NXT UK gives us the epic sequel to TakeOver: New York!
Arguably the biggest match in the young history of NXT UK, Pete Dunne demanded a rematch and Walter obliged! Who will be the WWE United Kingdom Champion after tonight?
- WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Travis Banks VS Joseph Connors; Banks wins and advances to Fatal 4 Way Contender’s match.
- Naom Dar VS Mark Andrews; Dar wins.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: WALTER VS Pete Dunne; Walter wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
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The Big Apple, revisited in Glasgow!
NXT UK was represented by two of the best, but only one could be THE WWE United Kingdom Champion. A historic reign ended by a flying Austrian Anomaly, but the Bruiserweight isn’t out yet. The Ring General shows no fear, but will he know pain in tonight’s main event?
WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Travis Banks VS Joseph Connors!
While the future of the title is being determined in the main event, so is the future of its contenders! Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw or Righteous Killer take the last spot in the #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Banks waistlocks as fans cheer him on. He gets Connors to the mat but Connors gets a ropebreak. Banks lets him go and they circle again. They tie up and Banks gets the wristlock. Connors grabs at hair but Banks wrenches to a standing armlock. Banks wrenches again but Connors spins through, only to get thrown down with an arm-drag. Banks keeps on Connors’ arm, but Connors breaks free to SLAP Banks! They speed up and Banks blocks the boot to then run and hit a shotgun knee! Fans cheer as Banks kicks away on Connors leg. He kicks Connors off his feet then kicks away on the knee.
Connors shoves but Banks puts him on the apron. Banks runs but misses, Connors shoulders in. Connors runs but into a roundhouse! Connors bails out but blocks Banks’ apron kick! He trips Banks and then Snake Eyes off the steel steps! Connors puts Banks back in and rains rights down in the corner. Banks covers up and the ref counts, Connors lets up at 4. Connors drags Banks to whip and headbutt him down! Cover, TWO! Connors grows frustrated but fans rally up. Banks CHOPS away on Connors then runs, but into a back elbow. Connors drags Banks back up to scoop slam and cover, TWO! Connors keeps his cool as he stands Banks up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Connors keeps on Banks with a chinlock. Banks endures and fans rally up.
Banks gets up and jawbreakers free! He runs in but into Connors’ boots! Connors covers, TWO! Connors grows frustrated and takes it out on Banks with stomps. Fans still cheer Banks on as Connors drags him up by his ears. Banks breaks free to fire off! Banks throws big hands from both sides and backs Connors to a corner! He stomps away but stops at the ref’s count. Fans fire up but Connors dodges. Connors runs back in but Banks sweeps the legs, Connors hits buckles! Banks dropkicks Connors’ arm! Connors bails out, but gets the Penalty Kick! Banks keeps moving and DIVES onto Connors! Direct hit, but his knees may have paid the price. Fans still cheer as Banks puts Connors back in.
Banks runs and springboards, but Connors gets under. Connors slips out and bumps Banks on buckles. Slingshot bulldog! Sunset flip bomb into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer but Connors is furious. Connors slaps himself back to focus and drags Banks up again. Connors suplexes but Banks cradle counters! TWO, and Connors rolls. Banks sits on it, TWO! Connors has the sunset flip, TWO! Banks sits back on Connors, TWO! Connors pops out, but his boot is blocked again! Banks runs, but into a lariat! Cover, TWO!! A fast exchange and both men are down! Glasgow applauds and rallies up for the Kiwi Buzzsaw. But Connors is up first, and he rains down rights and lefts.
Connors tells the Kiwi Buzzsaw who he is, and scoops him. Banks slips out and shoves Connors, but Connors goes up and over to sunset flip! Banks rolls through, runs, springboard, Slice of Heaven enziguri! And Kiwi Krusher!! Cover, Banks wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall; advances to the Fatal 4 Way
And we have our field of four! The Kiwi Buzzsaw will meet The Bomber Dave Mastiff, the Iron King Joe Coffey, and a familiar foe in the Irish Ace Jordan Devlin!
