That's fine, the European style isn't for everybody. That's what they do over there. they kind of work each other in a very slow paced exchange of submission holds. But it is all psychological and works extremely well. Personally for me it was an acquired taste as I tend to like more high flying moves in matches as well as a few powerbombs and stuff. But you've got to at least admire how skillful they are at their craft if nothing else.
I watch a lot of puroresu so I don't mind slow pacing or stiff wrestling but this wrestling style just didn't click and honestly I don't think this would go over all that well with more casual and younger fans anyway. At least with puroresu they add a dramatic flair and have great finishing sequences. This didn't even have that.
I mean this was painfully slow. Wolfe didn't pace his matches like this. He used a lot of holds but it would always build up to a good finish, something strong and explosive.
With Regal and Ohno they had holds and strikes nearly the entire match and I was hoping it would build towards a good finish but even that fell flat. Maybe it was the style, maybe this is further proof Ohno can't hang with the big leagues, maybe it was Regal's age, who knows, but this was average. Regal's always been rather sloppy and flailing when he's in the ring but I thought with a former student the match could be something good, but no, it just got slower and slower before a lacklustre finish.
And Ohno didn't build any heat on himself. Regal manhandled him through almost the entire match. Part of wrestling psychology among heels and faces is building some form of heat on the heel or at least getting some kind of support on the faces. That didn't happen either. Ohno came across as a chump who couldn't hang with washed up old man. Hell, that's certainly the case in real life, so maybe the story they were communicating made some sense.
I enjoyed the selling, as Shepard said basing some offence around the fingers was a cool touch and came across as very gritty and real, but selling can't save a match.
I want to like Kassius Ohno because I enjoyed what I once saw from him but right now he's a stale, crusty bagel. He's Kaval 2.0. An over hyped indy star who clearly can't cut it. I can't believe WWE is actually considering bringing him up. He's nowhere near ready. No one on NXT has given a damn about him since Steamboat disappeared. Why waste time giving this guy the spotlight when Kruger, Wyatt, Graves, Bronson, Harper and even Bo frigging Dallas of all people have shown more charisma and life than he has.
Best NXT match ever? Match of the Year for WWE? Solid affair, but not either of those.