Variety is the spice of life for NXT UK!
NXT UK continues the retrospective with huge international crossover matches, and the United Kingdom Championship showdown of Dunne VS Gibson!
- NXT 10/9/19 – KUSHIDA VS WALTER; WALTER wins.
- 2018 Mae Young Classic Semifinals: Toni Storm VS Meiko Satomura; Storm wins and advances to the finals.
- NXT 8/22/18 – WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Zack Gibson; Dunne wins and retains the WWE UK Championship.
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Andy Shepherd welcomes us back to the show.
This episode is extra special! It features three matches with three NXT UK stars in the States! First up, Imperium’s Alexander Wolfe makes a big opening choice! “This match is a true clash of styles.” Wolfe wants you to watch this match again, just to remind you who Imperium is. They are absolute power, and the mat is sacred. Two of the best international talents in the world from different parts of the world. The incredible speed of the Super Junior, and the size and strength of the Ring General. A huge main event on live television, find out what happens as two undefeated forces collide!
KUSHIDA VS WALTER!
At this point in time, the Super Junior and the Austrian Anomaly were both undefeated since joining WWE and NXT! But only one can stand alone as THE undefeated!
The bell rings and fans are dueling already. Walter and Kushida circle and tie up, and Walter headlock tosses Kushida away! Kushida comes back and kicks, but Walter stays up. They tie up, Walter gut wrenches Kushida up to put him on the ropes. Walter backs off to pat Kushida’s head, but that just riles Kushida up! Kushida gets in, gets a leg, but Walter sprawls to block the takedown. Walter facelocks and grinds Kushida down, but fans rally up. Kushida flails and spins out to reverse the facelock! They roll and Kushida holds on to then float all over Walter, and pat his head! Walter is mad but Kushida dodges his swinging hands to SLAP him! Walter is furious but he gets dumped out and dropkick’d down! Kushida dropkicks Walter again! Walter keeps trying, but gets another dropkick! The Ring General is furious while NXT goes to another break.
NXT returns and Walter runs into a boot at a corner. Kushida gives Walter a buckle complete shot! Fans fire up as Kushida springboards but stumbles! Walter BOOTS Kushida on the rebound! Kushida slumps on the apron but Walter takes his time dragging Kushida back in. Walter uses the leg to turn Kushida, but Kushida resists. The fans rally but Walter gets Kushida in the Half Crab! Walter also digs a knee into Kushida’s back, but Kushida endures. Kushida fights up and heads for ropes to get the ropebreak! Walter lets up and fans still duel as he drags Kushida up. Walter stretches Kushida back against ropes to CLUB him on the chest! And again! And again! Walter lets Kushida flop to the mat while he catches his breath. Walter returns to Kushida as Kushida sits up. Walter brings Kushida up but Kushida throws forearms! Walter knees low then turns Kushida for a CHOP! Kushida is dazed and down on the mat!
Walter drags Kushida up and into powerbomb position, but Kushida slips through for a DDT counter! Fans rally up and duel as Kushida gets to ropes. Walter stands on the opposite end, and runs into another boot. Kushida is on the apron and enziguris Walter away. Kushida climbs to leap, tomahawk ax handle! Walter stays up so Kushida keeps moving, but Walter hurdles?! Kushida still hip tosses Walter for the cartwheel dropkick! Walter bails out and fans fire up again. Kushida is on Walter at the ropes but Walter clubs him back. Walter goes to club again, but Kushida blocks to hotshot the arm! Kushida runs to sunset flip! But Walter holds on for dear life, then STOMPS Kushida out! Walter drags Kushida up by his head in a sleeper, but Kushida fights out. Kushida kicks away on Walter’s arm, but Walter CHOPS with his other! And CHOPS! Kushida stings, but he baits Walter into the post! Kushida kicks the legs out, then somersault DDT’s Walter to the floor!
