NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool Review! Pete Dunne vs. Joe Coffey
- Show: NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool
- Location: Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
- Date: Saturday January 12, 2019
- Review by: Amin Ajani
James Drake & Zack Gibson def. Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) to become the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Moustache Mountain came out to a huge reaction. Bate and Gibson started the match off with some chain wrestling as Drake and Seven tagged in. Bate delivered a middle rope senton to Drake. Bate delivered a head scissors to Gibson as Seven tagged in. Seven delivered a running crossbody to Gibson for a near fall. Seven delivered chops and then followed up with a tope to Drake. Gibson delivered ground and pound to Seven. Drake and Gibson delivered a double team backbreaker/plancha to Seven on the floor. Drake delivered a huge forearm as Seven was bleeding from the back. Gibson delivered a vertical suplex to Seven for a near fall. Bate got the hot tag as he delivered rapid fire strikes to Gibson. Bate delivered a middle rope rolling uppercut to Gibson. Bate applied the helicopter spin on Drake. Bate then delivered a double helicopter spin to both Drake and Gibson for a huge reaction. Bate delivered an Exploder suplex to Drake from the ring apron to Gibson on the floor. Bate delivered a nice looking running shooting star press from the ring apron to Drake and Gibson. Seven delivered a running powerslam as Bate followed up with a diving head butt to Gibson for a close near fall. Bate delivered a tope to Drake. Seven delivered the Burning Hammer to Gibson but Drake broke up the count. Bate delivered a rolling koppo kick to Drake. Moustache Mountain went for the Snap Dragon/Lariat combo but Gibson broke it up by delivering a Code Breaker to Bate. Drake delivered a running dropkick to Seven into the turnbuckle as Gibson followed up by delivering a Jackhammer. Drake then delivered a top rope 450 splash but Seven kicked out for a great near fall. Drake and Gibson applied a double Shankly Gates on Bate and Seven. Bate escaped the hold by delivering a running DVD to Drake into Gibson. Bate delivered a double rolling koppo kick to Drake and Gibson. Moustache Mountain delivered a double team Snap Dragon/Lariat combo but Drake kicked out for a close near fall. There was a crazy spot as Bate was on the shoulders of Gibson as Drake delivered a middle rope tope as Gibson backdropped Bate to the mat. Seven attempted a tope but Drake stopped him by kicking him in the midsection. Finish came when Drake and Gibson delivered Ticket to Mayhem to Seven and became the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great professional tag team wrestling match as both teams worked really hard. Drake and Gibson are great at their craft and work really well as a team. Seven was also good and he sold really well. Bate was the star of this match and his babyface comeback was awesome and should get a change to become a huge single’s superstar.)
Jordan Devlin vs. Travis Banks – No Contest
They showed footage of Devlin attacked Banks backstage before the match began. Banks delivered tope before the bell rang and followed up with ground and pound strikes. Devlin sent Banks knee first into the steel steps. Devlin delivered a chop block and then stomped on Banks knee on the steel steps. Devlin then cut a heel promo and asked for some interview time. NXT UK Assistant GM Sid Scala and GM Johnny Saint came out and announced they had a backup plan.
Finn Balor def. Jordan Devlin
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4
Finn Balor came out to an enormous reaction. Devlin slapped Balor as the match began. Balor delivered strikes and followed up with a basement dropkick to Devlin. Balor delivered a Sling Blade, went for the Coup De Grace but Devlin rolled to the floor. Balor delivered a clothesline to Devlin on the floor as the crowd chanted “Balor Too Sweet.” Devlin made a comeback by delivering a double stomp and then mocked Balor’s pose. Balor delivered a step-up ensuigiri from the ring apron. Balor went to climb the turnbuckle but Devlin countered by delivering a dropkick. Balor and Devlin exchanged chops in the corner. Balor charged but Devlin countered by delivering a uranage and followed up with a standing moonsault for a near fall. Devlin applied an abdominal stretch but Balor countered by delivering a hip toss. Balor applied his own abdominal stretch, went for the Final Cut but Devlin countered by delivering an overhead kick. Balor made a comeback by delivering a Pele Kick as the crowd applauded. Balor delivered a running forearm and then followed up with a double stomp as the crowd chanted “Too Sweet.” Balor delivered the 1916 but Devlin kicked out. Balor delivered a Sling Blade, went for a Woo dropkick but Devlin countered by delivering a High Angle backdrop for a near fall. Balor made a comeback by delivering stomps and then followed up with a PK from the ring apron. Balor went for the Coup De Grace but Devlin crotched him on the top turnbuckle. Devlin applied an inside cradle, placed his foot on the ropes but Balor kicked out. Devlin went for a top rope moonsault but Balor countered by getting his knees up. Balor delivered the Bloody Sunday, a Woo dropkick and then followed up with a nice looking Coup De Grace to Devlin for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was great match as both Balor and Devlin worked really hard. Devlin is great at playing the heel. Balor was the star as he worked really hard and gave Devlin a lot in the match. Was nice to see Balor appear on the show and be showcased like a superstar.)
