Matt Riddle will compete at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but his match with Kassius Ohno will not be shown live.
Survivor Series week is officially underway. Not only does that mean we have the massive and long-standing PPV to look forward to this Sunday, but also NXT TakeOver: WarGames the night before. If the event is anything like last year's offering, or any other NXT TakeOver for that matter, it could very well steal the weekend.
There will be some pretty big matches taking place at WarGames too. A two-ring cage match after which the event is named, of course. The NXT Title and Women's Title will be up for grabs. Plus, in what will very likely be the match of the night, Johnny Gargano takes on Aleister Black. That makes four matches by our count, and TakeOvers normally have five, so what's missing?
Well, apparently, Matt Riddle versus Kassius Ohno was also supposed to be a part of the proceedings, filling that fifth match spot. However, according to Ringside News, that match will no longer be airing live on the WWE Network this Saturday. It will still take place, but it will be taped and saved for a future episode of NXT. Most likely the one that will be shown on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
While anyone who has seen what Riddle can do in the ring on the independent circuit is eager to see his career get going in NXT, his TakeOver debut should not be rushed. At the time of typing this, Riddle hs only wrestled once on NXT television. To have him in a match with Ohno preceded by almost no build, he deserves better than that. So does Ohno for that matter.
This match will be can't miss, and there is probably only one real downfall. It is Ohno's second run in NXT and he is being treated the same way he was first time around. The chances of him beating Riddle this weekend, whether it is shown live or not, are slim to none. Ohno feels a little bit like NXT's resident enhancement talent at this point. Hopefully, an angle revolving around him snapping and ascending up the card happens sooner rather than later.