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.
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.
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.
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.
542 days and counting...