NXT UK Recap & Reactions (Sept. 23, 2021): Number 1 Contenders

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This week we get a big triple threat match to determine the first challenger for Ilja Dragunov's Championship, we get Wolfgang versus Teoman in the Heritage Cup #1 Contender's Tournament, and we get Isla Dawn back in action against Jinny.

Wolfgang versus Teoman - Semi-Final Match of Heritage Cup #1 Contender's Tournament

Wolfgang comes out with Joe and Mark in his corner. Teoman of course has Rohan Raja but for once they won't outnumber their opponents.

Round 1: Wolfgang with a big splash on Teoman in the corner but Raja distracts him by banging on the steps as Wolfgang climbed to the top turnbuckle for an aerial. Teoman was able to put Wolfgang in a submission after this but Wolfgang's just too big and gets out. A big slam from Woflgang leads to a fast pin fall decision. Wolfgang 1-0.

Round 2: Teoman is slow to get to his feet to start this round. Throughout the round Wolfgang continues to pick Teoman apart before sending him out of the ring with a big clothesline. As he rolls Teoman back into the ring Teoman uses the ring skirt to distract and pummel Wolfgang. This lets Teoman land a drop kick from the top turnbuckle and then gets a cover but Wolfgang rolls through for his own cover. Teoman attempts a crossface but Wolfgang breaks out before the bell rings. Still 1-0 Wolfgang.

Round 3: Teoman continues to get pummelled but Raja hops up on the apron to distract the big man to give Teoman a breather. This works as Teoman is able to beat Wolfgang down and get the pin fall decision. Tied 1-1.

Round 4: Teoman's attacks are starting to have an effect on Wolfgang's arm who really starts selling the injury. Raja jumps up on the apron for a distraction again but Mark pulls him down and lays him out. This ends up distracting Teoman enough that Wolfgang spears him and gets the pin fall. Wolfgang wins 2-1.

This is somewhat surprising to me as Teoman had been getting something of a push lately. Alignment wise it feels better having Wolfgang versus Naom Dar in the finals but I thought Teoman was a lock for this one. This was quite a fun match and a great way to start the show.

This Week's Promos

Blair Davenport with a message to Sid Scala: She's got a camera somewhere backstage and is threatening Sid to reinstate her or else more bad things will happen.

Subculture at the PC: They were going to work on their graffiti when they bump into Gradwell. Turns out Gradwell has sprayed "Yog" over their logo. Just an OG punker showing the young ones how it's done!

Jordan Devlin's Locker Room: Gallus are in there celebrating and drinking his special Columbian roast when Devlin shows up and gets angry. Joe tosses him out and Gallus mock him through the window as Devlin whines about his glasses and his bag before flouncing off to tattle to Sid Scala. We get confirmation later on that Joe and Devlin will face off next week.

Dani Luna and Xia Brookside: Subculture on camera again (nice after the hiatus) earlier in the week and the camera crew is asking Mark Andrews about whether Dani Luna is the strongest woman in NXT UK. Xia Brookside interrupts and challenges Luna to a match.

Trent Seven, Oliver Carter, and Ashton Smith: At the PC arguing about whether the Rock Bottom or the Book End is the better finisher when Seven steps over the line and says "that's like comparing Mustache Mountain and Smith/Carter" which of course upsets the tag team. This leads to a challenge from Seven.

Isla Dawn versus Jinny

This one has come about due to Isla Dawn trespassing in Jinny's locker room (something of a theme lately). Isla Dawn seems to be collecting ritual links to the various women in the division for some sort of witchy purposes. Joseph Conners is of course ringside being a cheerleader.

I don't have a huge amount to say about this match. Both these women are good wrestlers and put on a good show. At one point at ringside Dawn grabs a hold of Conners' wrists and her eyes rolled up into her skull. This scared the heck out of Conners who later distracts Dawn by yelling at her when she was on the top turnbuckle. This allows Jinny to hit a nasty facebuster from the second rope to get the pin fall victory!

