NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver picks and predictions.

Apr 7, 2021

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Night 1 predictions

Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet match for a North American title shot on Night 2)

Not the biggest fan of Gauntlet matches on a “PPV” but this one is loaded with talent, The biggest story has been Dexter Lumis vs The Way. I see him getting this win to move on  compete for the North American Title vs Johnny Gargano
Who Should Win: Dexter Lumis
My Pick: Dexter Lumis 

NXT Tag Team Championship: MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado del Fantasma

The vacant NXT tag tiles are up for grab due to the injury to Danny Burch. Story seemed to be progressing toward an MSK vs Burch & Oney Lorcan title match here. So they could simply win the titles here, right? I think this is a great opportunity to get over another team and allow MSK to build up in the chase. 
Who Should Win: Grizzled Young Veterans 
My Pick:  MSK

NXT United Kingdom Championship: WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa

How good can this match be? I see signs of Pete Dunne vs WALTER from 2 years ago at NXT Takeover New York. Tommaso Ciampa has been a top tier performer without a title for too long, but WALTER has all the makings of a speciality attraction in the near future of the WWE main roster. 
Who Should Win: WALTER
My Pick: WALTER

NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez

With Io Shirai’s reign has lasting for the better part of a the last year, is it time to move on to the “main roster?”  The more important question may be is NXT ready to give the title to the still learning monster heel Raquel? NXT has a strong history of building a very dominate womens champion so I want to see this fued and run continue 
Who Should Win: Io Shirai
My Pick: Io Shirai 

Pete Dunne vs. Kushida

The age old question, who is the better wrestler? Pete Dunne has proved himself time and time again, but since his debut Marty “Kushida” McFly has been made to look a bit weak. 
Who Should Win: Kushida
My Pick: Pete Dunne

Night 2 predictions

NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar (c) vs. Jordan Devlin (c) (Ladder Match)

The story is simple Devlin won the title last January and due to the global pandemic has not been able to defend his title in the U.S. Escobar then won the title in his absence. Both man claim their spot as the champion, in stepped HBK and we have an WrestleMania X 2 title belts Ladder match. 
Who Should Win: Santos Escobar
My Pick: Santos Escobar

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) vs. The Way

Not a fan of these added NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles, wasnt the point of the WWE Women’s tag team titles to allow them to travel across all brands? Not a fan So I don’t like to admit it but I’m not feeling this match. I really want to see Ember back in the title picture soon.
Who Should Win: The Way 
My Pick: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Dexter Lumis

Can Johnny takeover do it again? Gargano has been as good of a performer NXT has ever had. No reason to have the title change here. I see a cinematic match in the future to blow off this feud.
Who Should Win: Johnny Gargano
My Pick: Johnny Gargano

Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly (Unsanctioned Match)

What is left for Adam Cole to prove in NXT? Get another star over. O’Rilly has become that NJPW/ROH workhorse with a lack of personality, until Cole turned on him.  Time for Kyle to win a big one, although it doesn’t count.
Who Should Win: Kyle O’Reilly
My Pick: Kyle O’Reilly

NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs. Karrion Kross

Balor has been holding the gold since  Kross was injured and his NXT title reign was cut incredibly short.  The only way Kross does not reclaim the NXT title is if  Raw is ready to have him debut. 
Who Should Win: Karrion Kross
My Pick: Karrion Kross

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