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Csonka’s NXT TV Review 2.14.18

February 14, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NXT TV Review 2.14.18

WWE UK Title Match: Champion Pete Dunne defeated Roderick Strong @ 16:42 via pin [***¾]
– TM61 defeated John Skylar & Andew Duntworth @ 2:10 via pin [NR]
NXT Women’s Title Match: Shayna Baszler defeated Champion Ember Moon @ 4:52 via DQ [**½]

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WWE UK Title Match: WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne vs. Roderick Strong: We get an aggressive lock up to begin, and quickly separate. They lock up again, working around the ropes and Dunn looks for an arm bar, but Strong counters out. Post break, and Dunne is in control, grounding the action and sending Strong to he floor. Dunne starts attacking the arm, and he’s in a surly mood this evening. Dunne uses the steps to aid his attack, but Strong cuts him off and slams him back forts off of the steps. Back in they go and Strong covers for 2. He then lays the boots to Dunne, and works a neck crank. The pump handle back breaker follows for 2. Strong hits a side back breaker, and then lays the boots to Dunne in the corner. Strong sets Dunne up top, follows and Dunne attacks the arm, and dumps Strong to the floor. Dunne follows with a kick off the ropes, again targeting the arm. Strong fights back with enziguris and slams Dunne onto the apron. Post break, and Strong is working over Dunne in the ropes. Dunne fires back with an enziguri, but Strong drops him with forearm strikes. Dune counters back and hits a slam into an arm bar. He follows with the Pentagon arm break spot, and the sitout powerbomb gets 2. Dunne follows with kicks, but Strong rushes him to the corner but misses a knee strike and Dunne hits a German, heads up top but leaps off into a dropkick and Strong covers for a good near fall. Strong follows with chops, but Dunne counters the back beaker into a cradle for 2. Strong hits a back breaker, and that gets 2. Strong fires away with strikes, but Dunne slams him to the buckles and hits a half and half suplex, following with a superkick for 2. Dunne locks on a triangle, but Strong powers him up and catapults him in the ropes. Dunne to the apron and Strong heads up top, pulls Dunne up and Dunne attacks the arm, but Strong hits the super Angle slam for another good near fall. Strong hits knee strikes, and a slam, covering for another good near fall. Strong picks up Dunne, but Dunne hits the x plex, but Strong counters the bitter end and lays in strikes and knee strikes. The tiger bomb gets another near fall. The Stronghold follows, but Dunne attacks the hand and Strong rolls to he floor. Dune hits a running kick and the biter end to retain. Champion Pete Dunne defeated Roderick Strong @ 16:42 via pin [***¾] This was a very good match and a hell of a way to kick off the show. Who knew kicking off a wrestling show with great wrestling was such a good idea? The pacing and layout was really good here, properly escalating throughout, with Strong getting some really good near falls and Dunne constantly going back to the arm and hand, which played very well into the finish. These guys are really good.

– We get highlights from last week’s Gargano/Almas angle.

– Velveteen Dream faces No Way Jose next week. He then runs down Tyler Bate, before walking off.

Aleister Black now arrives, wearing a sweet suit. He says his path has gone one way, and while he’s been pushed to his limit, but now, there is a devil on his back, driving him. That devil is the NXT championship. Killian Dain interrupts. Dain says the devil isn’t on his back, he is. Dain will not stop until the NXT title is around his waist. But if Black has a problem with that, Dain warns him that his path will be stopped by chaos. Black says that Dain has crossed him, so Dain must fade to black. I’m all in on these lads trying to kill each other.

TM61 vs. John Skylar & Andew Duntworth: Miller controls early, and Thorne tags in and they work double teams. Skylar attacks the knee, but Thorne hits a dropkick and Miller tags in and runs wild. The DDT follows and then a spinebuster. Thorne back in and hits the corner cannonball. The greetings from thunder valley finishes it. TM61 defeated John Skylar & Andew Duntworth @ 2:10 via pin [NR] This was a good little squash for TM61 as they maintain momentum following their return in Philly.

NXT Women’s Title Match: NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler: Moon’s shoulder is taped up, selling Baszler’s assault from Philly. They talk shit all through the introductions. Moon attacks at the bell, laying the boots to Baszler, Baszler keeps looking to work the arm, but Moon is all fired up and lays in knee strikes and kicks. The enziguri follows, and then the running kick connects. Moon heads up top, but Baszler powders to the floor. Moon now hits the suicide dive, driving Baszler to the announce table, but Moon pulls up, selling the bad arm. Baszler rolls Moon back in and lays in kicks to the arm. She then grounds the action, immediately focusing on the arm, stomping on it. Baszler looks for an arm bar, but Moon cradles her for 2. Baszler cuts her off, going back to he arm bar, but Moon makes the ropes. Moon gets another cradle for 2. Baszler then posts Moon, sending her to the floor. She follows and attacks the arm in the barricade and trying to rip it off. Kairi Sane arrives and makes the save, and giving us a DQ Shayna Baszler defeated Champion Ember Moon @ 4:52 via DQ [**½] Overall this was more of an angle than a match, as Moon was fired up for revenge, but Baszler was relentless, attacking the previously injured arm. It played well off of their previous match, and the Sane save played well as she’s looking for revenge from prior to Philly, and it sets up Mae Young Classic finals rematch with Baszler. As for the match portion, it was short, but I thought well done. They didn’t mess around, Moon had a great shine before Baszler smartly attacked the arm prior to the attack on the floor. I get that it’s popular for some to dump on Baszler and mock her because she’s Rousey’s friend, but she has a great vibe around her and is a believable bad ass. She’s also really god for her experience level. The match was solid, but the angle was overall really good.

– Sane works over Baszler, looking for revenge, as Baszler took her out prior to Philly. Sane hits the sear, and Baszler powders. Sane then checks on Moon.


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This week’s episode of NXT TV was another good show, with a very good match to kick things off, a good segment with Black & Dain, and a good angle to close out the show.