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NXT Retro Review Episode 15: Kassius Ohno vs. Richie Steamboat



Retro WWE NXT Episode 15 – Original Air Date – September 26, 2012

The show began with an excellent video package that highlighted the feud between Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) and Richie Steamboat. Their feud had gone to another level after Kassius got himself disqualified, Ohno attacked Steamboat after the match and sent him to a hospital, right in front of his dad Ricky. But the younger Steamboat had returned last week to save Oliver Grey and tonight they would finally have their rematch.

Coheed and Cambria play us in. Byron Saxton and William Regal are our commentator.

Michael McGillicutty vs. Bo Dallas

They locked up to start the match and immediately they started tearing into each other with right hands from the clinch. Dallas backed him into the corner and worked him over, but McGillicutty fought his way out with some right hands, but Dallas cut him off and then whipped him into a gorilla press drop, a move that Dallas proceeded to repeat two more times. Regal made a great reference to how their grandfathers had fought each other and each was on the phone bellowing on how he better win this match. Dallas drove McGillicutty into the corner with some rights, then hit some clotheslines in the corner. McGillicutty tried to shake it off and charge, but charged right into a back elbow that sent him to the floor. McGillicutty tried to create some distance, Bo was on him. McGillicutty kicked him in the gut and tried to slam his face into the apron, but Bo no sold it and slammed his head into the apron twice. He rolled McGillicutty in the ring, but he rolled back out the other side, so Dallas ran McGillicutty down with a clothesline. Dallas finally got him in the ring and covered for a two count. Dallas got him in the corner and hit him with short backelbows, but when the ref got in there to let McGillicutty out of the corner, McGillicutty came over the top with a right hand, then threw him shoulder first into the ringpost for a two count. Commercial Break.

BFC, McGillicutty has Dallas down and is pounding him with rights, then locks in a hammerlock with Dallas face first on the canvas. Dallas is able to roll to his butt and then get to his feet, but McGillicutty pulled him down by the hair and started stomping him, with the fans at Full Sail “yah!” ing along with every shot. McGillicutty drove him in the corner, wrapping his arm around the top before driving him to the apron with some right hands. Dallas blocked one right hand and hit a shoulder to the gut, followed by a sunset flip from the apron for a two count, but McGillicutty cut him off with a Divorce Court for a near fall. Classic old school stuff there.

McGillicutty worked him over some stomps in the corner and some rights, but Dallas came out with some wild overhand rights, but McGillicutty cut him off with a kick to the gut and clubbing blows to the back. Dallas fired back to the body and hit a series of overhand rights before finally dropping him with a clothesline. Dallas followed up with a back elbow, then a bodyshot to set up a running elbow to the back of the head. Dallas whipped him in and hit a clothesline in the corner, right into a bulldog. Dallas looked like he was going for a cover, but instead and got up and looked to be looking for a spear, but McGillicutty dropped to the mat when he saw him. Dallas came over and tried to get on top of him, but McGillicutty held onto the ropes until he caught Bo over the top with a back elbow, then caught him with the Ax to the head, staggering Dallas. McGillicutty followed up with a sweet swinging neckbreaker for three count. The crowd freaking “Yah!” with the three count.

Winner: McGillicutty via pinfall

Regal hyped up McGillicutty and said that he may be the man to beat Seth Rollins. Wow. Commentators putting over the talent. What a novel concept.

Then we get a short vignette on Paige. It showed her beating up some girls in the ring and words from her herself. She said that she had been training to be a champion since she was thirteen years old and that she didn’t come to NXT to be a Diva, but to be a fighter. She said that so many people had questions about Paige, but that the best everyone knew, the better. Cool!