In-ring interview with Travis Banks.
The final man in the Fatal 4 in just two weeks time, how does he fancy his chances? Joe Coffey hurt Banks at the Royal Albert Hall. Jordan Devlin took him out of NXT UK TakeOver. And Dave Mastiff, well, he’s actually a good guy but just really big. It doesn’t matter who you are, the Buzzsaw will be the NEW #1 Contender!
Nina Samuels speaks.
“Toni Storm, NXT UK Women’s Champion, in spite of all the skills you possess as a competitor, you really were the easiest puppet to manipulate in my latest masterpiece.” Nina didn’t even have to ask for a title shot. All she had to do was find Toni’s weakness, and she played right into Nina’s hand. Toni even requested “to become the latest cast member of the Nina Samuels Show.” As fine as a performer as Nina is, she’s an expert director, completely in control. And Toni has lost all control. That is a very dangerous place to be when her NXT UK Women’s Championship will be on the line.
Nina’s fans have obviously been sending congratulatory gifts, because they know the finale before it even begins. Nina’s newest crowning achievement: the next NXT UK Women’s Champion. This match happens next week! Will it be a grand finale or a major flop for the Rose Pink Devil?
NXT UK reviews Noam Dar VS Mark Andrews.
The last time the Scottish Supernova and the Welsh rockstar met in the ring, it was an incredible and fast-paced match, but with a terrifying ending. Both men went down with leg injuries, and we hadn’t seen Dar for two months. But Dar returned to surprise the Glasgow fans a few weeks ago, and now both he and Mark Andrews will settle things! Will we get a true conclusion in the rematch?
Naom Dar VS Mark Andrews!
The bell rings and Glasgow of course sings for Dar. Dar and Andrews circle and Andrews offers a handshake. Dar takes it and they tie up. The Supernova puts the rockstar in the corner but backs off with pinkies up. Andrews shrugs that off as they circle again. They tie up and Dar gets a headlock but Andrews powers out. Things speed up and Dar holds ropes to fake out Andrews’ flip. Dar misses his pump kick but dodges Andrews’ arm-drag. He misses the Penalty Kick but denies Andrews’ wheelbarrow move. Dar ducks Andrews’ buzzsaw kick and Glasgow cheers as they stand off. Andrews and Dar circle, and Andrews headlocks. Dar powers out but Andrews flips over.
Things speed up again and Andrews headscissors Dar. Dar flounders but avoids the Penalty Kick, only for Andrews to standing moonsault onto him! Cover, TWO, but Andrews goes after Dar with a wristlock. Andrews wrenches and gets Dar to the stretch. Dar powers his way up but Andrews kicks low. Andrews whips but Dar reverses then ducks the crossbody! Dar spins Andrews around and around and to the backslide! TWO and Andrews staggers off in a daze. Dar brings Andrews back for a takedown and armlock. Andrews endures and works his way around. Dar puts him in a corner but backs off, only to run back in, into a forearm! Andrews puts up a boot and gets an enziguri! Andrews hops up and 450’s, but Dar gets clear! Dar swings but Andrews slides and goes to Pele, but into an ankle lock!
Andrews rolls and throws Dar off, but Dar comes back with that BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dar keeps his cool as he takes aim from a corner. Andrews stands up and Dar runs, but into a roll up! TWO, and Andrews slides again. He dodges Dar’s clothesline to enziguri! Andrews runs but into chops, headbutt and uppercut! Dar brings Andrews up, suplexes, but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Dar bails out and Andrews builds speed to FLY! Direct hit wipes out Dar! Dar crawls, holding his leg. Andrews drags him up but Dar pushes past to get in the ring. Is his leg bothering him again? Andrews shows concern as he follows, but Dar gets to a corner. Dar walks it off, and Andrews whips. But Dar’s leg gives out! Andrews stays nearby while Dar and the ref check his leg.
