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NXT UK TV taping spoilers: Build to TakeOver Blackpool

Submitted by Stephen Lyon

NXT UK closed out their weekend of television tapings at the Olympia in Liverpool on Sunday and finished building to UK TakeOver: Blackpool.

- Primate defeated Jack Starz in a dark match

Primate won with a pop-up powerbomb.

- Toni Storm defeated Deonna Purrazzo

Very good 15-minute match. NXT UK Women's Champion Rhea Ripley came out after the match for a staredown with Storm, continuing the build for Ripley defending against Storm at TakeOver: Blackpool on January 12.

- Wild Boar defeated Josh Morrell

This was a squash. Boar is a cult babyface and Morrell is a white meat babyface who was given a few hope spots.

- Dave Mastiff vs. Eddie Dennis ended in a double DQ

The finish came when both barged into the referee. They brawled afterwards, officials couldn’t split them up, and Johnny Saint came out and announced Mastiff vs. Dennis in a no DQ match for TakeOver: Blackpool.

- United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne and Joe Coffey had a contract signing for their title match at TakeOver: Blackpool. It was moderated by Saint and Sid Scala. Coffey spoke for a while and said he’d be the new champion. Dunne grabbed Coffey’s hand and snapped his fingers, then signed the contract and said he’d see him at TakeOver.

The rest of Gallus came out to cause a distraction, allowing Coffey to powerbomb Dunne through the table.

- Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams defeated Jamie Ahmed & Dan Moloney

Jordan and Williams acted like they couldn’t believe they’d won afterwards.

- Isla Dawn defeated Xia Brookside

Dawn won with a reversed cradle. This was a short match and the pair embraced afterwards.

- Gallus cut a promo about their match with British Strong Style in the main event of the tapings.

- Jordan Devlin defeated Damien Weir (Chief Deputy Dunne)

Devlin was about to do mic work after, but Travis Banks ran in and chased him away. Banks wanted to fight him, but Devlin headed to the back.

- Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) defeated Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews in an NXT UK Tag Team title tournament semifinal match

Great match. Gibson and Drake were over big as heels, although I thought it was interesting that the fans didn't do the "shoes off if you hate Gibson" thing on either night.

Gibson & Drake will face Tyler Bate & Trent Seven in the tournament finals at TakeOver: Blackpool.

- Ligero defeated Joseph Conners

Fun, fast-paced athletic match.

- Travis Banks defeated Tyson T-Bone

Devlin came out mid-match dressed like Banks, but Banks still won. The pair brawled afterwards.

- Gallus (Joe Coffey, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang) defeated British Strong Style (United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)

Absolutely tremendous 30-minute main event. This is one to go out of your way to watch when it airs. Joe Coffey pinned Bate for the win, and the fans gave both teams standing ovations when it was over.

This was the final match before TakeOver: Blackpool, so the closing scene was a big staredown between Dunne and Joe Coffey.