Standing across the ring from a Superstar as decorated and world-traveled as Kassius Ohno is enough to make most men shake in their boots. As he’d be quick to remind you, however, Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole is not like most men.
The Panama City Playboy was so confident heading into his main-event showdown with The Knockout Artist (a match that Ohno had requested) that he even instructed Undisputed ERA teammates Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly to remain in the locker room for the bout. As it turns out, Fish & O’Reilly’s assistance would not be necessary.
Though Ohno gave Cole cause for concern throughout the match, booting him into next week and hauling off with one brutal strike after another, Cole persevered. He used a few dirty tricks along the way, too, such as feigning a leg injury only to catch Ohno off-guard with a perfectly timed enzuigiri.
The exciting back-and-forth bout reached a turning point after Cole avoided being pinned following a High-Tension Elbow by Ohno, one of The Knockout Artist’s signature strikes. Cole proceeded to take the advantage, drilling Ohno with three superkicks, none of which floored The Knockout Artist completely. The Panama City Playboy finally dropped Ohno with a suplex onto his knee and the Last Shot to pick up the major win.
Whereas Cole’s hubris has cost him dearly in the past, tonight was a different story. Cole stood tall, while Ohno, dogged by inconsistent performances in recent months, was left to figure out how to rebound from his latest tough loss.
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