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Chris’s Takes For NXT UK 11/14/19

Chris King checks in with his look at this week’s edition of WWE NXT UK, headlined by Kassius Ohno against Tyler Bate!

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Chris King checks in with his look at this week’s edition of WWE NXT UK, headlined by Kassius Ohno against Tyler Bate!

After Kassius Ohno viciously attacked A-KID, Tyler Bate has a score to settle with the self-proclaimed “Wrestling Genius.” Also on tonight’s episode, the blue-haired young up-and-comer Xia Brookside gets to prove herself against the NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray.

Xia Brookside vs. Kay Lee Ray 

Wow, this was an absolute battle of one-upwomanship the Champion would lock in a rest hold or arm wrench and the fan-favorite would be forced to outsmart her and break free. This carried on with great roll-up pinfall attempts until Brookside attempted a crossbody from the top rope and Ray slammed her on the mat.

The young up-and-comer mounted a small comeback with some clotheslines and a headscissors sending the champion to the corner. A sunset flip pin almost gave Brookside the victory but Ray kicked out. A picture-perfect superkick and the Gory Bomb silenced her opponent and Ray got the victory.

Opinion: This was a great opportunity for Brookside to show the champion how much she’s improved since they met in the summer. Brookside’s facial expression after Ray kicked out told a terrific story. The NXT UK Women’s Champion though found an opening and took advantage of using her years of experience to get the win.

A quick recap aired of Ilja Dragunov making his decision last week to side with Gallus over IMPERIUM.

Another video package aired of Piper Niven trying to be a role model for plus size women and all the children to live out their dreams.

Ligero vs. Travis Banks II

The match started with a handshake and a massive chop-fest between both competitors. Some terrific mat wrestling and a high-octane offense that almost led to Banks and Ligero having a double-pin with a backslide pin. Banks flew halfway across the ring and delivered a stunning dropkick to his opponent. He followed it up with a Kiwi Crusher for a 2.8.

A series of roll-up pinfalls couldn’t gain each man a victory. Ligero delivered a thunderous superplex off the top rope that left both competitors stunned and gasping for air. Banks delivered a nasty-looking fisherman suplex on the ring apron.

Ligero answered back with a jaw-dropping tornado DDT on the outside. Out of nowhere, Joseph Conners blindsided Ligero crashing him into the ring post. Banks rolled his opponent back into the ring and hit Slice Of Heaven for the victory.

Moments later, Conners viciously attacked both men. He grabbed a mic and delivered a vindictive promo about how he should have been the inaugural United Kingdom Champion but he wasn’t, and he’s TakeOver-worthy. He ended things declaring that if he has to suffer than everyone else will too!

Opinion: Banks and Ligero have Insane in-ring chemistry every maneuver was counter after counter. They thought the same, they attacked each other using the same kicks and pinfall attempts. After watching their second battle I am 100% convinced that both competitors should become a tag team. They would make a well-oiled machine and it would definitely give both young up-and-comers some gold around their waists.

Conners is a bitter man and since he didn’t get what he felt he deserved he’s on a warpath to anyone who stands in his way. I am intrigued to see where does he go from here, does he step up to WALTER? Definitely some great storyline development.

A vignette aired hyping Ridge Holland’s in-ring debut next week.

Another match announced for next week, IMPERIUM’s Alexander Wolfe will go one-on-one with Ilja Dragunov.

Main Event: Tyler Bate vs. Kassius Ohno

The match started with both competitors feeling each other out with arm wrenches and headlocks. “The Big Strong Boi” locked Ohno in an octopus stretch for a moment. A series of submission attempts by both competitors continued building the rage of Ohno.

The self-proclaimed Wrestling Genius found an opening after blasting Bate shoulder-first into the ring post sending him to the outside. Back in the ring, Bate missed a bicycle kick and Ohno leveled him with a thunderous senton for a near-fall.

