Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lars Sullivan - WWE Call-Ups Update, Finn Balor Wrestles at NXT UK "Takeover: Blackpool", First-Ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions Crowned

Lars Sullivan - WWE Call-Ups Update, Finn Balor Wrestles at NXT UK "Takeover: Blackpool", First-Ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions Crowned
- NXT UK "Takeover: Blackpool" event opened with James Drake and Zack Gibson defeating Tyler Bate and Trent Seven to become the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions. As seen below, Triple H took to Twitter and praised The Grizzled Young Veterans after the win.

He wrote, "No longer "soon" to be. Now...the FIRST EVER @NXTUK Tag Team Champions... @JamesDrake_GYT @ZackGibson01 #NXTUKTagTitles #WeAreNXTUK"

- For what it's worth, WWE has EC3, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans and Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic) scheduled to be at RAW and SmackDown next week, according to PWInsider. There's no word yet on if they will make their TV debuts, or if they're just there for other reasons related to their call-ups.

It's interesting to note that the report did not include any mention of Lars Sullivan being scheduled to be at next week's tapings. As noted, Lars was scheduled to work dark matches at last week's tapings but there was an incident where he reportedly left due to an anxiety attack, putting his planned WrestleMania 35 match with John Cena up in the air. You can read the full report on what happened with Lars at this link.

- Finn Balor made a surprise appearance at today's WWE NXT UK "Takeover: Blackpool" event and defeated Jordan Devlin in the second match on the card. This was his debut for the brand.

Balor was in England for the launch of the WWE UK Performance Center on Friday.

Devlin was originally supposed to wrestle Travis Banks at Takeover. WWE shot an angle earlier in the day that saw Devlin attack Banks backstage. Their match came and Banks attacked Devlin during his entrance. Devlin turned it around and injured Banks' leg, which brought out NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint and his assistant, Sid Scala. They revealed Devlin's new opponent and out came Balor to a big pop.

It appears WWE has big things planned for Devlin, who has been compared to Balor, as WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels praised Devlin in the media this weekend, as we noted earlier today. Michaels said, "One guy who I didn't know, or hadn't seen was Jordan Devlin. He was good when he came in, but now he is really starting to feel it. [Jordan] is oozing confidence. And I hate to pinpoint one person, but I have seen him grow exponentially He is a real talented kid, and his ceiling is pretty darn high."



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