Bobby Roode Beats Kassius Ohno to Retain NXT Championship

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Feed Source: WWE Bleacher Report

Bobby Roode defeated Kassius Ohno on NXT programming Wednesday night to retain the NXT Championship and set up a return bout with Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: Orlando.

WWE NXT showed Roode holding his title aloft following the victory:

Nakamura didn't miss any of the action backstage:

Roode tweeted a message to his challenger:

Ohno recently made his return to NXT after four years away, and he immediately set his sights on Roode and the NXT title.

Following a bout between Roode and No Way Jose a few weeks ago, Ohno hit the ring to save Jose from a post-match attack:

The glorious champion attempted to outsmart Ohno by baiting him into a fight, but Ohno turned the table and managed to stand strong.

After the tussle between Roode and Ohno, NXT general manager William Regal set the stage for a huge main event by booking Roode against Ohno with the title on the line and the winner going on to main event NXT TakeOver: Orlando against Nakamura.

Ohno's first run in NXT was an impressive one, but he never managed to reach the top of the mountain by winning the NXT Championship. He then went on to dominate the independent scene as Chris Hero but made it clear that he had unfinished business in NXT.

Meanwhile, Roode took less than a year to reach the pinnacle of NXT and did so by becoming only the second Superstar to defeat the King of Strong Style in NXT.

Roode picked up yet another impressive victory Wednesday night, and it promises to give him plenty of momentum entering perhaps the biggest match of his career.

He and Nakamura will headline NXT TakeOver: Orlando the night before WrestleMania 33 in a bout that promises to have a long-lasting impact on the brand. 

The first match between them at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio was among the best in NXT in recent memory, and the rematch will have major implications.

In addition to the winner being NXT champion, the loser could very well be on the fast track to a main-roster call-up after WrestleMania.

As for Ohno, his route to the NXT Championship is taking a detour, but it shouldn't be long before he finds himself back in the title scene.

Provided Roode or Nakamura get called up to the main roster soon, Ohno will be among the top veterans remaining in NXT, and he figures to get another shot in the near future.



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