AMIN’S NXT UK TAKEOVER: BLACKPOOL II REVIEW
SUNDAY JANUARY 12, 2020
EMPRESS BALLROOM IN LONDON, ENGLAND
EDDIE DENNIS vs. TRENT SEVEN
Seven avoided a boot and hit a running Powerbomb for a two count. Dennis hit a Razor’s Edge out of the corner and followed with a suplex for a two count. Seven made a comeback by hitting a Snap Dragon suplex. Seven delivered a tope and then hit a Snap Dragon suplex on the floor. Seven went for a flying Corkscrew Splash but Dennis moved and hit a modified End of Days for a two count. Seven hit an Emerald Frosion for a two count. Seven hit a Superplex for a two count. Dennis avoided a Seven Star Lariat and send Seven into the exposed turnbuckle. Dennis delivered a Razor’s Edge sending Seven to the floor. Dennis hit a Next Stop Driver for the win.
WINNER: EDDIE DENNIS (⭐️⭐️1/2)
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine opening match as there were some rough but good spots leading to finish as both Dennis and Seven worked hard.)
TRIPLE THREAT MATCH FOR THE NXT UK WOMEN’S TITLE: KAY LEE RAY vs. PIPER NIVEN vs. TONI STORM
Niven delivered a cannonball to Storm into the barricade and a cannonball to Ray into the ring steps. Ray delivered a Tornado DDT to Storm but Niven broke the count. Ray delivered a Superkick to Niven as Storm followed with a German suplex. Storm delivered a tope to Ray as Niven followed with a cannonball from the ring apron. Ray hit a flying Tope Con Hilo to Niven and Storm on the floor. Niven hit a sit-out Powerbomb but Ray broke the count with a Swanton Bomb. Niven blocked a Hurricanrana, planted Ray with a Powerbomb and followed with a Michinoku Driver for a two count. Ray delivered a Gory Bomb but Storm grabbed the referee’s hand to stop the count. Niven hit a Canadian Destroyer on Ray. Storm delivered the Storm Zero to Ray but Niven broke the count as the fans chanted “NXT” Storm grabbed Ray and delivered Storm Zero onto Niven. Storm delivered Angel Wings but Ray kicked out. Storm delivered a Frog Splash to Niven. Ray nailed Storm with a Superkick, pinned Niven and got the win.
WINNER: KAY LEE RAY RETAINED THE NXT UK WOMEN’S TITLE (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
(Amin’s Analysis: A terrific non-stop action packed match as everyone worked really hard as there were some great sequences and close calls leading to the finish. It will be interesting to see where Storm goes from here as there were teases of a potential heel turn. I could see Storm getting another match with Niven taking the pin. I could also see Niven getting back in the title picture and being the one to dethrone Ray.)
JORDAN DEVLIN vs. TYLER BATE
The fans sang for Bate. Bate delivered money flip and then showed off his power by press slamming Devlin. Bate hit a standing dropkick sending Devlin to the floor. Bate teased a dive but Devlin countered with a uranage. Devlin hit a springboard moonsault for a two count. Devlin delivered a butterfly suplex and then mocked Bate’s pose to loud boos. Devlin hit an elevated belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. Bate blocked Devlinside as he launched his opponent to the floor. Bate delivered a plancha to the floor as the fans chanted “NXT.” Bate went for a flying crossbody but Devlin countered into a Codebreaker in mid-air for a two count. Devlin applied a surfboard and then pulled on Bate by the chin to add some more pressure. Bate broke free as they exchanged cradles for near falls. Bate and Devlin delivered a stereo running crossbody for a double down. Bate made a comeback as he delivered a flying European uppercut, an Exploder suplex and followed with a running Shooting Star Press for a two count. The match picked up here as the fans gave Bate a standing ovation as he delivered an awesome Airplane Spin. Bate hit a Brainbuster for a two count. Devlin hit a half-and-half suplex for a two count. Devlin hit a pair of Slingshot Cutter, the second one dropping Bate on the ring apron which looked nasty. Devlin delivered a mid-kick and then went back into the ring. They teased a count-out but Bate made it back into the ring at the last second as the fans chanted “NXT” and “UK woot woot.” The fans popped huge as Bate and Devlin had an awesome yet vicious strike exchange. Bate delivered a Koppo Kick but Devlin responded with a head butt. Bate went for a rebound lariat but Devlin countered by hitting a standing Spanish Fly. Bate hit Bop and Bang but Devlin responded with a head butt as we got a double down. This sequence was terrific as the fans sang “Are you watching Vince McMahon?” There was an awesome spot as they battled on the top turnbuckle as Devlin blocked a Superplex, switched sides and hit an avalanche Spanish Fly. Devlin followed with Devlinside but Bate kicked out for an awesome two count as the fans erupted. Bate blocked a Tyler Driver ’97 and hit a head butt. Bate hit a Slingshot DDT and followed with a Tyler Driver ’97 but Devlin kicked out for close two count. Bate delivered a flying Corkscrew Splash for the win.
WINNER: TYLER BATE (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
–Bate posed on the turnbuckle as Triple H, Johnny Saint and William Regal were shown in the balcony applauding and giving both Bate and Devlin a standing ovation.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was just a tremendous match between two amazing wrestlers as Bate and Devlin worked just an incredible match which had some amazing counters and sequences leading to the finish. Bate and Devlin should be higher on the card for their level of talent and I would like to see them play a bigger role on NXT brand. If would be disappointing if both Bate and Devlin aren’t featured on the upcoming WWE Worlds Collide event.)
