WWE NXT Results – January 2nd, 2019
2019 has begun, and that means that there will be 52 brand new episodes of NXT for fans to look forward to this year. This is abbreviated list of results for this week as this edition of NXT was mostly a year-in-review show that went over some key moments from 2018 and established the annual year-end award nominees. There was a fresh match in the main event between Kassius Ohno and Matt Riddle, but more on that later.This show began with Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, and Nigel McGuinness welcoming the fans to NXT in Full Sail University. Ranallo called 2018 NXT’s best year yet, which could certainly be an understandable claim.
From there we were taken back to the ladder match that was held to crown the first North American Champion during NXT Takeover: New Orleans in April. As fans may recall, The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole defeated The Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, EC3, Killian Dain, and Lars Sullivan to win the title.
Just a few months later, Ricochet defeated Adam Cole at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV to win the championship during the weekend of SummerSlam in August. Highlights from the match were shown as well.
The first batch of nominees for this year’s NXT Year-End Awards have been presented. For “Breakout Star of the Year,” fans can vote on either Ricochet, Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai, Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, The War Raiders, EC3, or Bianca Belair.
Of course, one cannot talk about NXT in 2018 without mentioning the feud between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. After Ciampa turned on Gargano before leaving to recover from an injury in 2017, the two of them had a rivalry this year that saw them face off in three epic matches at NXT Takeover events. Their first bout from NXT Takeover: New Orleans was shown, which was the match that saw Gargano get the submission victory in order to win the match and get his job as an NXT roster member back.
Tommaso Ciampa later became the NXT Champion when he defeated Aleister Black on an episode of NXT. Some clips from the match were shown briefly.
Some clips of the whodunit angle from when Aleister Black was attacked in the parking lot of Full Sail University were shown. Black took time off to heal from an injury while NXT General Manager William Regal tried to get to the bottom of the mystery. The only person who knew who attacked Black was Nikki Cross, but in the end, Johnny Gargano revealed himself as the assailant once Black returned to NXT.
A replay of Matt Riddle knocking out and pinning Kassius Ohno in a surprise 7-second match during NXT Takeover: WarGames from the fall aired. They will be having their rematch later on during the show.
The nominees for the “NXT Tag Team of the Year” were revealed to be The Street Profits, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Heavy Machinery, Moustache Mountain, The War Raiders, and The Undisputed Era.
Video of Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly retaining the NXT Tag Team Championships in a hard-fought match against Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan from NXT Takeover: Chicago was shown.
“Rivalry of the Year” will either go to Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano, Shayna Baszler vs. Ember Moon, Moustache Mountain vs. The Undisputed Era, Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler, Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream, or Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black vs. Nikki Cross.
“Future Star of the Year” will be between Matt Riddle, Mia Yim, Keith Lee, Candice LeRae, The Forgotten Sons, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, Kona Reeves, Dominik Dijakvoic, and Io Shirai. Should be a slam dunk for Kona, right?
Several matches are up for consideration as far as “Match of the Year” goes, and it may be hard to choose just one of the incredible matches from NXT from the past twelve months. However, the nominees for this award (as well as all of the others) are open on WWE’s official website now.
Before NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV began, Bianca Belair defeated Deonna Purrazzo. Since then, Belair has been undefeated in singles competition and is being looked at as a top prospect in the NXT women’s division in 2019. She will face Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover: Phoenix.
Not long after he revealed himself to be Aleister Black’s mystery attacker, Johnny Gargano squared off with Black at NXT Takeover: WarGames. Highlights for the match were shown, and although he lost the match, it still marked another instant classic for “Johnny Wrestling” in 2018.
A clip from the fairly recent angle involving Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa briefly reuniting to help Gargano win a Steel Cage match against Aleister Black aired. Afterwards, Gargano was asked if he and Ciampa have put aside their differences and will start teaming up again. Johnny did not give a straight answer and instead opted to describe himself as the “good guy” in this situation with himself, Ciampa, and Black.
The nominees for “Male Competitor of the Year” are Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Andrade “Cien” Almas, The Velveteen Dream, Adam Cole, and Ricochet.
For “Female Competitor of the Year,” it has come down to either Bianca Belair, Shayna Baszler, Kairi Sane, Ember Moon, and Nikki Cross.
Finally, there will be an award given for “Overall Competitor of the Year.” For this award, every single member of the NXT roster is eligible to win. As mentioned, the polls are open now for voting on WWE.com. The awards will likely be presented prior to the NXT Takeover: Phoenix event on January 26th.
Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno –
Back in Full Sail University, the time for reminiscing has come to an end. The first match of 2019 is about to officially get underway, and it will be the second match between Kassius Ohno and Matt Riddle. Riddle is still new to NXT and Ohno has become desperate to prove to the rookie why he is the veteran of the NXT roster, especially after Riddle defeated him in short order at NXT Takeover: WarGames in November.
The match begins with Riddle going after Kassius and trying to land a couple of kicks. Ohno dodges and tries to hit some of his signature punches, but Matt is able to dodge these maneuvers. Both men have clearly been studying each other for a while now. Riddle gets in some kicks and strikes before hitting a senton on Ohno. Ohno is later able to hiss Matt with a punch that takes him out. This proved to be a turning point for Kassius for at least a little while.
Following the punch, Ohno gets in more shots and charges after him with a rolling senton. Eager to show the rookie has it is done on NXT, Ohno begins to bully Riddle as he taunts him and lays into him with some chops. Riddle then takes control after hitting a German Suplex for a two-count.
Riddle then goes for another kick, but Kassius catches Matt’s foot and begins to go after his toes. He takes him down and meets him with a Cyclone Kick for a near fall. Ohno sends Matt back down to the ring canvas before hitting one senton, then another, and before he nails a third one, the former MMA fighter gets his knees up and spikes Ohno hard. Matt Riddle wants to put an end to the match, so he locks in the Bromission, which ends up giving him a submission win.
Winner: Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle is now 2-0 in matches against Kassius Ohno, so appropriately, Ohno was absolutely distraught in the ring after picking up the loss. Meanwhile, Riddle celebrated his win without a single care in the world. Ohno rolled out of the ring and tried to make his way to the back until Riddle caught him and offered a fist bump. Kassius walked as Riddle continued to relish his victory. Suddenly, Ohno stops himself and walks back to the ring. Ohno gets down on one knee and holds out his fist. Riddle seems ecstatic to see Ohno give him his blessing at last, but when he went for the fist bump, Kassius grabbed his arm and attacks him.
Despite the “Bro-No” chants from the Full Sail crowd, it is clear that these two will not be teaming up in the near future. Ohno shoved Riddle into the turnbuckle before taking him out of the ring and making him run into the guardrail and steel ring steps. He gives the new NXT Superstar a Rolling Elbow for good measure too. It is only after this when Ohno grabs hold of Riddle’s lifeless arm and connects his fist with his own for a fist bump.
NXT may be headed into a new, but Matt Riddle and Kassius Ohno are carrying their beef from 2018 into 2019. Aside from the main event match, this 2-hour edition of NXT featured mostly replayed content, but that is all expected to change very soon. Next week’s episode of NXT will likely be back in true form and will continue to build up hype for the NXT Takeover: Phoenix event later this month. Going through this show and some of the moments from 2018 can cause some to wonder how the NXT brand can possibly top itself in 2019. There is no denying that it will be exciting to see WWE try. I’ll see you NXT time!
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