The inaugural NXT UK: TakeOver was mostly very good, writing subjectively.
The opening match, the tournament final to determine the first NXT UK Tag Team Champions, was outstanding. Pulsating. Ludicrously dramatic. Wrestled at times inside of a volcano, it was that heated: Tyler Bate performed like a megastar, Trent Seven sold expertly, Zack Gibson fought as obnoxiously as he talks, and James Drake performed insane moves we haven't seen yet, even in this era, where there is more great wrestling than there is time to watch it.
Persuading the U.S. audience to pay attention to NXT UK going forward, in mid-'90s "Anything can happen!" style, Finn Bálor's surprise appearance was a very clever ploy, and it manifested as a very good match. Eddie Dennis and Dave Mastiff fashioned something fierce from something unfancied.
As the show dragged on, the returns didn't quite match the expectations; Rhea Ripley Vs. Toni Storm was more good than it was great, and the booking department woefully exposed Joe Coffey by making him go 35 minutes in a wildly uneven match marred by hesitation and two badly, badly blown spots. Aiming for the elite level of critical acclaim, the layout was more Davey Richards than Kenny Omega.
If nothing else, this was mission: accomplished: the insane heat and grand spectacle convinced more people to watch the brand in the weeks and months to come.