NXT U.K. Takeover: Blackpool delivers a fun and successful first major event
NXT has been WWE's top brand in my opinion. I've mentioned this before, NXT has consistently good shows with amazing matches. Now it has expanded overseas into the U.K. with their own weekly show on the WWE Network. This past Saturday, NXT U.K. had its first Takeover event in Blackpool, England.
Five matches headlined the event culminating from the Empress Ballroom. Just like any other NXT event, Takeover: Blackpool delivered exciting matches from top to bottom and even had a surprise debut to close out the show. Let's run down the card.
Zack Gibson and James Drake defeated Mustache Mountain. This match determined the first-ever NXT U.K. tag team champions and the result was not that surprising. We would like to see Tyler Bate and Trent Seven crowned champs but Gibson and Drake getting the belts established them as top stars for the brand. Mustache Mountain will always be top stars for the U.K. brand and watching them chase the titles will make for exciting matches. Best match of the night and I wouldn't mind seeing Bate and Seven on either Raw or Smackdown soon.
Finn Balor defeated Jordan Devlin. This match was supposed to be Devlin vs Travis Banks which could have stolen the show. However, Devlin attacked Banks injuring him and a replacement was needed. Enter Finn Balor to a huge reaction and his appearance raised the level of the show. Balor and Devlin had a solid match with Devlin looking a little nervous to be in there with the first ever Universal Champion. Balor got the win and Devlin will benefit from wrestling a top star as he rises in the rankings. How about Balor vs Dunne for the U.K. title? I'm all for that.
Dave Mastiff defeated Eddie Dennis. This was a no disqualification match and both men really took it to each other. Another solid match with Mastiff continuing his run to a possible title match. A friend pointed out Mastiff's resemblance to Vader, the only difference being Mastiff's beard. He has the potential to be like Vader. Big, agile, and dominant.
Toni Storm defeated Rhea Ripley for the U.K. Women's Championship. Storm and Ripley are no strangers to each other. They battled for the honor of being the first ever U.K. Women's Champion not too long ago. Chapter two of their rivalry saw Toni Storm win the title in Blackpool. Ripley has a great look and I think could be a star on any brand. The same can be said for Storm. I would've liked to see Ripley hold it a little longer but I'm sure she will get it back and I can't argue against Storm being the Champ. One thing is for sure, I look forward to their next encounter.
Pete Dunne defeated Joe Coffey. Pete Dunne is the longest reigning champion in the WWE on any brand. He has held the U.K. Championship since May of 2017 making for a 600 plus day reign. Going into this main event I thought the reign would end and we would see a new champion. Dunne proved me wrong and won a hard fought match after 34 minutes. The match was solid but fell short of match of the night due to some mishaps where Coffey almost hurt himself twice by falling off the top rope. No disrespect to him of course. The match was still good Pete Dunne built on his young legacy.
It was what happened after the match that had fans talking. The debut of WALTER. If you don't know who WALTER is, there are plenty of YouTube videos to watch. He has the reputation of being supremely tough and rugged and his arrival in NXT U.K. is big news. It looks like he is the next challenger for Pete Dunne and it looks like Dunne's historic reign is coming to an end.
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