"Bomber" Dave Mastiff def. Damien Weir
Mastiff totally looks like the destroyer type, so it's logical to book him as a dominant force. He made short work of Weir and this was over in relatively quick fashion. His offense was impressive, but it remains to be seen how he'll fare in longer, more competitive matches. I could certainly see him being built up as a one-man wrecking machine on the show going forward since there aren't many others on the NXT UK brand like him.
Ligero def. James Drake
Ligero is such a fun performer to watch in the ring and seems to gel well with almost anyone he steps in the ring with. Meanwhile, Drake is a competent performer in his own right, but he comes off as somewhat generic to me. Nonetheless, this was a well-wrestled affair that had a nice pace. Ligero maintained momentum with the victory, but I hope he is transitioned into a full-fledged feud soon.
Wolfgang and The Coffey Brothers Attacked Ashton Smith
Smith was set to compete but was attacked beforehand by the trio of Wolfgang and The Coffey Brothers. They then cut a promo in the ring about how they promise to take over the NXT UK brand and assert their dominance over the rest of the roster. All three of them were good and comfortable on the mic and this segment helped establish them as the top faction on the show.
Eddie Dennis def. Sid Scala
Vignettes have been airing for weeks hyping up the arrival of Dennis, who is a fresh face and appears to have plenty of potential. As soon as he made his entrance, he had a presence about him, and his in-ring style reflects that. There wasn't overly special about the bout itself, but this squash was successful in getting fans familiar with Dennis's signature moves and everything else he brings to the table.
WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. Danny Burch
It seems like Dunne's defenses of the United Kingdom title are going to be fairly frequent and I'm in full favor of that. I also love how both times he's put the gold up for grabs on the show have had a big fight feel with the in-ring introductions. They had an awesome outing with plenty of hard-hitting moments and the second half was fantastic. I don't think anyone actually expected Burch to become champion, but he had a hell of a showing and I'm looking forward to see who steps up to challenge Dunne next.
The championship main event was obviously the best bout on the show, but everything else was enjoyable as well. In addition to Dunne vs. Burch, this edition featured some quality wrestling, the debut of Eddie Dennis, several storylines progressing, and build for the next episode. Per usual, the hour flies by, and it's cool that the show has begun to fall into a solid rhythm now that a handful of episodes have aired.
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