FATAL-4-WAY LADDER MATCH FOR THE NXT UK TAG TEAM TITLES: GALLUS (MARK COFFEY & WOLFGANG) vs. GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS (JAMES DRAKE & ZACK GIBSON) vs. IMPERIUM (FABIAN AICHNER & MARCEL BARTHEL) vs. MARK ANDREWS & FLASH MORGAN WEBSTER
Andrews and Webster delivered stereo moonsaults to Gibson and followed with stereo Tope Con Hilo’s to Aichner and Barthel. Coffey hit a Chokeslam to Gibson onto a ladder. Webster leaped off a ladder and hit a Shooting Star Press on Coffey Aichner hit a springboard moonsault to Webster onto a ladder as the fans chanted “NXT.” Andrews slid underneath a ladder and hit a double backflip kick to Aichner and Barthel. Gibson delivered Ticket to Ride to Andrews. Drake leaped off a ladder and hit a 450 Splash on Andrews. Aichner and Barthel delivered a European Bomb to Drake. Coffey and Wolfgang sandwiched Aichner and Barthel between a ladder. Coffey and Wolfgang delivered a combo enzuigiri/running powerslam to Gibson on the entrance ramp. Andrews and Webster delivered a stereo Slingshot Stunners to Coffey and Wolfgang. Andrews and Webster climbed a ladder as they delivered a double Swanton Bomb sending Wolfgang crashing through a table. This was nuts. Andrews and Webster went to climb the ladder but were stopped by the Grizzled Young Veterans. Webster whacked both Drake and Gibson with a Kendo stick. Aichner dropped Webster with a Brainbuster. Aichner and Barthel teased a European Bomb off the ladder but was stopped by Gallus. Wolfgang delivered a spear as Aichner went crashing through a ladder. Coffey tipped the ladder as Barthel fell onto everyone. Coffey and Wolfgang climbed the ladder and grabbed the titles and won the match.
WINNERS: MARK COFFEY & WOLFGANG RETAINED THE NXT UK TAG TEAM TITLES (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
(Amin’s Analysis: This didn’t rely on the over-the-top spot fest to see who can get the fans to pop in a come top me ladder match. Instead this was a very solid ladder match which had its fare share of creative yet safe spots as everyone looked very good.)
NXT UNITED KINGDOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: WALTER vs. JOE COFFEY
The crowd chanted for WALTER. Coffey hit a tope sending WALTER into the barricade. Coffey hit a Tornado DDT and a stalling suplex for a pair of two counts. WALTER no-sold a chop and delivered a massive chop as Coffey went down on his knees. WALTER nailed Coffey with a running boot and followed with a running Bonzai Drop for a two count. WALTER applied a Half Crab and then transitioned into an STF but Coffey placed his foot on the ropes. WALTER held Coffey against the ropes and delivered some clubbing blows. WALTER delivered a huge chop, maintained wrist control and hit another massive chop. Coffey delivered a bridging German suplex and a top rope moonsault for a pair of near falls. WALTER booted Coffey and then hit a Powerbomb for a two count. Coffey moved as WALTER delivered a Woo dropkick to the referee. Coffey delivered a Powerbomb but the referee was out. Alexander Wolfe came out and booted Coffey. Ilja Dragonuv came out and delivered a running uppercut to Wolfe who bumped into Coffey. WALTER nailed Dragonuv with a massive lariat. WALTER delivered an Apron Powerbomb and followed with a Rainmaker but Coffey kicked out. They battled on the turnbuckle as Coffey hit an avalanche belly-to-belly suplex. Coffey delivered strikes in the corner but WALTER responded with a low dropkick. WALTER delivered a Super Splash for a two count. Coffey hit a pair of Best of the Bells but WALTER kicked out. WALTER avoided a lariat and applied a Gorji Clutch. WALTER delivered a Sleeper Suplex and then planted Coffey with a pair of Powerbombs. WALTER applied a head-and-arm choke as Coffey tapped.
WINNER: WALTER RETAINED THE NXT UNITED KINGDOM TITLE (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
(Amin’s Analysis: It dragged at points but this was a good hard hitting match as the story was Coffey being able to withstand WALTER’s attack. There were some good sequences and some close near falls leading to the finish. The fans popped and cheered but the problem was Coffey doesn’t play a babyface as you wanted WALTER who plays the heel to retain because he just much better wrestler and is great to watch. Overall, a solid main event match.)
–After the match, Imperium posed as Undisputed Era came through the crowd and attacked them to a big reaction as the fans chanted NXT. Undisputed Era took out Aichner, Barthel and Wolfe on the floor before going after WALTER. WALTER tried to battle them off but was outnumber. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly delivered Total Elimination as Adam Cole followed by delivering the Last Shot to WALTER. Undisputed Era posed as the show came to a close.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was effective and well done leading into the 8-man tag team match between Imperium and Undisputed Era at WWE Worlds Collide. I would expect Imperium to appear on NXT in the coming weeks and have a response.)
[Overall Thoughts] NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II was a very solid show which had some great matches including an early Match of the Year candidate in Bate vs. Devlin which is a must watch. They also did a good job building the WWE Worlds Collide event between NXT and NXT UK. Overall, a thumbs up show