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NXT 2.0 | NXT UK REVIEW – WEEK OF AUG 28

NXT 2.0 – Aug 30 

First, a video package highlights Meiko Satomura’s professional wrestling experience in WCW, Japan, and NXT UK. Beth Phoenix and Raquel Rodriguez speak about her, Meiko says she’s the Final Boss.

Diamond Mine Backstage Segment 

Diamond Tatum says Ivy made her wear a face mask when she and Mine argued over trusting Roderick Strong.

Katana Chance & Kayden Carter vs. Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley 

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Toxic Attraction is watching the match from the Toxic Lounge. Kayden and Ivy lock up, Ivy locks a waist lock on Kayden while Carter tries to get free, Ivy goes for a pin attempt after Carter kicks out, Nile goes for a pin attempt, but Carter reverses it. Carter sidekicks Nile when she tries to shoot her. Nile recovered to a corner, Carter tagged in Chance, and they double-teamed. Carter kicks Nile while Chance holds his arms and uses the ropes.

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Chance is holding Nile with a waist lock, Carter tagging herself in, Nile focused on Chance hasn’t noticed it yet. Carter coming with a crucifix pin attempt, Nile pushes Carter, while Carter is setting up her next move, Nile is holding on to her and drops her on the mat and tags in Tatum. Paxley takes Nile’s hand to catapult her onto Carter in a corner, elbowing Carter in the face. She is carrying Carter while she does a few squats, Carter landing on the mat while Paxley does her innovative offense. Paxley is assisting Carter stand up, Carter going for a pin, Paxley drops kicks Carter.

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Paxley pulls Carter towards the ropes; Carter is able to go through the ropes and land behind Paxley very quickly and a pin attempt. Carter used the bottom rope to elevate herself while she kicked Paxley in the face and another pin attempt. Kayden holding Tatum in place, Tatum attempting to get free, Kayden is able to tag in Katana. Carter pulls Tatum towards the ropes while Katana sweeps her off her feet, falling outside the ring. Kayden kicks Tatum’s face and Katana bounces off the apron to land on Tatum, attempting a pin. Mandy Rose is no longer in the Toxic Lounge with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne.

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Katana pulls Tatum but she reverses it, Katana is setting up a move, Tatum holds on to Katana. Chance gets free, they both bounce off the ropes from opposite sides and collide in the middle of the ring. Tatum tries to tag in Ivy, but Katana grabs her foot. Tatum gains momentum and kicks Katana, allowing her to tag in Kayden.

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Gigi takes Ivy down, Kayden focused on Tatum in the ring, Tatum kicking Kayden while Jacy appears on the apron to distract Tatum. Paxley tries to swing at her, but Jacy drops from the apron, Paxley turns around to come face to face with Kayden. Carter kicks Tatum, Ivy is distracted with Gigi and Jacy by the entrance, Gigi running away. Carter and Chance set up their double team finisher for the win.

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After their match, Katana and Kayden stand tall in the ring. Katana tells Ivy and Tatum, “Ladies, don’t worry, we’ll do this again soon.” Chance said, “We have defeated all the teams here in NXT to get our hands on these titles,” and Kayden says, “NXT UK has no one for us to collide with right now so…”Katana says they’ll host a party in the parking lot on Sunday, but they’re stopped by Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. Katana and Kayden are astonished they answered.

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They are welcomed by the fans with “Welcome back” chants. Doudrop says she loves a good party but instead of doing it, they dance in the ring. Nikki declares they’ll dance at Worlds Collide for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships; Katana and Kayden shake their hands.

Astrid’s Point 

I enjoyed the double team moves from both teams and also having Toxic Attraction’s involvement as it shows how they’ll be involved with Katana and Kayden once Gigi is cleared. It was surprising to see Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. answer Katana and Kayden’s challenge, it’s something different and fresh for the champions, looking forward to their match.

Kiana James Segment 

Kiana is in her office at her day job, talking about Zoey Stark and how she squandered her opportunity when she challenged Mandy for the NXT Women’s Champion. She was hurt and was unable to compete in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, jeopardizing not only her opportunity but Nikkita Lyons’ as well. James says there’s a term for “people who just despite their best effort can’t seem to escape poor performance. Zoey suffers from the delusion of inadequacy,” she has the ability to overpromise and under deliver.

