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    Sunday, August 29, 2021

    NXT in the UK (8/26/21): Only One Left Standing

    Rampage Brown and Joe Coffey

    This week's episode of NXT UK continues the big opening they had to the SummerSlam weekend.

    Big meaty men slapping meat

    The main event this week was the long-awaited rematch between Joe Coffey and Rampage Brown—except this time, no pinfalls are allowed, and they can only win by knockout or submission. You know what this means: it's a match with big meaty men slapping meat.

    I will admit as much: this match may not be for everyone, and it's not as good a stiff-fest as a WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov match, but by God does it try. Coffey and Rampage go all out, they run into each other, Coffey even does a moonsault, and in the end, Rampage manages to beat Coffey down into a knockout. I personally don't think the match is in "must-show-non-fans" territory but it does get close, and it's great if you're a hardcore fan wanting some good hard-hitting Japanese-style action. 

    One can only assume that there are championship ramifications with the result after Dragunov won the title from WALTER last weekend. I'm all for it as the title picture could use some relatively fresh blood after a really, really long WALTER reign (not that I'm complaining about it). I just hope they don't take two or so months to set up the next United Kingdom title match, even with the Heritage Cup Championship contender's tournament going on. Long reigns are great, but they only happen in NXT UK because of all the waiting they do. Here's to hoping Dragunov is more of a fighting champion.

    NXT UK 8/26/21 Grade: A-

    Bits and pieces

    • Aoife Valkyrie and Jinny kind of botch an avalanche sunset flip powerbomb, and if it is a botch, they hid it pretty well; otherwise, it seems like an unusually detailed plan to do a fake injury spot. Whatever it is, it's a good thing that Aoife doesn't seem too injured.
    • Oliver Carter vs. Kenny Williams might have the unenviable "honor" of having the weakest British Rounds match in the Heritage Cup Championship's short history so far. Though it was a vehicle to get Kenny over as a heel, it's still a better match than most things that happen on an episode of RAW.
    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 (8/26/21): Only One Left Standing Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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