Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]
-Coffey/Andrews - Pretty enjoyable bout, loved the clash of styles. Didn't take any time at all before the Coffey Brothers established themselves as the big bad duo of NXT UK that nobody should mess with, but was nice to see Webster come to the rescue of Andrews there. I wonder if this leads to Andrews and Webster pairing up as a team or they're just the first two of more to come to have bones to pick with the brothers in the future.
-Liked the Moustache Mountain segment. Nice, sweet, and to the point. Good move having Trent cut the bulk of that promo too, undoubtedly the talker of the group. Shame Bate isn't better on the mic as it's about the only thing he lacks from being one of the very best in the world.
-Mastiff/Scala - Liked everything they did with Dave here, from the video package to the absolute mauling he gave Scala. I quite liked him in the tournament which was my first exposure to him and this was a very good follow-up on that impression. Hope to see a lot more of him from here.
-Storm/Samuels - An okay match but could have been better given the talent there. Not really a big fan of having Toni fight from underneath so often, she can offer so much more if not as restricted. I liked Nina's segment before the match too, she was confident on the mic and seems like someone who can carry a feud or even the division itself on mic work. Didn't know anything about her before as I don't follow the British indy scene but I want to see more now.
-Dunne/Dar - Just about as good a main event as you could hope for from a debut episode. Add that one to the list of quality Pete Dunne title matches, he's got a fair few now since winning that belt last year. Dar has really impressed me a lot more since his return than he ever did last year before the injury. Not sure who's going to take that title away from the Bruiserweight, but I'm not tired of this reign yet and hope it makes it to 2019 at this point.
-Ligero/Hitchman - So nice to finally see the famous Ligero in action. Fun little clash, I thought Hitchman looked better than some in here opined, but his eyes scared the crap out of me.
-Kelly/Dakota - Much like the women's match last week, I felt this one could have been better with two talented wrestlers in the ring. Was hoping for Kelly to win as I'm big on her, but don't mind Dakota making her mark here as she clearly wasn't going to find much success in NXT. Wonder what's next for her on this brand.
-Smith/Tucker - Nice little theme song for Ashton, the crowd thought so. About all I could say really. Match didn't do much for me but at least it was a showcase for both guys. I'm really enjoying all the introductions we're getting for the guys we don't already know too much about. Definitely makes it easier to learn more about them faster and get up to speed on their characters before the real fun begins.
-Gibson promo was great. The man becomes a heat magnet as soon as he enters an arena without even picking up a microphone. Definitely going to be one of the stars of this brand. Not sure about his claims for a rematch though as he already lost to Dunne twice. Dar vs Gibson next week should be a really good match, looking forward to it.
-Bate/Wolfgang - Not a bad match but not really up to par with Tyler's usual standards for my liking. I like Wolfgang, but his matches with Cole and Bate didn't really set anything alight, struggle to see him being more than an upper mid-carder at the absolute best on this show.
Really liked the Eddie Dennis vignettes too, especially the one this week. Wonder what it leads to now, a feud with Andrews or even a UK title shot soon? Can't say I'm familiar with him like others may be so this got me interested in his character and wanting to see more.
So far so good. Both episodes have done what they needed to do. I know some people expressed concern on the show just maybe being a wrestling showcase and not much storyline-driven feuds on the program, but I wouldn't worry about that. Once the tag and women's titles come into play and everyone gets acquainted with the characters, we'll begin to see some real stories unfold and be told. It won't be like 205 Live, NXT UK actually has quite a few good characters to work with and a devoted fan base that's coming to see them every time they're in town, it'll be the second coming of NXT if anything. Whether it'll be as good is questionable, but it certainly has promise to be a good brand worth tuning into on a weekly basis.
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