WWE NXT UK Recap (12/30): Best Moments Of 2021, NXT UK Year End Awards

Hello again wrestling fans, and welcome back to the Rajah.Com recap of NXT UK!

This week’s edition of NXT UK is a special holiday edition of the black and gold brand’s show, featuring multiple NXT UK Superstars. Check it out:

NXT UK (12/30/21)

-The usual opening video package kicks off the show, and Pretty Deadly welcomes viewers to the “Pretty Deadly power hour”. Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley give viewers a quick rundown of today’s episode, and introduce the first flashback of the night.

NXT UK Tag Team Championship

Gallus(c) vs. Pretty Deadly

Viewers are taken back to February 25th, where Pretty Deadly defeated Gallus to become the NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Pretty Deadly held the titles until December 9th, and dropped the straps to Moustache Mountain.

-Pretty Deadly makes another appearance, and tells viewers “that was the greatest achievement of our careers!”
-A video package recaps the year Pretty Deadly had, which featured multiple title defenses, interviews with drag queens, a day in the life of a Magic Mike dancer, and more.
-Dave Mastiff shares his New Years resolution, and vows to “smile a little more.” Jack Starz also wishes everyone a Happy New Year, and claims that he and Mastiff “will become NXT UK Tag Team Champion’s” in 2022. Saxon Huxley and Oliver Carter also join the fun, as well as Primate of Symbiosis. A-Kid closes the segment, and simply says “Happy New Year everyone.”

**commercial break**

-On the other side of the break, a video package reminds everyone that Meiko Satomura will defend her NXT UK Women’s Championship against Blair Davenport, during next week’s edition of NXT UK.
-Andy and Nigel also remind viewers about next weeks NXT UK Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Elimination Match, which will pit Symbiosis against Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter.
-NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov wishes everyone “the very best, and a happy 2022,” and Ashton Smith shares a few comments, as well as Rohan Raja. Sam Gradwell and Nathan Frazer chime in, along with Amale, who wants viewers to “keep hope alive in 2022.”
-Pretty Deadly makes their presence felt again, and introduces a video package that highlights the early portion of the rivalry between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov.

NXT UK #1 Contender match

Rampage Brown vs. Joe Coffey vs. Ilja Dragunov

Viewers are taken back to June 24th, where Ilja Dragunov defeated Joe Coffey and Rampage Brown in an NXT UK Championship #1 Contender match.

-A video package highlights the brutal NXT TakeOver 36 collision between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov, where Dragunov defeated the longest reigning NXT UK Champion in the brands history. Ilja remains on top of the NXT UK mountain, and will soon defend his title against former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin.
-Kenny Williams, Sha Samuels, Xia Brookside, Wolfgang, Eddie Dennis, and Nina Samuels share more New Year’s resolutions, as well as Pretty Deadly, who brings the show to a close.

Now it’s time to hand out a few awards! The trophies are usually given out as weekly awards, but since the latest episode featured the best moments of 2021, I thought it would be cool to do a year end award special.

The following awards have already been announced:

NXT UK Year End Awards(Part 1)

*Women’s Superstar of the Year:

Winner- Meiko Satomura

*Women’s Rising Star Award:

Winner- Xia Brookside

*Tag Team of the Year:

Winner- Pretty Deadly(Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley)

Now that you’re all caught up, check out part two of NXT UK Year End Awards:

NXT UK Yearend Awards(Part 2)

*Male Superstar of the Year:

Winner- Ilja Dragunov

*Male Rising Star Award:

Winner- Noam Dar

*Most Valuable Player Award:

Winner- Tyler Bate

*Honorable Mentions:

1). Blair Davenport
2). Teoman
3.) Sam Gradwell

That’s all for this weeks edition of NXT UK! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year everyone!