By Haydn Gleed, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@haydngleed)
NXT UK TV
Taped September 1, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales at Motorpoint Arena
Streamed September 18, 2019 on WWE Network
A video package recapped the events of the last couple of weeks between Sid Scala and Kassius Ohno and the setup for the British Rounds match. A crawler advertised the NXT main event for tonight along the bottom also… Bad music played along with the opening video package… Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuiness were on commentary..
1. Travis Banks defeated Tyson T-Bone.
Gleed’s Ramblings: I was disappointed with this match, not because it was particularly bad, but I couldn’t take my customary bathroom break during anything Tyson T-Bone related, yet this was the first thing that happened on this show. In all seriousness, this was alright, but Travis Banks has been aimlessly floating around NXT UK. He had a feud with Noam Dar leading into Takeover, which didn’t have a good build and now he’s back floating around NXT UK mid-card purgatory. I enjoy NXT UK, but if they drift back into the main feud only having the storyline love then it’ll be hard to watch.
Radzi was backstage with an update on Toni Storm, which was that there is no update. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang interrupted and told Radzi they didn’t care about Storm, they just care about the fact they never lost their match at NXT UK Takeover. They did a fun bit where every so often Mark would ask, “Isn’t that right, Wolfie?” and all Wolfgang was given to say was “That’s right, Marcus”…
2. Rhea Ripley defeated Debbie Keitel. After the match she said she thinks it’s about time she got her NXT championship back, and the crowd cheered. She said there is nobody that can break her mentally or compete with her physically she said. Jinny’s music hit to interrupt her. Jinny was joined by Jazzy Gabert.
Jinny said, sweetheart, the greasy hair, the rusty chain it’s all just so ’90s, which sums her up. She said just like her looks all her achievements are in the past and that’s where she belongs. Jinny said she has a big problem for Rhea to deal with. Jazzy climbed onto the apron and got kicked in the head. Rhea demanded Jazzy get in the ring, but Jinny pulled Gabert back.
Gleed’s Ramblings: I wrote a couple of weeks ago that they might be smart to give the fans a reason to cheer Ripley, and I was kinda hinting at what happened after the match where the heel duo of Jinny and Jazzy Gabert confronted her. I’m looking forward to a match between Jazzy and Rhea, as I think that will be a lot of fun. I’m not so sure about Rhea against Jinny. Nevertheless, it gives the fans permission to start cheering Rhea and I love the fact that she hasn’t changed her heelish mannerisms and attitude, which is what fans enjoy about her. If that continues then this move will get a huge thumbs up from me.
Trent Seven was shown arriving in the building where Noam Dar greeted him with a megaphone in Jimmy Hart style. Dar said he has an announcement, Trent Seven is a dafty. Noam continued to antagonize Trent, who asked who waits in a car park with a megaphone? He tried to get in Noam’s face but was held back by two referee’s in their normal clothing. Trent went to walk away but Noam said RIP BSS (British Strong Style) into the megaphone. Trent went to go after him, but again the referees and other officials held him back.
Gleed’s Ramblings: I’m thoroughly enjoying this and Dar is such a great antagonistic heel.
3. Joseph Conners defeated Kenny Williams.
Gleed’s Ramblings: One man who wins and loses on a 50/50 basis and a talented Scotsman who never wins. Did someone say mid-card purgatory? Seriously, what was the reason for this match? Why would I want to see Conners win or Williams win? Is there a ladder that either men would climb if they won? There was literally nothing on the line here or a reason for this match and it felt pointless as a result.
Highlights were shown of the outstanding match between Ilja Draganov and Cesearo from NXT Takeover: Cardiff, which proved that if a match is good enough then the loser of the match can gain something. Comments from Cesearo putting over Draganov were played over the top…
Kay Lee Ray was shown in the corridor and she was asked her thoughts on Tegan Nox. Kay Lee said she is the new NXT UK Women’s Champion and she’s 100 percent, whereas Nox is just the hometown girl with two broken knees. Vic Joseph announced that Kay Lee Ray will face Tegan Nox in two weeks, and next week’s main event will be Noam Dar vs Trent Seven…
4. Kassius Ohno defeated Sid Scala 1-0 in British Round Match. Rules were six three minute rounds and you score a point if you get a pinfall. If you get two pinfalls within a three minute period then you win the match. The match was 1-0 leading into the final round, and with 4 seconds left Sid rolled up Kassius but by the time the move was executed and the referee counted the time had run out.
Gleed’s Ramblings: Okay, the negatives first. For five rounds and 230 seconds, this match was not fun with Kassius essentially stretching Sid. Just to prove that I’m not always a negative nelly, I will say that it was interesting watching this style of match as a one off and the end was well timed by everyone involved. I’m guessing at the next tapings Jack Gallagher will be the man who finally beats Ohno to prove he’s the best pure British wrestler. I just fear that will be in a British Rounds Match as well, and I can’t say I’m looking forward to that.
Overall, another okay show from NXT UK. The intrigue was certainly more on what happened backstage than what happened in the ring. The matches were ok it just felt that they didn’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things. The main event was hard to watch the first time in person and wasn’t much better on TV, but I will also say that the announcers did a great job of building drama and telling the story. Still, I have to label this a skippable episode of NXT UK unless you want to see the novelty of a rounds style match in a WWE ring.