Mark Coffey def. Sha Samuels
I honestly can't remember the last singles match I saw Mark Coffey have. Joe Coffey is almost always a singles competitor and even Mark's partner Wolfgang wrestles on his own a fair amount. Mark just screams tag team guy, but to his credit, he had a solid showing here in what was a good opener. Samuels has been impressive since coming to NXT UK and continues to make the most of every opportunity he's given. I would've had Samuels win personally, but it looks like they're building to something with Mark and Wolfgang.
Stevie Turner def. Laura Di Matteo
I became an immediate fan of Turner when I saw her in action earlier this year on the show. I don't think she's been featured since then, and I'm almost positive she's been under contract this whole time. Nonetheless, I'm glad she had another shot to shine here and won. She's just so unique and skilled in the ring to boot. The futuristic stuff won't be for everyone, but hey, I dig it. As I said before, I'm looking forward to seeing her progress.
Teoman def. Oliver Carter
I'm still trying to get a feel for Teoman. The guy can clearly go in the ring, and although he's intense, he comes off like Ilja Dragunov lite at times to me. Hearing him cut more promos will probably help change my perception of him. He's been feuding with Carter and Ashton Smith lately, so I like that he's had some direction. This was a fun match from them even though the outcome was never in doubt. What did surprise me, however, was Rohan Rojo aligning with Teoman afterward despite Teoman breaking his arm not too long ago. Maybe they'll enter the tag team ranks together?
Ilja Dragunov def. Rampage Brown and Joe Coffey in a Triple Threat Match
Holy hell, this was a war and I loved every minute of it. Brown and Coffey are coming off two terrific matches together, so you had to know throwing Dragunov into the mix was going to make it even better. This was an incredibly physical, hard-hitting affair where there never seemed to be a dull moment. It didn't fall victim to the typical Triple Threat formula, either, which I appreciated. This was a super strong main event with the right outcome. Post-match, WALTER emerged to lay out Dragunov, so apparently NXT UK is ready to go back to that rematch and so am I. All I ask is that they wait until they're back in front of a crowd to do it.
This was one of those editions of NXT UK that just had a really nice flow to it and fired on all cylinders. There was a little bit of everything with the wrestling being above-average on the whole, some fresh faces being spotlighted, and matches being set up for the next two weeks' worth of shows. I'm extra excited about WALTER vs. Dragunov at some point. I just wish we had a better idea of when the brand will be able to run shows in front of fans again. It's missing a certain spark to it without them, much like NXT.