Fans rally up as Dar and Andrews shake hands. But then Dar sucker punches Andrews! It was all an act! Dar even reels in, hook, line and sinker. And he hits Andrews with a Nova Rolla! Cover, Dar wins!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
Not only is Dar back to 100%, he’s back to his old ways! He teases Andrews with the reel, then takes his leave. Will Andrews get Dar back for taking advantage of his sportsmanship? Or will Dar move on to bigger fish?
The Grizzled Young Veterans arrive.
Radzy catches up with the NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Zack Gibson & James Drake, to ask them about Moustache Mountain calling them out. The NXT UK fans want to see the rematch, what do they say to it? James Drake speaks, wondering if this is a popularity contest. “Is this NXT UK’s Got Talent?” Gibson says “Joe Blogs, Johnny Kickpads and every other local Glasgow competitor” would love a title shot. But the superstars don’t make the matches, the fans don’t make the matches, the GYV decide when they wrestle and against who. Now stay by the door, Radzy, and keep lurking for interviews. GYV has a point, but they’re forgetting who really makes the matches. Will the NXT UK GM decide if Trent Seven & Tyler Bate are worthy?
Rhea Ripley returns to NXT UK!
The Mosh Pit Kid makes her way to the ring and grabs herself a mic. “I know! I know, guys, I know.” She knows Glasgow would love to see her in action, but too bad, it’s not gonna happen. Rhea heard that Piper Niven is somewhat of a big deal in Scotland. The fans cheer but she tells them to shut up. Fans tell HER to shut up! To Rhea, “Piper is nothing but a wannabe superstar that reeks of fear.” Piper so desperately wants to be the most dominant woman, but all she does is talk about Rhea. Because she obviously wants to be Rhea. The truth is, when you step into the ring with Rhea Ripley, “Nightmares become reality.”
The Aussie with Attitude drops the mic but still talks trash to Glasgow, but will she have to eat her words when she finally steps into the ring with Piper the Viper?
Kassius Ohno finds an NXT UK cameraman to talk to.
The Wrestling Genius wants the cameraman to follow after. Ohno was trying to get word from Johnny Saint all week but no such luck, so Ohno will visit the NXT UK GM in person. Ohno knocks on the door, but then just barges in. He finds Sid Scala instead. Weren’t they supposed to talk today? Sid confirms and asks Ohno to have a seat. Ohno takes Sid’s seat and asks “Savvy Sid” about that big news. Sid and Saint had hoped to tell him together, but sure, why not now? Ohno wants his opportunity to prove he’s the greatest at British wrestling. He’ll do that next week against Gentleman Jack Gallagher.
Yes, Mr. Gallagher. A great star on 205 Live, and this will be a great first-time-ever. Kudos, Sid. Tell Johnny he said hi. Pleasure doing business with you. Ohno leaves the office in a good mood, but will he truly prove himself THE best British style wrestler in NXT UK?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: WALTER VS Pete Dunne!
It’s finally time! NXT UK fans waited weeks for this rematch, but so have the Ring General and Bruiserweight. Who will show they made the superior adjustments from the first time around and come away with the WWE UK gold?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the epic sequel!
Fans duel as Walter and Dunne stare down. Walter makes sure his fingers are okay before tying up with Dunne. They push each other around, and Walter puts Dunne in the corner. Walter backs off and they circle again. Dunne gets the arm and goes after those fingers anyway, then wrenches through. Dunne twists the wrist but Walter reverses and whips. Walter wrings Dunne but Dunne reaches up to headscissor. The two separate and fans applaud. Dunne and Walter go around again and tie up. They both go to the mat and Dunne stands on Walter’s left hand! Dunne goes after the right, then gets the left in a Fujiwara armbar. Dunne hammerlocks the arm, but Walter avoids the stomp! Walter wings but Dunne avoids the infamous chop!