After a terrific battle of size, and technical wrestling skills, Banks somehow managed to pick up Ohno on his shoulders for his signature airplane spin. The Big Strong Boi followed it up with a Tyler Driver ’97 for the hard-fought victory.

Opinion: An absolutely incredible main event where the obnoxious and cocky Ohno was out to punish and overcome the young up-and-comer. I was honestly surprised to see more mat wrestling and less of Ohno using his size advantage to throw Bate around. The more Bate outsmarted Ohno the angrier he became. The Big Strong Boi lived up to his name silencing the arrogant veteran pulling out a huge win in his young career.

Summary: If you don’t watch this show on a weekly basis, I don’t know what you’re thinking. NXT UK is amazing and every week there are terrific stories being told between the ropes from superstars all over the United Kingdom. If you only watch one match from this week’s episode, I would say Ligero vs. Banks would be a great place to start. I never used to watch this brand until I started writing a review for it and now I’m so thankful I do.


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NXT Minus 6: The Most Pointless Match Ever

There are some things Brad really enjoyed, and others that made no sense. Do you agree with his assessments?

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Not just pointless. It was Charles Barkley turrible. 

Dexter Lumis - NXT Entrance (15-04-20) - YouTube

6. Dexter Lumis is in dire need of a makeover. Since his debut two years ago, the only thing that’s changed is the possible addition of new arm tattoos. Great athlete. Deceptively agile. No depth to his character. He is the worst thing you can be in wrestling. Boring. 

POLLOCK'S REVIEW: NXT UK 10/24 feat. Fans revolting on Zack Gibson

5. Zack Gibson strikes again. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain are Shrek and Donkey. Savage! Gibson is on the mic what Wade Barrett needs to be. I like watching him wrestle. I love listening to him talk. 

NXT Next Week: WWE Women's Tag Team Titles Will Be On The Line 4. How good was it to hear Shayna Baszler’s music again in NXT? I am cranked to 11 for the women’s tag team title match. So many stories. Baszler and Dakota Kai have a long history. Raquel Gonzalez and Nia Jax, the two biggest, baddest bitches in WWE are out to prove who is the alpha bitch. Titles on the line. Baszler’s homecoming. Kai’s shot at validation. I’m smelling MOTY contender.

Xia Li reacts after gruesome double attack on this week's WWE NXT

3. I am fully and deeply committed to the notion that Xia Li is the baddest person in the entire NXT locker room, male or female. Madame Li, I will never get on your bad side. If I accidentally cross that line, I will change my name and flee the unidentified state in which I currently reside. Un-Lished.  

2. That thing between Santa Claus Ice Cream Bar and Doomsday Saito was possibly the most pointless match ever. The feud was based on nothing. Why is a heavyweight going after a cruiserweight? Why do they continue to pretend Ice Cream Bar is a cruiser when he clearly isn’t? How does Saito survive a 3-on-1 beat down to pop up fresh as a daisy and get the victory? It dragged on and on and on and on and on and on and on, clocking in at just under 92 hours. Let us never speak of this match again. No, it doesn’t get a pic. 

WWE NXT results – 24/02/2021 (No DQ match, NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai in action) » FirstSportz

1. This week’s That’s Why I Love Wrestling goes to…unidentified camera man! I’m on my couch, digging Leon Ruff’s entrance. BTW, his music kicks all kinds of ass. Ruff is hanging on the ropes, loving life, when BAM! Kick to the head from Swerve Scott. I was genuinely surprised, never saw it coming, because the camera man was fully focused on Ruff, and so was I. Nice work, unidentified camera man.  


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Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments

Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?

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The Miz WWE

This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!

Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.

Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!

5. Main Eventing WrestleMania

The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.

4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler

Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.

2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.

3. The First MITB Cash-In

You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.

People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.

What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.

2. Feuding with The King

A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.

Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.

It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.

I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.

Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse

You knew I had to mention this, right?

1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan

I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.

None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.

This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.


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