NXT Takeover Stand and Deliver Preview
NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver is scheduled for the first time ever as a two day event on April 7 and 8. The first night will air on the USA Network and the second night will be on the WWE Network and Peacock. Here is the list of matches:
NXT Women's Championship
Io Shirai (C) vs. Raquel Gonzalez
Shirai approached Gonzalez with a contract to challenge her for the title. She explained that Gonzalez is one of the best in NXT and that is the caliber superstar to square off. After a thought process by Gonzalez, she accepted.
There is no question that this match had to happen. Shirai and Gonzalez are the top two female superstars in NXT and General Manager William Regal did the right thing to allow this match go on.
Prediction: I stated in the HHWShow podcast that at this particular time, it is Raquel that will be victorious. It is her time to be the face of NXT. The exclamation point happened after Raquel defeated Rhea Ripley.
NXT Tag Team Championship (Triple Threat match)
MSK (Wes Lee and Nash Carter) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) vs Legado Del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde)
Danny Burch, one half of the tag team champion, injured during his match on March 17 episode of NXT. Therefore, Burch and Oney Lorcan had to relinquish the titles. Now, the announcement of having a triple threat match is best for business. MSK, GYV, and Legados have history from the Dusty Rhodes Classic. The three tag teams have the very full potential to become tag team champions. However, there can only be one.
Prediction: MSK. My prediction is a bit strange. I do like GYV as they fought hard each year to make to the top. With Lorcan and Burch as heels, maybe it is time for NXT to have a babyface champions like MSK to make a run. I can see a future rivalry with GYV throughout the year.
Gauntlet Eliminator Battle Royal number one contender for the NXT North American Championship.
All these names have great potential to become the next titleholder. There is only one name that stands out from these superstars. It is Dexter Lumis.
NXT UK Championship
Walter (C) vs Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa issued a challenge for Walter's title. At first, Walter disregarded the offer but later changed his mind after The Blackheart slapped him. The Imperium jumped on Ciampa until he was laid on the mat. Walter would then state that he will see him at Takeover.
My prediction: Walter wins. I do not see Ciampa winning the title and move to the UK.
Finn Balor (C) vs Karrion Kross
Balor and Kross have cleared the way from any other competition and can now focus on each other. Balor has defended the title four times (Kyle O'Reilly-2, Pete Dunne, and Adam Cole).
Kross had to relinquish the title because of injury. Upon his return, he defeated Desmond Troy, Damian Priest, Ashante Adonis, Santos Escobar and Oney Lorcan.
Kross and Balor tried to become tag team champions but failed. Now, the await for their own battle at Takeover.
My prediction: Karrion Kross becomes the new NXT Champion
Adam Cole vs Kyle O'Reilly
These two superstars are officially former Undisputed Era. The brotherhood of so long comes to an erupt end as Cole was jealous of Kyle. The drama and built up hatred will all come to an end soon. The unsanctioned match could lead to one superstar to remain in NXT and the other to move on to another brand.
My prediction: Kyle O'Reilly
North American Championship
Johnny Gargano (C) vs Winner of the Gauntlet Battle Royal
My prediction: Gargano will lose the title regardless who challenges him. Overall, Dexter Lumis should be the next titleholder.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Jordan Devlin (C) vs Santos Escobar (C)
Once the pandemic hit across our world, it was difficult for Devlin to travel to the United States. Since Devlin could not defend the title, a tournament was established. Escobar won the cruiserweight tournament to become the interim champion. Escobar has successfully defended the title five times. For Devlin, he has never lost a singles match while champion.
Devlin is 9-1 in NXT and 24-1-8 in NXT UK. Devlin is an outstanding superstar that is ready for battle. On the other side, Escobar is 20-4 in NXT and matched twice in WWE brand going 1-1.
My prediction: Santos Escobar becomes the undisputed champion.