Here are the match results, my match ratings and review for NXT January 16th 2019.
MATCH RESULTS & MATCH RATINGS
Street Profits defeated Metro Brothers
Dominik Dijakovic defeated Adrian Juade
Match Rating ⭐️⭐️
Johnny Gargano defeated Humberto Carrillo
Kassius Ohno defeated Keith Lee
I expected this show to be building up feuds and storylines heading towards TakeOver Phoenix. There was a brilliant promo backstage by Ciampa for his match with Black, the women’s promo was done in ring as Bianca Belair was interrupted by Shayna Baszler who was accompanied by the other two Horsewomen, Gargano sent a message to Ricochet after his enjoyable match with Carrillo, The War Raiders had a cool video package promo with them preparing for their match with Undisputed Era. But this show was largely built around the rivalry between Matt Riddle and Kassius Ohno. I am really looking forward to seeing these two go at it in a match that lasts longer than 5 seconds. While Keith Lee lost his first match on NXT, it was by underhanded tactics so you could say that’s what it takes to beat someone like Lee, You have to cheat to beat him. Kassius needed the win going in to TakeOver. I feel he is extremely under-utilised, I think he should at least be in the title picture at some point in 2019. The one noticeable aspect of this show is how much bigger the performers are getting. The size of Dijakovic, Lee, Ohno and Riddle could lead to some awesome big lads matches. The match with Ohno and Lee was obvious proof of that. It always amazes me at how much they fit in to one hour and that a one hour wrestling show is perfect. Maybe Raw and Smackdown should think about doing one hour shows and leave fans wanting more rather than overlaod them with 5 hours a week.