Jinny and Jazzy Gabert def. Xia Brookside and Isla Dawn
Dawn has never done anything for me, personally, but since she's Scottish, she was a logical partner for Brookside here because of how beloved she was in front of her hometown crowd. The match itself was perfectly passable and wasn't designed to be anything special. It successfully established the duo of Jinny and Gabert as a threat and got them off to a solid start as a unit in NXT UK.
Ilja Dragunov def. Joseph Conners
Dragonuv's intensity as well as his unique look really help him stand out. I can certainly see him getting over in no time if he's able to maintain momentum. I've mentioned many times how Conners bores me to tears, so it was smart to keep this relatively short and sweet with Conners not being on offense for long. Beating Conners gives Dragunov a credible victory right off the bat.
Imperium def. British Strong Style
This was every bit as exciting of an encounter that you would expect from these six stars. Pete Dunne and WALTER proved with their two matches that they have great chemistry together and that seems to be the case with both factions on the whole. They worked a super fun pace, the crowd was electric for the action, and it gave Imperium a big win in their first match as a stable. Alexander Wolfe aided them to victory and I love the idea of him joining Imperium after being wasted as part of SAnitY on SmackDown Live for so long.
The video package that aired halfway through the show focusing on Travis Banks was incredibly well done and made me look forward to his upcoming opportunity at the WWE United Kingdom Championship. This was an enjoyable edition of NXT UK between that, the two extended squash matches, and the above-average main event. Plus, there's a full slate on tap for next week with an NXT Women's Championship No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal, Kassius Ohno vs. Kenny Williams, and The Hunt vs. Gallus.
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