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    Sunday, December 6, 2020

    NXT in the UK (12/3/20): Not Your Slouch Week

    Mark Andrews and Wild Boar on WWE NXT UK


    Hello and welcome to a late-weekend edition of NXT in the UK! If you've already seen this week's episode, you probably don't need this review, or you want to compare notes. If you haven't—you know how big episodes of weekly wrestling shows are usually followed by just okay ones because they can't sustain the hype every week? Sometimes it happens, but it certainly wasn't the case this week!

    Hunting party

    Normally, one would think that the hard-hitting match featuring a former #1 contender to the United Kingdom Championship and a member of Imperium would be the evening's main event. But no, this is NXT UK, and we have to remember that what is masquerading as a developmental territory is actually still a full-fledged independent wrestling company.


    It's like everyone was proving that they could be the next WALTER/Dragunov or A-Kid/Trent Seven, and rightfully so—these are mostly experienced pro wrestlers, sprinkled in with younger up-and-coming talent being put through their paces in the UK Performance Center. The Hunt and Mandrews and Webster only needed around 10 or 11 minutes to tear the house down, even after a solid bout preceding it. The short but fiery history surrounding the two teams (and Eddie Dennis) plus the drama they put in it was enough to justify its main event spot.

    It's a good move to put the Hunt over, as having another solid team to potentially challenge Gallus one day is never a bad thing. We're probably getting a rematch between these two teams before moving on, and if this week was any indication, it's something we'd love to see over and over.

    Gallus stock goes up, Imperium goes down

    So that other match I was talking about, between Alexander Wolfe and Joe Coffey, is pretty good. Sometimes the order is for you to wrestle according to your match's spot on the card, but sometimes you have to selfishly go above and beyond just to leave a mark. Seeing as it was the last singles match on the show, I could accept that Wolfe and Coffey went a little all out.

    Just one thing—it was clear from the match that Wolfe (and, by extension, the rest of Imperium) was the heel. It wasn't so clear last week when they were setting it up, and it's also because Joe Coffey isn't very likable nowadays. Maybe it's just me, but I smell a Gallus turn coming, and it's probably because they've been acting like hooligans.

    Speaking of Imperium, this marks five weeks since we've seen WALTER and Ilja Dragunov. I get that they put each other through hell, but it's been over a month. We can't hear from someone at all? No interviews about how they feel, what their plans are for the future? This implies that they've got nothing concrete planned for the United Kingdom Championship scene (even though they're probably doing something soon) as they didn't even give so much as a hint to where Coffey is going after beating Wolfe. If I didn't know any better, I would've completely forgotten about the United Kingdom Champion—or even that A-Kid won a tournament last week.

    NXT UK 12/3/20 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 (12/3/20): Not Your Slouch Week Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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