November 7, 2018
Cambridge, England – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Commentary: Vic Joseph & Nigel McGuinness
Report by WWE.com (Episode 1) and Richard Trionfo of PWInsider.com (Episode 2)
Quick Match Results
- “Bomber” Dave Mastiff defeated Damien Weir in a squash
- Ligero defeated James Drake via springboard DDT
- Eddie Dennis defeated Sid Scala via Neck Stop Driver
- WWE U.K. Championship: Pete Dunne (c) defeated Danny Burch via triangle submission
- Toni Storm defeated Dakota Kai via neck breaker
- Zack Gibson defeated Amir Jordan via Shankley Gate submission
- Jordan Devlin defeated Kenny Williams via Island’s Call
- The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang defeated Ashton Smith, Flash Morgan Webster, and Mark Andrews via discus clothesline by Joe Coffey on Webster
“Bomber” Dave Mastiff defeated Damien Weir
Damien Weir was certainly wishing he never laced up his boots when he kicked off NXT UK against Dave Mastiff. “The Bomber” absolutely laid waste to his outmatched opponent from the start, tossing him around like a rag doll, hurling himself at his unfortunate prey and picking up the win over his flattened opponent.
Ligero defeated James Drake
Drake began his first NXT UK contest against Ligero with an aggressive brawling approach. Though his masked opponent roared back with a high-octane heal kick, Drake answered by hurling Ligero’s ribs into the top rope with great force before rocking him with an aggressive assault that completely grounded the highflyer.
Nevertheless, Ligero refused to give in and fired back with an earth-shattering Code Red Bomb for a near-pinfall of his own. But when he attempted to take flight off the top rope, Drake charged in, and while the Lucha Libre managed to leap over his pursuer, Drake stopped him with a unique trip and a devastating running kick to the teeth.
Despite Drake’s efforts, the lightning-fast Ligero would not be denied, and the masked competitor used a beautiful back body drop to step Drake up for the Springboard DDT for the victory.
Segment: Wolfgang, The Coffey Brothers, Ashton Smith
Though Ashton Smith was scheduled for action on NXT UK, Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers cancelled those plans by unleashing a surprise assault before he even got to the ring.
In their subsequent address to the WWE Universe, Joe Coffey spoke for the trio when he informed the WWE Universe that NXT UK is not about the on-going mantra of “We are NKT UK,” but instead a hierarchy, where they would dispose of anyone not at their level. He mocked the likes of British Strong Style and “big, strong boys” and served notice that they would use their pack mentality to make NXT UK their kingdom.
Eddie Dennis defeated Sid Scala
After weeks of videos heralding his highly-anticipated emergence, The Ragging Welshman Eddie Dennis finally debuted on NXT UK.
Rocking Sid Scala in the opening moments with a vicious forearm, the unrelenting Dennis used his height advantage to unleash a truly aggressive onslaught that produced numerous near-falls. Though the tough Scala fought back with a series of maneuvers that nearly earned him a shocking upset, the intense Dennis quickly regrouped and laid out his opponent with a Buckle Bomb into the turnbuckle, then planted Scala in the center of the ring with the Neck Stop Driver for an impressive first triumph.
WWE U.K. Championship
Pete Dunne (c) defeated Danny Burch
It was to be a showdown pitting one of the forefathers of British Strong Style against a champion who has taken it to new heights. The sadistic Pete Dunne zeroed in on Danny Burch’s figures, delivering excruciating pain to his opponent as he bent The Governor’s digits back on both hands. Burch escaped with an overhead toss, only to get clocked with a forearm shot from Dunne off the break. Burch attempted the Crossface, but Dunne would escape to the outside, dragging the challenger along with him in order to hit an X-Plex onto the ring apron.
Back in the ring, Dunne again went to work on his challenger’s hand before unleashing a vicious kick to Burch’s arm and trapping it in a tucked wristlock with the leg.
But Burch was patient, and he powered back with a series of powerful chops, kicks and strikes, taking Dunne off his feet with a dropkick off the ropes before laying him out completely with a powerbomb and a brutal knee to the jaw.
Dunne took back control with another huge forearm and went right back to his attack to his opponent’s arm both inside and outside the ring. But when the titleholder tried to stomp Burch’s arm into the ring steps, Burch moved, dropped Dunne onto the steps and followed up with a devastating German Suplex onto the ringside floor.
Returning to the squared circle, Dunne attempted to lock in the Triangle, but he was met with Burch picking him up with incredible strength and hurling Dunne into the corner. From there, the battle moved to the turnbuckle, where Dunne prevented himself from taking the full effects of Burch’s German Suplex off the ropes by turning his body so he landed on his face. Both men struggled to their feet off that high-flying maneuver and immediately reengaged each other.
Dunne executed an X-Plex into the armbar, which Burch reserved into the Crossface, only to have The BruiserWeight reverse it for a near pin. Dunne escaped the German only to run full speed into Burch’s running clothesline. Dunne came right back to the arm, holding it as he unleashed kick after kick and stomp after stomp. Just went it looked like the end was near, however, Burch stood right up in defiance and hit Dunne with a massive headbutt/DDT combination that gave him another near fall.
