While WWE WrestleMania 37 might be this weekend, NXT had its WrestleMania with NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver place for 2 nights on Wednesday and Thursday. Both nights needed can not -miss cards, but Night 1 was convinced to set a precedent that was demanding for any series to follow.
In the main event, Io Shirai desired to put the 1 girl she had not been able to defeat nevertheless: Raquel Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been dominant for months, but The Genius of the Sky has been dominant for the past year. Just 1 woman could stand at the summit of NXT.
For the first time since he won the title at NXT TakeOver: New York, WALTER stepped onto the NXT TakeOver stage to shield his NXT UK Championship. His opponent was among the very best NXT has ever noticed, Tommaso Ciampa.
The NXT Tag Team Championships were also on the line as MSK, The Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado del Fantasma competed to crown another leader of the tag team division.
Kushida and Pete Dunne had their own title to fight over. Both are the greatest technical wrestler in NXT, but only one man may be the best. They’d fight with everything in their arsenal to create the other man submit.
Looking forward to Night two of NXT TakeOver, the NXT North American winner Johnny Gargano waited for the winner of this Gauntlet Eliminator. Isaiah”Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis and LA Knight all had an Opportunity to unveil their legacies with a success.
NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver had the atmosphere of something really excellent. The black-and-gold brand gift didn’t only want to work as the opening act to WrestleMania weekend. They were seeking to steal the entire week.
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The Terrible Toni Storm wore down Zoey Stark early, but she refused to put the match away. She went to the top rope with a strategy which has been stopped cold thanks to a superplex from Stark. Storm just barely dodged a Shining Wizard only to get planted with a German suplex.
Stark attached to the Shining Wizard for 2. After a nearfall counter from Storm, Stark hit a superkick for 2. A series of suplexes setup Storm Zero, but Stark cradled her opponent for a surprise three count.
Stark def. Storm by pinfall.
This was a powerful opener that might have been around the primary card, especially if it had any sort of construct. Both still put on a game which needs to be a serious feud starter and showcased the ability of the women in every second.
The final stretch was especially robust and demonstrated both have far more in the tank to the long run. Stark has become a house of passion since debuting in NXT, and particularly when she keeps defeating talent like Storm, she’s going to quickly become a household name alongside that degree of gift.
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Kushida tripped up Pete Dunne early to flaunt his technical prowess, but The Bruiserweight turned into the struggle quickly to a brawl. They battled onto the ramp where the Japanese Superstar sent Dunne careening back in the ring with a long knee.
The Bruiserweight snapped the fingers of Kushida to set up a Bitter End, but the Japanese Superstar countered into a fisherman suplex. The counters continued from the technical to the physical to the athletic as the men traded blows and retains all the way into the top rope.
Kushida flipped Dunne off the top rope right into the Hoverboard Lock. The Bruiserweight made it to the ropes twice as Kushida continued to change holds. The Bruiserweight though caught the Japanese Superstar’s palms in his tight grip.
He snapped the fingers, landed a vicious roundhouse, then hit on the Bitter End to win.
Dunne def. Kushida by pinfall.
This was eloquent technical wrestling from two of the best. Both just clicked in a way few can, building to a ferocious collection of counters down the stretch. Honestly, the only disappointment was that these two did not have to compete more.
The pacing was tight but did not really reach the top equipment. These guys have plenty more to give earlier this feud ought to be over. Put these two in a submission game and provide them 20 minutes or longer to show what kind of viciousness they can unleash.
Dunne won this match, but hopefully it is not the end. When it is, it would be a shame as Kushida may use this competition to eventually reach another level.
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Isaiah”Swerve” Scott attacked Leon Ruff backstage before the match could begin, and the conflict continued across the ring. Leon Ruff fought , even hitting an emphatic spinning cutter off the announce table. “The Colossal” Bronson Reed came and threw both around with strength both guys couldn’t match.
No one was set away in this game before Cameron Grimes came and purchased the assistance of Swerve. The Technical Savage performed The Colossal with a moonsault before isolating Ruff. Since Dexter Lumis arrived and DDTed Reed about the ramp, Swerve immobilized Ruff to remove him.
Grimes and Scott fought against the methodical focus of The Tortured Artist prior to The Colossal got back into the ring. Everybody was laid out as LA Knight came and mocked another competitors. Reed grabbed him by the hair and threw him into the ring.
Lumis captured Grimes in the Silence, but Knight slipped trapped and in The Tortured Artist for the elimination. All three remaining guys attacked Knight, and The Colossal got the pinfall elimination off a running senton. Lumis subsequently got revenge by knocking out the loudmouth using the Silence.
Grimes tried to roll up Swerve, but Scott reversed with a handful of tights to get another elimination. Swerve implanted Reed off the top rope onto the apron followed with a 450 Splash, but it wasn’t enough. A trio of House Calls came for quite a close collapse, but The Colossal would not lose.
Reed fought to strike a powerbomb and reverse piledriver then the Tsunami for its emphatic victory. Subsequently, Johnny Gargano came to taunt the new No. 1 contender to his title.
Reed won the Eliminator Gauntlet, continue removing Swerve, to become the new No. 1 competitor into the NXT North American Championship.