Roxanne Perez Segment

“It’s hard to look back at the happiest moment of my life and realize the person who I shared them with is someone I don’t even recognize anymore,” Roxanne says as she is reflecting on her friendship with Cora. “Going into Heatwave I wanted nothing more than to hurt Cora as much as she hurt me but when I had the chance, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. In that moment, the memories we made, the secrets we kept, the dreams we shared ran through my mind, and I paid for it. Lesson learned. Next time there’s no hesitation.” Roxanne begins to text Cora, “watch your back Cora. Don’t forget, no one knows you better than I do,” then blocks Cora on her cell phone.

Astrid’s Point 

Roxanne’s words give me hope that next time they come face to face, Roxanne will be more aggressive and relentless compared to how she was at Heatwave. I also hope that means they will both show more aggression, sell that story that they’re no longer best friends.

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Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley vs. Lash Legend and Pretty Deadly 

Fallon and Lash begin with a lock up until Fallon pushes Lash, causing her to let go. Lash taunts Fallon, patting her face, Fallon answers with a shot to Lash’s face and pin attempt. Legend begins to kick Fallon’s abdomen a few times, picking her up, holding her in place while moving her up and down between the top and middle rope.

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Lash dumps Fallon pulls her into a corner, Fallon returns, and Lash pushes over her head, landing Fallon on the canvas. Henley crossbodys Lash, who falls to the floor. Fallon is pumped, bringing in Lash. Kit Wilson’s tags.

As Briggs and Jensen dealt with Pretty Deadly, Lash went for a massive boot on Fallon, but Henley dodged it. With Briggs’ assistance, she does a spinning kick at Lash who lands outside. Jensen helps Fallon to the ropes, where she bounces while Briggs lifts her, landing her on Pretty Deadly and Lash outside the ring.

Later, Jensen tries to tag one of his partners, but Gallus enters the arena, security tries to keep them out, and Briggs goes towards them. Jensen turns, Fallon shoots Lash in the corner. Joe Coffey hits Jensen with a huge boot, but the referee misses it and Elton wins. Gallus enters the ring, inciting a melee.

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Astrid’s Point

I really love how they’re including the ladies in this angle and how they used them in the match as well especially the way Fallon, Briggs and Jensen worked together too.

Mandy Rose Backstage 

Mandy is on the phone, calling Gigi and Jacy, she hangs up only for Shayna Baszler to show up. Shayna tells Mandy, “I know what it’s like to hold that title,” Mandy responds, “I’m well aware honey and pretty soon I’ll be passing you like I passed everyone else.” Shayna also tells Mandy, “You want to call yourself the baddest bitch in the game? When I held that title, it wasn’t even a discussion, everybody knew. You, on the other hand, I mean, it’s always a debate. You better unify those titles for this brand and for yourself. If you don’t win on Sunday, everything you said for the past year is garbage.”

Astrid’s Point

I love seeing Shayna as one of the NXT veterans making a cameo to encourage Mandy to win more than anything for the NXT brand. It also made sense for her to show as she was one of the most dominant NXT Women’s Champions and also as Mandy pointed out because she’s close to passing Shayna’s reign too.

Meiko Satomura Backstage

Meiko is backstage when she meets Alba Fyre, Meiko tells her, “I won this from a great champion,” as Alba was defeated by Meiko for the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Alba tells Meiko, “Win on Sunday,” Meiko assures her that she will.

Astrid’s Point

It was a short part, but it also made sense for Alba to encourage Meiko because just like Shayna she wants pride for the NXT UK brand where she came from.

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Zoey Stark vs. Kiana James 

Zoey pushes Kiana, Kiana swings and misses it as Zoey ducks then bounces off the ropes to take a shot at Kiana herself. Stark runs with an elbow to Kiana’s face, slides over, just when she’s going for her next move, Kiana pushes her so Zoey lands on the apron. Kiana going for a shot but Stark stops her, elbows her in the chin instead then sweeps Kiana off of her feet, Stark uses the ropes as leverage for a high-flying maneuver landing on James and pin attempt.

James slides to the outside, Stark bounces off the ropes for a baseball slide, James moved, Zoey landed on her feet. Kiana grabs Zoey, about to hit Zoey’s head on the apron but Zoey reverses it and elbows James, Stark brings James inside.

