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Friday 09 June 2017

Review: WWE NXT At The Brighton Centre Brought Out The Best Emerging Wrestling Talent

While its primary purpose is to serve as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity - a place for genuine wrestling fans to view up-close-and-personal the next generation of stars.

The NXT show at the Brighton Centre got underway when Gentleman Jack Gallagher faced off against Trent Seven in an all British battle of the moustaches, that panned out into a great old style British match - with a comedic touch - which concluded in a Gallagher win and a great crowd response.

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce took on Aliyah & Ruby Riot. Kay and Royce played besties who knowingly mocked having to wrestle in Brighton. Riot looked like the most able wrestler in the match but the best friends worked better with the crowd and as a team and eventually ended up with the win.

The UK Championship match was up next. Bruiserweight Pete Dunne - who was crowned the second ever U.K.Champion at the last NXT takeover event - took on the winner of TNA Wrestling's second season of British Bootcamp, Mark Andrews. 

Another great technical battle ensued with Dunne working heavily on his opponent's left arm. The Bruiserweight won over the crowd and looks to have guaranteed Dunne a long championship reign after he claimed a worthy victory over Andrews.

 

The last match before the intermission Eric Young lead Sanity to take on the team of No Way Jose, Kassius Ohno and former Ring of Honor stalwart Roderick Strong. 

A great match with loud chants for Killian Dain of Sanity (formerly Big Damo on the UK scene) to shave his back. 

Ohno always impresses with his athleticism and both he and Eric Young are veterans that NXT can rely on. 

Strong picked up the win after a great back and forth match and looks to be heading for a shot at Bobby Roode's NXT Title.

After the break, the true legend that is William Regal came out to a huge well deserved reaction from the crowd. He elegantly turned the adulation of the fans round to benefit the entire brand.

This lead neatly into the second championship match of the night. The dominant tag team champions the Authors of Pain took on the lesser known team of Riddick Moss and Tino Sabatelli. 

Nothing special here. The NXT tag team division has been filled with ring generals for over a year so this match felt like a let down between the limited brawling champions and the average contenders. 

The Women's Championship match brought the crowd back to life and was it easy to see why some call Asuka the best female wrestler in the world. 

She has a unique presence and had a great outing with Ember Moon who has improved greatly since her NXT debut. Asuka remained undefeated and we will have to wait and see if any one currently on the roster can dethrone her.

The show closer had the best reaction of the night. Taking on the Glorious persona has done wonders for Bobby Roode and the crowd were invested in his elaborate entrance and everything he did in the ring. 

He teamed with Cien Andrade Almas to take on the recently returning Drew McIntyre and rising star Aleister Black. 

It was a fun match that built to a series of big moves with Black doing an impressive springboard moonsault to the outside on Roode. McIntire got the hard fought win over Almas and gave a rousing speech to send the crowd home happy. 

WWE returns to the Brighton Centre in November with a main roster show and with the reaction they received here it looks like success in Brighton is guaranteed.

by: Dave Hills




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