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NXT results, live blog (Jan. 2, 2019): Riddle vs. Ohno, Best of 2018 nominees

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- We have a Mean Gene scroll underneath the opening theme, which plays after the “In Memorial” graphic.

- Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson put over the year and tonight’s only match, then kick it to “the control room” and Cathy Kelley.

- Cathy promises the Year-End Award nominee, saying many will come from our first highlight video from the TakeOver: New Orleans North American title ladder match. After essentially showing half of that classic, we see Ricochet winning the belt from Adam Cole at Brooklyn 4.

- Ricochet is one of the nominees for Breakout Superstar of 2018. He’s joined by Dakota Kai, Lars Sullivan, Rhea Ripley, War Raiders, Lacey Evans, EC3, and Bianca Belair.

- The video package for Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano’s Unsanctioned match from New Orleans is shown, followed by highlights of Johnny’s lone win over Ciampa this year. The Blackheart’s win in Chicago is quickly recapped.

- Next up are highlights from Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Aleister Black for the NXT title at New Orleans. That flows into Ciampa’s shot at Black’s belt, which he won due to interference gone wrong by Gargano. From there it’s “the summer’s biggest mystery” and highlights of Nikki Cross: Star Witness angle that led to Black’s violent return to Full Sail.

- We get caught up on the issues between KO and the King of Bros, and then it’s the nominees for Tag Team of the Year: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Street Profits, Heavy Machinery, Moustache Mountain, War Raiders, and Undisputed ERA. Then it’s two of the nominees in action with Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. the Brit-Am Brawlers from Chicago 2.

- Rivalry of the Year nominees: Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas, Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler, Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Moustache Mountain vs. Undisputed ERA, Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream, Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler and Aleister Black/Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa/Nikki Cross.

- Future Star of the Year nominees: Matt Riddle, Mia Yim, Keith Lee, Forgotten Sons, Candice LeRae, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke, Kona Reeves, Dominick Dijakovic and Io Shirai.

- Match of the Year nominees... is where the inform us that all of these are on here. You can also find the hashtags to use to vote on Twitter.

- Seeing as she’s the #1 contender to Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s title, we’re treated to Bianca Belair’s pre-Brooklyn 4 win over Deonna Purrazzo.

- The video package for Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano’s match from WarGames 2 is shown, followed by highlights of Gargano being (temporarily) absolved of his sins. Then we see the steel cage rematch, complete with Dark DIY tease. Sarah Schreiber’s interview with Johnny Delusion.

- Our final nominees are...

  • Male Competitor of the Year: Adam Cole, Pete Dunne, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black, Ricochet, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa
  • Female Competitor of the Year: Nikki Cross, Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, Shayna Baszler and Bianca Belair
  • Overall Competitor of the Year: Tommaso Ciampa, Nikki Cross, Johnny Gargano, Ember Moon, Ricochet, Aleister Black, Kairi Sane, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Velveteen Dream, Ember Moon, Pete Dunne, Nikki Cross and Adam Cole

- Matt Riddle def. Kassius Ohno via submission with the Bro-mission

They charge one another at the bell and miss with their signature strikes, then Riddle isolates Ohno in the corner with punches before hitting a running forearm, getting him up for an exploder suplex and then drops his own senton on him. KO answers a chop with one to the throat that allows him to take control. That starts with a release suplex and proceeds into several boots to the head as Kassius looks to inflict punishment on the King of Bros.

The strategy costs Ohno, though, at least for a while. A bridging German suplex gets a nearfall for Riddle, but after landing a couple kicks Kassius catches one. He follows that with the bicycle knee and the cyclone kick for two. KO follows that up with two sentons, but Riddle grabs his neck on the second. With the accompanying strikes which force his opponent to stop protecting his neck, he gets his finisher in and Ohno has to tap.

- After the bell, Riddle offers a distraught-looking Ohno his hand for a Bro fist, but KO turns to head up the ramp. Matt goes back to celebrating, and Kassius eventually returns to the ring. As the crowd chants “Bro-No”, Ohno gets on a knee and offers his own fist. Riddle comes in for the bump, but KO grabs his wrist and flings him shoulder-first into the ring post. The beating continues on the floor, as the Bro gets sent into the post there and then the steel steps. Twice. Then a rolling elbow. He props a woozy Riddle against the stairs, steps on his hair and hold his hand up for the fist bump.

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