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The John Report: WWE NXT 03/29/22 Review

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This week’s WWE NXT featured a triple threat match main event for a shot at the North American Title along with a big six-man tag to open the show.

It’s the final NXT event before the NXT Stand & Deliver Premium Live Event this Saturday afternoon in Dallas. I’m writing this review on Wednesday morning and I think I’ll have a Stand & Deliver preview posted on Thursday night.

This episode is taking place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. My WWE NXT Review archive is here. Let’s get to it.

The Imperium trio of Gunther and NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner made their entrance, but they were attacked by their opponents: LA Knight and MSK. They went fighting out into the ring to start the show. The commentary team was Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett as usual.

LA Knight, Wes Lee & Nash Carter vs. Imperium – Gunther, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel

Knight was in control of Aichner with a running knee against the turnbuckle. Aichner with a shoulder tackle. Barthel tagged in to work over Knight with an armbar, Knight broke free and hit a neckbreaker. Carter tagged in with a running dropkick as Lee held Barthel. Knight back in with a back body drop, Barthel broke free and Imperium made quick tags leading to Barthel going back in with a forearm to the back. Gunther tagged in for the first time with a huge chop to Knight. Aichner back in with a body slam where Knight’s legs hit the ropes. Aichner worked over Knight a bit with a slap – Joseph called it a “Will Smith slap – and Knight broke free. The MSK guys each did quick tags leading to some double team offense with superkicks by both guys and Carter hitting a suicide dive onto Aichner. Gunther was back in the ring with a running knee on Lee. They went to a picture in picture break.

(Commercial)

Aichner was in the ring with Lee, who delivered an enziguri kick to the head. Barthel tagged in against Knight, who knocked Gunther off the apron and Knight hit a neckbreaker. Knight with a powerslam followed by an elbow drop for two as Aichner broke up the count. Knight sent Aichner out of the ring while Nash tagged in with a corner dropkick. Gunther tripped up Carter on the floor. Gunther got into a brawl with Knight and they went brawling to the back. Aichner was legal for his team as he hit a running kick on Lee. Barthel held onto Carter’s leg while Aichner hit a thunderous clothesline leading to a flip bump by Carter and Aichner pinned Carter to get the win after 12 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Imperium – Gunther, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel

Analysis: ***1/4 A very good match with lots of action. I like how NXT starts the show with action as soon as the show begins. It’s better than an opening match promo. The match was booked well with Knight as the face in peril, then the action picked up when MSK got involved and the finish was great. I’m a bit surprised they took Gunther about the end of the match, but I have no problem with how Imperium won. That was a brutal clothesline.

Imperium stood on the floor with the NXT Tag Team Titles while The Creed Brothers stared at them from the entrance area. It’s a triple threat match at Stand & Deliver.

Analysis: I’m thinking The Creed Brothers win the titles at Stand & Deliver. Just a hunch.

Kay Lee Ray and Io Shirai did a pre-tape promo about how they are coming for the NXT Women’s Title at Stand & Deliver. They won the Women’s Dusty Cup, so they cashed that in to be part of a Fatal 4-Way match at Stand & Deliver. KLR and Shirai argued about who is going to win on Saturday. They both ended it with: “May the best woman win.”

(Commercial)

Dakota Kai was shown backstage looking for Wendy Choo, but only found a pillow that was ripped apart along with Wendy’s pajamas and slippers.

Ivy Nile was in the ring. They showed a video of Tatum Paxley trying to help Ivy Nile while training and then Ivy told her to kick ass, not kiss ass.

Ivy Nile (w/Malcolm Bivens) vs. Tiffany Stratton

Stratton got a takedown followed by a standing moonsault. Nile decked Stratton with a clothesline, and then Stratton did a kick to the leg. Stratton with a running attack against the ropes. They fought over some pin attempts in a sloppy way. Stratton applied the most gentle-looking chinlock I’ve seen in a long time. Nile came back with kicks to the body, a dropkick and a running punch. Nile with a running kick while Stratton was against the ropes. Nile tied up Stratton’s legs while pulling back on the arms followed by a stomp to the back to kick Stratton to the mat. Stratton was able to come back with a clothesline. There was some smoke by the entrance area leading to Sarray showing up at ringside as the rival of Stratton. When Stratton tried a move, Nile applied a Dragon Sleeper submission and Stratton tapped out to give Nile the win. It went about three minutes.

Winner by submission: Ivy Nile

Analysis: *3/4 It was just decent for a shorter match. They aren’t that experienced, so keeping it short was the right move. Neither woman is really being pushed that much although Stratton has had a feud with Sarray, so that played a factor in the finish of the match.

A video about Dolph Ziggler was up next.

(Commercial)

Tommaso Ciampa did a seated promo in front of a garage door. Ciampa said when he first arrived in NXT, he had so much to prove to his peers, the fans, the critics and himself. Ciampa talked about the long journey. Ciampa talked about public things like winning titles or overcoming neck surgeries while also mentioning something private like his wife having five miscarriages and the eventual birth of the miracle that is his daughter. Ciampa said that us – the fans – were the constant. Ciampa said that together we created black and gold magic. Ciampa said that Stand & Deliver might be the end of an era, so in Dallas we will create that magic one final time. Ciampa showed the chair that said: “9/9/2015 and 4/2/2022” on it.

