Welcome to another edition of WWE Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II coming this Sunday night.
The way this works is a gauge range of Scorching, Hot, Lukewarm, Temperate, Chilly, Cold and Freezing. The hotter, the better, as that indicates your level of excitement, anticipation and faith that it will be good.
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section to let everyone know what your thermometer reads for each feud as I tell you what my thoughts are below!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
United Kingdom Championship Match: WALTER (c) vs. Joe Coffey = Temperate
I don’t buy—in the slightest bit—that Joe Coffey stands a chance at beating WALTER for this title at this event. That really hurts my interest in the match, as it makes me feel like it is a placeholder and they couldn’t have thought of anything better.
Granted, this is a scenario where two leaders of factions are going head-to-head, but it doesn’t seem all that epic. They didn’t do enough to build this up as monumental for me to get hyped about it.
I don’t dislike it enough to put it on the colder end of the spectrum, but I can’t say I’m particularly thrilled, either.
Prediction: WALTER wins.
NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match: Kay Lee Ray (c) vs. Piper Niven vs. Toni Storm = Lukewarm
Kay Lee Ray drags this down for me. I’m just not a big fan of her as a champion. If this were Jinny instead, with Jazzy Gabert on the outside as an equalizer, I think I’d be much more into this.
But this should be fine. It all depends on what the agents do in creating this match. What story is being told? How will Storm and Niven fight with Ray taking advantage of driving a wedge between the two?
It’ll be quickly forgotten about and we’ll move on, unless a new champion is crowned. I guess we’ll see.
Prediction: Piper Niven wins.
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match: Gallus (c) vs. Imperium vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. South Wales Subculture = Hot
Functionally, this has the most potential. Just throwing a bunch of these teams together means everyone can perform at their best without having much downtime to get lost in less entertaining parts of the match.
The teams aren’t my favorites, though. This isn’t as great as if we paired up The Undisputed ERA, DIY, The Revival, The New Day or anything like that. But they will do their jobs. The brawlers will belt each other, Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews will fly around and by the end, it should be a decent chunk of time on this card.
Prediction: Gallus or Imperium wins.
Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin = Chilly
Jordan Devlin has shown more personality in his video highlight reel lesson promos than perhaps ever before, but that isn’t enough to save me on this feud. This was so, so basic. Devlin picks a fight with A-Kid for the hell of it and wants to fight Tyler Bate because….???
Look. Bate and Devlin are talented. They’ll undoubtedly surprise me and put on a better match than I’m currently giving them credit for. I have all the faith in the world about that. But while I’m sure I will enjoy the match from bell to bell, the feud itself has left me wanting and that means I can’t give it a warmer temperature.
Prediction: Tyler Bate wins.
Eddie Dennis vs. Trent Seven = Cold
Eddie Dennis comes back and picks a fight with Trent Seven, who never wins anything. Cool. Great. Awesome. Now, you either lose to one of the glorified jobbers (let’s face it, that’s what Seven is) or you beat someone meaninglessly, because a win over Seven has little value.
This feud was so uninteresting, too. Dennis grabs Seven’s hand and holds it a little long. Then, he beats up a jobber so he can’t wrestle Seven. Then, hits Seven once with a microphone. That’s it. Zzzzzzz.
Prediction: Eddie Dennis wins.
Those are my thoughts, but how do you feel about these particular feuds? What’s hot and what’s cold in your mind? Fill us in on your point of view in the comments below!