A fatal 4-way determines the number one contender for WALTER on this week’s NXT UK!
After weeks of build, who will be the next man to face WALTER?
The Hunt vs Saxon Huxley and Tyson T-Bone: Well, that was ugly. I can’t say this was the best match I’ve ever seen, primarily because the four men involved have similar rough and tumble styles of wrestling. It was a good match and the Hunt gained more momentum, but I just wasn’t into it, especially since the dueling diving headbutts scares me and makes me ask why its allowed.
I am a little puzzled by Gallus picking a fight with the Hunt, but it looks like the Hunt could be getting groomed for a run at the tag titles, so working with Gallus makes sense.
Kay Lee Ray vs Kasey Owens: To be perfectly honest, when I first looked at the contender names, I thought this was an intergender match and KLR was wrestling Kevin Owens. That embarrassing lapse aside, this was a REALLY good match. It would be easy to dismiss Owens as a jobber, but it’s clear that someone in NXT UK sees something in her and she’s got the talent to back that belief up.
As for KLR, she definitely made a statement as to why she should be the front runner to meet Toni Storm in Cardiff. She’s vicious and can match Storm for energy and skill. Book it, Mr. Saint!
Imperium: Nope. I still think this sucks. Don’t get me wrong, this faction makes sense, three foreign born wrestlers in a primarily British promotion, but this still sounds like a World War II documentary set in a wrestling ring instead of France.
Jinny and Jazzy Gabert: I’m not sure what Jinny’s hearing or smoking, but of all the people that are being talked about in NXT UK, she and Jazzy are near the middle to the bottom. I’m still not TOTALLY confident that Brookside and Dawn will beat these two, but I want to see it happen just to shut Jinny up.
Ilya Dragunev vs Joseph Conners: Well, he asked for it. In two weeks, Joseph Conners will meet the Ruthless Russian, but I have a bad feeling that Conners is going to regret making that demand.
Grizzled Young Veterans: Several wise men have said that if you feel the need to proclaim yourself a locker room leader, you’re not one and the Grizzled Young Veterans are proving that. They demand respect but don’t give their fellows any. Hopefully, Johnny Saint will let Moustache Mountain have their rematch and teach GYV a little lesson in respect.
#1 Contender’s Match – Jordan Devlin vs Travis Banks, vs Joe Coffey vs Dave Mastiff: What a match! Event the stupid/badly done stuff (Coffey and Mastiff’s really awful bulldoze out of the ring) was fun to watch. If you know me, you know that I wanted Jordan Devlin to win and get an ACTUAL title shot against WALTER, not just a non-title sop to protect a rematch. I’m very disappointed that Devlin didn’t win, but I’m not going to complain about Banks getting a shot. I don’t think he’s got a prayer of winning, but I’m glad he’s getting a shot. Also, Devlin mocking Joe Coffey was hilarious, especially when Joe stood up. Also, Whack-A-Devlin.
Overall Thoughts: That was a good show. One of the great things about the Network Shows is that they tend to get right down to business with very little messing around.
All the matches were good tonight and even the not great parts of the Main Event were funny.
I’m still not sold on Imperium. It still sounds too much like no one could think of something better than a 70 year old RL storyline.
That’s it for Tiffany’s NXT UK Takes! Stay tuned for NXT!