Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams def. Pretty Deadly
Jordan has been out injured since April, so this marked the official reunion of his team with Williams. I don't see them getting involved in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship scene any time soon, but there's no reason they can build momentum in the meantime. I figured this would be a standard squash win for them, so I was surprised it ended up being as competitive as it was. The tag team division will benefit from having Jordan and Williams back in the fold.
Eddie Dennis Attacked Trent Seven
Seven spoke about how he's been with NXT UK since the beginning and how everyone together helped build the brand into what it is today. He also addressed Dennis and how he's changed since he's been gone. Dennis was already methodical, but he comes across as even more dangerous now. Before he could say anything to Seven, he hit him with the microphone and told him he'll see him at TakeOver. This was a solid segment to set up their match for the event.
Jinny def. Amale
Jinny hasn't won many matches at lately, so this gave her a chance to bounce back. Amale scored some offense but went over decisively in the end. The story here was that Jinny won on her own without any assistance from Jazzy Gabert. She demanded that Gabert attack Amale afterward, and although she did the first time or two, Gabert eventually defied her orders and walked off. I'd be surprised if they were being broken up already after only being together for six months or so, but we'll see where it goes.
Tyler Bate def. Noam Dar
Every time I see Dar in a great match like this, I question why WWE didn't do more with him when they had the chance on 205 Live and on Raw. At least he's been a blast to watch on NXT UK and this bout was proof of that. He and Bate worked wonderfully against each other and had a very entertaining main event. They were given plenty of time and Dar looked credible in defeat. Jordan Devlin attempted to get the jump on Bate post-match but was unsuccessful. It was teased they'll do battle at TakeOver: Blackpool II, but that has yet to be confirmed I believe.
The build for TakeOver: Blackpool II has been coming along nicely, especially with two more matches hinted it for the show (bringing the match total up to five). This edition of NXT UK was enjoyable on the whole and the main event in particular is worth going out of your way to see. The rest of the hour was effective with Jinny getting back on track, Seven and Dennis furthering their feud, and Williams and Jordan having a successful return to the tag team ranks. Next week's episode will be a best of show, so my NXT UK reviews will return in the new year. Happy holidays!
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