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 coming this Saturday.
The way this works is a pretty simple three-way breakdown of Hot, Lukewarm and Cold. If you like something and you’re very interested in how WWE is setting up the program, it’s Hot (aka Good). If you’re a bit on the fence about it and see some problems, but it’s not awful, then it’s just Okay or Lukewarm. The ones that are the most problematic that you have no interest in are Cold (aka Bad).
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: Pete Dunne (c) vs. Joe Coffey = Hot
So here’s the thing. In a vacuum, I know this is going to be a good match, because Pete Dunne always puts on a great performance, so I have no reservations that I’ll enjoy the in-ring action.
However, because it’s NXT UK, I just can’t really get super hyped about anything. The feuds aren’t the most dynamic and I haven’t been able to connect to the characters as well as I have with some other shows.
Joe Coffey, in particular, isn’t much of an entity to me right now. He’s just some guy fighting Pete Dunne. So that makes this a mild “Hot” purely based on Dunne’s wrestling abilities, rather than anything about the actual storyline itself.
Prediction: Pete Dunne retains the title.
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm = Hot
Similar to the situation with Dunne/Coffey, I’m sold that this is going to be a good match, but the feud leaves much to be desired, so I still have it down as a “Hot”, but if this were on a card with more interesting feuds from the main roster and regular NXT brand, it would get lost in the shuffle from my POV.
One element to this that I’m excited about is I feel it’s time for Storm to win the belt, so a title change is pretty much always fundamentally exciting. If she doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world, because Ripley isn’t bad or anything herself, but I’m definitely hoping to see a new champion crowned.
Prediction: Toni Storm wins the title.
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match: Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake) = Hot / Lukewarm
I hate to keep echoing my thoughts, but yeah, I’ll say it again: Moustache Mountain have proven themselves to be great in the ring, so I know the match will be good, but the feud itself is lackluster.
God, that sucks to type out three times in a row, because it really makes me feel so empty about NXT UK.
However, just like I’m anticipating a title change for Storm/Ripley, we know for a fact we’re getting new champions here, because this is the crowning of the inaugural champions, so we literally have to get new titleholders.
It’s almost a win-win situation in my book. If Tyler Bate and Trent Seven win, it makes sense and I dig it, because they’re the most prolific tag team on the roster and the easiest options to go with and build a division around.
Likewise, if Grizzled Young Veterans win, even though I’m less comfortable with Zack Gibson and James Drake as far as trusting them to put on great matches, at least it wasn’t the more obvious answer and WWE is opting for something slightly different.
I don’t have too much invested in this to really be super bummed if Bate and Seven lose, so I’m at least “Lukewarm” about it, if not leaning towards “Hot”.
Prediction: Grizzled Young Veterans win the titles.
No Disqualification Match: Dave Mastiff vs. Eddie Dennis = Lukewarm
To me, this feels like the opposite of what it should be. Dave Mastiff having the size advantage over the scrawny in comparison Eddie Dennis just seems so strange when Dennis is the heel.
I’m “Lukewarm” because I’m curious and because it’s a No DQ match, not because of anything the two of them have actually done to sell me on this feud. To be honest, I’m even almost leaning towards “Cold”, as I feel like this should be a bigger deal to me than it is.
Maybe they’ll surprise me and this will be super brutal and a ton of fun. I don’t have a lot of faith in that, but since I’m somewhat ignorant on NXT UK to a certain extent, I’ll admit that I don’t have the sturdiest foundation to stand on with my claims.
Prediction: Eddie Dennis wins.
Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin = Cold
So after all these months, the fifth match on the card is basically just a feud of one guy challenging the other to a match and them not having it until now. Lame.
Devlin’s entertaining. So is Banks. Neither of them wow me beyond the average good wrestler, especially when it comes to their characters (or lack thereof) so there’s nothing to sink my teeth into with this.
It’s going to be the bathroom break exhibition of sorts. Even though I’ll not leave for the restroom and I’ll be paying attention, it’s the one match that I feel if I skipped it, I wouldn’t miss anything.
Hopefully, I’m wrong, and it blows my expectations out of the water.
Prediction: Jordan Devlin 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!