Date: October 3, 2019
Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness
We have to be getting close to the end of this taping cycle right? Takeover already feels like it was forever ago and we should have moved on to a new era. The women take center stage this week with Kay Lee Ray facing the often injured Tegan Nox. I’m not sure what to expect from this one but it could be good. Let’s get to it.
Piper Niven vs. Isla Dawn
They stare at each other for a bit before Piper starts in on the arm. Isla tries to whip Piper away and it goes as well as you would expect. A headlock takeover works just fine for Piper but it gets reversed into an armbar with Dawn pulling at the face as well. Dawn’s suplex attempt fails as well and it’s one more bad idea with Dawn trying a crossbody.
Piper crushes her with a seated crossbody and it’s back to the chinlock. It’s switched into a crossarm choke as Dawn can’t do much with Piper’s size. Another attempt at the belly to back suplex works for Dawn and a knee to the face gets two. The front facelock goes on but Niven powers up and hits the Michinoku Driver for the pin at 7:13.
Rating: C-. The holds took a lot out of this but the bigger problem here is how neither of them seem to be doing anything. This felt like two people in search of something to do and that makes for a pretty slow paced match. Niven winning wasn’t much of a surprise, though there is something in Dawn that could work if they would develop the character a little bit more.
Ilja Dragunov has a shoulder injury and isn’t cleared for tonight. Alexander Wolfe comes up and says that’s a shame because he likes Dragunov. Wolfe will take his match tonight so Dragunov can think about his future.
Video on the Hunt.
Niven wants a title shot but here’s Jinny to say that’s her spot. Jazzy Gabbert jumps Piper from behind to set up a battle of the….what’s the female version of hosses?
Alexander Wolfe vs. Saxon Huxley
The fans give Huxley a Jesus chant as he headlocks Wolfe over. Huxley flips him down for an armbar but Wolfe….takes down Huxley’s kneepad to escape. As Huxley fixes it, Wolfe kicks him in the face to take over for a rather smart heelish move. Something close to a Fujiwara armbar goes on for all of a few seconds so Wolfe suplexes him instead. Wolfe starts stomping on the hand before going to the classic neck crank, followed by another armbar. He’s certainly versatile when he hurts people.
Make that a chinlock, with Huxley loudly shouting no. An enziguri staggers Huxley but he’s right back with a Thesz press minus the press. A dropkick puts Wolfe into the corner and the fans are actually standing to cheer for Huxley. Wolfe avoids a pump kick though and snaps off a German suplex. The Batista Bomb finishes Huxley at 7:09.
Rating: C. Huxley is another guy who has one thing going for him and it isn’t anything about what happens once the bell rings. The match was a long form squash for Wolfe, who was a pretty obvious winner. The idea of Dragunov being part of the team to fight Imperium is interesting, but he’s going to need people to fight alongside him.
Ashton Smith is ready to bounce back when the Grizzled Young Veterans come in to mock him for being so far down on the totem pole. Insults are traded so Smith promises to get a partner for a match in the future.
Mike Bird vs. Jack Starz
Or not as Gallus has attacked Starz and drag him down to the ring. They put Bird over as the godfather of Welsh wrestling and list off some of the people he has trained. That includes Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews, so they would like him to send them a message. The beatdown is on with Andrews and Webster running in for the save, but Joe Coffey comes out to take care of the champs. No match of course.
Next week: Jazzy Gabbert vs. Piper Niven.
Kay Lee Ray vs. Tegan Nox
Non-title. Ray takes her into the corner to start and of course we don’t get a clean break. Nox gets in a slap of her own and Ray bails to the floor for a breather. Back in and Nox runs her over again, setting up a high crossbody for two. A departing Ray has to be thrown back in but she gets in a shot to the knee in a rather dastardly move. The seated abdominal stretch doesn’t exactly follow up on the knee but makes Nox scream anyway. Ray rolls her into a kick to the chest for two more as Nox keeps checking her knee.
Now it’s off to the other knee as Nox tries to adjust her brace. A gordbuster of all things gives Ray two but she misses a charge into the post to give Nox a breather. The knee is too banged up at the moment though so it’s a lot of clapping while Nox tries to get up. The slugout goes to Nox and she kicks Ray’s leg out for a change. An enziguri from the apron sets up a Molly Go Round (Nox was mentioned as being a Molly Holly fan) for two but Ray is back up with a superkick.
The Gory Bomb is countered into a rollup for two on Ray and Nox superkicks her for the same. Ray is right back up with a tornado DDT for her own two and it’s off to a guillotine in the middle of the ring. Ever the face, Nox powers up with a spinebuster but Ray puts it right back on. This time Nox manages to get to the rope for the break and busts out a chokeslam of all things.
It takes a little too long for Nox to get up top though and Ray crotches her down, only to get caught in the Canadian Destroyer for another near fall. The Shiniest Wizard gets the same with Ray having to get her foot on the rope. They head to the apron and Nox’s running knee goes into the post to crush the dreams. The Gory Bomb finishes Nox at 13:29.
Rating: B-. The storytelling was strong here and Nox is very good as an underdog face. It’s easy to get into what she’s doing as anyone can sympathize with someone who almost lost their career because they got hurt. Ray was great here by going after the knee and showed a side of herself that she hasn’t done before, which made for a rather good story.
Overall Rating: C-. After everything else this week, it’s almost weird to watch something that was just a show. There was nothing on here that you really needed to see, though it was a good way to reintroduce Nox to the NXT UK audience. Maybe it was just a letdown after everything else but you could skip this week and not miss much.
Piper Niven b. Isla Dawn – Michinoku Driver
Alexander Wolfe b. Saxon Huxley – Sitout powerbomb
Kay Lee Ray b. Tegan Nox – Gory Bomb
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