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WWE NXT results, Jan. 2, 2019: Ohno snaps on Riddle in maniacal rampage
Matt Riddle continued his winning ways, defeating Kassius Ohno in a bruising TakeOver rematch. However, when The King of Bros extended a post-fight olive branch, Ohno saw his chance to break William Regal’s “shiny new toy.”
The 2018 NXT Year-End Award nominees announced
Voting is now open for the 2018 NXT Year-End Awards! After the announcement of the categories and nominees on tonight’s NXT, members of the NXT Universe can make their voices heard by casting their votes on Twitter.
The 2018 Year-End Awards include nine categories in total:
Overall Competitor of the Year
Male Competitor of the Year
Female Competitor of the Year
Tag Team of the Year
Match of the Year
Rivalry of the Year
Breakout Star of the Year
Future Star of NXT
TakeOver of the Year
Click here for the full list of nominees and details on how to vote.
Who will take home this year’s trophies when the winners are revealed on the TakeOver: Phoenix Pre-Show, streaming live on WWE Network on Saturday, Jan. 26?
Matt Riddle def. Kassius Ohno
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.