Date: June 30, 2022
Location: BT Sports Studios, London, England
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Andy Shepherd
We’re back in England and the big story this week is the explanation from Trent Seven, even if it might seem pretty obvious why he turned on Tyler Bate. Other than that, we have Fallon Henley vs. Emilia McKenzie, as the NXT invasion continues. I’m sure this won’t be anything that annoys long term NXT UK viewers so let’s get to it.
We open with a recap of Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter vacating the NXT UK Tag Team Titles last week, with Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen winning them in the show’s main event.
Blair Davenport vs. Angel Hayze
This is Davenport’s first match since injuring her ankle in November. Davenport throws her down to start but Hayze grabs a front facelock. That doesn’t last long as Davenport hits a basement dropkick and we hit the chinlock. Some running knees give Davenport two as Nigel gets in a Chamber of Secrets reference. Hayze comes back with a running faceplant, only to get blasted with a middle rope dropkick. The Falcon Arrow is countered into a guillotine choke but the second attempt plants Hayze for the pin at 5:34.
Rating: C. Just a quick match here to get Davenport back in the swing of things. Davenport is likely going to be taken right back to the title picture, as it seems that they are going to have Davenport vs. Meiko Satomura again. That isn’t the worst idea, but five months is quite the hiatus before going straight back into the title picture.
Post match Davenport says she is here to crush our hope.
Kenny Williams is in Sid Scala’s office (without permission) and thinks Tiger Turan is after him. Turan comes in and Williams wants the mask off before leaving. Of note: a paper Williams put on the wall says AMIR.
Noam Dar and Sha Samuels interrupt Mark Coffey’s training session. They talk about the upcoming Heritage Cup title match, with Samuels offering 100-1 odds on Mark. Other wrestlers run in and can’t wait to bet on it. Dar isn’t pleased.
Emilia McKenzie vs. Fallon Henley
McKenzie takes her down by the arm to start but Henley is right back up with an armbar of her own. Back up and we get a handshake before they trade rollups for two each. Henley knocks her into the corner and gives a tip of her non-existent hat. A neckbreaker drops Henley for two more though and the chinlock goes on.
Some rollups annoy McKenzie so she elbows Henley down and grabs the cobra clutch. Henley fights up and hits some forearms but a faceplant cuts her right back down. A jump out of the corner jams Henley’s knee though and McKenzie spears the leg out for some extra aggression. That’s fine with Henley, who is back with a sunset flip for the pin at 8:33.
Rating: C-. Again, the match was passable, but this was the latest example of a match that felt designed to get the NXT star over and if the NXT UK star is taken out in the process, so be it. I’m sure that isn’t going to make a difference in the long run, but hopefully the NXT stars get out of here soon enough because it’s frustrating to see this treated as some divine group coming to the UK rather than more stars who are just ok at best.
Oliver Carter misses Ashton Smith but here is Die Familie to offer him a spot on the team. Carter doesn’t say no.
Sarray is training but Xia Brookside and Eliza Alexander come up to mock her. Meiko Satomura comes in to not have any of this.
Sha Samuels vs. Wolfgang
Noam Dar is here with Samuels. Wolfgang throws Samuels out of the corner to start and we’re already in the armbar. The lifting armbar cranks on the arm again and we’re back to the armbar as commentary wonders about Samuels’ gambling issues. Back up and the spear only hits buckle, allowing Samuels to take him down by the arm. Dar’s distraction makes things even worse and Samuels snaps the arm across the top.
A middle rope elbow gives Samuels two but Wolfgang is back with a knee to the ribs. Some chops in the corner rock Samuels but he counters a top rope ax handle into a spinebuster. Wolfgang hits a quick spear for a double knockdown though and they get a breather. Back up and the arm is snapped across the top again, leaving Wolfgang crashing down. Samuels’ top rope splash crazes Wolfgang’s feet, setting up a buckshot spear for the pin on Samuels at 10:21.
Rating: C. This was a bit lengthy for something as simple as working on the arm, but wouldn’t it make more sense to have this be Mark Coffey to set up his Heritage Cup Title match? Wolfgang can have a decent enough match, but he might want something other than that not great spear. Somehow this is the main event, and that’s not a great way to go.
Here is Trent Seven for his big explanation. Since two weeks ago, the question has been WHY TRENT WHY. We look at a still of Seven hitting Tyler Bate low to officially turn on him, which is the most important moment in British sports. The thing is, Seven did it for NXT UK. This place was dead and look at hoe energetic everyone is now!
Seven talks about how great Moustache Mountain and British Strong Style was, but then Bate was the one who changed. Now Bate is some tree hugging hippie and everyone knows that he isn’t going to come back and fight Seven. That’s because Seven IS British Strong Style and Moustache Mountain. Seven goes to leave but yells at a fan, who jumps the barricade and gets kicked low to end the show. Heel Seven is not a bad idea and he’s laying into the character, but it’s a bit hard to buy him as a threat to someone like Bate.
Overall Rating: D+. This show felt like another punt to next week, which has been the case too often lately. What was the big deal here? Seven explaining his attack on bate? That’s an explanation we needed in the first place? Other than that, you had three matches that were about the definition of meh and almost nothing happened. NXT UK has slowed down a lot and that seems to tie into the debut of all of the regular NXT stars. I’m not surprised by that for the most part, but could they at least pretend like NXT UK matters even a little bit?
Blair Davenport b. Angel Hayze – Falcon Arrow
Fallon Henley b. Emilia McKenzie – Sunset flip
Wolfgang b. Sha Samuels – Spear
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