Re: NXT UK Weekly Show Discussion Thread [NO SPOILERS BEFORE THE SHOWS AIR PLEASE]
A mixture of good and bad this week...
Things kicked off with Rhea Ripley vs Xia Brookside. One of those matches where Rhea came across as boring. Rhea beat Xia up, Xia sold pretty well, Xia had a short comeback then got put down for a three count. Uneventful and basic.
Eddie Dennis squashed some guy they pulled off the streets. Really not a fan of how Dennis is portraying himself, he's coming across as a dollar store psycho.
Mark Andrews and Wild Boar displayed decent chemistry, they are familiar with each other. Wild Boar though brings nothing to the table, he can fuck off.
Toni Storm vs Isla Dawn, I hated the booking of this match. This is the best Isla has looked; however yet again Toni was booked as some five move of doom underdog, she hit a few punches and kicks, three of her usual main moves and that was it. Toni shouldn't be booked in this way, she plays an underdog very poorly.
Jordan Devlin vs El Ligero was a solid main event, good fun action in this one. Jordan Devlin is by far one of the most improved wrestlers in 2018, I love his moveset, when he gets going he is good to watch. Devlin picked up the win and called out Pete Dunne.
First off this was the start of Day Two of the Birmingham tapings, the audience were brilliant throughout this episode.
Things kicked off with the best match of the Women's tournament so far imo, Rhea Ripley vs Dakota Kai. Surprisingly Dakota got out of the gates quick and dominated Rhea in the early proceedings, unsurprisingly Rhea turned things around and got the upper hand, her work on Dakota throughout this spell was far more enjoyable than what we got in her match with Xia. Dakota plays the underdog role exceptionally well and she came back with a flurry of excellent kicks. Rhea knocked her down again and picked up the win in abrupt fashion. Overall a very fun match.
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster beat Joseph Conners and Saxon Huxley. Andrews & Flash are a fun team to watch, it probably won't happen but I'd love to see them become the first NXT UK Tag Team Champions, there's potential to be had there. Conners thankfully turned on Huxley after the match, Saxon Huxley is one of the worst wrestlers I've seen, the guy is useless.
Didn't take much notice of Mastiff vs T-Bone.
Toni Storm vs Jinny in the main event wasn't as good as their MYC match. Thankfully though this was booked 50/50 and Toni in that kind of situation is a much better watch. Match started slow but picked up in the last five mins or so, some nice exchanges between the pair, like Dakota vs Rhea though the match ended too abruptly for my liking.
Episode 9 was extremely uneventful, Devlin vs El Ligero pretty much saved the episode from being a shitfest.
Episode 10 though was much better and for the majority a pretty fun watch.