NXT UK 01.02.20

Dave Mastiff Vs Kona Reeves

‘Who are ya!’ ‘Who are ya!’ is the perfect chant to kick off this show because the delusions of grandeur Reeves has, is next level. Luckily for us, he’s against the brick sh*t house that is, Dave Mastiff (so he will hopefully get what’s coming to him)

As much as I hate to say it, Reeves was in control for the vast majority of this match. His tactics were a little dirty (unorthodox use of the ring skirt being a prime example) but once Mastiff hit that suplex, and followed it up with that hellacious ‘into the void’, it was game over. Mastiff gains the win.

Ligero vs Kassius Ohno

High flyer Vs the (sneaky) technician. This is no doubt set to be a good fight, especially given the bad blood (from when Ohno tried to remove the mask of the Yorkshire luchador)

…well. I was hoping it was going to be a good match, but it was way too slow. At least Ohno made it that way. For every slick move Ligero pulled out (& he was on fire by the way) Ohno managed to just bring it all to a halt. From his point of view, good tactics. From a fans point of view, very, very frustrating.

It the end (much to the chagrin of us all) it was Ohno with the win after locking in the submission hold for a matter of seconds, before Ligero tapped out.

Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith Vs The Outliers

I know I missed an episode or 2 at the back end of last year and The Outliers must have been on one (or both) of those episodes because I have no idea who they are. So let’s see what they’re made of.

To say they’re a proper team (as opposed to Carter and Smith who are 2 single competitors joining forces) they don’t seem on the same page. They’re like old school, attitude era, trash-talking narcissists. It’s a gimmick, I’ll give them that, but Carter and Smith are not only on the same page but also very entertaining too.

Both men deserve a push and an eventual title shot, and with their first win under their belt, they’re on the right path. Well deserved gents.

Ilja Dragunov Vs Alexander Wolfe (no DQ)

‘Poor’ Wolfe didn’t even get a chance to come to the ring, Dragunov was on his case the MOMENT he laid eyes on him. This wasn’t to last however as we were shown in the ring why Wolfe is the master.

Dragunov whipped out the kendo stick and placed it on the floor. Wolfe gave him the opportunity to strike. Free-range, but before Ilja could even pick it up, the veteran member of Imperium unleashed a brutal kick to the face, followed by a relentless attack of his own (with said stick)

Both these men are intense and hard-hitting, and neither one of them held back. The whole match was full of wince-inducing moments. At one point Wolfe threw a chair to the head of Dragunov and flowed it up (from Wolfe to Dragunov) followed by a DEVASTATING slam on the hardest part of the ring. Seriously, watch it for yourself and tell me Dragunov isn’t a machine because how he gets back up is beyond me.

In all honesty, I don’t want to cover the rest of this bout because you HAVE to see it to believe it. One of the best TV matches I’ve seen in a long time. PPV quality. Get yourself onto the network and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.