In the final moments, Burch locked in the Crossface yet again, but Dunne escaped the hold by going to the face and followed up with the Bitter End. Burch astonishingly kicked out, only to find himself hooked in the Triangle, with Dunne twisting his arms back until he had no choice but to tap out to the champion.
Report by Richard Trionfo of PWInsider.com
Toni Storm defeated Dakota Kai
They lock up and Storm backs Kai into the corner and Storm gives a clean break. They lock up again and Kai backs Storm into the corner and Dakota with a clean break. They shake hands and both go for kicks but both block the kicks. They put the other’s foot down at the same time and Kia misses a round kick. Dakota with a take down and double stomp followed by a running kick for a near fall. Kai with a forearm but Storm with strikes and a back heel kick followed by a boot to the chest for a near fall.
Storm with another near fall. Storm kicks Kai in the head and Storm with a European uppercut. Storm with another European uppercut and she goes for an STF. Storm leans back to add more pressure while Kai tries to do anything to escape the hold or get to the ropes. Kai crawls to the ropes an almost gets there but Storm leans back again. Kai gets to the ropes and Storm has to release the hold.
Storm with boots to the back of the head followed by a forearm. Storm kicks Kai while Kai is in the ropes. Kai and Storm both go for forearms at the same time and they do it a second time. Kai blocks a forearm and Kai with forearms of her own. Kai with a scorpion kick but Storm with a head butt and both women are down. Kai with forearms and Storm fires back. Storm with the advantage but Kai with a round kick to the temple followed by a second round kick. Storm blocks a kick and hits a leg trapped German suplex. Storm with a running back elbow into the corner and Kai with a Yakuza Kick from second base. Kai misses a face wash but she hits a thrust kick when Storm charges at her. Kai has a kick blocked and Storm with a German suplex.
Storm with a running double knee strike in the corner followed by an Air Raid Crash neck breaker for the three count.
Dakota Kai is attacked by Jinny as she goes to the back. Jinny tells Storm this is her NXT UK. Storm helps Kai to the back.
Zack Gibson defeated Amir Jordan
They lock up and Gibson goes for the arm but Jordan gets to the ropes. Gibson with a palm strike on the break. Gibson with a cravate into a front face lock. Jordan with a wrist lock but Gibson with an escape and take down into a wrist lock. Gibson with a snap mare and he slams the arm into the mat. They lock up and Gibson with a wrist lock. Jordan with a reversal and arm wringer.
Jordan with a cross body and a sunset flip attempt but Gibson blocks it and slams the arm into the mat and then hits a key lock driver. Gibson with a forearm. Gibson with another forearm in the corner. Gibson with a European uppercut followed by a short arm clothesline. Gibson lifts Jordan by the arm and then hits an arm lifted suplex. Gibson with a forearm.
Jordan with an elbow and boot to the head. Jordan goes to the turnbuckles and hits a missile drop kick. Jordan goes back to the turnbuckles and hits a cross body for a near fall. Jordan runs into a double thrust to the throat and a clothesline from Gibson. Gibson with Helter Skelter into the Shankley Gate and Jordan taps out.
In-Ring: Zack Gibson, Trent Seven
— WWE (@WWE) November 7, 2018
Gibson takes the mic. Zack says that he is Liverpool’s Number One. He will soon be recognized at the World’s Number One. More importantly, soon to be recognized as NXT UK’s Number One. Zack says he stands here once again victorious. He says he entered the UK Tournament and he won. He challenged Noam Dar and he won. Every single day that he steps into this ring is a step closer to becoming your NXT UK Champion. This brand, this movement, NXT UK is already the benchmark in British wrestling. The very best talent from up and down this country flocked to NXT UK because they wanted to be part of something special. They are all having a laugh if they think Zack is going to share the top spot. He is who they build the brand around. The NXT UK locker room is full of talent so ready to ride his coattails. He is the man who will elevate this brand, not the Bruiserweight Pete Dunne. Not Danny Burch. Not Mark Andrews.
Trent Seven interrupts and he makes his way to the stage. Trent asks Zack if he is completely delusional. He has no idea what is going on in that shiny sweaty head of yours. Some of the things you said. Trent says he remembers being in Blackpool, it was the names you mentioned and him who started this whole thing off. Trent asks Zack where was he? You weren’t on the promotional material or social media. You weren’t in the back. You didn’t buy a ticket. You were sat upright in bed with a cup of tea watching history being made on the WWE Network. Trent says that you were the winner of the 2018 WWE UK Tournament, but you couldn’t get the job done on night two. However, you made everyone in Royal Albert Hall take off their shoes. Trent makes it into the ring. He says that Zack mentioned a lot of talented men and wrestlers earlier, but you failed to mention him. Trent suggests that they have a match right now.
Zack leaves the ring before anything physical can happen.
