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NXT UK results: Ilja Dragunov-Jordan Devlin contract signing

NXT 2.0's Von Wagner was also in action against Saxon Huxley.

Nigel McGuinness was back for live commentary, after having provided remote commentary since the post-pandemic restart of NXT UK in 2020. McGuinness and Andy Shepherd talked about tonight's contract signing between NXT United Kingdom Champion Ilja Dragunov and Jordan Devlin.

Mark Andrews & Wild Boar defeated Symbiosis (T-Bone & Primate) w/ Eddie Dennis (7:28)

Andrews and Boar ran wild on Symbiosis before the bell and brawled with them around ringside. Eddie Dennis ran away right away. The match finally got underway in the ring and Andrews was in control.

Symbiosis took over once Wild Boar was tagged in, and Dennis reappeared at ringside as well as Andrews got worked over. Andrews finally made the hot tag and Boar ran wild on both members of Symbiosis, then crushed Primate with a seated senton. Boar took out T-Bone at ringside with a running clothesline from the apron before scoring a near fall on Primate.

Dennis got on the apron with his steel chain, allowing Primate to hit a spear on Boar. Boar managed to ram Symbiosis into one another, then hit a running senton into T-Bone in the corner. He tagged in Andrews, who hit a Shooting Star Press on T-Bone to get the win.

After the match, Boar hit a dive on Dennis through the ropes, then chased him through the arena with Dennis' steel chain/dog collar.

- Robert Stone cut a taped promo about Von Wagner and why Wagner is like no other athlete. As highlights of Wagner from NXT 2.0 aired, Stone talked about how this was Wagner's world and Saxon Huxley just lived in it.

- Moustache Mountain drove up to the arena and were asked about their match last week. Tyler Bate confirmed that, in his opinion, Trent Seven had been cheating -- and Bate seemed not too thrilled about it. Seven blew it off, saying a win is a win and it's only cheating if you get caught, to which Bate also took offense.

Seven said it was water under the bridge and he and Bate had talked about it. Seven said they want Johnny Saint and Sid Scala to find them some reputable opponents.

- Eddie Dennis was still running from Wild Boar backstage and encountered Sid Scala. He told Scala to do something about Boar. Scala said he would make a dog collar match between Boar and Dennis with Symbiosis banned from ringside. Dennis looked scared, then ran off as Boar came around the corner to give chase.

Xia Brookside (w/ Eliza Alexander) defeated Angel Hayze (5:06)

Hayze got some offense in and had Brookside in trouble in the first few minutes of the match. Brookside got the upper hand with some nefarious tactics, then locked in a Camel Clutch on Hayze, who eventually powered out.

Hayze came back with an elbow in the corner, then reversed a roll-up for a near fall. Eliza Alexander got on the apron and Hayze decked her with a forearm, allowing Brookside to roll up Hayze for the win.

Alexander and Brookside beat Hayze down after the match until Amale ran in for the save and sent Alexander and Brookside packing.

- Earlier in the week, A-Kid (who seems to still be a regular here) confronted Charlie Dempsey in the UK Performance Center. He told Dempsey that they had to set the record straight and that "there was something in his heritage" that makes A-Kid believe Dempsey will say yes. Dempsey nodded. I think Dempsey's heritage is even more of a secret than Bron Breakker's was.

- Sid Scala was in his office with Damon Kemp. He ran down all of Kamp's amateur wrestling accomplishments (none of which come up if you Google "Damon Kemp" instead of his real name). Kemp, who is Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson's brother, was excited to learn the "nitty gritty of the British style" and Scala was happy to introduce him to Johnny Saint, the master of the style.

Von Wagner defeated Saxon Huxley (4:05)

They showed the scene from last week where Wagner ripped up Huxley's autograph.

Huxley was not impressed by Wagner and beat him up early, but Wagner came back with a knee and a suplex. Huxley eventually hit a Thesz Press, but Wagner caught him on a body press attempt, then hoisted him on his shoulders and hit a DVD for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Wagner cut a brief promo, saying this was just his first victory and we all just live in his world

- With Joe and Mark Coffey having argued last week, Gallus held a press conference. Wolfgang introduced them and asked "the press" to turn off their flashes. "The press" ignored his request and happily clicked and flashed away, so someone now has about 200 photos of Gallus sitting at a table. They basically said everything is fine, they're all on the same page, and they're hungry for competition.

- Tiger Turan, "a mysterious and sensational superstar emanating from the Himalayas," will debut next week. This is the masked guy who stalked Kenny Williams last week and looks suspiciously like Williams' old partner Amir Jordan under a mask.

- Isla Dawn cut an eerie promo on Meiko Satomura ahead of their NXT UK Women's Championship match next week, which will be under "World of Darkness" rules.

- A Lash Legend highlight video aired. She will be the guest on Noam Dar's Supernova Sessions next week.

Ilja Dragunov-Jordan Devlin contract signing

Johnny Saint and Sid Scala were in the ring, where a table and chairs were set up. Devlin entered first, wearing a ridiculous, douchey shirt. Dragunov entered in a nice black suit to his new music, which is even more ridiculous than Devlin's shirt.

Devlin put his feet on the table and talked about the winds of change. Dragunov told Devlin to take his feet off the table.

Devlin said they were only in the ring with the GMs for a contract signing because their match is a big deal -- and Dragunov didn't have any of that for his previous matches. Devlin vowed to become champion, to which Dragunov said that seeing Devlin as champion is his biggest nightmare. Devlin said he will make Dragunov live his nightmare.

Dragunov suggested they raise the stakes for their match, and Devlin said he's a gambling man and would listen. Dragunov said that he had a dream of an NXT UK without Jordan Devlin -- and he wants their title match to be Loser Leaves NXT UK.

Devlin said that when he becomes champion, Dragunov won't want to show his face around here anyway, so he accepts. Saint and Scala also agreed and both competitors signed the contract.

Dragunov got up and raised his championship belt in the air. Devlin went to headbutt him, but Dragunov evaded the shot and hit a headbutt of his own.

They brawled in the ring. Devlin looked to powerbomb Dragunov through the table, but Dragunov escaped and propped the table up in the corner instead. He went to hit Torpedo Moscow, but Devlin pulled Scala in front of him as a human shield, making Dragunov stop. Devlin then hit Devlin Side on Dragunov through the table, as Scala screamed at Devlin to leave. Devlin posed with the NXT United Kingdom Championship and went past a scolding Johnny Saint on his way to the back.

Final Thoughts --

Basically a fun show. The opening tag match set up the inevitable dog collar match with Eddie Dennis and Wild Boar, while the women's match further established Eliza Alexander as an asset to Xia Brookside and set up a future match with Amale.

Von Wagner's match was short and painless and he is decent, but I am not a huge fan of having the NXT 2.0 wrestlers come over here. I understand they need every in-ring experience in front of a crowd they can get, but I preferred NXT UK as the one brand mostly untouched by whatever the current "WWE direction" is. I also don't like the NXT 2.0 wrestlers being portrayed as the "bigger stars" -- when most of them really are not.

The show-closing angle was good and the added stipulation gives more intrigue to Dragunov and Devlin's match in two weeks, which should be a slobberknocker.

Next Week --

  • World of Darkness match: NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura defends against Isla Dawn
  • Supernova Sessions with Lash Legend
  • Tiger Turan debuts

In Two Weeks (NXT UK #200) --

  • Loser Leaves NXT UK match: NXT United Kingdom Champion Ilja Dragunov defends against Jordan Devlin