Kenny Williams def. Ashton Smith and Amir Jordan in a Triple Threat Match to Qualify for the NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament
To be completely honest, I was definitely disappointed when Jordan was revealed to be the third entrant in this match. I get that the surprise was supposed to be that Williams and Jordan had to be opponents despite being tag team partners, but they're not a big enough team where I cared all that much. Other than that, this was a quality opener between three guys that haven't been built up as anything special in NXT UK. From an in-ring standpoint, it was well-wrestled and Williams winning was the right call, even though I don't think he has a chance of winning the Heritage Cup.
Jinny def. Xia Brookside
I became fan of Brookside last year as I think she has the potential to be a breakout babyface in that NXT UK women's division with more seasoning. She's coming along nicely and always holds her own, even in matches with more notable names like Jinny. She gave Jinny quite the fight here before falling short and I liked the hard-hitting nature of the bout, especially from Jinny. She basically put the women's division on notice in a post-match promo, so maybe it's possible we'll see her back in the NXT UK Women's Championship picture soon.
Noam Dar def. Alexander Wolfe in an NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament First-Round Match (Pete Dunne Served as Special Guest Referee)
Both Dar and Wolfe have been established as heels, so while the dynamic was slightly strange, it helped to have Dunne in there as the special guest referee to keep viewers invested. The format with the rounds took some getting used to (at least for someone like me who isn't accustomed to it at all), but they did the best they could with it and had a pretty good match. The biggest focus coming out of this was on how Wolfe felt Dunne cost him the victory, which brought out WALTER and Ilja Dragunov. That could be a hell of a tag team match if that's where this is headed.
The matches were given more time this week and it ended up being a much better show on the whole in my opinion. The main event was enjoyable to an extent, the women's match saw both ladies shine, and the opener exceeded my expectations given who was involved. The video packages that are airing in between the matches are a big help as far as reintroducing everyone on the brand to those who either forgot or are new to watching, so the hour flies by.