It’s main event time! We see Charlotte Flair in the front row, ready for the match.
600+ days and counting.
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WWE NXT UK Championship Match
(C) Pete Dunne Vs. Joe Coffey
The bell rings, and Coffey folds his arms, waiting for Dunne to make a move. They waste a while before finally locking up. Dunne wrenches the arm as the fans chant his name. Coffey escapes the hold and takes Dunne down. Coffey grabs an arm, but this time Dunne twists out, kips up a few times, and follows-up with a nasty forearm. Coffey doesn’t really sell it,instead just stares at Dunne.
They meet in the middle of the ring and have a test of strength. Dunne gets out and steps on one hand before getting the other. Dunne then twists his pinky and middle fingers. Dunne goes for a takedown, but Coffey blocks it. Dunne eventually takes him down and ties up the legs as well. Coffey eventually gets out and attempts a Boston Crab, but Dunne fights out. Coffey signals for a Discus Lariat, but Dunne avoids it. We’re at something of a stalemate and it’s very slow paced thus far.
They circle the ring and go for another test of strength. Coffey knees Dunne in the midsection and applies a side headlock before connecting with a European uppercut. Coffey then applies a nerve hold. Dunne quickly gets out, so Coffey takes him down. Dunne fights out and hits the ropes, taking Coffey out with an avalanche. Dunne applies a Regal Stretch, but Coffey manages to get to the bottom rope.
The Bruiserweight kicks the challenger right in the wrist. Coffey goes for a slam, but Dunne counters into a submission attempt. Coffey fights out and goes for a delayed vertical suplex. The Champion knees Joe in the head a few times and goes back to the submission attempt. Dunne can’t lock it in, so he goes for the other arm. Coffey finally gets out and hits a double underhook suplex for a near fall. Dunne and Joe trade punches before the latter throws him out of the ring – Dunne fell hard on the apron first though.
Coffey looks to whip the Champion into the steel steps, but Dunne jumps on them and backflips over him, followed by a step-up enzuigiri. Coffey pushes him back trying to throw him back into the ring. Dunne charges, but Coffey counters into a slam on the ramp!
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Coffey gets Dunne back in the ring and catches his breath while the referee counts Dunne out. The Champion gets back in the ring, but Coffey attacks him before connecting with a backbreaker. Coffey immediately follows up with a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Coffey continues to punch away at Dunne. Coffey then applies a bear hug. Dunne tries to head-butt and forearm out, but Coffey keeps the hold applied. Dunne eventually slinks out of it and grabs his nose. Coffey gets out and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Dunne eventually fights back and takes him down with a forearm. Dunne avoids Coffey charging and dropkicks him. Dunne counters out of a German Suplex and kicks him in the back of the head. Coffey rolls out of the ring to recover.
A “Bruiserweight” chant picks up again, and the pace is starting to as well. Dunne goes to the apron and then hits a moonsault block to the floor off the second turnbuckle! Dunne gets him in the ring and clutches at his lower back. Coffey quickly forearms him while he gets in the ring, but Dunne comes back with an X-Plex for a near fall. Dunne tries for a move, but Coffey comes back with a cross-body off the top rope. Coffey avalanches him twice before hitting a vicious powerbomb, but Dunne kicks out. Coffey twists him in a modified submission before turning it into a Boston Crab. The Champion nearly gets to the bottom rope, but Coffey stomps him in the back of the head. Dunne appears to be unconscious, but he suddenly comes to and gets a burst of strength to get to the bottom rope to break the hold.
Both men are down, and the crowd is applauding them on. Coffey grabs him, but the Bruiserweight twists his fingers. They trade wild head-butts before taking each other out with a final big head-butt. They’re both down again. Dunne gets to his feet and catches Coffey with a German Suplex, before applying the Koji Clutch. Coffey fights out of it and goes for a slam, but Dunne counters into an ankle lock. Coffey eventually breaks out and hits a German Suplex. Coffey gets to his feet and charges, but Dunne knees him. Coffey gets out of a Bitter End attempt and jumps off the top rope, but Dunne avoids it. Dunne connects with the Bitter End for a near fall! Dunne cannot believe it!
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Coffey rolls to the floor. Dunne goes for a moonsault attempt, but Coffey gets on the apron and grabs him. Coffey hits a running head-butt that sends Dunne into the ringpost. Coffe then grabs the Champion and hits a sit-out powerbomb on the apron! Both men fall to the floor while the crowd chants, “Holy Sh!t!” The referee is counting them out, but they both get in at nine! McGuinness says he sees doubt in the Champion’s eyes for the first time ever. Coffey punches away at Dunne and stomps the head. Dunne comes back with kicks to the face. Dunne holds his arms and wildly stomps the face – much like Daniel Bryan. Dunne stomps the hands and kicks him in the head and gets very fired up, which in turn gets the fans going crazy.
Coffey comes back with a European uppercut. Dunne hits a step-up enzuigiri, but Coffey floors him with a Discus Clothesline. Coffey covers but Dunne kicks out at 2! Coffey gets to his feet and goes for a Discus Clothesline, but Dunne counters into an arm bar attempt. Dunne goes to snap the fingers, but Coffey powers him up and slams him into the corner. Coffey then climbs the turnbuckles, with Dunne still hanging around his waist, and throws him off!
Both men sit in opposite corners of the ring and stare at each other with disdain. They pull themselves up to their feet and get prepared to go back to war. The crowd is going wild. They charge and exchange wild punches. Dunne ducks a right hand and staggers Coffey with rights and lefts. Coffey soon manages to take him down and wildly punches away at Dunne’s head. Coffey pulls Dunne up for a Bitter End, but Dunne counters into a DDT. Dunne hits the Bitter End, but he’s too tired to make the pin right away. As Dunne swings over to pin, Coffey rolls away and to the apron.
Coffey gets on the apron and hits a Discus Lariat to Dunne inside the ring. Coffey pulls Dunne up and drives him head-first into the turnbuckle. Coffey pulls him to the top rope and yells that this is his Kingdom. They both try to stand on the top rope, but then Coffey and Dunne then fall off, former to the floor, latter to the ring mat! Not sure if that was intentional.
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Dunne then goes outside and grabs Coffey. Coffey gives him a Discus Lariat on the floor, gets him in the ring, and looks for the Bitter End but ends up hitting a weird, modified version that didn’t look quite right. The crowd is chanting, “NXT.” Coffey goes to the top rope and pulls Dunne up in an attempt to perform the move they seemingly botched the first time. And, can’t believe this, they screwed it up again! Both men fell off but this time both went into the barricade below. There’s no way that was the intended move.
Both men roll back into the ring. Dunne ducks a Discus Clothesline and hits Coffey with one of his own. Dunne then connects with the Bitter End… but Coffey kicks out! Dunne quickly rolls on top of him and bends the fingers back for the submission!
Winner: Pete Dunne
That was such a disjointed, sloppy finish to an otherwise great match! Dunne celebrates his huge win over a very game Coffey.
WWE throws up the graphic like the show is over… but isn’t! Music kicks-in and out comes none other than Walter! His debut was said to be happening this evening and here he is! Walter makes his way down to the ring, where he and Dunne come face-to-face. Suddenly, Coffey reappears on the apron, and Walter kicks him off. And just like that, Coffey is literally booted from the title picture. Walter and Dunne stare some more before the challenger leaves the ring and Dunne poses with his belt.
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That’s it for the first ever NXT UK TakeOver show! Let us know what you thought of it and be sure to come back tomorrow and everyday for all your wrestling news and results! Until then, safe travels!