NXT UK Review, 11/6

DAVE MASTIFF VS. DAMIEN WEIR

Poor, poor Damien Weir. Mastiff kicks the shit out of him and finishes it off with a cannonball. Weir looks dead.

Destruction Rating: Six Braun Strowmans

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A vignette for Ligero, whose mask looks ridiculous but whose moves look pretty awesome. Another vignette follows, this one for James Drake. He looks homeless. Next comes Jinny, who seems like a wannabe Kardashian, which makes me want to vomit.

 

LIGERO VS. JAMES DRAKE

For some reason Drake leans through the ropes for safety AFTER the ref had already separated them and Ligero stepped away. Ligero hits a Code Red Bomb, which is like Petey Williams’ Canadian Destroyer. It took a little while for this match to get entertaining. Ligero hits a really cool springboard DDT to get the win. It was mostly boring, then had a nice minute of cool stuff til the finish. Overall a pretty forgettable match.

Match Rating: Two Gold Medals

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Toni Storm and Dakota Kai trash talk each other a little backstage in front of their match next week. We get a promo for Ashton Smith, who is up next. Zack Gibson cuts a promo for his match next week.

Ashton Smith will NOT have his match, he’s instead attacked by Wolfgang and The Coffey Brothers. Joe Coffey cuts a pretty great promo about NXT UK being their kingdom. In fact, that promo was awesome.

Promo Rating: Nine Roddy Pipers

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Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster, and Ashton Smith go into Johnny Saint’s office, and we’ll likely have a six-man tag next week vs. Wolfgang & The Coffeys

 

SID SCALA VS. EDDIE DENNIS

Scala doesn’t even come up to Dennis’ neck. He’s terrified. He does land a cross body, but eats a Razor’s Edge Buckle Bomb called the Seven Bridge. Dennis hits a big side slam, something Nigel called a “neck stomp driver”, for the win. Not a great technical match, but it was obviously to show off Dennis’ skills, and that it did.

Match Rating: Four Gold Medals

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Well well well, a six-man tag next week, just as I said there would be.

 

UNITED KINGDOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: DANNY BURCH VS. PETE DUNNE (c)

These two guys love to FIGHT. Burch seems like he’s totally ready for the pain that Dunne likes to dish out. I wouldn’t be surprised if Burch laughs at him. Dunne of course works on the hand, wrist, fingers, arm, damn he’s good at this and damn it’s gross. Dunne hits an X-Plex on Burch on the apron, with Burch landing on the back of his neck. Sick.

Burch can’t get anything going at all and Dunne continues to work his limbs. Burch finally gets going, and lands a power bomb and a knee to the chest for a two count. Dunne re-takes control with a forearm to the face, and goes right back to work on Burch’s arms.

Burch stays resilient and lands a German suplex outside the ring. It’s more of a back-and-forth match now but Dunne has definitely done a lot more damage to Burch. Burch counters Dunne’s triangle hold by throwing him one-handed into the corner, with the back of Dunne’s neck hitting the top turnbuckle. Burch lands a German from the top rope! Dunne lands on his face and barely kicks out at 2 1/2.

Now we get a big flurry of moves and it ends with Burch turning Dunne inside out with a massive lariat. Burch with a headbutt and a Hangman’s DDT (“Vintage Randy Orton”), and Dunne BARELY kicks out. Burch locks in a cross face! How does he have anything left after how badly Dunne picked him apart early on? I did say Burch was totally ready for the pain Dunne would dish out. Dunne escapes and lands the Bitter End for the wi—TWO COUNT! Sometimes I do that on purpose, but this time I really was in the middle of typing for the win. Dunne rips the shit out of Burch’s fingers and Burch taps out. What a final few minutes of that match, incredible.

Match Rating: Nine Gold Medals

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Overall Show Rating: Six Gold Medals

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