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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 :lol

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.
Thanks for your bullet point reviews. I'll skip episode 7 then.
 

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

NXT UK 08.

— I am glad Kai advanced but that match against Samuels was honestly pretty awful.

— That is Glen Jospeh interviewing. I’d know that voice anywhere!

— Damn I forgot all about Maloney. Is he still being used as an enhancement talent in FCP?

— Millie McKenzie is the only thing I like about Coventry. I cant wait to move away from here. I would have liked her to go through, but she has a great future regardless and she made this match much better than the first one between Kai and Samuels.

— The crowd for that Gibson/Seven match. The chants, the people stood up with their shoes, I love how they’ve recaptured an authentic BritIndie crowd for these shows. The match itself was fine but the crowd really elevated the fun of this.

— Are they introducing the Grizzled Young Veterans on NXT UK then to have a feud with Moustache Mountain? I can get behind that, they’ll have some terrific matches. It is just a shame it’ll also include that shitty Scottish stable.
 

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

Hold the fuck up, I haven't seen anything from this show at all, but are you telling me fucking JOHNNY SAINT is the general manager for NXT UK :done:done:done:done:done

Does he actively participate in the show or are they mostly content with simply uttering that godly phrase "Johnny Saint is the general manager"?
 

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

Hold the fuck up, I haven't seen anything from this show at all, but are you telling me fucking JOHNNY SAINT is the general manager for NXT UK :done:done:done:done:done

Does he actively participate in the show or are they mostly content with simply uttering that godly phrase "Johnny Saint is the general manager"?
They mostly limit his talking. Like one segment he interrupted Noam Dar and Zack Gibson who were arguing and he just said "In my office, now!" like a high school principal, lol.

Which for a guy his age is probably a good thing. He's basically a figure head there for the UK fans.
 

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Hold the fuck up, I haven't seen anything from this show at all, but are you telling me fucking JOHNNY SAINT is the general manager for NXT UK <img src="https://imgur.com/nV0gO7C.png" border="0" alt="" title="Done" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://imgur.com/nV0gO7C.png" border="0" alt="" title="Done" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://imgur.com/nV0gO7C.png" border="0" alt="" title="Done" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://imgur.com/nV0gO7C.png" border="0" alt="" title="Done" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://imgur.com/nV0gO7C.png" border="0" alt="" title="Done" class="inlineimg" />

Does he actively participate in the show or are they mostly content with simply uttering that godly phrase "Johnny Saint is the general manager"?
Thankfully he doesn’t say much because he sucks on the mic.
 

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

Trying to get into this more especially since Adam Cole is gonna be the next UK Champ, ain't that right [user]TD Stinger[/user] :tommy

In all seriousness though, I enjoyed watching the women's action this week. Rhea Ripley is my favorite Women's Wrestler in the world so it was good to watch her work. Dawn/Storm was ok, Isla looked a lot more seasoned than she's looked in the past. Dakota v. Rhea and Storm v. Jinny should be awesome.

UPDATE: They were awesome as expected.
 

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A mixture of good and bad this week...

Episode 9
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.

Episode 10
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.

Overall thoughts
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.
 

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The reason why Isla looked so well against Toni is the two have wrestled a bunch of matches together since they were teenagers, so they are quite familiar with each other.

Rhea squashing Xia was straight up the way it should've been. Xia has always had jobber aura and is not ready yet to be beating anyone of her caliber.

I really don't like Mark Andrews.

I am hoping they push Dave Mastiff to the moon.
 

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Episode 9 wasn’t technically a nothing show as you did have people advancing in that women’s tournament, the continued pushes for Devlin and Dennis and they are setting up other feuds around the brand but there really wasn’t anything worth watching on this show. I love the facials from the interview guy though, he’s great.
 