Then we get the Raw Rebound as we continue to see scenes from CM Punk’s senseless 2012 heel turn. He did his best to make it work, but it was the wrong thing to do at the wrong time. Cena being injured didn’t make it any better. The only interesting segment was when Punk kicked Mick Foley in the gut and walked away, and then came back, but Ryback emerged to protect Foley…

Leo Kruger vs. Jake Carter

Carter now has the moniker “Your Girlfriend’s Favorite Wrestler.” That is one hell of a moniker, but it makes Carter a heel, and he’s facing Kruger, another heel. What the f**k is going on? Kruger was sitting in the corner as Carter beckoned him on. Carter looked away and Kruger caught him with a charging forearm, then slammed his head in a few corners, before working him over with some kicks in the corner. Kruger came away and allowed Carter the distance to get to his feet and fire back with a kick to the gut and some rights, but Kruger dropped to the mat and pulled by his tights to the floor. Kruger slid out of the ring and creeped up behind Carter…and threw him in the ring. WTF? Kruger whipped him in for a clothesline, but Carter ducked and hit a big right hand, but Kruger kicked him in the knee and hit a half hiptoss, before pounding him with vicious right hands from the mount. Kruger got up and stomped him, then hit a kneedrop. Kruger offered that maniacal smile before locking the legs and pulling back on the arm and hair of Carter. Kruger let up and Carter seemed to swipe at him for a single leg, but Kruger stepped around and applied a reverse chinlock, then switched to just pull on Carter’s face. Kruger whipped him into a clothesline in the corner, then hit a second rope shoulder block for a two count. Kruger then whipped him in looking for a backdrop but Carter caught him with a faceslam. Carter followed up with some bodyshots, then dropped him with a right hand and followed up with a pair of clotheslines. Carter worked him with some bodyshots in the corner ala Vader, then whipped him into the corner, but missed a Stinger Splash. Kruger started banging on his head and hit the neckbreaker into the facebuster for the three count.

Winner: Kruger via pinfall

Regal then announced that Ryback would be appearing on the show tonight.

Ryback vs. Aiden English and Dorian Bates

There was an obviously pipped in “Feed Me More” chant before the match begin. There were some fans chanting “Eat the Chicken”, in reference to the guy in the front row with a chicken head on. English and Bates looked at him and seemed to see how best to attack, so they both went at him clubbing him. English kicked him in the collarbone, but Ryback no sold it. English came off the ropes, but ran right into a boot to the chest. Ryback caught a kick from Bates and took him down. You could see Ryback’s singlet had ripped a bit and Ryback yelled at English and started clubbing him across the back. He went over to Bates and started slamming his head against the mat. English jumped on his back, but Ryback caught him with a backpack stunner. He grabbed Bates and tossed him into the corner and caught him with a running shoulder to the gut. He then picked up English and drilled with a sick high angle powerbomb. He then ran over Bates with a Meathook clothesline. He then hooked up both men and hit them both at the same time with the Shellshock for the three count. The fans popped huge for the finish, but that piped in chant was there again.

Winner: Ryback via pinfall

Main event time.

Richie Steamboat vs. Kassius Ohno

Jim Ross joins the commentary team for the main event. The two men pace a long time and then lock up. They jockey for position for a long moment before Steamboat finally backs Ohno into the turnbuckles and Ohno steps his leg to the outside of the ropes. The ref breaks them and Ohno takes a little powder. He comes back in and they lock up, and Ohno grabs a headlock. Steamboat tossed him in, and Ohno puts him down with a shoulder block. Steamboat drops down and leapfrogs a charging Ohno and catches him with a cross body block for a one count, then puts him down with a shoulder block for a quick one count. Steamboat drops him with another shoulder block, but Ohno kicks out even before one and he takes a powder to the outside. Ohno takes his time coming in and comes out of the corner trying to catch Steamboat with a boot to the gut, but Steamboat caught it. Ohno tried to reach for him, but Steamboat turned him around into a chop to the chest that dropped him to his knees. Steamboat then whipped him into a backdrop where Ohno got some serious height. Lance Storm would be proud. Ohno begged off and seemed to go for a poke to the eye, which he used the first match, but Steamboat blocked it, then blocked it with the other hand, then clubbed him in the back. Steamboat slammed his head into the turnbuckle, then lit him up with a chop to the chest. Steamboat hits some clubbing shots to the back, then snapmared him into a rear chinlock. Steamboat worked the hold a bit, then delivered a spinal tap to the back, then one to the chest for a two count. Steamboat hit him with another sharp to the chest, then clubbed him some more before grabbing a wristlock and then climbing the ropes, but Ohno shoved him off. Steamboat managed to land on the apron, but Ohno grabbed him and rammed him into the far ringpost, sending him to the floor. Commercial Break.

