By Haydn Gleed, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@haydngleed)
NXT UK TV
Taped November 15-16, 2019 in Hull, England at Bonus Arena
Streamed December 12, 2019 on WWE Network
Just as NXT UK was coming air I’ve been given wind that World Of Sport may be coming back to TV, or at least that’s the buzz. On behalf of the wrestling world I want to say, you really don’t have to come back WOS…
Tom Phillips and Nigel McGuiness checked in on commentary and promoted the main event of Wolfgang and Mark Coffey against Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel for the NXT UK Tag Team Titles…
1. Kay Lee Ray defeated Isla Dawn in a non-title match.
Gleed’s Ramblings: A decent enough match but nothing more. I know it’s a common point I make that there wasn’t any doubt about the winner and they didn’t do much to make this viewer believe there would be any kind of upset despite some nice flurries of offense from time to time from Isla. By the way, every time Tom Phillips calls Kay Lee Ray “KLR”, I want to rip my ears off my head. If I ever say KLR during my audio reviews, you have every right to send me abuse on twitter.
Kay Lee Ray took a microphone and said once again she’s proved how dominant she is. She said it’s not just in the ring she has complete control, but she’s proved she’s once again in Toni Storm’s head. She said she’s also got her wee pal Piper Niven rattled. This prompted Piper Niven’s music to hit and she started to make her way down to the ring. As she was walking down, Toni Storm ran past her and started to attack Kay Lee Ray who pushed Toni into Piper Niven who was climbing into the ring. Storm and Niven then started jawing at each with Kay Lee Ray walking up the entranceway with a smile on her face.
Sid Scala came out with a microphone and told everyone to calm down. He said if this is going to continue to be an issue week in week out then there’s only one solution. At NXT UK Blackpool, the NXT Women’s Championship will be defended by Kay Lee Ray against Piper Niven and Toni Storm.
Gleed’s Ramblings: Looking forward to that.
Jordan Devlin once again did a best of NXT UK presentation. He said the last time he got a lot of grief for not featuring the other guys on the roster. He showed clips of Moustache Mountain against Grizzled Young Vets and called Tyler Bate the shortest (sigh) NXT UK champion. He said he fell short of winning the tag titles. Jordan then showed clips of Imperium knocking the tar out of Tyler Bate as well as clips of Tyler Bate against Walter with Jordan Devlin running down Tyler Bate.
Gleed’s Ramblings: A very enjoyable segment except for the King Corbin style short jokes.
Joe Coffey was asked what would it mean to be NXT UK Champion. He said it’d be the biggest score in his career. He addressed Walter directly and said he will leave a mark on Walter…
Gleed’s Ramblings: This was fine for what it was, but the audio quality was awful, so much so I couldn’t type at the same time as it was louder than the audio on the show.
Trent Seven vs. Michael May never happened. As the match was about to start, Eddie Dennis came out in a suit and beat up Michael May at ringside. He rolled him inside the ring and said to Trent, here you go here’s a gift. Trent checked on Michael May…
Nigel McGuiness and Tom Phillips talked from their vantage point who introduced RADZI!!!. Radzi was backstage with Noam Dar, who said he claimed before NXT UK Cardiff that he had a Takeover guranteed contract. Noam took offence to this and said come with me to Johnny Saint’s office. He knocked on the door and Johnny Saint and Sid Scala came out. Dar said that his Takeover match hasn’t been announced yet, so he’s going to take a holiday. Sid said the terms of your contract isn’t quite what he thinks it is and added that he shouldn’t pack your bags yet. Sid said next week you will be facing….and then Johnny Saint said Tyler Bate while doing far too much pointing than what looks natural.
2. Ridge Holland defeated Jack Starz. A total squash match for Ridge Holland.
Gleed’s Ramblings: I can only repeat what I said a few weeks ago. Ridge has a great look, a bad gimmick, and looks like a mid-2000’s wrestler that Johnny Ace and Vince McMahon would drool over in the ring. He’s also a former professional fake rugby player. (I enjoy the heat I get for saying that far too much). I will still reserve judgement until he’s in a more competitive match but until then, not majorly impressed.
Kenny Williams was in the UK PC where he addressed a cameraman and asked why is he filming? The cameraman said he has a surprise. Amir Khan came into the picture and said he’s back after his six months out injured with a shoulder injury. He said you know what that means? He started dancing and Kenny Williams walked off…
Tyler Bate vs. Noam Dar was officially confirmed for next week…
3. Wolfgang and Mark Coffey fought Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel to an apparent no contest in an NXT UK Tag Title match. At one point they used the X sign by the referee after Barthel had been pummelling Coffey in the corner which drew a great babyface reaction once Coffey shrugged off the trainer and eventually managed to give the hot tag. The match finished when all four men had hit their finishers and were down in the ring, The Grizzled Young Veterans ran down to ringside to steal the belts but Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster stopped them. In a reverse of what happened a couple of weeks ago, Grizzled Young Vets and South Wales Society fought into the ring and caused the match to be thrown out.
Sid Scala and Johnny Saint came out and grabbed the title belts that the Vets had dropped. He said these belts will be disrespected no more. He said the four teams will next see the belts hanging from the rafters of the Emporium Ballroom in Blackpool. Johnny Saint said, “At. NXT. UK. Blackpool. All. Four. Of. You. Ladder Match.” He of course did a lot of pointing. The show went off the air with all four teams looking shocked…
Gleed’s Ramblings: At the start of this match I wasn’t really enjoying the show but damn the 18 minutes we got of this match were great. NXT UK continues its run of damn good main events. The non-finish was a bit of a downer, but at the same time it played in perfectly with the story they started a couple of weeks ago and led to the announcement of the four team ladder match at NXT UK Takeover which, considering the people involved, should be mind-blowingly good (and dangerous).
The rest of the show was okay, with the women’s angle standing out, but the quality of the matches ranged from meh to just above meh (it’s a proper term). I’m kind of interested in Eddie Dennis against Trent Seven, but I still think Dennis is miscast and the Devlin segment was ruined by being made to think of King Corbin. Another mixed bag but definitely check out the main event.