Here are the match results, my match ratings and review for WWE NXTUK TakeOver Blackpool.
MATCH RESULTS AND MATCH RATINGS
NXTUK TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Zack Gibson & James Drake defeated Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)
Finn Balor defeated Jordan Devlin
No Disqualification Match
Dave Mastiff defeated Eddie Dennis
NXTUK Women’s Championship
Toni Storm defeated Rhea Ripley
WWE United Kingdom Championship
Pete Dunne defeated Joe Coffey
There is no doubt that this is going to be another history making year for British Wrestling and what a way to kick it off with the very first NXTUK TakeOver in Blackpool. The first match saw the first ever NXTUK tag team champions crowned. I don’t think you could of asked for a better opening match than this. The high tempo they were able to keep up throughout the entire match was insane. Some of the moves they pulled out were jaw dropping . This was a great way to crown new champions and this tag division has the talent within it already to be the best in the WWE. This match was proof of that. I did like how they told the story of Travis getting taken out of his match with Devlin. I’m sure they will continue this down the road but it would of meant a lot more if Devlin had defeated the back up plan Sid Scala and Johnny Saint had for The Irish Ace. What did this win do for Finn Balor ? It means nothing to his career at present unless they are planning to have him become a more regular feature on this brand. I know I for one would like to see that and am not against seeing him challenge Pete Dunne for the title at another UK TakeOver in the future. But if this was just a one off then what was the point in him winning ? If Devlin had got the win even from some sort of underhanded tactics it could be something he could boast about and build off of to make himself a bigger star. But he and Balor stay at the same level so while this match was a really good match it meant nothing. The only other point I have to make about this match is where has that viscous side of Finn been and why do we not see that every Monday Night ? While the story built up between Mastiff and Dennis was pretty basic the match was far from it. It was my favourite match of the night. The strength from Dennis and the agility of Mastiff were both outstanding. These two have to be in line for a title shot very soon after this. It is shocking how young and how talented some of these performers on this roster are and none more so than Rhea Ripley. At 22 she is already one of the best in the world and her opponent, Toni Storm is equally as talented. Both could move to Raw or Smackdown tomorrow and be huge stars. The match was really good but the story of her wanting to challenge for this title rather than any of the others was pretty pathetic. She could of had a big money match with Rousey but instead choose to fight Ripley. The story should of been focused on how she lost before and it was the only low point for her in 2018. And Rhea could even say that if Io Sharai had not gotten a fluke win the She roved that she would of won the Mae Young classic after she beat Toni for the title. The main event was fantastic, I was surprised there was no interference from Gallus but it made it all the better match with out the involvement. It started slow and built in to a fantastic hard hitting encounter. The only flaw was the two rope rope spots where first Coffey fell off too the floor awkwardly then a few moments later they both did the exact same thing again. If it was a botch then why did they try the second time after the first failed so miserably but if they meant to do it then it looked awful and did not help them as they built up for the finish of the match. It would not be an NXT TakeOver with out a few new faces in the crowd and a debut and we got all that. The first face in the crowd was underwhelming to say the least as Luke Menzies (that guy who has done a few jobs on NXT) was seen standing in the front row, the next two was way more interesting as Jazzy Gabert and the extremely talented Kay Lee Ray were also shown in the crowd. But the best was saved till last. As Pete Dunne celebrated his win a very familiar tune to every Indy Wrestling Fan played and the crowd exploded. Standing at the top of the ramp was the newest member of NXTUK, The Ring General, WALTER!! After marching to the ring and booting Joe Coffey out of it he assumed his signature stance whilst staring at Pete Dunne. There is no doubt that NXTUK will be as equally as enjoyable as NXT is and if these are the sort of quality shows we can expect than I see no reason as to why it can not be considered the best of the NXT Brands in the future.