Rampage Brown versus A-Kid versus Nathan Frazer - Triple Threat #1 Contender's Match

After last week's confrontation we get this triple threat match to see who gets Ilja Dragunov first. This is intriguing because all three men have different styles. Rampage is a big powerful dude, Frazer has flips and shit, and A-Kid is a very technical wrestler.

To make up for Rampage's size Frazer and A-Kid work together to send him to ringside before turning their attention to each other. This leads to the pace really picking up before A-Kid rolls out of the ring for a breather and Frazer's left alone in the ring with Rampage. Frazer's able to dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge until finally Rampage is able to toss him over his his head like he was a tiny bale of hay. Frazer and A-Kid againg team up to stun Rampage before A-Kid sucker punches Frazer giving Rampage a breather and some space to start pummeling the smaller men again.

As we get into the middle portion of the match these men start taking some more rest breaks after the crazy pace of the opening portion. Unfortunately for Frazer this means he's alone in the ring with Rampage who picks him apart. A-Kid eventually rescues him as Rampage was going for the superplex. This leads to A-Kid putting Rampage in a triangle submission but Rampage just stands deadlifts A-Kid up and slams him down onto Frazer's back as the latter was struggling back to his knees. A-Kid tries to suplex Frazer from the top turnbuckle but Frazer lands on his feet and then starts hitting both men with aerials while they're at ringside.

This feels like an up-tempo shift into the final portion of the fight. Frazer does his moonsault springboard into the position for the inverse DDT on A-Kid when Rampage comes back in the ring. However Frazer manages to put him in a headlock while holding onto A-Kid and delivers an inverse DDT/DDT combination move on both competitors. Rampage manages to clutch both A-Kid and Frazer and delivers a double belly-to-back suplex. A-Kid gets in on the action by using the ropes to do an arm toss on Frazer while giving Rampage a hurricanrana. A-Kid gets a run of offense on Frazer with no interference from Rampage before locking in the arm bar on Frazer. Rampage breaks it up but gets his own arm bar for his troubles. Rampage picks up and slams A-Kid again and eats a super kick from Frazer for his troubles. Some gratitude! Must be Seth Rollins "mentorship."

After a rest break Rampage tries to line up both guys for that crazy stacked suplex from the top turnbuckle but it gets broken up. Frazer manages to lift the colossal Rampage up and slam him. Rampage gets back in control and starts pounding on a prone Frazer when A-Kid jumps on his back and locks in the sleeper hold. As Rampage struggles out A-Kid transitions to a guillotine before Rampage finally fights out of that. Frazer lays out Rampage as the latter tried to apply a vertical suplex to A-Kid. As Frazer tries an aerial Rampage catches him and hits his finishing bomb. This opens him up for another submission from A-Kid, then a super kick sends Rampage to ringside. A-Kid suplexes Frazer, hits a jumping kick then covers Frazer for the pin fall victory! A-Kid's the number 1 contender for the NXT UK Championship!

This was just spectacular. After dumping on Frazer for what feels like weeks now he put on a really good showing in this one. He was able to display some power while keeping up with his high flying style. Rampage is Rampage -- not much else to say there. He's good! Finally, A-Kid is a more than worthy competitor for Ilja. His Ironman match with Devlin proved he has the physicality to match up with Dragunov.

Overall: A

Reminder/introduction: A+ is a very good show, B+ is above average, C+ is an okay show, and anything below that is not good.

I know the supernatural stuff is not everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy how they're approaching it with Isla Dawn so that one was fun for me. That's on top of the two women just putting on an above average wrestling match. Teoman and Wolfgang also put on a pretty good match despite the massive size difference. Finally, the main event really delivered. This was some PPV quality wrestling and is more than worth a watch.

Let everyone else know how you feel in the comments fellow Cagesiders!

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