NXT UK
Date: September 4, 2019
Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness. Vic Joseph

It’s a rare post Takeover edition here, meaning we’ll be seeing a bunch of post match interviews, highlights, and the two matches taped before the show started. After the marathon that was this weekend, a little breather is often a nice change of pace so hopefully that’s what we get here. Let’s get to it.

We open with the Takeover recap.

Opening sequence.

Piper Niven vs. Rhea Ripley

They go with the power shoves to start and Ripley’s big boot is shoved away. Some shoulders to the ribs work a bit better and Niven is down for a bit. Rhea stays on the back and tries a camel clutch but opts for a standing Cloverleaf instead. Niven pulls that down into a kneebar in the middle of the ring so Ripley kicks her in the arm for the break. A stomp to the back lets Rhea talk more trash and it’s off to a camel clutch neck crank.

Piper drops back on her for the break and it’s a Cannonball in the corner, followed by a Vader Bomb for two. The back gives out but Piper is fine enough to hit her in the face to block Riptide. A low crossbody connects (with Rhea’s leg folding underneath her but thankfully she seems fine) but Rhea hits her in the back again. This time Riptide finishes Niven at 8:42.

Result: Rhea Ripley b. Piper Niven – Riptide (8:42)

They can hoss battle too:

video
Jack Gallagher is not medically cleared so we’ll need a suitable replacement to face Kassius Ohno.

The Grizzled Young Veterans ranted about their loss and demanded a two on two rematch. Johnny Saint says he’ll think about it.

He apparently thought about it fast as the rematch is next week.

Joe Coffey was banged up after his match with Dave Mastiff and needed a medic.

The Hunt (in suits) told Mastiff that he could beat Coffey.

Trent Seven checked on Tyler Bate after the main event.

Video on Tegan Nox, who debuts next week.

Kassius Ohno vs. ???

The replacement is…..Sid Scala, who hasn’t wrestled in a long time and is in most of a suit here. Scala looks fired up to start and spins out of an early wristlock. A head fake out of the corner lets Scala grab a middle rope sunset flip for two but Ohno gets in a kick to the leg. Some hard chops have Scala in more trouble before it’s back to the knee.

The leg gets stomped but Scala manages a neckbreaker across the corner for a unique escape. Ohno knocks him out of the air but Scala is able to forearm away back inside. Something close to a dragon screw legwhip cuts Scala off though and it’s the Dream Crusher to give Ohno the pin at 7:15.

Rating: C-. Scala was trying here and put in a good showing but they went the right way with the decision. Ohno continues to be a fine addition to the roster (odd result vs. Dragunov aside) as he can do almost anything he wants. Putting him against the bosses is an interesting idea as they could send quite a few names after him to make things more fun. This feels like part of a bigger story and that’s not a bad thing.

Results
Rhea Ripley b. Piper Niven – Riptide
Kassius Ohno b. Sid Scala – Dream Crusher

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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