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Did another catch up watch through of the last 3 weeks. Kay Lee continues to kill it, I love her promos. Liked Dani Luna's brief showings here, great theme music. I dig Pretty Deadly as a team. Todays episode had a solid cruiserweight main event plus Dar/A-Kid being pretty good. 

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Kay Lee Ray & Jinny is one awesome heel team, hope they stick together for the occasional tag match like this. Xia Brookside looked good in her return squash. Fun battle royal to main event, I think the right guy won. Felt like an earned/deserved win as Dragunov has been killing it lately and is a fresh challenger to the title. 

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KLR/Jinny vs. Candice/Nox in NXT with a Women's Tag Title shot on the line would be great in the future when things change. 

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What is Xia Brookside's finishing move supposed to look like? Because I'm fairly sure it's not supposed to look like the move her match finished with. Like it was a Lung Blower with the feet instead of the knees, but then it seemed like it was actually a reverse Monkey Flip or a jumping Japanese Leg Roll Clutch that went wrong.

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Leg Roll Clutch style Back Stabber is daft enough that it was probably deliberate. These days, I can barely remember a time before people did Sunset Flips for the pin instead of a powerbomb. 

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So this week's NXT UK is the members of the roster picking their favourite matches from the archive. First, Dave Mastiff chooses Dynamite Kid vs Tiger Mask from MSG in 1982. Good start. Then Kenny Williams chooses... himself and a mystery partner vs Grizzled Young Vets from ten months ago. Not even from a Takeover, from a TV taping. It was dull. Then El Ligero picks Kay Lee Ray vs Tegan Nox for the NXT Women's title. Pedestrian. A-Kid picks William Regal vs Cesaro. So overall, a worthwhile episode.

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So what I'm hearing is Kenny and Ligero can't be trusted.

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This last episode was recapping Imperium. Which was basically WWE recapping exactly where and how they went all wrong with this. They show Walter debuting and challenging Pete Dunne, they show his first NXT UK match squashing Jack Starz, they show highlights of the belt changing hands on Takeover New York, and then the rematch in England. Where they suddenly decide that booking Walter as an unstoppable wrecking machine (which is what has gotten him over literally everywhere he has ever gone) he should be a sneaky, cowardly heel who relies on outside interference to win. And it just deflates the crowd. In every clip up until this point there had been large, noisy crowds but from here on in, there's less people there and the ones who are there, aren't as into it. Then there's a six man Imperium vs British Wrong Style which ends after a ref bump when Imperium add a fourth member who interferes to give them the win.

It's a real illustration of how and when WWE told the BritWres fans that NXT UK is not going to be the wrestling they like a have become used to. It is absolutely a WWE product that happens to feature a UK/ European roster.

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And last week's was also NXT:UK wrestlers picking their favourite title matches. The first one was Finlay vs Regal... from Great American Bash 2004. It was for the US title, Finlay was supposed to wrestle Lashley but he did the job to elevated Liver enzymes on the pre-show. The wrestling was good, but the whole match was based around (the then-unnamed) Hornswoggle interference spots, and the crowd chanted Boring, so fuck those fans. Although I swear I saw Drew Cordeiro (Beyond Wrestling promoter) on the side facing the hard cam. JBL was terrible at commentary. Piper Niven picked the finals of the NXT:UK Women's title tournament between Toni Storm and Rhea Ripley, who has really leaned out since then. And then some bloke who wasn't born yet picked Bret vs Bulldog from Summerslam 92, which they showed like 12 minutes of. But it really ended the episode on a high.

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Though it hasn't been officially announced, it appears the "BIG NXT UK news" is they'll be taping again soon. 

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