Fans applaud again, both men clearly learned a lot from their first match. They circle again, and Walter eggs Dunne on. Dunne headlocks, but Walter pries free. Dunne kicks at Walter’s leg but Walter still gets through to a headlock and takeover. Fans still duel while Dunne works his way back up. Dunne powers out and things speed up. Dunne hurdles but Walter goes for a sleeper! But Dunne blocks and gives Walter a shoulder breaker. Dunne runs but Walter hurdles! Walter’s boot is caught, and into a dragon screw! Walter bails out and fans fire up. Dunne stalks Walter on the outside, but Walter CHOPS Dunne off his feet!
Walter makes sure his leg is okay before going back to Dunne. He brings Dunne around to CHOP again, but the ring count passes 5. Walter swings but Dunne ducks, the chop goes into a post! Dunne refreshes the count and goes after Walter’s hand! He slams it on the steel steps! Walter falls and Dunne brings him back up to Penalty Kick the arm! Dunne refreshes the count again, only to walk into Walter’s BOOT! Fans cheer again while Walter checks his hand. Walter drags Dunne up and throws big European Uppercuts. Now Walter refreshes the count to then shotgun dropkick Dunne into barriers! Walter drags Dunne back up and back to the steel steps! He sets Dunne on them to stand and bend him back! Fans boo this dirty play but Walter wants Dunne to pay.
Walter leaves Dunne and Dunne drags himself up. Walter BOOTS Dunne again! Dunne holds onto the ropes so Walter toys with him. Dunne drags himself back up and fans rally up. Walter comes over to club, but Dunne grabs the arm! And the fingers! Dunne bends them back, but Walter CHOPS Dunne again! But Dunne manages to get back in the ring instead of falling to the floor. Walter kicks Dunne while he’s down, and then kicks him back down. He dares Dunne to get up and fans rally. Dunne sits up but Walter turns him over to ram knees into the back. Cover, TWO! Walter keeps Dunne down with a half camel clutch. Walter pulls Dunne back while fans duel again. Dunne endures and works his way up. Walter knees low then again.
Walter toys with Dunne and Dunne gets angry. Dunne blasts Walter with a forearm! Glasgow cheers for Peter as he tries to whip. Walter reverses but Dunne goes up and over! Dunne enziguris Walter down! Dunne fires up like a wild man, and hops up for a dropkick to the knees! Walter staggers up, blocks the kick but not the jab! Dunne rolls Walter to a kneebar! Dunne grapevines as fans duel. Walter endures and works his way out to turn and club Dunne! Then he German Supelxes! But Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw Walter in the back! Dunne ties Walter up in an Octopus stretch! And he takes off the finger tape! Dunne has the pinkie and pulls! But Walter powers out, only for Dunne to hit a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO!!
Glasgow keeps cheering as both men stand, Dunne stomps the hands! And buzzsaws Walter again! Then pump handles, but Walter pries free to LARIAT! Walter runs, but into another big forearm! Only to come back for an exploder! Cover, TWO!! Walter keeps on Dunne with a Boston Crab! Dunne endures the back pain as fans rally back up. Walter turns Dunne back over but Dunne kicks him. Walter wants a single leg but Dunne kicks him down! Dunne Penalty Kicks and Danielson Stomps Walter out! Then he rolls Water to a hammerlock, and bends the other arm! From finger to elbow, even! Dunne has a unique leg nelson but Walter refuses to quit! Walter uses his long legs for a ropebreak! Dunne lets Walter go and fans duel again. Walter rolls to the apron, but Dunne pursues.
Dunne drags Walter up and brings the hand to a buckle. He tucks it into the buckle pad? And then stands on it! Walter screams but the ref counts, so Dunne lets up at 4. Walter CLUBS Dunne off the top rope, then climbs. Dunne SUPERKICKS the arm! Walter sits down on the top rope and shakes his hands out. Dunne climbs up and CHOPS Walter. Dunne stands up, for a hanging triangle! The ref counts but Walter clubs away! Walter lifts Dunne, but to a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Walter just gets free, and fans are loving this! Dunne and Walter slowly stir and sit up. Fans rally as Dunne stands, and Walter follows. Dunne kicks but Walter CHOPS! Walter shakes his hand and hobbles on one leg as he stalks Dunne. He drags Dunne up to throw forearms but Dunne kicks.