Full Sail is thunderous as both men are down on the outside. A ring count begins and climbs to 5. Kushida stands at 6 but Walter shoves him away. Walter’s in at 8, Kushida’s in at 9.5! Kushida dodges and PELES Walter, to Penalty Kick the arm out! Kushida hops on, wanting his Hoverboard Lock! He has Walter in the body scissors, but Walter clubs and pops out of the Sakuraba, to suplex. Kushida slips out because of the beat up arm, but he swings into Walter’s sleeper! Kushida fades, but has a second wind! ROPEBREAK! Walter slaps the arms down but Kushida standing switches, O’Conner roll into Japanese Clutch! Deep Bridge, but Walter pops out to the sleeper!! Kushida rolls back, ARMBAR! Walter blocks with his best monkey grip, then rolls around to his knees. Kushida hammers Walter in the face but Walter makes it a cover. ONE, and Kushida keeps the hold. Walter slips out, deadlifts Kushida by a leg, but Kushida shifts weight to cradle counter! TWO!!
Both men back off, but Kushida winds up, but Walter dodges the Fast Ball! Walter half nelsons and pump handles, but Kushida fights out. Kushida waistlocks, Walter elbows out, but Kushida hook kicks! Kushida runs, into a BOOT! GERMAN SUPLEX! Walter drags Kushida, the half nelson and pump handle, BRIDGING SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!? Kushida lives and Walter can’t believe it! Fans duel and rally again as both men are down. Walter goes to the apron, and then heads for the corner. But Kushida revives to hop up and kick Walter down! Kushida climbs to join Walter, and he starts throwing forearms. Fans still duel as Kushida elbows away on Walter. Walter body shots and CHOPS Kushida! Kushida holds on and fires up, to go after the arm! Kushida wants the arm, SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! HOVERBOARD!! Walter slips out but Kushida stomps the good arm! Walter endures, Full Sail is thunderous, and Kushida uses his chin to keep that arm trapped! But Walter’s long legs get the ROPEBREAK!
Kushida lets up at 4, and fans are loving this! Both men go to opposite ends, and then stand. Kushida sees an opening, and he dropkicks the bad arm! But Walter CHOPS with the good arm! Kushida comes back with kicks to Walter’s face! Kushida has the bad arm, but Walter pushes him off, to DROPKICK! Walter drags Kushida up, WALTER BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Walter is getting TakeOver: Cardiff flashbacks, and fans say “This is Awesome!” Walter looms over Kushida and starts slapping away. He reels Kushida in, LARIAT! Cover, Walter wins!
Winner: Walter, by pinfall
The United Kingdom Champion is still undefeated! But this was as close as anyone has come to defeating Imperium’s leader. Speaking of, Wolfe, Aichner and Barthel appear on the stage to celebrate and congratulate Walter. Imperium has the NXT UK Championship and now the NXT Tag Team Championships. Will these fearsome foursome soon rule over all that is NXT?
Eddie Dennis speaks.
“Shh.” Ghandi once said that a man becomes what he believes himself to be. Dennis believes Ghandi was an idiot. The American author, Frank Hubert, said belief can be manipulated and only knowledge was dangerous. What separates Dennis from the rest of the roster is that while the NXT UK Universe is full of men and women who believe, only Dennis has knowledge. Knowledge is power. When will Dennis again demonstrate his power in the ring?
Xia Brookside makes her pick!
Her choice is from the 2018 Mae Young Classic. The semifinals, the top four, had an incredibly hard hitting match with two of the best. The legendary Joshi or the Lightning from Down Under! Both have many influences across the British, American and Japanese styles. “That is what makes this match so exciting: you never know what to expect.”
Toni Storm VS Meiko Satomura!
Storm has been making a name for herself in the United Kingdom Division and all around the world, but Satomura has been making a name for herself since WCW! They had a match with each other back in Japan, but that ended in a draw. The rematch happens as part of this historic tournament, who finally gets the win to move on to the finals?
