Joseph Conners def. Dan Moloney
Conners appears to be on the verge of a push in singles competition now that he's broken away from Saxton Huxley. His methodical in-ring style and brooding character don't do anything for me, personally, but we'll see how he fares on his own. I expect that the quality of most of his matches will depend on who his opponent is, and since Moloney has been established as an enhancement talent thus far on the brand, this ended up being a standard squash and nothing more.
"The Bomber" Dave Mastiff def. "Wild Boar" Mike Hitchman
The destructive Mastiff has been well-protected during his time on NXT UK up to this point and this was another impressive performance from him. This was a fun hoss battle with both guys trying to one-up the other and the crowd was behind Mastiff every step of the way. It looks like Mastiff will be entering a program with fellow undefeated star Eddie Dennis based off Mastiff's post-match interview backstage.
Moustache Mountain Saved Travis Banks From Gallus
It looks like the trio of Wolfgang and The Coffey Brothers will be going by the name of Gallus from here on out, which isn't bad. They addressed The British Strong Style in this segment only to be interrupted by Banks, who they put on the shelf not too long ago. Moustache Mountain then came to the aid of Banks, seemingly setting up a six-man tag team match for an upcoming episode. I assume British Strong Style vs. Gallus is in the works for another time as well.
Fabian Aichner def. Mark Andrews
I've been incredibly impressed by Aichner since his arrival in NXT over a year ago. The guy is a great athlete and NXT UK might be the perfect place for him to showcase his skills considering how stacked NXT is at the moment. He worked wonderfully with Andrews here and both guys shined. It was a very entertaining encounter, especially down the stretch with all the close nearfalls. Aichner was the right choice to go over here, and as the perennial underdog, Andrews can always bounce back with a win at some point.
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Kenny King def. Christopher Daniels
King has been on quite the roll lately, having entertaining matches against everyone he's gone up against and emerging victorious almost every time. That hot streak continued when he faced Daniels here, as this was a very well-wrestled match with a great pace. Daniels can hang with the best of them even as he enters the twilight of his career and that was evident in this outing. Despite a strong effort, however, he fell short of victory versus the young up-and-comer. It's weird that King won't be a part of the Final Battle card (as of now, anyway), but hopefully he'll be given another meaningful program soon after of the event.
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb def. Josh "The Goods" Woods (Non-title)
Cobbs has largely been mowing straight through his opponents with ease since arriving in Ring of Honor, so it was slightly strange to see him have a competitive contest with Woods of all people. Don't get me wrong, it was a perfectly passable match and Cobb wasn't hurt at all but he probably should have been booked to more dominant during it. Afterward, Adam Page (who sat on the stage for this) stormed the ring and immediately issued an open challenge so he could one-up Cobb.
R-Truth and Carmella def. Jeff Hardy and Charlotte Flair in a Quarterfinal Match
Hardy officially replaced AJ Styles as Flair's partner, but it didn't end up mattering anyway because they lost here. They were a fun tandem but didn't have as much as chemistry as Flair and Styles. This was a perfectly fine match and Truth and Carmella are always good for comic relief, but it doesn't always make their matches the best. I'd say I'm surprised that Truth and Carmella advanced over Flair and Hardy (which is definitely an upset), but Flair is already advertised for a bout at TLC (and Hardy will probably end up facing Samoa Joe), so I guess I should have seen that coming.
The Miz and Asuka def. Jimmy Uso and Naomi in a Quarterfinal Match
It's amazing how Miz and Asuka have done more to tell a story as partners over the course of Seasons 1 and 2 than anything else officials have done with this show. Miz blamed Asuka for losing their last match, so he took credit for winning this one. It wasn't smooth all the way through, but this was another enjoyable encounter that had the right result. However, similar to Charlotte, Asuka is slated for the SmackDown Women's Championship matchup at TLC, so I fear Truth and Carmella will beat them next week to advance to the finals.
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