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Dennis is playing an "indies psycho" and it comes off silly and too try hard. I liked his pre-debut vignettes, but he's pretty crud. He should have been "Dean Douglas", grading his opponents and the like I think. Of course his tattoo's wouldn't fit a clean cut teacher type, so he could have had some twistedness to his character, like the high school wrestling coach who enjoys stretching his wrestlers a little too much in practice.

Match of this batch was Kai vs Ripley no doubt.

Dave Mastiff is everything Otis Dozovic should be.

I think Connors could be something, so I'm glad he turned on his partner - they were always a mismatch. He was impressive in a tag match a few shows ago - now he'll have to find a character that catches on. I only remember the guy from the first UK Tournament when his character was just showing his deformed ear. He's got to do better than that.
 

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NXT UK 10.

— The Storm/Jinny and Ripley/Dakota matches were fine. I knew what was coming as I had it spoiled for me and I don’t get the booking of this at all. McGuinness made a very funny point, why did they book it so the only person from the UK that made it out of the first round in the UK Women’s tournament was Jinny? Shouldn’t more people actually from the UK have made it out of the first round? Plus the person who wins the whole tournament is the only person in this thing that has no association to the UK scene. WWE LOL.

— I actually quite enjoyed the Mastiff/T-Bone match. It wasn’t some instant classic or whatever, it was a very basic match but I liked the way that every move both guys used fed into their wider presentation as characters on the show.
 

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Some random thoughts from the last 2 episodes:

*Rhea and Dakota work really well together. Rhea is continuing to develop her heel character nicely. And Dakota is always a solid hand.

*Toni and Jinny had another good match in their series. I will say Jinny is impressing me more here honestly than she has in Progress. I love that Rainmaker into that Rolling Kick. Great move.

*Eddie Dennis is coming off very "try hard" in his performances so far. Honestly he's not someone who really has the look of a "dominant force." He's tall, but really doesn't have the look of a wrestler. I'd like to see him be a bit more despicable.

*Jordan Devlin continues to have solid performances.

*And @MarkyWhipwreck , we shall see. But don't lie to your pal TD, we all know you want Cole to win the UK Title so that when Cole wins the NXT Title, you can say Cole is "the only man in NXT history to win every single NXT Championship."
 

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*And @MarkyWhipwreck , we shall see. But don't lie to your pal TD, we all know you want Cole to win the UK Title so that when Cole wins the NXT Title, you can say Cole is "the only man in NXT history to win every single NXT Championship."
You damn right :lol
 

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I find these shows quite boring but the matches are overall very good.

Are Toni Storm and Tyler Bate back together ? She's using his finisher.
 

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I find these shows quite boring but the matches are overall very good.

Are Toni Storm and Tyler Bate back together ? She's using his finisher.
No, She dating with Chris Ridgeway (Uk indy wrestler)
 

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No, She dating with Chris Ridgeway (Uk indy wrestler)
Even stranger then. Surely she could just use her Air Raid Crash Neckbreaker, why does she have to use her ex's finisher all of a sudden ?
Maybe I'm looking too much into this but it got me thinking.
 

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Weird question but just curious. Does Millie McKenzie still go to school at her age while she actually wrestles for NXT UK? I am really surprised they put her in the title tournament instead of Killer Kelly. She seems like a rare gem of a talent, but one would figure the WWE is better off holding out on for at least a couple years until she gets a bit older.
 

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Weird question but just curious. Does Millie McKenzie still go to school at her age while she actually wrestles for NXT UK? I am really surprised they put her in the title tournament instead of Killer Kelly. She seems like a rare gem of a talent, but one would figure the WWE is better off holding out on for at least a couple years until she gets a bit older.
She is 18 so no. At this point, if she stayed in education and gone to college first, she would be off to university (it's two different things in the UK).
 

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Two more episodes of good and bad this week...

Episode 11
Things kicked off with a Women's Tag Match, Xia Brookside & Millie McKenzie vs Killer Kelly & Charlie Morgan. Match was all about showcasing Xia and Millie as a team, it was poor though and the finish came through a random roll up.