BFC, Ohno had Richie locked up in the cravate. Regal and Ross did a great job putting the move over. Richie almost was up to his feet, but Ohno took him back over and actually got a two count. But Steamboat worked his back up and managed to armdrag out of the hold, but Ohno caught him with a headbutt to the gut and a sick reverse jawbreaker for a two count. Ohno started stomping in the way only he could. Steamboat tried to fire upkicks from the corner, but Ohno passed and kept stomping and working over Steamboat in the corner. Ohno then went to the apron and used the cravate across the top rope, choking Steamboat to the floor and dropping him. Ohno covered for a two count. Ohno brought him to the corner and hit a chop to the chest, then a punch to the head. Ohno hit some chops, but Steamboat stopped selling them and fired back with a series of chops to the chest, but Ohno cut him off with a right hand. Steamboat was recovering in the corner and Ohno set up and yelled “Oh No!” before going for a flying forearm in the corner, but Steamboat caught him with a flying forearm. Steamboat followed up with a pair of double chops to the chest that took him off of his feet. He went for a whip, but Ohno reversed, but Steamboat stopped his foot into the corner and back elbowed him away, then hit a second rope sky twister press, but Ohno rolled through for a two count. Ohno went for a single leg, but Steamboat countered into a backslide for a two count.

Steamboat went for a whip that got reversed and Ohno back dropped him to the apron, but Steamboat caught him with a headbutt and hit a flying dropkick off the top for a two count. Steamboat clubbed him across the back and went for a whip, but Ohno reversed it and caught him with a boot to the face, then rolled back into a cradle for a two count. Ohno started working him with stomps in the corner, then some right hands, but the ref kept getting in the way of his work. The distraction led to Steamboat catching Ohno with a superkick for a near fall. Steamboat was pissed and he went right up top for a moonsault, but Ohno cleared the way, then schoolboyed him for a two count. Ohno then hit the corner flying forearm and went for the roaring elbow, but Steamboat blocked and rolled through into a small package for the three count!

Winner: Steamboat via pinfall

Steamboat was celebrating, and the ref was raising his hand, but Ohno came from behind with forearm to the head. Steamboat was out. Ohno then locked in the cravate, and it took five or six refs to come out and break the hold. The smart fans where cheering for Ohno, but many were booing him. Ohno smiled as he looked on the out Steamboat as Saxton talked about how this issue was far from over and that’s how the show ended.

Frank’s Take: This was not as strong of an episode as this last few shows have been, although the main event alone made it a very good show. The Ohno vs Steamboat storyline was excellent here and they had a good match that told a good story. Ohno dominated most of the match only to get beaten by the better wrestler. But he leaves Steamboat lying again. Good stuff. The opening match between McGillicutty and Dallas was a fun one as well. I don’t remember the man we now know as Curtis Axel being Full Sail’s first cult hero, but here it is on video. Building up a challenger to the champion. Commentators putting a guy over. What novel concepts.

But what the hell is going with this Jake Carter-Leo Kruger thing. Carter has an awesome heel moniker and look, but he’s the babyface? What the hell is going on. This wasn’t the strongest match for Kruger’s character. Damn, that guy was always one hit away, man. Ryback coming up during the Raw Rebound and getting a match here is a nice little happenstance, but I could take or leave it on this show. Despite himself, Mr. Dumb As F**k was over at one point. Whatever…

Frank has been a wrestling fan since he was two years old. (Don't worry, he's got proof.) He's also a huge boxing and UFC fan and has a long standing love affair with Popeyes Chicken. He still owns a VHS copy of the first Ring of Honor show ever and was watching NXT before it was cool (or good). Bret Hart > Shawn Michaels. You can follow him on Twitter at @FightFanaticPod and on Tumblr at FrankTheFightFanatic. He's also starting his own podcast soon!