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    Saturday, December 12, 2020

    NXT in the UK (12/10/20): British Rounds Are Here To Stay

    A-Kid and Tyler Bate on WWE NXT UK


    It's Saturday, so you know what that means! I regret not watching NXT UK on a Friday because I end up cramming it on Saturday It's time for this week's review of the best hour of wrestling on the WWE Network, and boy does it bring good tidings!

    The Heritage Cup Championship is officially a regular thing, and British Rounds are forever

    As the title of this week's article says, British Rounds are here to stay, and that's because NXT UK has officially confirmed the Heritage Cup Championship as a regular title to be defended. Not only that, but the cat also drags the missing Tyler Bate back!

    Let's start from the beginning. Noam Dar hosts his first-ever Supernova Sessions featuring the champ A-Kid, complete with an '80s theme song and an actual setup away from the ring. Props to NXT UK for actually maximizing the BT Studios and setting up the talk show segment to make it look like a real talk show. Between this and the UK Performance Center vignettes, the show doesn't feel constrained to the empty arena.

    Noam Dar takes the time to showcase his comedic chops, while the off-ring setup allows for reaction shots that enhance the story. Dar runs down A-Kid, taking credit for his success as his sensei, prompting the Spaniard to state that actually, it's former NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate who taught him what he knows. That brings out Bate, who had been conspicuously missing since NXT UK returned to TV.

    Bate says he's happy for A-Kid, and Dar stirs the pot a little, ultimately leading the two blue-eyes to agree to a match for this evening. What isn't made immediately clear is that the main event is actually a shot at the Heritage Cup Championship... and that it's British Rounds.

    It must have been mentioned before, but I don't think it was as clear as it is now—this effectively tells me that the Heritage Cup will always be defended in British Rounds matches, and I was afraid that it wouldn't be. NXT UK gets to keep the one thing that finally makes the brand feel like a regional offshoot of the NXT umbrella. This makes me extremely happy.

    As one would expect, the match was great. Tyler Bate does not look like he missed a step at all. It's not better than the final between A-Kid and Trent Seven two weeks ago, but I think they've finally mastered how to milk the drama from the British Rounds format, with a mad scramble in the sixth round to score the final fall before the time ran out. This is much more preferable to me than the entire match suddenly ending with a finisher in the fifth round, even though I like it when wrestlers try to end the match as fast as they can. (For me, it's either you go cardiac in the last round or finish early with a KO, really.)

    I look forward to more British Rounds matches for the Heritage Cup Championship, but let's not overdo it if we're filling in a little hole...

    Where are WALTER and Dragunov???

    They might have thought that they could distract me with a good Heritage Cup Championship match and the return of Tyler Bate, but I'm still on the lookout for both WALTER and Dragunov, but mostly WALTER since he's the champ. Nary a peep has been made since October 29, while A-Kid immediately got an interview two weeks after he won.

    I'm gonna say the same things here—all you need is an interview, a quick promo, a video, yadda yadda. This guy is supposed to be the top champion of the brand and he goes missing after a murderous match that he won. This is not a good look, and it still tells me that there are no immediate plans to keep him looking dominant. If he's injured, say he's injured. If he took some time off to go soul-searching, say that. Give me something to go on.

    NXT UK 12/10/20 Final Grade: A-

    Photo from WWE

    *****

    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor-in-Chief of Smark Henry and one of the four hosts of the Wrestling-Wrestling Podcast. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in advertising. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, and he likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.

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    Item Reviewed: NXT in the UK (12/10/20): British Rounds Are Here To Stay Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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