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    Saturday, May 1, 2021

    NXT in the UK (4/29/21): Meiko Satomura Should Always Be Your Main Event

    Meiko Satomura and Aoife Valkyrie in WWE NXT UK

    On this week's episode of NXT UK, the one time they should've given the main event spot to a midcard story is the time they did not do that.

    It should have been Meiko Time

    Over the past few weeks of NXT UK I'd been complaining about the show giving the main event spot to midcarders, all because it's part of the brand's rotating cast formula. They actually did that on this week's episode, but they gave it to the wrong midcarders—Meiko Satomura vs. Aoife Valkyrie should have closed the show.

    In fact, they did these two dirty twice. First is the obvious—this singles matchup was hotter than people might have expected, plus it's Meiko freakin' Satomura. She should've main-evented this show in a big matchup against another woman the brand is strongly pushing. 

    Because this match was such a banger, I ended up being painfully uninterested in Symbiosis vs. Gallus, which was wrestled well but just did not connect. No sir, and it feels like the ladies felt disrespected as well, putting out a battle that dwarfed everything else on this episode seemingly out of spite. (I could be well off-base there; let's just call it an educated journalistic guess.)

    Second is that Aoife Valkyrie absolutely got shafted by the result. The division is actively trying to usurp Kay Lee Ray as NXT UK Women's Champion, so if we need new blood to get the rub, why wouldn't Valkyrie get a huge win here over a legend in Meiko Satomura? Meiko doesn't need the win, especially now that she was fed early on to KLR. The only way I'll accept this result is if it's the beginning of a series between the two that sees Valkyrie win and get made in the end.

    I don't know if whoever wrote this episode just didn't have the foresight to see that Valkyrie/Satomura would've been a great closer. But you produce these matches! You actively tell the wrestlers what to do, and they likely told them to go and do a really dramatic bout. There's no way you couldn't have seen it coming, which leaves malice as the only explanation for all this. Go watch the show. You can stop after this match if you want to, I promise you.

    NXT UK 4/29/21 Grade: A-

    Bits and pieces

    • Nobody thought to have either Teoman or Rohan Raja change their gear before they went on? These two had the same color of tights, same haircut, same skin tone (under the studio lights), and same build—the only way I could tell them apart was by the color of their boots.
    • On that note, after three matches, Teoman still doesn't stand out as the character he thinks he's trying to portray. He doesn't move like a Dexter Lumis, nor is he brutal like WALTER.
    • I'm also glad that this episode is advancing the women's and Heritage Cup title stories, so that it's not all midcard.
    Photo from WWE


    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor-in-Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three 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 (4/29/21): Meiko Satomura Should Always Be Your Main Event Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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