Ligero def. Oliver Carter
I'm confused, last week NXT UK hyped Carter as being in action on this episode, yet the focus was entirely on Ligero and how this marked his return to the ring after two months away. Don't get me wrong, it's good to see Ligero back, but Carter felt completely overshadowed here. He had a solid showing and the match was well wrestled, but I have no idea why NXT UK wasted time hyping him up if he was going to lose back-to-back bouts.
Jordan Devlin Interrupted Tyler Bate
The crowd was white hot for Bate, who talked about falling short against WALTER at TakeOver: Cardiff last month and how he isn't finished in NXT UK just yet. I can't say I'm surprised, though it definitely did feel like he was bowing out from the brand after what happened with him and the rest of British Strong Style at the end of the event. At any rate, I love the idea of him feuding with Devlin, who has lacked direction for a while now. Those two should work wonders together.
Nina Samuels def. Dani Luna
I've made it quite clear in the past that Samuels does absolutely nothing for me. She carries herself exceptionally well, but nothing stands out as special about her in-ring work whatsoever. I was actually shocked that Luna scored as much offense as she did since I figured this was supposed to be a showcase for Samuels, but apparently not. Despite these victories, I don't see Samuels challenging for the NXT UK Women's Championship any time soon.
Noam Dar def. Trent Seven by Disqualification
Dar and Seven have a strong dynamic together and I enjoyed their encounter here. It was far from amazing, but it's clear the feud is just getting started and that there will be more matches between them. It had a nice pace and the crowd was into the action. The non-finish made sense to keep the rivalry alive, but it was odd that Seven would get so angry over Dar disrespecting his signature towel. Don't mess with a man's towel, I suppose.
I didn't care too much for the past two editions of NXT UK, but this show was a slight improvement. The main event was entertaining while it lasted, the opener was good (even though I have no idea what the hell they're doing with Carter), Samuels vs. Luna was a bit boring, and Bate and Devlin kicking off their program was exciting. The video package on Tegan Nox was probably my favorite part of the entire episode. She'll battle Kay Lee Ray next week while Piper Niven takes on Isla Dawn.
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