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Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]

Brief thoughts after seeing Episodes 5 and 6:

*Eddie Dennis makes for a cool character but doesn't look like the most believable heel in the ring.

*Toni and Dakota had a really good match. Toni's clearly going to be positioned as one of the top stars of the division, if it wasn't obvious enough already. Dakota will continue to be a mid level talent in NXT and NXT UK. And Jinny will be one of the top heels of the brand.

*Dunne's the big boss of the brand and it will be interesting to see who eventually beats him for that belt.

*Gibson is a star and Seven is a very charismatic talker.

*Wolfgang and the Coffey brothers are going to be a top heel act on the brand, and to that I say "meh". Joe is the best guy in the group so he's the talker by default but all 3 of them scream mid level talent and would be more like henchmen in other groups.

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NXT UK 05.

— Dave Mastiff’s presentation is fun, even if I don’t like the name change to “The Bomber”.

— Damian Dunne is getting the jobber treatment. Sad times.

— Why are all these backstage interviews so awful? I have a serious crush on Dakota Kai though.

— I preferred the Wolf of Wall Street gimmick Scala was using on the Live at the Dome shows for PROGRESS but I guess they want to present him as a jobber here for now. He at least helped draw out one of the better in ring performances that I’ve seen from Dennis.

— Big fight feel between Burch and Dunne. A lot of hype around this one but that didn’t hurt it, I really enjoyed this match. Burch took Dunne to his limits, took Dunne’s best and kept going. Dunne still won though. I love Dunne, he is one of the best in the world right now for sure, but if Dunne beats everyone then this show is going to creatively dead end, they need to start planting some seeds soon. Also, were people singing “it is coming home” during this one? How old are these tapings?

NXT UK 06.

— Meh to that opening match between Kai and Storm.

— Meh to NXT UK doing the Jinny/Storm feud. It sucked in PROGRESS and I can’t imagine it’ll be better here.

— A Seven/Gibson feud however, is definitely something I can get behind. I can’t imagine their match will be all that great but the charisma collision could be magic. Also those “Wanker” and “Arsehole” chants, haha.

— Not really all that blown away by these glorified squashes Devlin is getting but if this is them gearing him up to take Dunne on for the title, then that match could really be great.

— I don’t care about this Scottish heel stable thing at all.


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— Big fight feel between Burch and Dunne. A lot of hype around this one but that didn’t hurt it, I really enjoyed this match. Burch took Dunne to his limits, took Dunne’s best and kept going. Dunne still won though. I love Dunne, he is one of the best in the world right now for sure, but if Dunne beats everyone then this show is going to creatively dead end, they need to start planting some seeds soon. Also, were people singing “it is coming home” during this one? How old are these tapings?
They were done during the last weekend of July.

And nope, Dunne should hold onto that belt as long as possible. I don't care what that does to the show but he needs to remain champion, at least until he gets the opportunity to be the first 1,000-day title holder in WWE in over 30 years. If anyone deserves that honor, it's him.
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They were done during the last weekend of July.

And nope, Dunne should hold onto that belt as long as possible. I don't care what that does to the show but he needs to remain champion, at least until he gets the opportunity to be the first 1,000-day title holder in WWE in over 30 years. If anyone deserves that honor, it's him.
I doubt he'd hold it that long now NXT UK is off the ground.


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I doubt he'd hold it that long now NXT UK is off the ground.
Well as I pointed out in another thread, he's already halfway through that mark and he's beaten pretty much every credible contender in both NXT brands. He could even get involved in the tag scene when those titles arrive for a while to eat up some time.

This is the best chance WWE has ever had since the Hogan days to have a reign of that length and they've already gotten through the hardest part of it by getting it past 500+ days. I don't know if it'll happen, but I sure hope it does.
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Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]

After two of the best episodes so far last week, NXT UK comes crashing down again...

Episode 7
Do not watch, this episode was uneventful garbage, worst episode so far.

Episode 8
This was a more solid episode.

Dakota Kai vs Nina Samuels and Jinny vs Millie McKenzie were both solid enough matches to kick off the tournament to crown the first NXT UK Women's Champion.

Sid Scala is a jobber yet he is one of the most interesting things about this brand

Gibson vs Seven in the main event was a solid fun match, Gibson is just so good to watch. Gibson won thanks to help from James Drake, as I've thought for weeks, Grizzled Young Veterans have finally formed in NXT UK.

Coffey Brothers & Wolfgang beatdown Moustache Mountain after the match, hope BSS bury these bland fuckers, I just wish the Coffey Brothers were displayed as a Tag Team, Wolfgang brings absolutely nothing to this stable, he is garbage.

Overall thoughts
What a contrast in episodes, fuck knows what Triple H was thinking when dishing out some of those matches for Episode 7. Episode 8 is a better watch, Tyson T-Bone and Dave Mastiff stuff is worth skipping though.

