The Hunt def. Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan
I'm already sold on Eddie Dennis being the new manager of The Hunt. I've always enjoyed their work, but they felt like they were missing something previously. Going back to being heels and having Dennis in their corner seems to solve that problem in my opinion. Williams and Jordan are a fun tandem, but this really should have been more one-sided in favor of The Hunt and not as competitive as it was. If you want to establish The Hunt as dominant, that's how you do it.
Rampage Brown def. Jack Starz
Starz is the go-to guy when it comes to debuting stars who need an opponent they can beat with ease. Starz is perfect in that enhancement role because of his size and how he can sell well for pretty much anyone. As for Brown, I've honestly heard nothing about the guy before now, though the commentators played him up as being a big deal and his signing has been heavily touted by NXT UK in recent weeks. He's a hard-hitting competitor and he impressed me with what he could do here. I'll need to see more of him to get a better grasp of his potential, but he definitely has a presence about him, I'll say that much.
Xia Brookside def. Nina Samuels
As I've said before, Samuels bores me to tears and I haven't cared for her recent push. I thought this would result in another victory for her, but I'm glad it didn't and Brookside won instead. Brookside has way more potential and is a great underdog babyface. It feels like she loses more often than she wins, so it's great that wasn't the case here. She also didn't look like an idiot for falling for Samuels' injured act, even though she did afterward.
Trent Seven def. Dave Mastiff in a Heritage Cup Semifinal Match
The video package that preceded this match was incredibly well done and told the story of how Mastiff helped out Seven nearly a decade ago and taught him everything he knows. That made this match more meaningful and helped with the babyface vs. babyface dynamic. I'm still not a fan of the format with the rounds, but I applaud these guys for making the most of it and having an entertaining main event. Seven advancing to the finals was the right call as it's smart to have an established star in there with an up-and-comer like A-Kid.
From recent NXT UK standards, I'd call this an above-average episode. The Heritage Cup once again took center stage in the main event and delivered, the women's match was better than I thought it would be and the outcome was what it should have been, Rampage Brown debuted, and The Hunt got off to a solid start as heels. Obviously, nothing came close to being as exciting as WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov from two weeks ago, and it's strange that hasn't been referenced since. Otherwise, this was a thumbs-up effort from the NXT UK brand.