By Haydn Gleed, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@haydngleed)
NXT UK TV
Taped October 5-6, 2019 in Brentwood, England at Brentwood Centre
Streamed October 31, 2019 on WWE Network
The awful music and opening video played and then Tom Phillips and Nigel McGuinness checked in on commentary and hyped Jordan Devlin and Dave Mastiff as the main event…
1. Piper Niven and Rhea Ripley defeated Jinny and Jazzy Gabert. This is a match that has been bubbling since Cardiff when the heels beat down Niven and Ripley on separate occasions, forcing recent foes Niven and Ripley to team up to take them out.
Gleed’s Ramblings: The match was okay, but I question how this makes Jinny and Jazzy look. Jazzy especially has been built as a force, yet she took the pin here and looked weak in the process. The mystique is now gone so they are going to have to rebuild Jazzy.
2. A-Kid defeated Kassius Ohno via countout. After the match Kassius Ohno attacked A-Kid before Tyler Bate made the save.
Gleed’s Ramblings: A great debut match from A-Kid, who really impressed in his first NXT UK match. One might argue that Ohno isn’t the best opponent for A-Kid to fully display his amazing high flying abilities, but he did enough to really impress the crowd and the viewing public. On top of that, Ohno is a pro who was able to keep up and despite the mishmash of styles they put together a really pleasing match. I’ve seen A-Kid on the Independent scene and he is very, very impressive. I’m salivating about a potential A-Kid against Mark Andrews match in the future. The finish of the match was logical and the post match beatdown generated a massive amount of heel heat for Ohno.
Killer Kelly was interviewed backstage and was asked when she will be cleared. Kelly said she’s cleared, but apparently in order to get a match in NXT UK you have to pick a fight. Isla Dawn walked into the female locker room behind her. Kelly smiled at the camera, put in her mouthguard, and followed Isla into the locker room…
Roy Johnson made his entrance for his match.
Gleed’s Ramblings: Johnson was in the original NXT UK tournament in Blackpool back in January 2017. He’s an amazing talker who seemed to lack something in the ring early in his career, so I’ll be looking here to see how he’s progressed. He looked in great shape here.
3. Joseph Conners defeated Roy Johnson.
Gleed’s Ramblings: Joseph Conners continues to really confuse me. What is the point in him? He wrestles a fairly unexciting style, shouts a lot in the ring and tends to beat the new talent in NXT UK. That’s it. I know he’s upset about the “shiny new toys” of the roster, but there’s nothing more to him than that. Roy didn’t get much opportunity to show what he could do. He sold really well but, when on the offence, there was still the awkwardness that has always been there.
Kay Lee Ray made her entrance for a promo. In the ring she grabbed a microphone and looked out at the crowd. She told the audience that their day was about to get so much better as their NXT Women’s Champion was there. She said what makes it better is that there is no Toni Storm. She claimed that Toni’s gone and disappeared and that she has what mattered to her the most, the NXT UK title. She said Toni has no friends to reach out too so I guess that’s the last we’ll here of her.
Ray turned her attention to Xia Brookside and said she finds it hilarious that she’s being called out by the blue haired, blue eyed girl. She mocked Xia for being upset about cheating to win the battle royal to earn the number one contendership, but the truth is that she was smart. She said she stands here as their champion…
Gallus were show backstage where they told Imperium to take note, as they don’t’ have all of the gold. It’s their kingdom and they just live in it. Joe Coffey said that he would be making his return next week, and he thinks its about time he gets more gold for the Gallus firm…
4. Jordan Devlin defeated Dave Mastiff.
Gleed’s Ramblings: This match has been bubbling away for a few weeks with the back and forth between the two. This was a nice blowoff to this TV feud. There was one memorable spot where Mastiff whipped Devlin hard into the turnbuckle, and to sell the power from the Bomber, Devlin threw himself over the top of the turnbuckle. It looked really good and I’m sure it hurt like hell. This was a statement victory for Devlin, but he’s not likely to be facing Walter anytime soon so I’m not sure where he goes from here. The Devlin Inside to finish the match was impressive and logical with it being hit from the top rope…
Alisha was backstage where Ilja Dragunov and Alexander Wolfe were also located. Wolfe was telling Ilja that he needs to decide and to think of how good this could be for his career. Alexander walked off with Ilja looking torn…
Gleed’s Ramblings: A middle of the road episode of NXT UK this week that was wrestling heavy. The positives were a great debut by A-Kid, who is going to turn some heads in the wrestling world on this bigger platform, and the later part of the main event. The opening women’s tag team match was okay, and Joseph Conners involvement still confuses me. The tease at the end of the show was intriguing as to whether Ilja Dragunov will join Imperium. I still stand by my original prediction that he turns Imperium down and is the man to take the belt from Walter.