The Gauntlet Eliminator format served the competitors nicely, but that was still an embarrassing match in minutes. When it had been on, it was electric. Everybody was clicking. If it was off, it was still fun. The action was fast and furious.
The legitimate MVP of the match was Swerve. He and Ruff had the ideal sequence of the match in the opening minutes. He ran all the way to the finish, also he had a nearly-as-good final sequence with Reed. It had been hard not to root for him.
Knight was highlighted as an athletic loudmouth that only lost because everyone turned against him. Ultimately, Reed was the ideal person to win. Everybody tried to shoot him out, but he had been unstoppable. The Colossal eventually became the dominant monster he seemed to be when he arrived in NXT.
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Tommaso Ciampa’s plan early was mostly to survive. WALTER’s chops made an impact on the challenger, but The Ring General overlooked with a chop that broke the top of the announce table . While striking, it clearly hurt WALTER, also Ciampa had an opening.
The Blackheart battered the NXT UK champion with running clotheslines that delivered him to the ropes. This setup Ciampa to hit the Fairy Tale Ending for a shocking nearfall. WALTER was clearly rattled, not able to get up prior to an emphatic running knee.
However, WALTER caught Ciampa in the ropes to get a German suplex and conducting lariat that nearly won. The Blackheart hauled The Ring General to the ground to match him with fists. The two fought to the top rope from which Ciampa struck an over-the-shoulder belly-to-back piledriver for a nearfall.
The two men traded chops in the middle of the ring before WALTER threw him to the mat and stomped on Ciampa’s surgically repaired neck. He hit a pair of powerbombs afterward a launch German into a big boot for the victory.
WALTER def. Ciampa by pinfall to retain the NXT UK Championship.
It could take some time to genuinely determine where this game stands amongst the best of WALTER’s incredible NXT UK Championship predominate, but there isn’t any doubt this was particular. WALTER and Ciampa arrived to compete at a TakeOver main event, no matter where they were about the card.
Ciampa was obviously outmatched physically in this intense battle of wills, but he used every tactic in his publication, especially wearing the hands of The Ring General. The way in which the game slowly got out of hand to The Blackheart offered a narrative a lot different from anything else on this card.
WALTER had to retain. His reign has taken NXT UK forward, a new that could often be forgotten. Hopefully, he will continue to have opportunities to compete at NXT and NXT UK over the coming months and years.
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This match was all action in the opening bell. The teams went after each other, unafraid to set their bodies on the line. In particular, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde dived onto the area to take over the match early.
Only Wes Lee and Nash Carter can change the momentum, going off in a flurry of action that was almost impossible to follow. MSK almost got the win on James Drake, but Zack Gibson took Lee out of the activity in the nick of time.
Gibson caught the injured hand of Lee in the turnbuckle before Drake struck a dropkick into the turnbuckle. Gibson then locked in the Shankly Gates. Carter barely stopped his spouse from tapping out. Legado del Fantasma went after Lee too, almost stealing the triumph.
Grizzled Young Veterans and MSK took out Legado del Fantasma separately to depart the rival teams at the middle of this ring. Carter reversed the Ticket to Mayhem to a double cutter followed by an raised blockbuster with his partner to provide MSK the emphatic win.
MSK def. Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado del Fantasma by pinfall to become the new NXT tag team champions.
The label teams understood what their function was on this night, and they all delivered on the adrenaline spike. Legado del Fantasma might have felt like the odd team out. Instead, the team dominated the first half of this match without ever slowing down.
Still, the core story of the game was MSK vs. GYV. How the match boiled down into the two teams in the very end worked miracles. At the conclusion, Lee and Carter got their revenge and got what they should have had all together following their performance in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Io Shirai instantly went following Raquel Gonzalez with headscissors takedowns and dropkicks, followed with a huge suicide dive. Dakota Kai assaulted The Genius of the Sky, causing the referee to throw out her. Surprisingly, even afterward Gonzalez wasn’t able to match the winner’s tenacity.
Shirai almost caught the challenger with a sunset flip powerbomb then locked in a crossface. When Gonzalez escaped, The Genius of the Sky followed out to hit a moonsault on the ramp then running dual knees into the point.
Even that wasn’t enough as Shirai struck on a diving crossbody off the 20-foot skull over the stage. Finally, Shirai hit her signature moonsault, but Gonzalez still kicked out.
Outside the ring, the challenger hit a single-arm powerbomb on the ground to get back in this fight. The Genius of the Sky would not give in easily, however she was unable to kick out after a 2nd single-arm powerbomb in the middle of this ring.
Gonzalez def. Shirai by pinfall to become the newest NXT women’s champion.
Shirai is really an all-time great this early in her WWE run. She makes everybody look better. Gonzalez had a few miscues in this competition, but The Genius of the Sky pushed her through without missing one beat along the way.
From the moonsault out to the crossbody from the skull, Shirai attracted it making Gonzalez look really undefeatable when she survived. Even after all, the historic reign of the NXT women’s champion was emphatically ended by the most dominant woman in NXT.
This was the ideal move. It was time to have a new leadership, and Gonzalez earned this chance using a year of clear unrelenting improvement. While she may never be as great as Shirai, she could certainly create her very own legacy.