05th Jan2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jan 2nd 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan and we have… one match.

Match #1: (Main Event) Matt Riddle def. Kassius Ohno

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Matt Riddle’s 2019 started with a bang in more ways than one. Although he notched a submission victory against Kassius Ohno to go 2-0 against NXT’s Knockout Artist, The King of Bros was also left seeing stars after a brutal post-match beatdown by Ohno. Unlike their first match at TakeOver: WarGames II, where Riddle’s flying knee dispatched Ohno in record time, Ohno controlled the action of the return bout. He did so with an equal measure of anger and arrogance, hammering Riddle with strikes, while serving up plenty of trash-talk. Riddle mounted offensive bursts, but Ohno snuffed them out in short order.

Ohno appeared to have matters firmly in control when he smothered Riddle with two consecutive senton splashes, but Riddle countered a third senton by driving his knees into Ohno’s back. The former UFC fighter then quickly snaked into position for the Bromission and forced Ohno to tap out. Having suffered a second defeat to the man he derisively calls William Regal’s “shiny new toy,” Ohno looked to be in absolute despair. Riddle offered a reconciliatory fist bump, but all he got in return was a vicious attack, as Ohno maniacally ran him into the steel ring post and the steel ring steps before finishing the job with a Rolling Elbow. Afterward, Ohno mockingly fist-bumped the down-and-out Riddle in a final act of disrespect.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine match that made up for the six second one these two had at the Take-Over at bit earlier. The action was tight and taut, like a rope tied to two race-cars stuck in a mud-packed game of tug-of-war by way of demolition derby. Ohno looked like he wanted to kill Riddle, who himself was as exuberant as ever. These two have a lot of chemistry and this could be a big feud for the year.

News Of The Night:

  1. The NXT awards were announced and can be voted on at WWE.com.

Final Verdict: 3/5

A one match show delivered a thrilling fight to the finish to make this a good show.


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