Dave Mastiff def. Eddie Dennis – No Disqualification Match
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dennis and Mastiff started the match exchanging strikes. Mastiff delivered a running crossbody and then sent Dennis into the steel steps. Mastiff brought the steps into the ring but Dennis whacked him with a kendo stick. Dennis delivered an assisted side Russian leg sweep with a kendo stick for a near fall. Mastiff delivered a head butt and then whacked Dennis with the kendo stick. Mastiff delivered a powerbomb to Dennis. Mastiff charged but Dennis caught him and delivered a spinning slam on the steel steps for a near fall. Dennis brought a chair into the ring but Mastiff countered with a rolling senton. Mastiff went to climb the turnbuckle but Dennis stopped him. Dennis delivered Severed Bridge to Mastiff for a near fall. Dennis laid a table against the turnbuckle. Mastiff teased a German suplex from the ring apron but was blocked. Mastiff delivered a rolling senton to Dennis on the exposed floor. Mastiff went for corner moonsault but Dennis moved. Dennis delivered the Next Stop Driver but Mastiff kicked out. Dennis went for the Severed Bridge but Mastiff countered with a release German suplex. Mastiff delivered a running cannonball to Dennis through the table for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good hard hitting match as both Dennis and Mastiff worked hard. It was a different type of No DQ match as they didn’t use much weapons but relied on big moves to get the crowd into the match.)
Toni Storm def. Rhea Ripley to win the NXT UK Women’s Championship
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Storm came out a big reaction. Storm delivered strikes and then followed up with some ground and pound. Ripley tried to leave but Storm stopped her by delivering a tope. Storm delivered chops to Ripley on the floor. Ripley yanked Storm down by her hair. Ripley delivered shoulder tackles to Storm in the corner and then followed up with stomps. Ripley applied a body scissors but Storm broke free by delivering forearm strikes. Ripley delivered back-to-back scoop slams for a near fall. Storm charged into the turnbuckle as Ripley delivered a dropkick for a near fall. Ripley charged as Storm caught her with a head butt as the crowd applauded both women. Ripley and Storm exchanged rapid fire strikes for a big reaction. Storm delivered back-to-back snap German suplex. Toni went for Storm Zero but Ripley blocked it. Ripley went for the Riptide but Storm countered by delivering a crossbody for a near fall. Ripley applied an inverted Texas Cloverleaf but Storm rolled through and applied an ankle lock. Ripley grabbed the ropes to force a break. Storm delivered a running hip attack into the turnbuckle and then delivered a snap German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Ripley made a comeback by delivered the Riptide but Storm kicked out for a close near fall. Ripley delivered a short-arm clothesline, maintained wrist control went for a second short-arm clothesline but Storm countered by delivering a head butt. Toni followed up by delivering the Storm Zero but Ripley kicked out for a close near fall. Ripley and Storm exchanged forearm strikes. Ripley went for the Riptide but Toni countered by delivering the Storm Zero for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a really good match as both Ripley and Storm worked really hard. Ripley has improved a lot since competing in the Second Annual WWE Mae Young Classic and being called up to the NXT UK roster as she plays a great heel. Toni Storm was the star of the match as she plays such a great babyface. Toni has great facial reactions and her comeback in matches is just awesome.)
