match at NXT UK Takeover than another video package with sit down comments which, although a great way to promote a match, we have seen quite a bit during this feud.
Zack Gibson and James Drake vs. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster: The right team won this match to go on and face Moustache Mountain at the Takeover show for the NXT UK Tag Team Titles, and this was a fairly entertaining match. All four men are good to great workers and they put together a nice match that really picked up down the stretch.
NXT UK Misses
NXT UK Takeover Hype: It felt like there wasn’t a real drive to hype the special on this show outside of the NXT UK Women’s Championship. That was disappointing considering this was the first of the go-home week shows to air on Wednesday. Joe Coffey cut a promo that felt like it was bits and pieces from other promos that he’s already delivered, and there was a general sense that they had run out of material for the men’s Takeover matches a week too early.
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