By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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NXT UK TV taping
Plymouth, England at Plymouth Pavilions
Report by Dot Net reader Steven Dunne
Dark match: Darrell Allen defeated Sha Samuels. Samuels coming out was a pretty cool surprise.
1. Flash Morgan Webster (w/Mark Andrews) defeated Mark Coffey (w/Wolfgang).
2. Nina Samuels defeated Isla Dawn. It was kind of strange having the same match two nights in a row. This was possibly a reshoot based on the abrupt ending to last night’s match and since both women were wearing the same gear as the night before.
3. “Imperium” Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel defeated “The Hunt” Wild Boar Mike Hitchman and Primate Jay Melrose.
4. Kay Lee Ray defeated Shax. KLR talked smack about Toni Storm after the match. Storm came out and slapped Ray.
5. NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler defeated Xia Brookside in a non-title match.
6. NXT Tag Team Champions “The Street Profits” Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins defeated Kassius Ohno and Saxon Huxley. I think this will probably be a dark match, but I hope not because Ford may be the most charismatic wrestler I’ve ever seen.
7. Mark Andrews (w/Flash Morgan Webster) defeated James Drake (w/Zack Gibson) after Gallus interference.
Trent Seven came out through the crowd. Walter made his way to the ring. Alexander Wolfe followed and was attacked by Tyler Bate with a chair. Walter the ran to the ring, where he was set upon by Seven and Bate with the chair. Bate hit the Tyler Driver ’97 on Walter and posed with the WWE U.K. Title.
8. Ilja Dragunov defeated Tyson T-Bone.
9. Joseph Conners defeated Oliver Carter.
10. Matt Riddle defeated Ligero.
11. Jordan Devlin defeated Kenny Williams.
“Grizzled Young Veterans” Zack Gibson and James Drake come out with a microphone. NXT UK commission Johnny Saint has made a Triple Threat match for the NXT UK Tag Team Titles at Takeover Cardiff, presumably in a backstage segment. Gibson loudly complained whenever Gallus came out. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster followed and a brawl ensued. Andrews hit a flying dive to the outside.
William Regal made another appearance to thank the fans, and also took time to deal with a heckler, in a funny moment.
12. Pete Dunne defeated Alexander Wolfe. “Moustache Mountain” Tyler Bate and Trent Seven came out to celebrate with Dunne afterwards. After the main event, Pete bowed to all four side of the ring.
Notes and Observations: Dunne’s post main event moment felt like a sendoff before going to NXT U.S.
Only one extra match was confirmed for the Takeover Cardiff card, the NXT UK Tag Team Title match. I assume the rest of the card will be confirmed in backstage segments that weren’t shown to the crowd.
Updated card for NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff
WWE UK Championship: Walter (c) vs Tyler Bate
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm (c) vs Kay Lee Ray
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Grizzled Young Veterans vs Gallus vs South Wales Subculture
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