It’s a fallout episode or to steal a quote from Eddie Dennis, “A fall out of the ring” episode. NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II (which you can read the review of here) has been and gone and that meant it was time for an episode recapping the action and giving us two matches recorded from the venue. We got to see Dave Mastiff vs Kassius Ohno and Joseph Conners vs A-Kid. Two great matches amongst the highlights, let’s get into it, shall we?
Joseph Conners defeated A-Kid via Don’t Look Down
In the build to TakeOver, Joseph Conners claimed that he was TakeOver worthy. He got the chance to prove it… in a recorded match after the event. This played into the match as Conners was called distraught by commentary. The crowd loved A Kid as he was outdoing Conners with technique and ground-based offence. A Kid shot himself in the foot when he missed a top rope move, prompting Conners to take control and ram him headfirst into the turnbuckle. Conners continued to bully A Kid by targetting the face and showing off his power advantage. A Kid wasn’t to be taken lightly though as he was able to Suplex Conners on multiple occasions. The pair kept reversing each other and Conners kept rolling to the floor when he was in trouble, well until A Kid hit a moonsault to the outside, damaging his leg. A Kid kept angrily attacking Conners but got too distracted by punishing Conners that he nearly ended up losing when Conners unleashed a flurry that achieved a two. The pair traded a little longer but Conners ended up kicking out a weakened knee of A Kid and dropping him with the Don’t Look Down. It wasn’t pretty but it got the job done. Conners beat Kid and took some solace in a post-TakeOver victory.
Dave Mastiff defeated Kassius Ohno via Into the Void
The moral of the story here, don’t insult British wrestlers in earshot of Dave Mastiff or he will kill you. That is what he did here despite having quite a difficult match against Kassius Ohno. I mean, he’s not called the wrestling genius for nothing. This was exactly what you wanted, Ohno using technique to compensate for the raw power of Mastiff. Unfortunately, Mastiff also had plenty of technique to spare. Ohno pulled Mastiff into the turnbuckle shoulder first and used it to gain control. However, everything Ohno did, Mastiff had a counter for. He continuously knocked Ohno down at every chance he got. Ohno’s crowning moment was when he reversed the Into the Void into a Sunset Flip but only got a two. Mastiff went on better by hitting a super rolling senton then hitting Into the Void on a stunned Ohno. This was short but sweet and saw Ohno try to outwrestle Mastiff but fell to the very clear power advantage. I want to see a rubber match between these two as I feel there is more to show.
So, there you have it, another episode of NXT UK reviewed for your reading pleasure. It was a fun show despite the light amount of content. It was a solid 36 minutes, mostly occupied by the two matches. People will be pissed that Conners went over A-Kid but I think it’s nice to see Conners get a big win again, it’s just a shame it wasn’t at the actual TakeOver. It was also fun to see Kassius Ohno suffer at the hands of Mastiff. I love the wrestling genius but he needed knocking down a peg. I look forward to seeing what happens next in NXT UK and hope we get some new feuds brewing from this. Remember to read the full review for NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II here.
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