Date: August 13, 2020
Commentators: Andy Shepard, Vic Joseph
Host: Andy Shepard
Believe it or not we actually have something different this week with some more Hidden Gems. These are a bunch of dark matches from various NXT UK TV tapings and some of these have been pretty good before. There is something nice about having a fresh match with no storyline behind it between bigger names and that is what we are getting here. Let’s get to it.
Andy throws us to the first match.
From June 16, 2019 at the Download Festival.
NXT Title: Adam Cole vs. Zack Gibson
Cole is defending after having won the title about two weeks earlier. The fans ask where is their….I’m not sure but they’ll have to settle for an exchange of wristlocks to start. Gibson elbows him down and stomps away in the corner, setting up a wristlock on the mat. The fans stand up in their hatred for Gibson and then sit down for the same reason. That’s enough of a distraction for Gibson to delay his cover for two and we hit the chinlock.
Back up and Gibson charges into a superkick for the double knockdown. Cole hits a pump kick and the fireman’s carry backbreaker, followed by a Backstabber for two. Gibson is right back with something close to an Angle Slam as the fans still don’t like him. Shankley Gates is blocked but Cole can’t hit the Last Shot.
Instead it’s Gibson with the Ticket To Ride but Cole superkicks him again for two. The Panama Sunrise is countered with an arm twist to the mat and Gibson’s middle rope Ticket To Ride gets two more. Back up again and they slug it out again until Cole superkicks him out of the air. The brainbuster onto the knee rocks Gibson and the Last Shot retains at 9:57.
Result: Adam Cole b. Zack Gibson – Last Shot (9:57)
Video on Aoife Valkyrie, who seems to live in trees and wants the NXT UK Women’s Title.
The Hunt wants to hurt other teams.
From March 6, 2020.
Xia Brookside vs. Nina Samuels
Samuels flicks her hair at the handshake offer so Xia dropkicks her into an armbar. That’s reversed with a pull of the hair to take Brookside down for a change. A headlock puts Samuels down until she reverses into a headscissors. Xia headstands her way out and kicks Samuels outside, setting up a baseball slide and a smile.
Back in and Samuels whips her hard into the corner but Xia hits some running knees to the back in another corner. Samuels grabs a rollup and some trunks but the referee actually does her job and catches her. That’s enough for Brookside to hit a high crossbody for the pin at 5:18.
Result: Xia Brookside b. Nina Samuels – High crossbody (5:18)
Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews want to make their future better.
Amele, the French Hope, wants to be the first French NXT UK Women’s Champion. She is a leader, not a follower.
From July 20, 2019.
Pete Dunne vs. Alexander Wolfe
They go straight to the slugout to start with Dunne knocking him outside in a hurry. Dunne follows him outside and goes for the fingers, which are stomped onto the steps. Wolfe staggers up the ramp and gets caught in the arm stomp, only to send Dunne into the apron. Back in and Wolfe hits a top rope clothesline before hammering down right hands. Wolfe slams him down and cranks on an arm and leg at the same time. Dunne fights up and hits a German suplex, followed by the X Plex for two.
Another X Plex is countered with a drop over the top rope but Dunne knocks him out of the air for two more. Dunne stomps away but Wolfe kicks him in the head, setting up a Death Valley Driver. They strike it out from their knees (BOO/YAY) and Wolfe snaps the fingers. The Bitter End is countered into a German suplex to give Wolfe two but Wolfe’s German superplex is countered with a nice backflip. A kick to the head sets up the Bitter End to finish Wolfe at 8:28.
Result: Pete Dunne b. Alexander Wolfe – Bitter End (8:28)
Adam Cole b. Zack Gibson – Last Shot
Xia Brookside b. Nina Samuels – High crossbody
Pete Dunne b. Alexander Wolfe – Bitter End
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