Toni and Meiko shake hands to show this is a respectful match-up. The bell rings and fans cheer. The two circle and tie up as fans duel. Toni gets a wristlock but Meiko rolls and wrenches back. Toni spins and gets inside to wrench to a hammerlock. Meiko works her way against the hold and gets a headlock. She brings Toni to the mat but Toni keeps her shoulders up. Toni rolls Meiko to a cover, ONE as Meiko rolls it back. Toni slips out the back to get her own headlock, but Meiko rolls Toni. TWO, but Toni brings it back. Meiko gets to a headscissor, but Toni moves around. Toni turns Meiko over and gets the legs, then shifts to a headlock. Meiko stands up and sweeps the legs into her own mount. Toni works against it but Meiko lets her go, only to kick her!
Toni gets mad as she gets up and the two circle again. She kicks Meiko now, and puts on another headlock. Meiko powers out and they collide shoulders. Neither one backs down so Toni goes again. They collide, and neither backs down again. Meiko kicks, uppercuts, runs but Toni follows to boot her down! Cover, ONE, and Meiko rolls away. Toni stays on her with stomps, almost toying with the legend. Toni brings Meiko up for a big headbutt. Then another, then a kick. Cover, TWO! Toni keeps her cool, and she brings Meiko up for a snap suplex. Float over to cover, TWO! Toni drags Meiko up and wrenches the arm before whipping to ropes. Meiko reverses and kicks Toni sharply in the leg. Meiko keeps kicking and Toni gets to ropes.
The referee backs Meiko off, but only for a moment. Meiko gets the leg and kicks away at it, before dropping into a toehold. Meiko goes after both legs for a take on the Figure Four! Toni fights as fans rally, but Meiko hits her down and rolls her over for a full deathlock. Toni gets the ropebreak and Meiko lets her go. Meiko comes back with more kicks, even as Toni gets to a corner. Toni drags herself up but Meiko keeps on her with forearms. Meiko whips Toni corner to corner and runs in for the big forearm smash. She reels Toni in but Toni elbows her away. Toni throws a forearm, then whips Meiko. Meiko comes back with the spinning heel kick! Down goes Toni, but fans rally up on both sides.
Meiko stands Toni up for European Uppercuts, but Toni counters to a backslide! TWO, but Toni’s right on Meiko with a deathlock STF! Meiko endures as Toni pulls on the neck. Fans rally again, and Meiko manages to drag herself and Toni towards ropes. Toni wrenches as hard as she can, fans continue to rally, and Meiko still forces the ropebreak! Toni lets Meiko go and has control over the legend. She stomps Meiko into a corner, then runs corner to corner for the hip attack! Fisherman suplex and bridge! TWO!! Toni stomps Meiko, then kicks her out of the ring. Meiko staggers while Toni builds speed, Toni DIVES! The tope suicida takes Meiko out, but Toni’s own elbow takes some damage. Fans chant “Mae Young Classic!” in appreciation for this action.
Toni drags Meiko up and into the ring. She aims from a corner, and runs for the enziguri! Cover, TWO! Toni grows frustrated, but she keeps on Meiko with a kick across the face. She keeps kicking Meiko but Meiko just gets mad! Toni runs, boots Meiko down, but Meiko is up to boot Toni! Toni boots Meiko again, then whips. Meiko reverses and drives in a knee, then a DDT! Meiko runs, handspring leg drop guillotine! But she isn’t done, she drags Toni back up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!! Meiko is shocked and furious! Meiko decides to finish this another way, and Toni sits up in a daze as Meiko runs in for the kick! But Toni blocks it, and gets a German Suplex! Then double underhook, STORM ZERO!! Cover, TWO!? HOW!? But Full Sail loves it, because “This is Awesome!”
A 10 count begins but Toni gets up first. Toni staggers over, wants another Storm Zero, but Meiko breaks out to Pele! And buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Toni survives again, but in comes the Scorpion Rising kick!! Cover, TWO!?! Full Sail is thunderous as Toni defies Meiko! Meiko lifts Toni, Toni slips out, STORM ZERO AGAIN! Cover, TONI WINS!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; advances to the finals at Evolution
Incredible! Storm makes it through the Final Boss, and moves on to the all women’s PPV! We know in the present that she puts on yet another amazing match against a top name in this generation of Joshi wrestling in Io Shirai! #ToniTime is on hold, but will it come back stronger than ever?
