The August 28 2019 edition of WWE NXT and NXT UK went down this past Wednesday. Listed below are the 5 best moments from the shows.
NXT UK Tag Team Mayhem
As NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff was mere days away, tensions were running high, specifically between the teams competing in the triple threat match for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships.
The Grizzled Young Vets, falling just short of being heroic fighting champions, lodged a complaint against NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint for pitting them against not one but two teams at TakeOver, making their chances of retaining their titles much lower.
The other two teams in contention for the titles, Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster, and Gallus’ Mark Coffey and Wolgang, were less than pleased that the champs were attempting to weasel their way out of the match and stormed down to the ring, igniting a massive brawl between all six men.
Zack Gibson and James Drake probably should have just taken the match given to them, as this brawl will undoubtedly cause them to be less than 100% going into their championship bout at TakeOver.
Kenny Williams Bets On Himself Against Jordan Devlin
Unsatisfied with his position on NXT UK, i.e., not the champion, Jordan Devlin has taken to complaining loudly about his lack of competition on the red and gold brand.
Happy to oblige the irate Irishman, Kenny Williams challenged him to a match, hoping to defeat Devlin and possibly deflate his ego while proving himself a top competitor among the talented NXT UK roster.
Unfortunately for Williams, an “injury” early in the match would lead to his eventual demise, as the ruthless Jordan Devlin took full advantage of his opponent’s weakness.
Rhea Ripley Confronts The Queen of Spades
To call Shayna Baszler a dominant competitor doesn’t do justice to the destruction she has caused in the NXT Women’s Division since her debut in the 2017 Mae Young Classic.
Though Baszler lost this tournament to Kairi Sane in the final match, that is one of the only losses she has ever suffered in over two years in the black and gold ring. And with all of those wins under her belt, The Queen of Spades’ list of competitors she has not yet destroyed was wearing thin.
That is until Rhea Ripley made a surprise appearance on this week’s episode of NXT, and in true Ripley fashion, marched straight to the ring where Baszler and her cohorts stood, throwing down the gauntlet in the most disrespectful way possible.
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Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic Throw Down in Epic Battle
Dominick Dijakovic and Keith Lee renewed their rivalry at long last in what was truly a match of the year contender. And what you would typically expect from two big men is not what we received.
Despite both Dijakovic and Lee being behemoths of NXT, they move with the ease and agility of much smaller competitors, allowing for an exciting mix of hard-hitting strikes and high-flying offense.
Dijakovic’s Feast Your Eyes knee strike would be the finish of the match, but Keith Lee came close to victory more than once, the most notable attempt being an absolutely disgusting Spanish Fly from the top rope.
We can only hope that Keith Lee’s failure to secure the win will prompt further matches between the two because if nothing else, this bout left us hungry for more.
One More Step Toward Fulfilling The Undisputed Prophecy
Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish (and Roderick Strong, for that matter) fell short at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, but this only heightened their determination to bring the Undisputed prophecy to fruition.
So in the finale of this week’s episode of NXT, the Undisputed duo took another stab at bringing down the NXT Tag Team Champions, Street Profits Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford.
The Street Profits have had a highly entertaining run as champs, even bringing their talents to several backstage segments on Raw, but their tag team prowess wasn’t quite enough to overcome that of O’Reilly and Fish in the end.
With a high-low combo on Montez Ford, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish claimed the NXT Tag Team Championships for themselves, taking another step toward issuing in the era of Undisputed.
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