Date: September 1, 2022
Location: BT Sports Studios, London, England
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Andy Shepherd
It’s always weird to see a final show in a series but that is where we have arrived this week. WWE has finally pulled the plug on NXT UK and now we are going to get to see the finals of a tournament for the United Kingdom Title tournament. Ignore the fact that this has been spoiled for weeks now. One last time, let’s get to it.
The opening video recaps the history of Tyler Bate and Trent Seven in Moustache Mountain before the split, which still needs a blowoff and happens to take place during this week’s title match.
Commentary acknowledges that this is the final show, which certainly is the original commentary and not something that was put in later.
Blair Davenport vs. Amale vs. Isla Dawn vs. Eliza Alexander
Elimination rules and the winner is the new #1 contender to Meiko Satomura and the Women’s Title. Dawn gets pummeled to start with everyone else knocking her out to the floor. Amale slugs away at the two of them but Alexander kicks her in the face. That leaves Davenport to forearm Alexander into the corner but she comes back with some shots of her own. Amale is back up to sent Davenport onto the other two on the floor, setting up the big dive off the top to the floor.
The four of them pair off with Alexander ramming Amale into various things, only to get taken down with a running neckbreaker. Dawn whips Davenport face first into the post before taking her back inside for a faceplant. The other two get back in with Dawn hitting a running knee to drop Alexander for two.
Dawn gets caught on top though and the required Tower Of Doom follows. Amale is the only one up so she hits the running kicks in the corner to Alexander and Davenport. Dawn does the creepy rise up and grabs Amale, earning herself some kicks to the head. The Hopebreaker and a pile on pin finishes Dawn at 7:02 to get us down to three.
Some rollups get two each and everyone winds up looking at each other for a bit. Davenport catches Alexander’s charge but Amale dropkicks them both down. Amale gets dropped and Davenport’s missile dropkick makes it even worse. Davenport gets posted and Alexander knees Amale down for the elimination at 10:08, leaving us with an odd finale.
They trade big shots for two each with Davenport favoring her shoulder. Davenport manages to send her into the buckle and a middle rope double stomp gets two. Some clotheslines put Alexander in more trouble but she charges into an elbow in the corner. Alexander gets pulled off the middle rope for a crash back down and a scary Falcon Arrow finishes for Davenport at 15:09.
Rating: C+. Again, the winner wasn’t exactly in doubt so there is only so much that you can do as far as building up drama. Davenport has already been set up for the title match at Worlds Collide so seeing her run through two people there to fill in spots and Amale. I do like having a long women’s match on the final show though, as the women’s division has done pretty well in NXT UK’s history. Not a classic, but getting four women in there is a good idea.
Saxon Huxley vs. Kenny Williams
Feeling out process to start until Huxley sends him into the corner for some whips around the ring. Williams manages to get in some kicks to the leg, only to get whipped hard into the buckle. Huxley’s leg is bent around the rope though and a dropkick into said leg gets two. Cue Chase U to distract Williams though, allowing Huxley to go back in time with an atomic drop.
A running big boot sets up a running clothesline to the back of the head, followed by a running elbow for two on Williams. Huxley knocks him off the apron and into the arms of Chase U, where they drop him hard onto the floor. Back in and a chokebomb gives Huxley the pin at 5:45.
Rating: C. I’m glad to see Huxley get a win like this as he really found his niche over the years around here. At the same time though, this felt a bit more about Chase U than Huxley, which isn’t exactly surprising but it isn’t something that needed to happen. It’s the final episode, so let the focus be on the NXT UK stars. Oh and we’re never going to find out who Tiger Turan was are we?
We get a long video on the history of Trent Seven vs. Tyler Bate. Seven saw him at a training school in England and helped bring him up. Then Bate went on to become a huge star and they wound up becoming Tag Team Champions. Seven went too evil to make sure that they retained the titles though and that was too far for Bate. The team split, and now it is their big showdown, which happens to be for the title.
NXT United Kingdom Title: Trent Seven vs. Tyler Bate
For the vacant title so Sid Scala and Johnny Saint are in the ring with the belt. After the Big Match Intros, Bate takes him down into a headscissors, which actually requires a rope break. Back up and Seven pulls him into an armbar but Seven uses his feet to take the arm out as I don’t quite get the hatred that they seemed to have since their split.
With that broken up, a chop off goes to bate but Seven gets smart by going after the leg. The fans chant at Seven as he works on the leg but Bate pops back up and strikes away in the corner again. Seven sends the leg into the ropes to take it down again before slapping Bate in the back. Bate’s comeback is cut off with a DDT for two and it’s back to the leg as this is starting to get slow.
Some kicks to the face fire Bate up and he snaps off the uppercuts, setting up a t-bone suplex. The leg is fine enough to nip up and hit a running shooting star press for two before Bate muscles him over with a suplex. The slow motion airplane spin works but the Seven Star Lariat gives Seven two. Seven grabs the reverse Figure Four he used last week but Bate manages to turn it over, sending them both to the rope break.
They slug it out from the mat with Bate getting up to walk through some chops. A few bit shots to the face drop Seven but Bate can’t follow up. Bate’s rebound lariat into the Tyler Driver 97 gets two and they’re both down (with some fans/commentators stunned). Bate catches him on top though but the super Emerald Flosion gets two.
Seven hits his own Tyler Driver 97 for two and they’re both down again. Back up and it looks like Seven tries a Bitter End but Bate slips out and hits a Seven Star Lariat for a very near fall. The Spiral Tap gives Bate another near fall, followed by the Bang into another Tyler Driver 97 for the pin and the title at 20:29.
Rating: B. The first half took a long time to get going and the leg stuff didn’t go anywhere after the leglock was broken up. After that, it turned into the modern slugout with one big move after another. Much like the opener, there wasn’t a ton of drama here, but I would put that more on it being Tyler Bate vs. Trent Seven. While Seven’s heel turn was good, he just isn’t a top guy and giving Bate the title back was the best way to go and makes far more sense in this, or any spot really.
Post match Seven is devastated in the corner as Bate gets to pose with the title.
Commentary thanks everyone for being a part of this and we get a great video looking at the history of the show. There have been some absolute classics in there, especially around the United Kingdom Title.
A big group photograph wraps us up.
Overall Rating: B-. The opener and main event were both good matches and the match in between was solid enough. That being said, only the last few minutes felt like a big finale and that made it a little sad to see. NXT UK is a show that has its own history and identity and while seeing Bate win was good to see, there was only so much covered here. Then again it doesn’t seem like they knew this was the big finale, so this was as good as it could have been. Another rather nice show, as it should have been on the way out.
So that’s it for NXT UK and I’m going to miss it. I don’t think there is any hiding the fact that it was never anything more than a way to produce more weekly content, but it wound up being a fun, dependable show which is going to give you a completely watchable show almost every time. It took a long time to get there but it was possible the most consistent WWE show for the last year. I’ll miss NXT UK, but it was never destined to be anything significant, which is quite sad in its own way.
Blair Davenport b. Isla Dawn, Eliza Alexander and Amale last eliminating Alexander
Saxon Huxley b. Kenny Williams – Chokebomb
Tyler Bate b. Trent Seven – Tyler Driver 97
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