Fans show their respect for the living legend as they chant “Thank you, Meiko!” Meiko and Toni show their respect for each other as they bow on their hands and knees. This is surely not the last we’ve seen of the Joshi Strong Style pioneer, where and when we will see the Final Boss again?
Nina Samuels speaks.
“Bravo, NXT UK management! You have finally come to your senses , and realized that NXT UK needs more Nina.” The Leading Lady will have the spotlight, and her adoring fans are surely wondering what she’s doing during intermission. Many are reflecting and thinking how they can come back better than ever. Perhaps Nina will do the same. She takes a good, long look in the mirror and thinks on how she can be the best Nina ever. But it made sense! Nina is as sensational as she has always been. The only thing that needs to change is that the fans need to appreciate “the level of superstar they have before their very eyes” and put here on the pedestal she deserves to be on. Take your seats and enjoy the grand return of the Nina Samuels Show!
Next week is NXT UK’s Greatest Hits!
Some of the best matches in the archives of the fastest growing brand will be on display! Will one of your favorites be among them?
Flash Morgan Webster makes his decision.
The former NXT UK Tag Team Champion is here, and the Modfather chose Liverpool’s Number One Zack Gibson going against the then WWE/NXT UK Champion, the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne! They were in Brooklyn for TakeOver’s aftermath, and Flash chose this because he’s faced both guys and saw both men on absolute rampages. Gibson won the 2018 UK Championship Tournament, unlike Dunne. But Dunne was in the middle of his dominate reign, and was the longest reigning champion in the WWE. What better match of technical masters putting on a stellar show?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Zack Gibson!
The Bruiserweight has reigned for over a year and has been a fighting champion in it. He and Liverpool’s Number One faced off after Gibson won the second-ever WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament. Gibson’s “Scouse Style” didn’t get it done that time, but has he made adjustments to get it done against Dunne this time?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the rematch in the shadow of TakeOver begins!
Fans are strongly behind the Bruiserweight as he stares down Gibson. Gibson tunes the fans out and ties up with Dunne. They’re even in strength, but Dunne gets a wristlock. Gibson rolls through to reverse and get a takedown. Gibson goes after the wrist and fingers, but Dunne gets up. Dunne rolls through, kips up and handsprings to wring Gibson! Gibson backs off to the ropes, but then throat chops! Fans boo Gibson, but he goes right after the wrist and elbow. Dunne powers out and things speed up, until Dunne rocks Gibson with a forearm smash! Dunne goes after the arms now, putting one in a hammerlock while pulling at the other.
Gibson screams as Dunne bends the fingers back beyond their limits! Dunne does the same to the elbow, for double hammerlock stomps! Gibson hits back but so does Dunne. They slap and slap, but Dunne gets the hoverboard! Gibson slips out and they slap more. They end up in a double crap and they bridge to headstands. And they still slap each other! The two fall over, but Gibson is up first. Gibson runs but into a wristlock. Dunne hammerlocks again, for another stomp! Gibson writhes his way to the ropes but Dunne is on him. Dunne whips but Gibson reverses to push Dunne against the ropes. The ref calls for a break but Gibson gives Dunne body shots and a hotshot to that arm. Gibson keeps on the arm with a hammerlock, for a keylock driver!
Dunne clutches his arm now while Gibson embraces the heat. Gibson stomps Dunne, then rocks him with forearms. He puts Dunne in a corner, then whips only to jam the arm! Cover, ONE, but Gibson keeps on Dunne with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up and Dunne grabs Gibson’s beard. He also hooks the nose, but Gibson thrashes him around. They stand up and Dunne fights out with forearms. Gibson holds on even through chops. He lifts Dunne for a single leg suplex! Cover, TWO, but Gibson is back with an armlock. Gibson bends Dunne’s fingers now in revenge for before. He puts Dunne back in the cobra clutch and wants Dunne to quit. Fans rally up and Dunne pulls his way up. Gibson wrings him out for an elbow, then an overhead suplex! Gibson dusts himself off but fans boo and jeer.
