Prior to his match against Trent Seven, NXT’s Kona Reeves got on the mic in order to insult both the NXT UK brand and The Artful Dodger. When words turned to action, Seven defended the honor of both himself and his brand when he overcame Reeves with the Burning Hammer.
However, as he exchanged high-fives with the WWE Universe at ringside after the bell, someone suddenly grabbed his hand and didn’t let go. That man was a smiling Eddie Dennis, returning to the view of the NXT UK crown for the first time in several months!
Eventually, Seven pulled his hand away, but it will be interesting to see what comes of the tense exchange between the two elite competitors.
After the first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate reportedly endorsed him, the up-and-coming Spanish Superstar A-Kid continued his winning ways when he scored a submission victory in a hard-fought match against Jack Starz.
Zack Gibson and James Drake came before the WWE Universe to express their disgust with the lack of respect they feel they have received lately, insisting they have been robbed of their NXT UK Tag Team Championships in Cardiff and in the possibility for a another opportunity to reclaim those titles.
The Grizzled Young Veterans went on to make a plea to NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint that they get a NXT UK Tag Team Titles opportunity at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II, a move that they insisted the rising brand needed in order to get the world talking and which would make the fans happy.
The highly anticipated debut of Ridge Holland did not disappoint as the skilled competitor triumphed over the high-octane Oliver Carter. He hit a nasty diving tackle into the headbutt before finishing him off with Northern Grit.
After the bell, Ridge took pause to tip his hat to as Oliver’s recent partner Ashton Smith as he emerged to help the defeated competitor.
Despite Alexander Wolfe’s recent overtures in favor of Ilja Dragunov perhaps joining Imperium, Dragunov chose to shockingly side with Gallus when push came to shove against Imperium forces two weeks ago. In the wake of their conflict, the man from Moscow looked to step out of the shadow of his one-time Dresden trainer when he battled Wolfe one-on-one.
The subsequent main event contest proved brutal both inside and outside the ring. In the height of the action, the sudden interference of Imperium inevitably tipped the contest in Wolfe’s favor and allowed him to seize the victory with powerbomb. When the intimidating faction launched a 4-on-1 post-match assault on Ilja, their onslaught brought Gallus to the ring to even the odds and send the “sacred” faction heading for the hills.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Trent Seven defeated Kona Reeves
- A-Kid defeated Jack Starz
- Ridge Holland defeated Oliver Carter
- Alexander Wolfe defeated Ilja Dragunov
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