Jordan Devlin defeated Kenny Williams
— WWE (@WWE) November 7, 2018
They lock up and Devlin with a wrist lock. Williams tries for a reversal but Devlin holds on to the wrist lock. Devlin with a side head lock. Williams with an escape. Williams with a springboard arm drag but Devlin lands on his feet. Devlin with a choke slam followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Devlin with a chop in the corner. Williams with a chop but Devlin with a rake of the eyes.
Devlin works on the neck. Williams with a jaw breaker to escape and then Devlin runs into Williams’ boots. Devlin with a forearm to the back of the neck to send Williams to the floor. Williams blocks a kick from the apron and Williams sends Devlin face first into the apron. Williams with a drop kick and a suicide dive. Williams goes to the turnbuckles and hits a back elbow for a near fall.
Williams escapes a slam attempt and goes for an O’Connor Roll and gets a near fall. Williams with a Victory bomb for a near fall. Williams with forearms. Williams with an elbow but Devlin with Island’s Call for the three count.
The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang defeated Ashton Smith, Flash Morgan Webster, and Mark Andrews
The Coffeys and Wolfgang surround the ring before the bell rings. All six men are in the ring and the referee wants things to be under control before he starts the match.
Webster and Wolfgang start things off. Webster with kicks to the leg and Wolfgang with a waist lock. Webster goes to the apron and connects with a shoulder and tries for a sunset flip but Wolfgang picks up Webster and presses him over his head. Webster gets to his feet and connects with a forearm. Woflgang with a forearm to knock Webster down. Andrews and Joe tag in and Joe with punches. Joe misses a charge into the corner and Andrews with kicks. Joe with a knee and snap mare but Andrews lands on his feet. Joe with a giant swing into a sit out gourdbuster and Joe gets a near fall. Mark tags in and he punches Andrews. Mark with a forearm and belly-to-back suplex attempt but Andrews lands on his feet and Smith tags in and they exchange forearms and punches. Smith with a flying clothesline to Mark for a near fall. All six men get into the ring and have a stand off.
Mark with a forearm to Smith once the referee regains control. Smith is sent to the apron and he connects with a forearm and hits a double jump twisting double sledge. Smith with punches but Mark with an Irish whip. Smith with a boot but he runs into a double chop. Joe tags in and he punches Smith in the midsection. Smith with punches but Joe with a punch of his own. Joe with a butterfly giant swing followed by a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Wolfgang tags in and he connects with forearms.
Smith with a uppercut and elbow. Smith with a leap frog and he tags in Andrews. Andrews with a thrust kick and more kicks but Wolfgang blocks an Irish whip. Andrews with an enzuigiri and he goes to the turnbuckles for a head scissors take down. Mark distracts Andrews and Wolfgang sends Andrews to the floor. Joe works over Andrews while the referee deals with Smith and Webster.
Wolfgang gets a near fall. Mark tags in and he punches Andrews in the ribs. Mark with a knee to Andrews’ back. Mark gets a near fall. Joe tags in and and he punches Andrews. Joe with a wrist lock and he connects with a forearm to the back. Joe with a Japanese Stranglehold. Andrews is able to escape but it is short lived and Joe reapplies the Japanese Stranglehold. Andrews with an arm drag but Joe with a clothesline. Joe kicks Andrews in the ribs. Wolfgang tags in and he connects with shoulders to the midsection.
Andrews with punches but Wolfgang stops Andrews with a knee and he gets a near fall. Wolfgang with a rear chin lock. Wolfgang with a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Mark tags in and he punches Andrews. Mark with a front face lock to Andrews. Andrews gets close to his corner but Mark stops him. Andrews with forearms and chops but Mark goes for a suplex. Andrews with Stundog Millionaire and both men are down.
Webster and Wolfgang tag in and Webster with a forearm to Joe and Wolfgang. Webster with punches and a forearm. Webster with a knee to Joe to send him to the floor. Wolfgang with an Irish whip and Webster floats over and hits a corkscrew senton out of the corner. Wolfgang runs into a boot. Smith makes the tag and Webster is sent to the floor. Smith with a running knee and a flying boot. Smith is distracted by Mark and Wolfgang sends Smith into the air and face first into the mat. Mark tags in and Mark and Joe with a double chop and a pop up uppercut for a near fall. Joe tags in and they go for a double belly-to-back super kick. Smith with a super kick to Mark. Andrews makes the tag and he takes care of Joe. Wolfgang tags in and Andrews with a springboard DDT. Webster is tagged in and Smith and Andrews take care of the Coffeys. Wolfgang with a clothesline to Webster and Wolfgang goes for a power bomb to the floor but Webster sends Wolfgang to the floor with a rana. Webster goes up top and hits a swanton onto everyone. Webster and Wolfgang return to the ring and Webster gets a near fall.
The Coffeys pull Andrews and Smith off the apron and Wolfgang with a spear to Webster and Joe is tagged in. Joe with a discus clothesline for the three count.