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Yeah based on what you have said and a trusted reviewer I know of I think I might just skip episode 7, it’s going to take a while for these shows to hit a high consistent level I feel.
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Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]

Had a fairly long post written out about this last night, but the site crashed when I tried to post it. Now I have to do this all over again. Annoying.

Finally, we're not in Cambridge anymore, we're in Birmingham now. Looks like a bigger and nicer arena as well.

Episode 7:

Show starts with all the women standing on the stage and HHH and Johnny Saint coming out to announce a tournament for the NXT UK women's championship and unveil the belt. Already the best looking women's belt in the company.

They're still doing the green screen thing, even in a different city and on a different set of tapings. Come on HHH, sort that out, it looks really small time for a company like WWE.

Devlin/Scala: Another showcase for Devlin, but again nothing overly impressive. Seems obvious that they're building him up for something with all these wins so far, perhaps he'll be Dunne's next challenger. He called out Ligero in a post-match promo so I guess he's facing him next.

Jordan & Williams/Huxley & Conners: Alright tag match, mainly because of the former pair, but the heels came away with the win for some reason. Jordan and Williams could be a decent team when the tag team tournament comes around, but I really don't care much for the other two yet, they look bang average.

Bate/Drake: Best match of the episode easily. Drake delivered one of the more brutal corner dropkicks that I've seen in recent memory late in the match. Bate picked up the win with the Tyler Driver 97.

Wolfgang/Smith: Bizarre choice for a main event, never looked like it belonged in that slot. I thought they were going to run an angle with Smith coming out on his own while Wolfgang had the Coffeys in his corner, but nope nothing came of that. No interference, no post-match beatdown, Wolfgang just beat him after some initial trouble and the three Scots ended the show standing tall. Weird.

Episode 8:

Kai/Samuels: Decent match to kick off the women's title tournament. Kai ended up winning with the Kairopractor. Didn't people on here say that Nina had good character work on the indies and is one of the better female talkers on this brand? Wonder why they're not using her more in that capacity so far. She's hardly talked at all and she's just been racking up losses. If they're going to keep using her like this, I can't imagine she will be of much value to the division as she hasn't shown much yet.

T-Bone & Mastiff squashes: Quite boring stuff, really. T-Bone squashed someone and said he was disappointed with the level of competition NXT UK has to offer, out come Mastiff, he squashes a different guy, and the two stare off from a distance. Would rather Dave be doing something different but whatever.

Andrews & Webster formed a team for the tag title tournament as both men want gold. That's a pairing I can get behind.

Jinny/McKenzie: Didn't know McKenzie was just 18, wow. I like the Suplex Millie nick the fans gave her. She put up a good fight but Jinny used her experience and found a way to win to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Liked this one more than the Kai/Samuels match, honestly.

Can't remember at what point it happened on this episode but Scala said he was going to ask Johnny Saint if he could get one more opportunity to prove himself worthy of staying on the brand. I guess his good performances as a jobber may see him get rewarded soon...or not, we'll see.

Gibson/Seven: Match of the night, easily. Quite entertaining given the different styles and the two men's charisma and ability to work the crowd so well. Gibson won with the help of Drake who laid out Bate at ringside and held his hand to help him get the 3 count with the ref unable to see it. Guess that means we're getting Grizzled Young Veterans as a team which I'm happy to see. The three Scots then came out and laid out Moustache Mountain and ended another episode standing tall above their victims.

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All in all, it was a decent pair of episodes but largely inconsistent. But we got the women's title now and the tag titles are coming so we're moving forward. Got a couple of good matches out of it, but no surprise that it involved Gibson and MM who along with the other top guys on the brand are clearly a cut above the rest and should be getting more air time.

Surprised Pete Dunne didn't appear given he's from Birmingham, but I guess he'll appear on one of the upcoming episodes.

One thing I learned from these episodes is that the tag division is looking solid for the tournament to debut the belts and beyond. Moustache Mountain, Grizzled Young Veterans, Coffey Brothers, Andrews & Webster, Jordan & Williams, we should get some good matches out of that in the future.
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Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]

Zack Gibson vs Trent Seven was a good main-event

The tag division is looking pretty good atm

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Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]

NXT UK 07.

— Dakota Kai looked like she was going to cry during that opening segment, in such contrast to everyone else. I believe the winner has already been spoiled for me, it is
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, right? So the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champ isn’t British? I mean I get people like Kai and Storm aren’t British either but they’ve been a part of the UK scene for years, what has
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got to do with the UK scene? Why is she even here?

— Interesting match between Scala and Devlin as again I took more away from Scala than I did Devlin, Devlin basically did nothing for the whole match again and then won with one move. If they are pushing Devlin as this monster, why do they let his opponents get so much good offence in? That finisher looks really awkward, too. Devlin drop kicking Scala in mid air though was pretty cool though.

— That interview with Trent Seven… was that the dulcet tones of Glen Joseph coming from outside the screen?


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