NXT TakeOver events have been a few weeks in recent years, but unfortunately that was not the case in 2020. Here in 2021, however, we get not just one, but two nights of the action that everyone expects as NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver is at the center ahead of the biggest event of the year. The map is definitely filled with potentially great matches, as expected of any NXT TakeOver event.
There are seven championship matches, a glove match, a voice match and a match without sanction across the two nights, leaving plenty to look forward to for any wrestling fan. The events take place just days before the two-night 37 event, which goes down Saturday and Sunday.
NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver goes down Wednesday, 7th and Thursday, 8th from Citol Wrestling Center in Orlando. The events begin at 20 ET both evenings with kickoff shows airing one hour before 6 p.m. 19 at Peacock. Night 1 is broadcast on USA Network (simulcast on Peacock), while Night 2 is streamed exclusively live on Peacock.
Let’s look at how our experts believe the action will play out.
NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver predictions
Leon Ruff Vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet fight for a North American title shot on Night 2)
When you go through the names here, you have guys who are either “not feeling right” or who are bound in their own versions. There is a certain history to draw on between Lumis and Gargano that can serve to fill gs without actually time to build for the fight. It’s interesting to see if the winner is immediately confronted with Gargano after the match. Choice: Dexter Lumis wins – Brent Brookhouse (also Adam Silverstein)
NXT Tag Team Championship: MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans Vs. Ghost of the Ghost
With the titles vacant after the injury to Danny Burch, it creates an interesting scenario for NXT. Before Wes Lee from MSK was injured, it beaded as if they were set to take the titles from Burch & Oney Lorcan. So they could simply win the titles here, right? Well, maybe not. Perh’s NXT wants MSK to have a triumphant moment over a heel team, like the Grizzled Young Veterans they have recently been feuding with. It can lead to the veterans winning. In the end, it makes sense on a big stage with an attentive audience that MSK continue their delayed push, and that’s how we lean. Select: MSK win the titles – Silverstein (also Brookhouse)
NXT UK Championship: WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa
In an absolutely busy week of wrestling action, I do not know if there is a single match more exciting than this. WALTER has been one of the best wrestlers on the planet for years and continued his amazing performances in his NXT: UK races. Ciampa is very brilliant in itself. It’s just hard to imagine that Ciampa will be a constant presence as a UK champion rather than in featured stories of
Wednesday Tuesday evening. WALTER must be maintained after a phenomenal battle. – Select: WALTER retains the title – Brookhouse (also Silverstein)
NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez
Shirai’s reign has lasted for a better part of a year, and she has basically defeated any legitimate challenger in NXT with the exception of one. Gonzalez has slowly been built and founded for this opportunity, and she has actually earned a title shot for several months, but NXT delayed this opportunity smartly until this year’s biggest show. It’s clear that Gonzalez is seen as a diesel-like star, and it’s a smart move to place her over Shirai here. It would also be appropriate for Shirai to be a head call Monday or Friday after. – Choice: Raquel Gonzalez wins the title – Silverstein (also Brookhouse)
Night 2 predictions
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar (c) vs. Jordan Devlin (c) (Ladder Match)
Escobar could be a major event player, and that means ending his race with the cruiserweight title and giving the ball fully to Devlin. As much as Escobar could benefit from losing the belt and moving up on the map, Devlin could benefit from actually getting the full effect of the race planned last year before the pandemic. Choice: Jordan Devlin wins – Brookhouse (also Silverstein)
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) vs. The Way
As great as The Road – both the entire faction and this tag team – can be, these titles were just introduced a few weeks ago and changed hands once the night they debuted. Blackheart & Moon are growing as a team and The Way would not be hurt by a loss. However, it has to be a great match. Choice: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon retain the titles – Silverstein (also Brookhouse)
NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Dexter Lumis
It is difficult to make this choice with certainty when you do not quite know who Gargano will face. If it’s Lumis, it’s far from out of the question that he could get away as champion. That said, Gargano is such an NXT style that it’s hard to imagine him wanting to take a title from him without the right kind of build for the fight where it hpens. Choice: Johnny Gargano retains the title – Brookhouse (also Silverstein)
Adam Cole Vs. Kyle O’Reilly (Unspoken Match)
Cole has basically done everything possible in NXT, while O’Reilly – since receiving a single push – has only lost. It’s hard to imagine Cole beating O’Reilly when the clear reservation going forward is O’Reilly challenging for the North American Championship (or eventually another NXT title opportunity) and Cole is finally moving forward in his career. There are many reasons why Cole may not be called up, but it seems like that’s what’s in the cards, and falling for O’Reilly here would be the perfect dispatch for him. Choice: Kyle O’Reilly wins – Silverstein (also Brookhouse)
NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs. Karrion Kross
Balor has been big since filling in the g on the left when Kross was injured and his NXT title reign was cut incredibly short. But Balor has had his run, and like Devlin, he deserves the opportunity that was already his when the accident intervened. The only reason not to put the belt on Kross here is if you are ready to push him to the main list. That’s not likely at the moment, so he’s ending two nights of fantastic NXT action with the title. Choice: Karrion Kross wins the title – Brookhouse (also Silverstein)