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NXT UK spoilers: Finn Balor appears

The first night of this weekend's NXT UK tapings in Coventry took place on Friday, with Finn Balor making his NXT UK debut against Alexander Wolfe in the main event. 

- Francesca Brown replaced Andy Shepherd as the ring announcer, while Shepherd took a leading role on the commentary team alongside Nigel McGuinness.

- Dark match: Xia Brookside defeated Nina Samuels

Brookside landed a diving crossbody and won via pinfall.

- Finn Balor opened the show with a promo where he said that he isn't in NXT UK to boost a rating. He was quick to call out NXT UK Champion WALTER following Imperium's attack on NXT. Imperium surrounded the ring and attacked Balor, but he managed to escape. 

- Pretty Deadly (Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley) defeated Dan Moloney & Dereiss Gordon

Moloney and "Man Like Dereiss" are known as "The 0121" on the British independent scene, but not in this instance. This was Moloney's return to NXT UK after he left the company in 2018.

- Noam Dar defeated Ligero

Dar won with a Nova Roller running enzuigiri.

- Dani Luna vs. Amale ended in a double DQ 

Kay Lee Ray attacked both women, causing the disqualification. KLR then cut a promo claiming that she owns the NXT UK women's division. Luna tried to fight back, but KLR was quick to hit her with a Gory Bomb.

- Ilja Dragunov defeated A-Kid

Dragunov won with a Torpedo Moscow running uppercut. A-Kid got to showcase his evasiveness, while Dragunov showed his intensity. The crowd loved every second of this match.

- Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter defeated Tyson T-Bone & Saxon Huxley

Smith and Carter came out to a new theme song and were a lot more fun-loving than usual. 

- Ridge Holland defeated Joseph Conners

- Kassius Ohno defeated Kenny Williams

Ohno won via submission. The crowd was firmly on Ohno's side here despite his nefarious tactics.

- NXT UK Women's Champion Kay Lee Ray defeated Dani Luna in a non-title match

KLR attacked Luna after the match, but Piper Niven ran out to make the save.

- Gallus (Joe Coffey, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang) defeated Dave Mastiff, Flash Morgan Webster & Trent Seven

Joe Coffey pinned Webster for the win.

- Finn Balor defeated Alexander Wolfe 

Balor pinned Wolfe after hitting a Coup de Grace followed by the 1916. Imperium tried to interfere in the match, but they were ejected by referee Joel Allen.

After the match, Balor listed Matt Riddle, Johnny Gargano, and others as names he has beaten. He then asked who's next. Tyler Bate walked out to face off with him. Both men brawled in the ring, but Bate stood tall after connecting with Bop and Bang, hitting a rebound lariat and an airplane spin.

NXT UK returns to the Coventry Skydome on Saturday for the final tapings before NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin. NXT UK Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is set to defend his title against Travis Banks at tomorrow's tapings.