Eddie "Dollar Store Psycho" Dennis defeated Ashton Smith. Smith another one of those guys who bring nothing to the table; however he is more bearable than certain others. They need to delve into Dennis's character more to make him more interesting.

Joseph Conners defeated Saxon Huxley in an absolute shit show.

Then just like last week, the main event saves an episode... the best in the UK division vs the most underrated.

Jordan Devlin is so good at playing a dickhead heel, his wrestling ability though is top notch at times, I love his moveset. Things went up a notch in about the middle of this match, Dunne "hurt" his back, not sure if it was legitimate or not but Devlin pounced all over it. First off he hit a Spanish Fly off of the steel steps, both came back into the ring on the count of nine, Dunne got the upper hand by targeting Devlin's hands, this led to a sequence where Dunne almost finished him off; however Devlin countered the Bitter End into a reverse rana, one of the best spots of the match, the audience loved it. Devlin then attempted a springboard only to get clocked with a forearm from Dunne who then followed up with a Bitter End, Dunne took too long to pin as Devlin cleverly rolled his way to the outside. A nice moment of psychology followed as Devlin targeted Dunne's back again by pushing him into the turnbuckle, Devlin followed this up by nailing Dunne with his third Spanish Fly of the match off the turnbuckle, a gorgeous looking spot. The drama intensified as Devlin was trying to close in on victory, he took out Dunne's mouthpiece and nailed him with a superkick for a two count, he went high risk with a moonsault but Dunne caught him in a submission, Devlin tried to get to the ropes, Dunne rolled him back towards the middle, snapped his fingers put on another submission to the hand and Devlin tapped.

The match might have had that feel of predictability surrounding it; however nonetheless it was a fun and exciting match, Devlin yet again proving that he is one of the most improved wrestlers in 2018.

Episode 12
Things kicked off with what was meant to be Joe Coffey vs Sid Scala, but it turned into Joe Coffey vs Tyler Bate. Seems Scala might be getting some kind of management assistant role, probably because he's a much better talker than Johnny Saint. Coffey vs Bate started pretty slow, Coffey was starting to bore me to tears; however to my surprise things started to pick up and Coffey was starting to somewhat impress me. As the match was starting to get good...it finished...via a DQ as Mark Coffey and Wolfgang attacked Tyler Bate as he had set up the Tyler Driver 97.

El Ligero back to winning ways with a win over Dan Maloney, this was an ok match.

Gibson & Drake get their first outing as a team against Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan. This was a solid Tag Match, James Drake instantly looks far more comfortable and far more better with Gibson by his side. A solid showcase of teamwork by The Grizzled Young Veterans, mostly beating down Jordan. Williams & Jordan match well together and they didn't look too bad here, but of course The Grizzled Young Veterans picked up the win. Gibson & Drake remind me of The Revival, not as good but they are very similar in their style.

Rhea Ripley is my new crush :p As for the match though, I'm not sure if it was meant to be booked that way or Toni legitimately got injured. Toni seemed to tweak her back in her Semi Final match, in the early proceedings here Rhea stiffed her in the back with a kick and that seemed to trigger something. From then on though Rhea impressed me, her work targeting Toni's back was masterful, in particular I loved her aggression. Toni started to mount a comeback; however the match seemed to lose it's momentum during this spell. They plodded along towards the finish, Rhea produced some decent work though, targeting Toni's arm and legs at one point like she well and truly wanted to fuck her up. A little sequence towards the end led to the finish, Toni hit a counter but her back gave out, this led to Rhea hitting her finisher for the win. Rhea is one attractive badass with an incredibly bright future, as for her reign I could easily see Toni taking the title from her; however the story is perfectly set up for a long reign until Tegan Nox returns from injury.

Overall thoughts
Dunne vs Devlin saved Episode 11 from being a shitfest, this was one of the best matches I've seen from the UK brand so far.

Episode 12 was a pretty solid episode throughout, decent wrestling in all the matches, nothing really bored me.
 
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