Walter CHOPS again, but Dunne holds ropes to deny the German Suplex. Dunne switches and German Suplexes Walter! But then runs into a big LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives again, and Walter grows frustrated. Walter climbs up as Glasgow says, “This is Awesome!” Walter reaches the top and leaps, into another BIG forearm! Dunne pump handles and lifts, BITTER END! To the triangle hold! Walter resists to a cover, ONE! Dunne has a mounted triangle! And he SNAPS the fingers! But Walter refuses to quit! Wait, is that Fabian Aichner? Aichner is pushing the bottom rope towards Walter’s foot! Walter gets the ropebreak but the ref still sees it was Aichner! Aichner and the ref argue, but that’s so Marcel Barthel can CLOBBER Dunne with the title belt! Walter doesn’t see that, so he doesn’t hesitate hitting the WALTER BOMB! Cover, Walter wins!!
Winner: WALTER, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion
Does the Ring General have new troops behind him? Barthel and Aichner join Walter in the ring, and fans boo as the three stand together! Is the European Alliance going to take over NXT UK?!
What a wild episode of NXT UK! And I didn’t realize it’d still be in Glasgow. I don’t know why we haven’t gotten a second NXT UK TakeOver, but I bet a lot of this will lead to something for NXT TakeOver: XXV. I was hoping we’d get an announcement of who the final two qualifier contestants would be. Ohno should’ve expected a part in the tournament, only for Sid to explain why it’s Banks VS Connors. For one, Banks got the win over Ohno a few weeks ago, so that alone is why it’s Banks and not Ohno. Not sure why it was Connors, other than Connors is a good worker and Banks as the Face would win. Now the Fatal 4 will have an even split. Ohno VS Gallagher will be great, too, but Ohno’s overall story still seems aimless.
As for that Fatal 4, it will be great to have two hosses and two Cruiserweights for the variety of style. I would have to give it to a Face, though, given what we saw in the main event. Banks makes for a great underdog against Walter, but seeing Mastiff step up would be great to see a pair of behemoths fight over the belt. Coffey still has the NXT UK Tag Division with brother Mark, and Devlin being Heel needs to wait for another Face champion to come along. I was surprised James Drake got to speak for the GYV promo, but he did his part well. Obviously GYV VS Moustache Mountain II is happening, whether their characters think so or not. That has to go Moustache Mountain’s way to give us Face champions to take on the coming Heel contenders.
Toni VS Nina next week will be pretty good. It’ll probably allow Nina to really show fans what she’s capable of, but I can’t see Nina taking the title. She came a bit out of left field acting like she’s a contender, so she’s probably a holdover while other women build themselves up. For one, Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy Gabert are each making their start in NXT UK’s Women’s Division, I’d expect one of them to come closer to taking the title. Meanwhile, Rhea VS Piper has to be happening soon or else the build will get tired. I’d think Piper wins to be a strong Face for when a Heel takes the belt.
Dar is an evil genius with that swerve. At first it looks like another match gets called off, but then surprise! Dar back to Heel just makes sense, so that he and Andrews will surely have a third match to finally settle this. A feud like this, the Devlin VS Banks feud before, and even what Ohno is doing, are all still reasons I want a mid-card belt for the NXT UK men. That way they wouldn’t have to worry about waiting in line so much. Especially if Walter is going to have back-up now. Walter VS Dunne II was great right up until that point, so I’m a little mixed on this development. It’s great in that Dunne isn’t really weakened, but it might weaken Walter. At the same time, now we can have trios battling it out between British Strong Style, Gallus and the European Alliance.
My Score: 8.5/10