Kassius Ohno’s attempt to elevate himself into NXT Championship contention by picking a fight with Lars Sullivan backfired, as the 300-plus pound monster made the most of his NXT TakeOver debut, powering his way to an emphatic victory.
With a big experience advantage over Sullivan, the world-renowned Ohno had knowledge and a devastating arsenal of strikes in his favor, but Sullivan’s overwhelming power allowed him to bulldoze through his opponent in Houston.
Sullivan’s strength advantage was on full display from the opening bell, as he barreled through Ohno’s clothesline attempt before shoulder-blocking his 6’4”, 270-pound opponent to the mat like he was a Cruiserweight.
The over-eager Sullivan made a rookie mistake, however, when he went to the top rope for a diving headbutt that missed. The costly error opened the door for Ohno to deliver a barrage of vicious kicks to his monstrous foe.
After both men traded brutal strikes, Ohno lined up for his Rolling Elbow, but unfortunately for the hard-hitting Ohno, he wouldn’t get the chance to see if his finishing move could KO Sullivan. Instead, the hulking Sullivan dodged the maneuver and nearly drove Ohno through the canvas with a massive Freak Accident for the 1-2-3.
Coming into this career-altering contest, Ohno was looking to make a statement and move his way into NXT Championship contention, but it was the freakish Sullivan who put the NXT Universe on notice, and it may only be a matter of time before he’s at the top of NXT’s food chain.