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James crawls to a corner, Zoey going after but James moved and pushed Zoey who landed face first, James takes advantage to land a few kicks on Zoey’s abdomen then keeping her boot on her throat while the referee counts. Kiana takes one of Zoey’s feet to drag her to the middle for a pin attempt then two more attempts. James elbows Zoey and another pin attempt.

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Kiana sets up a submission maneuver, Zoey escapes by taking a few shots to Kiana’s abdomen, Kiana responds with a few of her own then pulls Zoey to the corner, runs towards her but Zoey reverses it for a pin attempt. Kiana takes Zoey’s arm, throwing it down to land on the canvas and a pin attempt. Kiana’s frustration is growing, she has Zoey in place for another submission, Zoey takes James down to break free.

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Zoey elbows Kiana then clotheslines her twice then a forearm shot to Kiana’s face followed by an elbow and a kick to Kiana. Zoey is fired up, runs to the corner, slides a kick to Kiana and pin attempt. Stark picks up Kiana, who grabs the ropes to avoid whatever Zoey is thinking about doing next then hits her with a forearm on the back of her neck then grabs Zoey by the hair to throw her head on the mat. James does a standing moonsault and pin attempt, Kiana gets frustrated. Zoey kicks Kiana in her jaw then Zoey’s finisher for the victory.

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As Zoey is celebrating, Nikkita runs to the ring, Kiana had her purse in hand to attack Zoey. Nikkita spears Kiana, she’s standing with the purse in hand, Nikkita goes a spinning heel kick, but Kiana runs away to avoid it. Nikkita and Zoey are standing tall in the ring.

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Astrid’s Point

The match felt quick but giving momentum to Zoey, hopefully she’s able to get back into the title picture after Worlds Collide. I liked having Nikkita wait until after Zoey won to attack Kiana but also defending Zoey in the process.

Blair Davenport Interview 

“NXT UK and NXT, they are built off the women’s division, but of all the superstars and legends that competed in those rings, no one has done what I’m going to do this Sunday and that is unifying the NXT UK and NXT Women’s Championships, the Davenport name will be held exactly where it’s supposed to be,” says Blair as she is interrupted by Rhea Ripley. Rhea responds, “I’m a superstar that has held both NXT Women’s Championships, I’m a history maker, hell I’ve built both brands, when I grab them by the balls and made them mine, this Sunday, you have the opportunity to make history and unify them, carry on the women’s legacy here in NXT, you look confident, don’t screw it up.”

Astrid’s Point

Just like earlier, Rhea’s cameo made sense as a previous champion as well, I loved how she interacted with Blair Davenport during this interview.

NXT UK – September 1 

The first women’s segment on the last episode of NXT UK is the Fatal Four Way Elimination match for the number one contender for the NXT UK Women’s Champion which consists of Blair Davenport vs. Amale vs. Eliza Alexander vs. Isla Dawn.

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Isla stares at her opponents, targets Amale who takes a shot at her followed by Eliza and Blair with a kick that makes Isla go outside the ring. Eliza and Blair aim for Amale at the same time, she ducks to avoid them, taking it to Blair first then Eliza until Blair kicks Amale to take her down.

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While Amale heals, Blair attacks Eliza with a forearm until she returns fire. Eliza pulls Blair towards the ropes, but Davenport reverses it, and Eliza falls upon Isla Dawn outside.

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Amale returns to the arena and runs at Blair with a kick, but she escapes it. Davenport responds with shots to Amale’s abdomen and back. Blair grabs Amale to throw her outside where Eliza and Isla are, but Amale throws Davenport instead. Amale climbs the top rope to dive onto them as well, Amale is fired up. Amale grabs Eliza, hitting her with a forearm shot to the throat, Isla focused on Blair. Eliza responds to Amale with a kick to her abdomen and a shot to her back.

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Blair kicks Isla, Eliza bounces Amale’s face on the canvas, Isla does an uppercut to Blair. Eliza drags Amale by the hair, chops her chest and she lands by the barricade. Blair does another uppercut to Isla, Amale reverses Eliza and chops her too, Blair is driving her knee to Isla’s throat by the barricade. Eliza now holds on to Amale, running until Amale’s back lands on the apron outside. Eliza then runs but Amale avoids her and runs towards her with a neck breaker.

