This week saw the first ever NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool on the WWE network. That means the NXT UK superstars got three chances to impress me, which they absolutely did. There will be a few Raw and Smackdown superstars here, but this list will be dominated by the impressive NXT UK superstars. Let’s start with some honorable mentions.
Sasha Banks: The Boss of Monday Night Raw just misses the cut on my list, but she does make the honorable mentions for her victory over Nia Jax, which earned her a championship match at Royal Rumble against Ronda Rousey. Rousey has been building Sasha up, and Sasha has had some harsh comments about Ronda, dating all the way back to last year. Well, Sasha will finally have an opportunity to topple the dominant champion.
Jordan Devlin: The Irish Ace of NXT UK makes the honorable mentions list for his performance this week against his trainer, Finn Balor. It didn’t end with a win at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool, but he put on a hell of match against Balor and forced him to pull out a more aggressive side that we aren’t used to seeing. That was a sign of respect for Devlin. Look out for Devlin to have a great run in NXT UK.
Dave Mastiff: “Bomber” Dave Mastiff gets my final honorable mention for his victory over Eddie Denis at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool. The big man has such smoothness in the ring since Braun Strowman, and he is much bigger then Braun. He is a delight to watch in the ring, and he will have plenty more great matches. Now let’s get to the list.
#5 Andrade “Cien” Almas: Almas gets the 5 Spot simply for pinning Rey Mysterio. Mysterio is a living legend in the WWE, and any pinfall over him means something. Almas is incredibly talented in the ring, and pinning someone as beloved at Mysterio means that the head guys at WWE see something in him. Expect to see great things from Almas in the coming weeks.
#4 Becky Lynch: “The Man” gets the fourth spot for her win over both Charlotte Flair and Carmella, earning her a Smackdown Women’s Championship match against Asuka at Royal Rumble. Becky Lynch has been the hottest thing in all of WWE, possibly even in all of wrestling, since her newest attitude change. She is owning the Twitter game, with interactions from Ronda Rousey to Seth Rollins, and she’s backing it up in the ring. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch will be a great match, without a doubt.
#3 Toni Storm: The newly crowned NXT UK Women’s Champion has earned the third spot on this list. Toni Storm, who at only 23 years of age has captured the hearts of the WWE universe. Even after she was the victim of a nude photo leak, she persevered and came out the other end. Her victory against Rhea Ripley to win the championship just felt right. She is going to have a tough task ahead of her, as there are plenty of women on the NXT UK women’s division who will be looking to knock her off.
#2 Zach Gibson and James Drake: The Grizzled Young Veterans have earned this position, as they became the first ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions with an upset victory over Mustache Mountain. I have sung the praises of these two young superstars on this list before, but they impressed me in their title match. To be given the championships over Mustache Mountain was a huge surprise, and you have to hope the two men grab the proverbial “brass ring” and make a huge impact in the coming weeks.
#1 Pete Dunne: The top spot on my list goes to the man who I believe is the best wrestler in all of WWE, and that is the WWE United Kingdom Champion, “The Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne. His match against the much bigger Joe Coffey was a sight to behold. When Dunne is in the ring, each and every move he makes has a purpose, and even the newest of wrestling fans can see how great he is. He makes technical wrestling fun, which is something the WWE needs more of. His record-breaking championship reign of 600 days, which is the longest in the modern era of WWE, continues, and I don’t see an end in sight for this man.