Date: December 9, 2021
Location: BT Sports Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness
So it turns out that one of the side effects of being sick for a few weeks is that you forget to do a show every now and then. Therefore it’s time to get caught up on NXT UK, starting with a Tag Team Title shot as Moustache Mountain challenging Pretty Deadly. That alone could make this into a big deal so let’s get to it.
We open with a look at Moustache Mountain’s rocky path to the title shot, but now they’re ready to fight.
Blair Davenport vs. Emilia McKenzie
They fight over wrist control to start until McKenzie snaps off a neckbreaker for two. Davenport takes her down out of the corner though and kicks McKenzie in the back to put her in trouble of her own. A corner clothesline sets up the chinlock, allowing Davenport to crank away a bit. That’s broken up in a hurry so McKenzie can slug away, setting up a spear for two. Back up and Davenport gets sent into the corner, where she comes out with a middle rope dropkick. McKenzie is back with a suplex, only to charge into a boot in the corner. The Falcon Arrow finishes for Davenport at 6:02.
Rating: C. It was a quick match but they did a nice job of showcasing both of them. Davenport continues her rise to the Women’s Title match against Meiko Satomura and having her beat up Satomura’s student/whatever McKenzie is works rather well. I could go for more of Davenport and this was a good way to move her forward.
Noam Dar and Sha Samuels came in to see Sid Scala, who tells them that next week, it’s Nathan Frazer vs. A-Kid. The winner gets a shot at Dar’s Heritage Cup and the champ isn’t happy.
We look at Ilja Dragunov knocking Rampage Brown silly to retain the United Kingdom Title.
There isn’t an update on Brown’s condition.
Xia Brookside isn’t happy that she is being asked about her loss to Meiko Satomura and insists she be left alone.
Here is Jordan Devlin for a chat. Devlin gets straight to the point: he wants the NXT UK Title, so he’d like Ilja Dragunov out here right now. Cue Dragunov, who says all Devlin has to do is ask. Devlin says he won’t quit if Dragunov knocks him out, but Dragunov won’t be intimidated. That’s cool with Devlin, who hopes Dragunov is ready to explain this to his wife and son. Devlin mentions Dragunov’s son by name and the fight is on in a hurry, with referees breaking it up. I’ve wanted Devlin in this spot for a good bit now so this is a nice thing to see, even if I can’t imagine him winning the title.
Video on Amele, who gets rather emotional talking about how hard she has fought to get here and what WWE means to her every day. Her name is Amele and that means hope.
Kenny Williams thinks Mark Andrews is a scared little boy. He is everything Andrews thinks he is and even worse.
Sam Gradwell vs. Sha Samuels
Noam Dar is here with Samuels. Gradwell has bet ten pounds on himself here, with some very favorable odds. Samuels gets sent into the corner to start and then gets sent there again as the early frustration sets in. They trade forearms with Samuels getting the better of things, setting up a clothesline for two.
That doesn’t last long, as Gradwell fights up and hits some shots to the face to take over. Samuels heads outside and gets in another clothesline for two more back inside. Dar gets in a few shots so the referee yells at him, meaning Gradwell hits Samuels low with what looked like a scarf. The Samoan driver finishes Samuels at 6:53.
Rating: C-. This was a short match in the first place and a good bit of it was spent killing some time. That being said, it’s nice to see Gradwell win something as he has come a very long way in a short amount of time. I’m curious to see how far he can go with this feud, but any improvement is better than nothing at this point.
Gallus puts their stuff in the car and is ready to destroy Charlie Dempsey. They might want to destroy whoever put the camera in the trunk of their car.
Video on A-Kid vs. Nathan Frazer next week.
Tag Team Titles: Moustache Mountain vs. Pretty Deadly
Pretty Deadly is defending and they’re in yellow, which oddly suits them. Stoker works on Bate’s wrist to start, which goes about as well as you would expect. Bate takes him down with a wristlock of his own and the champs bail to the floor in a hurry. Back in and Howley shoulders Seven down but Seven is right back up with a slam for two. Stereo suplex drop the champs for two on Howley as they seem to be taking their time here.
Howley gets in a single shot of his own but gets chopped away without much effort. Stoker offers a distraction though and Seven is sent into the steps to put him in trouble for a change. A shot to the leg knocks Seven off the top for a crash but he jawbreaks his way out of a chinlock. Howley is right there to send Seven outside, where Stoker gets suplexed down for his efforts. The hot tag brings in Bate to start cleaning house, including with a pair of nipups.
The Tyler Driver 97 gets two on Howley but it’s a launch into a gutbuster for two on Bate instead. A clothesline drops Howley though and it’s back to Seven to hammer away as well. The Seen Star Lariat gets two on Howley and they’re both down for a bit. Stoker comes back in off a blind tag and kicks Seven in the face, setting up Spilled Milk for a very near fall.
Bate sends the champs outside but his dive is countered into Spilled Milk on the floor. Back in and Stoker belts Seven in the face for a very near fall and the shock is real. Seven superkicks Howley out of the air and brings Bate back in to clean house again. A Birminghammer sends Stoker onto Howley and it’s the Spiral Tap to give Bate the pin and the titles at 17:48.
Rating: B. This worked because of both the action and the moment, which made it feel important. Bate and Seven have felt like the best tag team around here for a very long time now and the title win was going to feel like a big deal. At the same time, Pretty Deadly deserves all kinds of credit, as they went from a nothing team to holding the titles for eight and a half months. That’s so far beyond what they would be expected to do so well done for being a big surprise.
Moustache Mountain has a pretty emotional celebration to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+. This show covered quite a bit of stuff and the big main event felt like an important moment. I still fully believe that WWE has forgotten this place exists, as it is so different than anything else WWE does. The wrestling might not be great in every single match, but you can see where things are going and what they have set up for each story. That’s the trick that is never seen in WWE these days so well done all around.
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