By Laurence Gibbons, ProWrestling.web Contributor (@Gibbonsgob)
NXT UK TV
Taped in London, England at BT Sport Studios
Streamed April 1, 2021 on WWE Community and Peacock
Andy Shepherd and Nigel McGuinness had been the published workforce…
The undefeated Aoife Valkyrie made her entrance to kick off the present. Stevie Turner made her debut entrance to the BT Sports activities Studio while a promo she had reduce earlier within the day aired.
1. Aoife Valkyrie vs. Stevie Turner. Valkyrie locked on a headlock till Turner reversed it right into a headlock of her personal adopted by a wristlock. Turner remained on prime by working the leg of Valkyrie. Turner hit a lung blower within the nook for a two depend. She appeared to capitalise however enraged Valkyrie who unleashed various strikes. Valkyrie hit the highest rope diving cut up leg drop for the win.
Aoife Valkyrie defeated Stevie Turner in 4:44.
Gibbons’ Opinion: I proceed to get pleasure from watching Aoife Valkyrie and her ever-growing undefeated streak. It was an excellent transfer to place her up towards the debuting Stevie Turner because it stored us guessing on who would get the win. Turner appeared fairly respectable. Some could know her as Bobbi Tyler from the UK impartial scene and Stardom in Japan.
We noticed a vignette for A-Child by which he spoke of his pleasure for the primary contender’s match for his Heritage Cup between Noam Dar and Tyler Bate, subsequent week …
Within the NXT UK coaching room, Jack Starz and Piper Niven labored out…
2. Teoman vs. Josh Morrell. Teoman took Morrell down with a wristlock. Morrell fought again and took Teoman to the nook however the German calmly waited for the referee to name for the break and hit an enormous slap throughout Morrell’s face. Teoman gave himself a run as much as smash an enormous elbow to the jaw of Morrell. Morrell appeared to get again into the match with various forearm smashes however Teoman got here again with a strike of his personal.
Morrell appeared for a standing moonsault however Teoman obtained his knees as much as arrange a missile dropkick. With Morrell on the canvas, Teoman hit a succession of stomps and locked on the crossface submission for the faucet out victory.
Teoman defeated Josh Morrell in 5:23
Gibbons’ Opinion: I actually just like the aggression of Teoman and his psychology throughout matches. He consistently seems for slaps and strikes to the face to arrange for his crossface finisher. Regardless of Morrell’s makes an attempt to get into the match, Teoman proved to be too powerful a problem for him.
Walter and Rampage Brown sat down with Sid Scala for a face off forward of the UK Championship match at NXT UK Prelude. Walter mentioned he was the very best champion of all time and Rampage Brown mentioned he was prepared for the title alternative. Brown bragged about having beforehand crushed Walter on the impartial scene. Walter mentioned he had been trying ahead to Brown difficult him however that he would by no means perceive what it means to be United Kingdom Champion …
A vignette aired on Gallus, which concerned Wolfgang profitable a bare-knuckle boxing match on a Glasgow road…
Kay Lee Ray made her manner into the BT Sports activities Studio to crow about beating the “Greatest within the World” Meiko Satomura. She mentioned she’d confirmed all of the doubters incorrect and could be the champion endlessly when Millie McKenzie interrupted her. McKenzie mentioned she’d travelled the world since we final noticed her on NXT UK and wished to face KLR. As she began to strategy the ring, Isla Daybreak took her out from behind. As the 2 Scots hit the beatdown on McKenzie, Satomura got here out to make the save.
Gibbons’ Opinion: It was nice to see McKenzie return to NXT UK. Her earlier run was quick as she selected to not signal with WWE for well-publicised causes so it’s nice to see her again for a correct go in NXT UK. This was a extremely fast and unpredictable spot. McKenzie is a superb performer and I’m delighted to see her again in NXT UK. Placing Isla Daybreak right into a programme with Satomura, KLR and McKenzie will assist to raise her and is the following logical step in her push. I’m excited to see the potential matches forward involving all 4 of those girls.
Backstage, Sid Scala introduced Daybreak and KLR would tackle McKenzie and Satomura in a tag match, subsequent week, that’s assured to ship…
McGuinness and Shepherd ran down the cardboard for the stacked NXT UK Prelude present set to happen subsequent week …
Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams made their entrance forward of their tag title shot. Fairly Lethal made their method to the ring to defend their titles for the primary time.
3. “Fairly Lethal” Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker vs. Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams for the NXT UK Tag Workforce Championship. Jordan and Howley began the match however the latter instantly tagged in Stoker. Stoker and Howley used their top and energy benefit to realize the higher of the early moments of the match. Jordan despatched Howley to the skin inspiring Williams to take out Stoker and ship him to the skin as effectively. Fairly Lethal used this to have a fast pep discuss while Williams and Jordan selected to not proceed their offense.
Fairly Lethal singled out Jordan and labored fast tags to remain on prime. A crushed down Jordan lastly managed to crawl between the legs of each members of Fairly Lethal to make the new tag. Williams got here in with a flurry of strikes and an enormous bulldog on Stoker. Williams hit a huracanrana on Stoker and appeared to have the win till Howley made the save. Fairly Lethal hit Crossing Swords on their challengers and obtained a detailed fall.
Jordan hit a senton to arrange Williams executing a spinning DDT on Howley for one more shut fall. Howley pushed his companion out of the best way of Williams however despatched him into the referee, knocking the official out. Williams introduced the title belts into the ring however Jordan refused to cheat and threw the belt away. Williams picked the title again up and hit Jordan within the again with it. Fairly Lethal hit Spilt Milk on Jordan to retain their titles.
“Fairly Lethal” Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker defeated Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams in 18:29 to retain the NXT UK Tag Workforce Championship.
Gibbons’ Opinion: This was a enjoyable and chaotic end to this match. I questioned if Williams’ behavior for dishonest would result in his workforce lastly being DQ’d and costing them the win. I loved Williams turning on his companion as they’ve by no means been on the identical web page and it wasn’t apparent it could occur.
On an entire, it was a good tag match that constructed slowly to a pleasant repay. This week’s NXT UK was at all times going to be the calm earlier than the storm forward of NXT UK Prelude, but it surely definitely had its wild moments. The aforementioned shut of the tag match and the showdown between Kay Lee Ray, Millie McKenzie, Meiko Satomura and Isla Daybreak had been the highlights of the present.
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