Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of the first ever NXT UK TakeOver!
Yes, tonight’s show is an historic one. After years of fighting for the spotlight, the UK talent under WWE’s umbrella have finally got a show to themselves. And tonight’s show is set to follow the same template as a regular TakeOver; five matches and a (roughly) three hour run-time.
The main event of Blackpool is Pete Dunne Vs. Joe Coffey for the WWE United Kingdom Championship. In case you’re unaware, Dunne is WWE’s longest-reigning WWE Champion, by a long way. The Englishman’s 600 day reign is at stake tonight as he faces the big Scotsman, Joe Coffey. While Coffey is something of a newcomer to NXT UK, he claims he is here to take the throne… well that was before Dunne twisted his fingers and told him he talked too much. Let us know if you think Dunne’s reign will continue, or if an upset will occur on the first TakeOver.
The other big match tonight is that of Rhea Ripley Vs. Toni Storm for the Women’s Championship. The first time these two met to decide the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion, few expected Ripley to walk out with the gold. That she did however, and she’s held the strap for 50 days. Tonight marks a huge test however, as the uber-popular Storm could very well beat her and take the title. Barring a DQ finish or something, a Storm win seems inevitable.
If those two matches did wet the appetite, perhaps a match to crown the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions will satiate you? Moustache Mountain will face Grizzled Young Veterans to determine the first ever Champions, and it could very well steal the show. Any time Moustache Mountain steps inside a ring, you know you’re in for a great match and, no offense to Grizzled Young Veterans, but this seems like the night for Bate and Seven.
Also on tonight’s show is Travis Banks Vs. Jordan Devlin, and Dave Mastiff Vs. Eddie Dennis in a No Disqualifications Match. NXT TakeOver: Blackpool has a lot to live up to if it aims to rival its US compatriot, but the talent involved suggest tonight could be special. Remember to download the Ringside News app, follow us on Instagram, and enjoy the show!