NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool Results – January 12, 2019

Earlier today, Travis Banks, the Kiwi Buzzsaw, was arriving at his hotel when Jordan Devlin attacked him! Devlin beat Banks around the lobby of the hotel, throwing him into a wall and seemingly injuring his left knee. Banks was cleared by doctors but his knee is not 100%.

While Jordan Devlin is making his entrance, Travis Banks hits him with a suicide dive! Banks angrily punches away at him, but Devlin targets the injured knee and takes him down. This match has not started yet. Devlin hits a chop block and drags him to the ring steps. Devlin stomps the injured knee against the steel steps a few times. Officials check on Banks.

Devlin gets in the ring and says there’s a reason why you never bet against The Ace. Officials help Banks to the back. Devlin calls himself the greatest Irish wrestler alive. Johnny Saint talks with Sid Scala on the stage. Scala says they had a suspicion he might do this, so they had a backup plan. The lights go out…

Finn Balor Vs. Jordan Devlin

The fans are understandably hyped to see Finn Balor in Blackpool. Finn and Devlin are both from Bray, Ireland, and in fact, Balor helped train Devlin!

The two square-up in the middle of the ring and Devlin slaps Balor in the face! So Balor responds with a right hand and a knee to the midsection. Balor hits a low dropkick to the head and gets the crowd going. Balor hits a Sling Blade and goes to the top rope. Devlin quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.

Devlin begins to walk up the ramp and just leave, but Balor leaps out of the ring, runs after, grabs him and throws him back into the ring. Devlin quickly rolls out of the ring again, so Balor hits him with a running forearm on the oustide. Balor gets Devlin in the ring. Devlin kicks the middle rope into Balor’s groin while he gets in the ring. Devlin knocks Balor off the apron and attacks him at ringside. Devlin drives him into the apron and gets him in the ring. Devlin takes Balor down and does a double stomp to the midsection before mocking his taunt. Devlin chokes him on the ropes. Balor reverses a whip. Devlin goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him in the face. Balor gets on the apron and hits a snap kick to the face. Balor goes to the top rope, but Devlin dropkicks him in the face to knock him to the floor.

Devlin doesn’t follow suit, he looks for the count-out. Balor is down but manages to slide in as the referee counts to 9! Devlin doesn’t waste any time though and punches away at Balor. Devlin sends Finn to the corner and begins chopping him. Balor turns the tables and hits a nasty chop to the chest. Balor connects with a second chop. The fans ask for another but Devlin kicks him and chops him, but again Balor turns him around and chops him right back. Devlin rakes the eyes before hitting a one-armed slam. Devlin follows up with a standing moonsault for a near fall.

Devlin tries for an abdominal stretch. Balor fights it, but Devlin soon locks it in. Balor gets out and connects with a hip toss. Balor then comes off the ropes and applies an abdominal stretch of his own. Balor sets up for Reverse Bloody Sunday, but Devlin fights out. Balor then takes him down with an overhead kick. Balor takes Devlin down with a running forearm and lands a double stomp to the midsection. Balor goes for Reverse Bloody Sunday, but Devlin knees him in the face. Balor fights back and finally connects with the Reverse Bloody Sunday, but Devlin kicks out.

Balor lines it up in the corner and connects with a Sling Blade, then goes for a running dropkick, but Devlin superkicks him mid-run! Devlin connects with a swinging back suplex for a near fall. The fans are getting into this in a big way. Devlin kicks Balor in the ribs and talks a little trash. Devlin continues to kick him in the ribs and talk trash. The crowd is loudly booing him. Balor finally blocks a kick, takes him down, and wildly stomps away at him. Devlin rolls out of the ring.

Balor hits a running kick to the face from the apron and gets Devlin in the ring. Balor goes to the top rope, but Devlin crotches him on the top rope. Devlin covers, but Balor somehow kicks up. Devlin goes for a top rope moonsault, but Balor gets the knees up. Balor hits the 1916 before dropkicking him into the corner. Balor goes to the top rope and hits the Coup de Grace for the win!

Winner: Finn Balor

Finn celebrates his hard-fought win after the fact. The fans give a standing ovation. That was a great showcase for Devlin, while having Finn go over. Great stuff.

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