Dunne sits up and grits his teeth, even as he gets a forearm from Gibson. Gibson gives more but Dunne just gets stronger for it. Dunne blasts Gibson with a forearm of his own! Fans fire up as Dunne corner clotheslines. He whips corner to corner, Gibson reverses but Dunne goes up and over, to give an enziguri! Dunne reels Gibson in but Gibson standing switch. Gibson German Suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet to kick Gibson in the head! Dunne drags Gibson up, for the X Plex, into an armbar! Gibson flails and gets the ropebreak. Dunne lets go and Gibson goes to the outside. Dunne goes to the apron, then up top, for a MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Gibson goes down! Fans are thunderous while both men stir.
The ref counts and reaches 4 by the time Dunne and Gibson get back in. Gibson wants mercy, but Dunne refuses with a double stomp! Dunne lifts, sit-out powerbomb! TWO, but barely! Dunne’s a bit surprised, but he keeps his eyes on Gibson. Gibson goes to a corner, but Dunne kicks his leg. Dunne whips corner to corner but Gibson reverses. Gibson sees Dunne going up and over, and kicks him out of the air! Gibson climbs up now, for a flying code breaker, aka the Ticket to Ride! Cover, TWO! That wasn’t Gibson’s ticket to the title just yet. The fans chant for Dunne, but Gibson looms over him. Gibson drags Dunne up and slaps Dunne around, but Dunne hits back.
Dunne blocks the throat chop, into stomps on both hands! Then a buzzsaw kick! But Gibson gives another code breaker! Dunne still enziguris! They both forearm, they both enziguri! Both men are down but fans are thunderous all over again! The ref counts and Gibson scrambles to a corner. Dunne has his foot, and tortures the ankle. Gibson kicks Dunne, hops up, but Dunne kicks Gibson! Dunne climbs up to join him, and tortures Gibson’s arm into the suplex hold. Gibson resists, and turns it into a SUPER Helter Skelter! Cover, TWO!! Dunne somehow survives, but Gibson isn’t done! Gibson grabs the arm, Shankly Gates! But Dunne resists, reaches for ropes, but Gibson blocks with his body. Gibson slaps Dunne around, then rolls him for a body scissors into Shankly Gates!
Dunne endures being bent and stretched but the fans give him strength. Dunne drags himself towards ropes, but Gibson denies the ropebreak with a leg! But Dunne keeps going, to bite the ropes!! Gibson has to let go, but then he STOMPS Dunne’s head! The mouth piece comes out, and Gibson stomps a mudhole into the Bruiserweight. Fans boo and jeer while Gibson backs off. Dunne sees his mouth piece and crawls for it. But Gibson steps on it! Gibson asks if that’s what Dunne wanted. He drags Dunne up for a CLOBBERING clothesline! Dunne is in the corner, completely dazed. Gibson takes the mouth piece, examines it, then goes to toss it, only for Dunne to stop him! Dunne pries those fingers apart to get his mouth piece back! And SNAPS the fingers! Then, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion
The Bruiserweight is bleeding from the mouth, but it’s just proof of his grit. Dunne kept his reign going until he ran into Walter, but his mark on history will always remain. Will Dunne ever get to sink his teeth back into a title?
These were great matches to choose, and not just because it’s from my time working on these. Walter and Kushida was such a hard match to call back then. Both were undefeated, but in the end it had to be Walter as NXT UK Champion with his own stories on NXT UK to stay strong for. Storm VS Satomura was incredible, I remember being a bit surprised Storm won there, and very surprised Storm won the whole 2018 MYC. Kairi Sane’s part that night was edited out, but it was great for her to be present to congratulate two friends from Stardom ahead of their match against each other at Evolution. Dunne VS Gibson II was really good, especially for being put on in the aftermath episode rather than as part of TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, considering how the UK title was part of TakeOver: Chicago. Still great stuff and I also look forward to next week’s Greatest Hits. And again, not just because it’ll all be from my time doing coverage.
My Score: 8.6/10