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    Monday, June 25, 2018

    #MustWatchMonday (6/25/18): Here's What You Should Watch From UKCT Round 1

    If you haven't been looking, chances are you may have missed how this year's WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament has already started. We don't blame you—unlike last year's tourney that saw all rounds happen on the Network in two days, this year's setup is a little different. The first round happened at this year's Download music festival a couple of weekends ago, and was only uploaded on WWE's YouTube page over the past couple of weeks.

    Tomorrow, local time, will be when we're getting the rest of the tournament on the WWE Network. The whole thing still won't be live, as it's already been taped (you can look up the results if you'd like to be spoiled) from the Royal Albert Hall last week.

    For those who are playing along, though, this is for you.

    First off, if you want to catch all the first round matches, WWE was kind enough to put them all together for you in a single hour-and-a-half video for you to marathon. The matches themselves aren't very long, with the longest clocking in at around 13 minutes, so if you've got some time to kill you should check out the whole thing right here:

    But not everyone has the luxury of time, so as your learned scholars and humble scribes, we've made the effort to parse some of the best stuff you should check out from the first round. For those rushing, here are the matches you must catch.

    First is the first match they've released: Drew Gulak vs. Jack Gallagher, which is actually taped from Full Sail University. This is notable for two things: 1) how two heels interestingly turn into faces when they wrestle each other, and 2) being the only traditional British-style catch wrestling match in the whole British wrestling tournament, made even more interesting by featuring the lone American competitor. The right guy advances here, which is saying something considering how Jack Gallagher gets booked lately.

    Flash Morgan Webster may seem like an anachronistic oddity to you (and to people who aren't fans of The Who), but there's a reason why he's in this tournament and advancing. You'll have to watch this match to know why, but let us also tell you that it's a shame that "Mr. Mayhem" James Drake has to be the one to take the fall in this match.

    This tournament is full of guys who deserve a chance to go through—and Tucker from Belfast, Northern Ireland is just as deserving as the winner of this match, "The Iron King" Joe Coffey. It's a delightful mix of styles as the more agile Tucker tries to clash with the powerhouse Coffey, but it's just not his year.

    Last but not the least: one of the more anticipated matchups from this year's tournament, El Ligero versus the only other non-British/Irish competitor in this pool, "The Kiwi Buzzsaw" Travis Banks is a match we need to see again. Although they only had around six minutes and the veteran Ligero wasn't at the top of his game here (with a couple of visible missteps), he and hard-hitting Banks still had one of the more exciting matches in the first round. Ligero should've made it to at least the second round in a Brian Kendrick-esque run, but it seems like he'll be sticking around for NXT UK.

    Anyway, here's what the bracket looks like going into tomorrow:

    Matches to watch? Pretty much all of them, but we'll be paying closer attention to Jack Gallagher vs. Zack Gibson and Joe Coffey vs. Dave Mastiff. Of course, the winner of this year's tournament will be facing United Kingdom champion Pete Dunne for the title on the second show, June 27 (both shows at 4 a.m. local time).

    Who do you have for the second round, and what's been your favorite match so far? Sound off in the comments!

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    Item Reviewed: #MustWatchMonday (6/25/18): Here's What You Should Watch From UKCT Round 1 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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