It’s been a while since we’ve seen The Ring General in NXT UK. He defended his NXT UK Championship in back to back clashes with Tomasso Ciampa & Rampage Brown, and took a bit of time off to give the spotlight to other divisions. Now, he’s back and wants to know who will be next to step up and challenge his reign.
WALTER Plans To Be Champion Forever
WALTER would kick off NXT UK this week with his return. He remains the longest reigning champion of the modern era, and now rides alone with the rest of Imperium in NXT looking to wipe Breezango out once and for all. WALTER would remind everyone that he got two defenses in a week, in two different continents. He’s made the NXT UK Championship one of the most valuable in the world.
However, he stays true to his goal of restoring honor to the sport of professional wrestling, and plans on reigning forever. No one stepped up to him today, but last week we saw the roots of a triple threat match between Rampage Brown, Joe Coffey and Ilja Dragunov. These are three of WALTERS best foes, and could be the match to determine who is next.
Jordan Devlin Takes On Saxon Huxley
But not all champions in NXT UK are forever. After losing his NXT Cruiserweight Championship in a ladder match with Santos Escobar, Jordan Devlin was sent back to the UK. However, he’s determined to not let this loss define him, but rather use it as a way to get better and perhaps shoot for a bigger prize in NXT UK. He will kick off this new chapter of his career tonight, as he faces a wild man in Saxon Huxley.
Huxley rushed in with a big boot but missed Devlin. Devlin got him in the corner for some quick forearm shots before Huxley got him into a headlock. Slipping free just saw Huxley run through him with a shoulder tackle and a scoop slam. Devlin was caught off guard in this one, and despite dumping Huxley outside he’d just be pulled outside and beaten down.
Back in the ring, Huxley hit a running knee strike before slipping outside and hitting a big boot to the head of Devlin. A thesz press took Devlin down, and Devlin got free with a rake to the eyes. The slingshot cutter dropped Huxley, and Devlin has weathered the storm.
He’d look for the Devlin-Inside Suplex, but Huxley dropped him with a sit-out double arm chokeslam. Devlin countered out of a driver, and nailed a headbutt to the back of the neck. The Devlin-Inside would connect, and got the win.
A functionally solid match, but one that was oddly paced and lacked a solid babyface presence or any heat needed for a heel vs. heel match. Huxley looked fine, Devlin showed his resilience, and it was fine. Match Rating: 2/5 (**)
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