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
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’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.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
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