Pete Dunne def. Joe Coffey via Submission to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4
The match started with some chain wrestling. Dunne pulled on the fingers of Coffee. Dunne delivered a shoulder tackle and then applied the Regal Stretch but Coffee grabbed the ropes to break the hold. Dunne applied a Kimura but Coffee countered with a float-over suplex for near fall. Dunne delivered a step-up ensuigiri on the floor. Dunne charged but Coffee countered by delivering a powerslam on the floor. Coffee rammed Dunne into the turnbuckle, delivered a backbreaker and followed up with a side slam for a near fall. Coffee applied a bear hug but Dunne countered by delivering head butt and forearm strikes. Coffee delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Dunne made a comeback by delivering forearm strikes and a step-up ensuigiri into the turnbuckle. Dunne delivered a roundhouse kick and followed up with a top rope reverse moonsault to Coffee on the floor as the crowd chanted “NXT.” Dunne countered a suplex and delivered the X-Plex for a near fall. Coffee delivered a reverse crossbody to Dunne and followed up with a tackle into the turnbuckle. Coffee delivered a running splash into the turnbuckle and then followed up with a powerbomb for a near fall. Coffee applied a Boston Crab and then stomped on the head but Dunne grabbed the bottom rope to break the hold. Coffee and Dunne exchanged rapid fire head butts as the crowd applauded. Dunne delivered a snap German suplex, a face plant and then applied the Kogi Clutch. Coffee broke free by deadlifting Dunne who transitioned into an ankle lock. Coffee rolled through and delivered a German suplex. Coffee charged but Dunne caught him with a knee strike. Coffee went for a reverse crossbody but Dunne caught him with a forearm strike. Dunne delivered the Bitter End but Coffee kicked out for a great near fall. Coffee delivered a running tackle into the ring post. Coffee delivered a sit-out powerbomb on the ring apron which looked crazy. Dunne delivered a double stomp to the hands of Coffee and followed up with a roundhouse kick. There was a great sequence as Dunne delivered an uppercut, Dunne delivered a step-up ensuigiri as Coffee delivered a spinning lariat but Dunne kicked out for a great near fall. Coffee charged but Dunne caught him in a triangle hold. Dunne tried to snap the fingers but Coffee rammed him into the turnbuckle. Coffee placed Dunne on the top turnbuckle and delivered a reverse spinning slam. Coffee and Dunne exchanged rapid fire strikes as the crowd exploded. Dunne delivered rapid fire strikes but stopped because of exhaustion. Coffee delivered a huge strike and followed up with a high angle German suplex for a near fall. Coffee went for the Bitter End but Dunne countered with a DDT and then followed up by delivered the Bitter End but Coffee rolled to the ring apron. Coffee delivered a spinning lariat from the ring apron. Coffee climbed the turnbuckle but Dunne tossed him to the floor. (This looked like a missed spot.) Coffee delivered a spinning lariat on the floor. Coffee delivered a Bitter End into a slam for another close near fall. Coffee climbed the turnbuckle but Dunne yanked him to the floor. (This also looked liked a missed spot.) Dunne delivered a spinning forearm and then delivered the third Bitter End of the match but Coffee kicked out again. Dunne transitioned as he snapped the fingers of Coffee. Dunne pulled on the fingers of Coffee as he tapped out.
- Post-Match: Dunne celebrated inside the ring as the crowd chanted. The closing credits came up. Suddenly, Dunne’s music stopped as WALTER’s music played. WALTER came out and got a huge reaction. Coffey tried to get back inside the ring but WALTER gave him a knee strike. The crowd “WALTER.” Dunne and WALTER had a stare down teasing the next WWE United Kingdom Championship match.
(Amin’s Analysis: It took a while to get going but this turned into a terrific professional wrestling match as both Coffey and Dunne worked really hard. Coffee was great as playing the powerhouse and sold really well. Dunne was the star of the match as his facial reactions were awesome and has completely mastered his craft inside the ring. Was great to see WALTER make his WWE debut and tease a big championship program with Dunne.)
Overall: NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool was a terrific professional wrestling show from start to finish. NXT UK is one of hottest brands in pro wrestling and the level of talent is amazing. Looking forward to seeing the next set of NXT UK TV tapings and will be interesting to see when will WWE announce the next NXT UK TakeOver show.
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