The 05/29/19 edition of WWE NXT UK, out of the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #45 of NXT UK by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
IMPERIUM Has Arrived
After a recap of WALTER’s defeat of Pete Dunne in last week’s NXT UK Championship match, WALTER and his new cohorts, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner, opened the show.
The crowd chanted “we want Dunne,” and “bruiserweight,” and Marcel patiently waited for them to finish before informing them of the faction’s goals in NXT UK. They would bring honor back to the brand while showing their fellow talent what true power looks like.
Fabian Aichner then chimed in, telling the audience that Pete Dunne and British Strong Style’s time was over. They couldn’t lead NXT UK in the right direction, so they were taking over.
WALTER finished their speech, declaring that they would be known as Imperium, and they would –
Before he could finish, Pete Dunne interrupted, flanked by Moustache Mountain, and the three of them made their way to the ring together. A brawl immediately broke out between the six men, and a cameraman was knocked to the ground, apparently causing a disruption in the feed, as the picture and announcers cut in and out until everything went completely black.
Once they had repaired the video feed, Sid Scala announced backstage that Imperium will face British Strong Style in a 6-man tag match in two weeks on NXT UK TV.
Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) vs. Carlos Romo and A-Kid
Wolfgang started things off for his team, and Carlos Romo barely had time to take his entrance gear off before he was tackled from behind. Wolfgang quickly tagged in Mark Coffey, who picked up where Wolfgang left off, beating Romo down.
Romo got a near fall via roll-up, then tagged in A-Kid, who kept the momentum going for a second or two but was soon flattened by both Gallus members. Coffey brought A-Kid to his corner, where he was double-teamed by Coffey and Wolfgang before taking things back to the center of the ring.
Carlos Romo relieved his partner of the epic beatdown, only to bring the abuse on himself. With a savage powerslam to Romo, Wolfgang took the win for his team.
Xia Brookside Gains an Ally
Xia Brookside was giving a backstage interview about the struggles of being the smallest woman on the roster, as many of the women saw her as an easy target. Though she isn’t one, it’s undeniable that the team of Jinny and Jazzy is going to be difficult to overcome for anyone, not just Xia.
Luckily, Isla Dawn had been thinking the same thing. She approached Xia and suggested that they team up. Xia agreed and they left arm-in-arm, discussing strategies.
Kassius Ohno vs. Jack Gallagher
Kassius Ohno wasted no time using his size to his advantage, flooring Jack Gallagher before pushing him into the ropes. Gallagher tried his best to take Ohno down, but to no avail.
Ohno took Gallagher to the floor once again, twisting Gallagher’s leg as far as it would go, but Gallagher spun out of the hold. Ohno brought Gallagher down for the third time with ease, working his leg again, switching to his arm when he tried to pull another break dance escape.
Gallagher locked Ohno in a submission of his own, which Ohno escaped, bouncing his way out. Ohno continued to place submission holds on Gallagher, but each time, Gallagher found a creative way to break free.
Gallagher taunted Ohno with his middle rope handstand, flipping over Ohno when he charged toward him. Gallagher temporarily avoided further punishment with a Johnny Saint roll-up, but Ohno overpowered him, continuing to wear down The Gentleman, even bloodying his face.
Gallagher eventually managed to mount Ohno, raining punches down on his head. Ohno was unfazed, revving up for a rolling elbow and catching a headbutt to the wrist instead.
Gallagher instantly took advantage of this weakness, working Ohno’s wrist and arm, locking in an armbar and attempting to transition into a triangle hold, but Ohno lifted himself up with Gallagher hanging around his neck.
The moment they were back on their feet, Gallagher threw a headbutt, but it wasn’t enough to bring Ohno down. Gallagher hit multiple uppercuts, and when he went for the last, he was caught with a rolling elbow from Ohno.
He fell to the mat where Ohno pinned him, and his feet were under the ropes, but the referee didn’t see it and declared Ohno the winner.
Winner: Kassius Ohno
Toni Storm (c) vs. Nina Samuels
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match
As Nina Samuels brought Toni Storm’s family into the feud prior to the match, Toni made it clear that she was not going to pull any punches. Nina continued to disrespect Toni in the ring, but got a little too comfortable and caught a big boot from Toni mid-pose, sending her flying out of the ring.
Back in the ring, Toni threw a series of uppercuts, gaining a near fall, but not bringing Nina down. Toni lost control when she got too overzealous with her strikes, forcing the referee to pull her away from Nina, which opened the door for Nina to come back with strikes of her own.
Nina held the upper hand for several minutes, only losing her position when Toni came back with a German suplex followed by an enziguri. Toni went for the Storm Zero, and though Nina dodged it, Toni caught her in a headlock instead.
Nina got a near fall with a corkscrew crossbody, and attempted to continue the momentum, but was leveled with a headbutt from Toni. Though the champ damaged herself with this move, she gathered the strength to throw another suplex, but couldn’t keep Nina down.
Nina climbed the ropes and Toni followed, attempting a suplex, but was knocked to the mat where she caught two boots to the chest in a missile dropkick from Samuels.
Finally, with a headbutt, two suplexes, and a Storm Zero, Toni Storm took the victory and retained her championship.
Winner: Toni Storm