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    Saturday, November 28, 2020

    NXT in the UK (11/26/20): Youth Over Experience

    A-Kid wins the WWE NXT UK Heritage Cup Championship


    I'll come right out and say it: this week's NXT UK is absolutely must-catch. Read on to find out why.

    Beyond the British Rounds

    It wasn't that big of a deal to me, but I'd be lying if I wasn't slightly concerned about how this week's NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament final was going to play out. Over six weeks of six-round action, we've seen pretty much all the permutations of British Rounds outcomes. We've mostly seen 2-1 wins, we've seen a knockout, we've seen a 2-0 win, and we've seen a sixth-round finish. How else could they top all of this?

    The answer, it turns out, lay in the only possibility I didn't even think of—simply because they never did it, much less tease it. In this final, the Spaniard A-Kid and the Brit Trent Seven finish the entire six rounds at 1-1, so you know what that means: untimed sudden death.

    I felt like it was cheating a little since the overtime feels like your typical pro wrestling match, but in the end, I also couldn't help but feel that this was the only way to top the entire tournament. A-Kid and Seven tell what I think has been the most tangible in-ring story in all of the British Rounds matches they've had on NXT UK so far, and the drama runs high, staying palpable from the close of the second round until the very end. (Not bad for a match that got ho-hum build-up the week before.) 

    A-Kid wasn't my pick to win the tournament at all, but the way they wrestled the entire match won me over to the idea of youth trumping experience. A-Kid is just that good, and Seven did everything in his power to get the niño over. It's not WALTER/Dragunov, but it comes pretty close. 

    All that's left is to make the Heritage Cup a regularly defended title, because I don't think I can wait another year for more British Rounds matches.

    A really stiff women's match and a solid Cruiserweight Championship defense

    The first half of the episode is also pretty good. It starts off with a decent Cruiserweight Championship match between Jordan Devlin and Amir Jordan (how could they not have foreseen this problem? They've been on the same roster for two years) that sees more slowed-down Devlin. It's as if someone finally talked him into staying ground-based after gaining weight, so I'm all for it.

    The middle match was a women's match that finally continued the thread from last week's championship bout. You know I don't like it when they do a title match and suddenly don't address anyone involved for the next two weeks, so Jinny having airtime this week (in a really stiff one I wasn't expecting) and trash-talking Piper Niven was a godsend.

    NXT UK 11/26/20 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 (11/26/20): Youth Over Experience Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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