NXT UK – June 2, 2022
By Thomas Hall on 6th June 2022
Date: June 2, 2022
Location: BT Sports Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness
It’s time for another title match as the Tag Team Titles are up for grabs, this time in a triple threat. Moustache Mountain will be defending against Die Familie and Ashton Smith/Oliver Carter, the latter of whom has been on quite the roll lately. Other than that, we could be in for a bit of anything so let’s get to it.
The opening video looks at the Tag Team Title match and how the teams all want to leave with the belts.
Sam Gradwell vs. Von Wagner
Wagner gets the better of a slugout to start and some elbow drops have Gradwell breathing rather deeply. A fall away slam drops Gradwell again as commentary puts over Wagner as much as they can. The crossface chickenwing is broken up so Wagner knees him in the back to cut him off again. Gradwell fights out of a bearhug but gets put right back in it just a few seconds later. The second comeback works a bit better but Wagner plants him with a lifting Downward Spiral. Back up and Gradwell tries a sleeper, which is powered up into the fireman’s carry neckbreaker to give Wagner the pin at 6:49.
Rating: C-. The NXT UK push for the lower NXT card continues, even if Wagner still isn’t anything more than another muscle guy. Gradwell might not be a top star and him losing here isn’t the worst thing, but I haven’t cared about wagner since he debuted and that isn’t going to change. It’s a shame that WWE has remembered this place exists, because it is making things worse.
Xia Brookside arrives and Amale pops in to yell at her.
Video on Ivy Nile.
Mark Andrews seems to catch Kenny Williams trying to steal his tires and a fight breaks out in the parking lot.
Angel Hayze vs. Stevie Turner
Hayze armdrags her down to start so Turner throws an armband in her face to take over. A running dropkick gives Hayze two but Turner’s running knee gets the same. Turner adds a running boot to the face and a neckbreaker drops Hayze for two. The chinlock doesn’t last long and Hayze is up with the comeback, including some running forearms. Back up and Turner kicks her in the face, setting up Mass Effect for the pin at 4:05.
Rating: C-. Turner continues to be just kind of there and that is not a good sign for her future. I don’t think I can see her going very far around here, even if she has a unique idea of a gimmick and a pretty good look. There is nothing to suggest that she is going to be going anywhere anytime soon but at least this gives her a little something.
Emilia McKenzie apologizes to Meiko Satomura for the loss but Satomura, seeming to understand, tells her to train harder.
Sha Samuels and Noam Dar are ready to set the odds on Damon Kemp vs. Wolfgang, but talk about haggis instead.
Tag Team Titles: Die Familie vs. Ashton Smith/Oliver Carter vs. Moustache Mountain
Moustache Mountain is defending and this is one fall to a finish. Carter, Bate and Teoman start things off and it’s an exchange of rollups and various broken up offense to give us a standoff. Teoman gets sent outside, leaving Bate to take Carter into the corner for the tag to Seven. House is cleaned until Seven and Smith are tied up in the ring skirt for a beating from Familie.
Back in and a powerbomb gets two on Smith with Carter too down to make the save. A suplex gets two on Seven but he enziguris his way to freedom, allowing the hot tag off to Bate. There’s a middle rope elbow to Rajah and a t-bone suplex gets two on Smith. Bate kicks Teoman in the head but it’s Carter springboarding in with a double dropkick to the two of them. Seven is back in with a suplex but Smith clotheslines him down and is rather fired up.
Bate hits the handspring lariat to cut Smith off but Teoman pulls him into a Crossface. Back up and Seven hits a super swinging slam for two on Smith before elbowing Carter out of the air. The torture rack/top rope knee combination hits Carter for two, with Smith making the save. Die Familie tries to use a title but gets knocked outside, leaving Seven to pick up the title. Bate takes it away from him, allowing Smith to grab a rollup for the pin and the titles at 14:18.
Rating: B-. This was the longer form sprint with all six working hard the whole way. At some point you had to give Smith and Carter the big win though and that’s a good sign to see the button finally pressed. Seven and Bate can go do their thing while Smith and Carter get to be champions for a bit, likely facing Die Familie sooner rather than later.
Post match Seven yells at Bate and leaves on his own to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+. That main event bailed out a pretty lackluster show otherwise so take what you can get here. I like that they did the title change they needed to do, but that was the only thing on the show worth seeing. This was one of the middle of the road star power shows and while it was a problem, the main event pulled it out, which is not the worst place to be.
Von Wagner b. Sam Gradwell – Fireman’s carry neckbreaker
Stevie Turner b. Angel Hayze – Mass Effect
Ashton Smith/Oliver Carter b. Die Familie and Moustache Mountain – Rollup to Seven
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