NXT UK – April 3, 2019

NXT UK
Date: April 3, 2019
Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

It’s the go home show for Takeover: New York meaning we’re likely to get the final push towards Walter vs. Pete Dunne for the UK Title. That has the chance to steal the show on Friday night, which is saying a lot given the insane amount of potential that show has. Other than that, we’re likely going to be setting up something for the next few weeks. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Kenny Williams/Amir Jordan vs. Fabian Aichner/Marcel Barthel

Jordan and Barthel start things off with Marcel not approving of all the dancing. I mean, fair enough indeed. Barthel takes him into the corner to hand it off to Aichner but a blind tag lets Williams come in. A hurricanrana is blocked so it’s a sunset flip instead, with Aichner being sent outside. The Europeans take over back inside with Barthel punching Jordan down in the corner before it’s a double stomping for good measure.

The chinlock doesn’t last long and Barthel misses a charge in the corner, allowing the tag to Williams. A wheelbarrow faceplant gives Williams two and a springboard back elbow knocks Aichner to the floor. Williams takes too long trying to skin the cat though and gets dropkicked to the floor. Aichner catches a diving Jordan on the floor and it’s a spinebuster into a kick to the chest for Williams. With Jordan trying to get back in, Williams escapes a suplex and rolls Aichner up for the fast pin at 7:58.

Rating: C. I still don’t care much for Williams and Jordan but at least they’re being pushed as winners for a bit and can lose to the Grizzled Young Veterans in a little while. Jordan’s dancing is still dumb and Williams is still the star who deserves better, but at least they’re doing something for a change.

Rhea Ripley promises to make this place Piper Niven’s nightmare.

Jordan Devlin wants to know how Walter is getting a title shot so fast after he’s won match after match and gotten nothing (save for the title match he already lost). There’s nothing that can be done to change Friday because the contracts have been signed, but Devlin promises to be watching.

Isla Dawn vs. Kay Lee Ray

The battle of Scotland. Ray goes after the arm to start but Dawn spins out and goes to the splits on the mat. It’s right back to the arm with Ray taking him to the mat, tying the arm up with the legs and spinning it around. The arm gets pulled on even more, this time with Ray trapping it for a seated abdominal stretch. Back up and Ray hits a superkick into a Gory Bomb to complete the squash at 4:57.

Rating: D+. Total destruction here with Ray looking good, which again is the most important thing at the moment. The women’s division needs more than two or three people and Ray being the next big thing (or even a thing at all) is a perfectly fine idea. Dawn continues to fall, after having a good start and a cool gimmick with the witch stuff that went nowhere.

Jinny attacks Toni Storm, who can’t get up.

Travis Banks used to look up to Kassius Ohno but now he’ll beat him up.

Here are the Grizzled Young Veterans for a chat. Gibson talks about how awesome they are but they’re not competing tonight because they’re not dressed and he’s not medically cleared. He’s tired of the fans disrespecting him in person and on social media or from the locker room or from commentary. Gibson talks about all the people coming into this place, such as the kickpad wrestlers and the flippy skinny wrestlers, all trying to jump over the two of them.

That’s why they won the Tag Team Titles at Takeover: Blackpool and now Williams and Jordan want a title shot after winning three matches? They run this place now and that isn’t changing. Gibson is still a great promo, but it only serves to show how unnecessary Drake is for the most part.

Next week: Ohno vs. Banks, Niven’s debut and Storm defends against Jinny.

Joe Coffey vs. Trent Seven

Coffey shows off the strength to start by catching a crossbody and firing off chops. Seven fires off his own chops and gets two off a DDT. The fans chant for the Trent Seven Army as the guys head to the floor with an attempted dragon suplex being driven into the barricade for a break. Coffey bends Seven’s back around the post before going to the chinlock inside. That’s switched into a bearhug as it’s all Coffey so far.

A belly to belly makes it even worse and Coffey drops knees on the back to keep Seven down. Seven finally gets up and fires off the chops into a modified Falcon Arrow for two. Coffey rolls outside and takes a suicide dive as the fans are rather pleased. Back in and Coffey blasts him with a lariat for two of his own into a release German suplex. The powerbomb gets two on Seven and they’re both down.

Seven goes old school with a Figure Four until Coffey makes the rope and crawls to the apron, where Seven backdrops him for a big crash. They barely make it back in to beat the count and it’s Coffey missing a spinning springboard crossbody. The Seven Star Lariat connects for a solid false finish but Coffey is right back up with another powerbomb. This one transitions into a Boston crab and after being pulled away from the ropes, Seven actually taps at 14:12.

Rating: B-. Well I didn’t see that coming. You don’t see heels win clean with a submission like that but it’s a good way to set up the Boston crab as a dangerous hold going forward. Coffey winning can help build him up again, though I’m still not sure how big of a star he can be around here. Seven has proven that he’s bulletproof and at least he looked good in defeat here.

One more Walter vs. Dunne video wraps us up.

Overall Rating: C+. It’s rather odd that there wasn’t anything more than videos on Walter vs. Dunne, which should be the biggest match in the history of the promotion. What we got here was a solid enough regular show but you kind of expect more with such a big match later this week. That being said, Walter vs. Dunne kind of speaks for itself so it’s not that bad. The rest of the show was pretty good stuff with a nice main event and matches being set for next week. Good enough show, but not what you were likely expecting.

Results

Kenny Williams/Amir Jordan b. Fabian Aichner/Marcel Barthel – Rollup to Aichner

Kay Lee Ray b. Isla Dawn – Gory Bomb

Joe Coffey b. Trent Seven – Boston crab

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