Ligero def. Braxton Huxley
Huxley on his own has never done anything for me, but he's a perfectly competent competitor in the ring and had a good match here with Ligero. I could have done without Huxley being on offense for most of it, but the crowd was solidly behind Ligero throughout, nonetheless. It also made sense from a storyline standpoint with Ligero beating Huxley's former tag team partner Joseph Conners a few weeks ago. This was a nice win for Ligero, but hopefully he'll get involved in a real rivalry soon.
Jinny def. ISla Dawn
Like Huxley, Dawn bores me to tears, whereas at least Jinny has that "star" presence about her. The hot Blackpool crowd wasn't all that into this match, even though it was well-wrestled. One might blame the slow start, but even once they tried to pick up the pace down the stretch, it just wasn't the smoothest of encounters. On the bright side, Jinny went over in decisive fashion and I wouldn't be surprised if an NXT UK Women's Championship shot was in her future.
Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel def. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster
I've said before how much I enjoy the duo of Aichner and Barthel, as they have excellent chemistry together and are a strong addition to the NXT UK tag team scene. They have been at odds with Andrews and Webster for weeks, so I assumed this would take place at TakeOver: Blackpool. At any rate, it was a fitting main event for this show and it was a ton of fun while it lasted.
This was similar to the post-TakeOver shows NXT produces that typically feature highlights from TakeOver and matches that were taped earlier in the evening. The first two matchups were decent at best, but the main event is worth going out of your way to check out. On the whole, this show isn't must-see, but TakeOver: Blackpool certainly was, so make time to watch it if you haven't already.
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