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Isla pulls Blair, but he reverses it and pushes his face into the ring post. Dawn kicks Blair, grips her, and Davenport shoots her in the belly. Dawn knees Blair’s abdomen and side-slams her. Amale arrives, sweeps Dawn off of her feet, she’s setting up her next move, but Dawn breaks free.

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Blair elbows Amale, then drags him, but she reverses it. Blair landed by the post and double-kneed Amale to avoid her strategy. Davenport runs with a side kick to Amale, Eliza enters with a running clothesline to Davenport.

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Isla comes with a running knee to Eliza and a pin attempt. Blair kicks Dawn as she climbs the top turnbuckle, swaying Isla. Amale punches Blair and Eliza’s backs, helping Isla throw them to the mat as Dawn and Davenport battle.

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Amale pushes Eliza towards the middle turnbuckle and delivers a running knee for Davenport and Eliza. Eliza knees Isla in the face while Dawn shoots Amale in the back of the skull. Alexander and Blair rush on Amale to help with the pin, and Isla is eliminated by all three competitors. Eliza goes for quick roll up on Amale and Blair runs with a roll up on Eliza too. Amale comes with a crucifix pin on Blair. All three ladies standing each in a corner, waiting for that next move. Blair aims for Amale with a head lock, Eliza is running towards Blair and Amale throws Blair in Eliza’s direction.

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Eliza hits Amale with a clothesline after he shoulder tackles Blair to the ground. Alexander hits Amale’s face on a turnbuckle till Blair arrives from behind and takes care of her. Blair comes with a crossbody, Davenport catches her, and Amale drops kicks Eliza, landing them both.

Amale pushes Blair towards the room Eliza is in, runs, and elbows Eliza in the face. Blair kicks Amale’s abdomen and back, driving her into the ropes. She tells Eliza to double team Amale. Amale sets up a bulldog on Blair and kicks Eliza to the corner while pinning Blair.

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Alexander breaks Amale’s Full Nelson on Blair with an elbow from Eliza. Alexander sends Amale towards the center ring, focusing on Davenport in a corner. Davenport counters by elbowing Alexander. She moves Amale out of the way so Blair can drop kick her. Eliza knocks Blair against a steel post, then uses the ropes to knee Amale and pin her.

Eliza and Blair are in opposite corners, staring at each other, Blair goes for a side kick, Eliza ducks to avoid it, Blair lands on the canvas. Alexander hits Blair with a belly to back slam and a pin attempt. She grabs Blair’s hair, Blair hits Eliza’s side to stop her from pulling it. Eliza goes again for Blair’s hair and Blair hits her side again to break it up. Eliza tries to restrain Blair; Davenport shoots her, and she kicks him in the face.

Alexander bounces off the ropes to hit Blair with double forearms and a pin attempt. Eliza slaps Blair’s forearm, pulls her hair to stand up, knees her midsection, and pushes her into a corner. Blair’s face smashes the turnbuckle. Eliza holds onto the ropes as she forces her knee into Blair’s throat and then her second foot.

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Eliza pulls Davenport to a corner; Eliza runs to Blair, but she moved and Eliza hits herself with the turnbuckle. Davenport climbs the second rope, hitting Eliza’s back with a stomp and a pin attempt. Blair drags Eliza while she clotheslines her, but Eliza recovers to slam Blair. Eliza jumps to the ropes to knee Blair, but she reverses it with a roll-up to set up her next move, and Eliza escapes.

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Eliza locks a waist lock on Blair, Davenport reverses it with one of her own. Alexander punches Blair with an elbow, climbs the second rope, and Blair crushes her. Davenport runs with a knee to Eliza, gets pumped up, sets up her finisher, and wins.

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Astrid’s Point

Wow! Writing this while watching this match, it was incredible, the action was nonstop, the women killed it with this match especially being an opening match.  Truly an incredible match from beginning to end, the women had chemistry and I loved how it all worked out, I definitely would have loved to see Amale win it but to be honest, they were all great choices to face Meiko. This is officially the final episode of NXT UK until it’s rebranded to NXT Europe, looking forward to seeing how that unfolds, and which NXT UK stars will begin to join the NXT roster in the next coming weeks.

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