NXT UK kicked off its 2020 pay-per-view schedule with the place that started its network special in Blackpool, England. After somewhat of a successful debut year, NXT UK looked to take a big step forward in TakeOver: Blackpool II. Five matches took place, much like previous TakeOvers with all three of the brand’s titles on the line. How well did […]
NXT UK kicked off its 2020 pay-per-view schedule with the place that started its network special in Blackpool, England. After somewhat of a successful debut year, NXT UK looked to take a big step forward in TakeOver: Blackpool II.
Five matches took place, much like previous TakeOvers with all three of the brand’s titles on the line. How well did Blackpool II do? Here are my quick thoughts on grades on each match.
Eddie Dennis def. Trent Seven
An opening match with no real backstory, rather a returning Dennis wanting to fight for the sake of it. This turned out to be a standard match that looked more of a weekly television episode. Nothing really happened here, just a showing for the returning heel.
Again, the match was fine but it felt out of place on a TakeOver and may have been better if was placed outside of the opener.
Women’s Championship – Kay Lee Ray (c) def. Toni Storm and Piper Niven
An improved match from the opener in this triple threat bout, with the faces (Storm and Niven) teaming up to take out the heel champion. Everyone here got a chance to shine and there were a few near falls but in the end, Ray stealing the pin from Storm’s frog splash to Niven built her up more as a heel.
With Ray as champion, the question now is who will dethrone the champion?
Tyler Bate def. Jordan Devlin
The crowd was all in on this match from the start with chants taking over throughout. Devlin was the perfect heel here, acting all cocky and trying to beat down Bate no matter what. As for Bate, he showed why he is one of the biggest stars and faces in the company
Chain wrestling, high spots, and non-stop action. The crowd loved this match and so did I. This is an early candidate for one of WWE’s best matches of 2020.
Tag Team Championship – Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) (c) def. Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel), Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake), and Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster in a Ladder match
For a group of guys that were out of their element in this type of match, this was a solid ladder match. It was what you expected in this type of match, with any momentum from one team being stopped by another, by either pulling them down from a ladder or using a Kendo Stick to stop another team from climbing the ladder.
My favorite spot here was when Webster and Andrews pulled a double Swanton onto a lying Wolfgang on a table, which erupted the crowd. It did not stop Wolfgang, as he and Coffey ended up standing tall to retain the titles.
One thing that WWE always does right is Ladder matches and this was no exception. After a few standard matches, we got a brawl here between four teams out of their element trying to earn the titles. While I thought Imperium winning here would have made sense giving their battle with NXT’s Undisputed Era but Gallus was the second-best option to retain.
A fun ladder match that you should watch if you haven’t, much like the Devlin/Bate match.
United Kingdom Championship – WALTER (c) def. Joe Coffey
Coffey was viewed as an underdog here with everyone thinking that there would be no way that he would dethrone the champion in WALTER.
Coffey did get a lot of offense in that one would expect and this was a solid bout throughout. It was a nice touch for Imperium member Alexander Wolfe stepping in to help the champion when the referee was out. In the end, the UK Champion was just too much for Coffey as he was he ultimately tapped out by the champion.
The best part of this match was post-match when The Undisputed Era came out to attack Imperium to set up their eight-man tag match at the January 25th Worlds Collide event.
A solid match to close the card but the U.E. post-match attack might have taken out the product that was in the ring.
Not a bad pay-per-view by NXT UK but nothing was special about this outside of the Devlin/Bate match and Undisputed Era making an appearance. I still enjoyed it and hopefully, we can see an improvement for their next NXT UK TakeOver.