Analysis: Those dates are his NXT debut in 2015 to what will be his NXT goodbye on Saturday. Ciampa is expected to be part of Raw or Smackdown after WrestleMania. It’s been amazing run, that’s for sure. Ciampa faces Tony D’Angelo at Stand & Deliver on Saturday.

Dolph Ziggler Video Package

A video package aired about NXT Champion Dolph Ziggler. It featured comments from Ziggler talking about all of the accomplishments in his career including winning the NXT Championship a few weeks ago. Ziggler said it isn’t just NXT 2.0 it’s DZ 2.0. Ziggler said he was doing tons of media while adding this was his 18th time doing a WrestleMania. I don’t know if that number is legit. Ziggler said that he is associated with NXT and everybody wants to hear from him. Ziggler trashed Breakker barely doing interviews while Ziggler had to do way more interviews. Ziggler said he can’t wait to defend the NXT Title in the main event. Ziggler spoke about how people think Breakker is going to get the title back, but that’s not going to happen. Ziggler said that this is the DZ that everyone has been begging for. Ziggler wants everyone to leave Stand & Deliver with shocked looks on their faces with Ziggler saying he’ll leave as NXT Champion.

Analysis: There are lots of video packages going into Stand & Deliver. I don’t mind that because it’s about promoting the big show on Saturday. Ziggler is great at doing comments about the match since he’s a confident heel character all the time. Ziggler has been doing this for a long time as he said, so he knows how to get a story across in a spot like this.

Legado del Fantasma entered for tag team match.

(Commercial)

A video aired about Cora Jade saying that Stand & Deliver is about turning a pipe dream into reality. Cora said that she wrote out her dreams in high school and it was always about being a WWE superstar. Cora talked about women that held the NXT Women’s Title while adding that Mandy doesn’t care about anything but himself. Cora said she’s not going up against just Mandy because she has to deal with Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray. Cora said she knows she’s the underdog, but that will make it sweeter

Analysis: Cora might win. I don’t think I’m going to pick her, but it’s certainly possible. If she doesn’t win it’s okay since she’s only 21 years old. She has a very bright future.

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen (w/Fallon Henley) vs. Legado del Fantasma – Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza (w/Elektra Lopez)

Jensen slammed Wilde leading to a boot to the face, a clothesline and a powerslam. Mendoza tagged in against Briggs with Briggs deriving Mendoza into the turnbuckle. Jensen tagged in for a double team shoulder tackle and punches by each man. Mendoza with a dropkick followed by a baseball slide dropkick to knock Jensen down. Wilde hit a unique splash off the ropes onto Jensen on the floor. Mendoza and Wilde made quick tags leading to repeated corner splashes that they liked to do. Mendoza hit a running knee on Jensen followed by a double suplex for two. Jensen broke free from the two Legado boys, then Briggs tagged in with a boot, a body slam and a splash. Briggs with a double underhook backbreaker on Wilde for two as Mendoza made the save. Briggs sent Mendoza out of the ring while Lopez did a distraction. Mendoza tagged in with a missile dropkick off the top. Henley tackled Lopez on the floor while Wilde tagged in, jumped off the top and Briggs caught Wilde trying a 450 Splash. Briggs with a Chokeslam and Jensen tagged for a high/low clothesline spot for the pinfall win after six minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen

Analysis: **1/4 A decent showing here with Legado always having good matches while the Briggs/Jensen team is on the rise. The women at ringside getting involved continued their past issues as well. It’s a big win for Briggs & Jensen, who will probably get pushed in the coming months. Briggs works well as a big man while Jensen has a lot of potential.

They showed Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta looking at their phones while trash talking about their relationships (Indi with Dexter Lumis and Persia with Duke Hudson). Persia suggested a duel to see who the hottest NXT couple is while leaving it up to the fans to decide. Indi agreed.

Analysis: It’s not a match. It’s some sort of competition I guess at Stand & Deliver on Saturday. Thrilling.

The lovely Toxic Attraction trio was shown backstage for a promo up next.

(Commercial)

Cameron Grimes was interviewed by Mckenzie Mitchell in the locker room. Grimes said that A-Kid and Roderick Strong are excellent competitors, but he needs this more than them. Grimes said he had to deliver on the promise he made to his father. That’s the main event.

Let’s Hear from Toxic Attraction

The Toxic Attraction trio of my personal favorite NXT Champion Mandy Rose and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne made their entrance for a promo. They all looked great, of course. They were in non-wrestling gear.

Mandy Rose said this Saturday at NXT Stand & Deliver, she was supposed to fight Cora Jade one on one, but then Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai “got a little win” and then manipulated some words that Mandy said in the past. Mandy said previously said that she would fight any woman…not at the same damn time! Mandy said she’s not scared. Mandy said she is never scared. Mandy said you all need to remember who the hell she is. Mandy said she’s the baddest bitch in the game and she’s got the greatest backup this entire company has ever seen. Mandy said that they have been dominating this women’s division for the last six months and will continue to do so. Mandy talked more trash about Cora Jade, Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray. Mandy said that after she beats those three women, she will cement her legacy as the greatest NXT Women’s Champion of all time. Mandy said that they had some business to take care of tonight. Mandy mentioned Wendy Choo and Dakota Kai while saying they did them a favor while taking out Raquel Gonzalez and Cora Jade. Mandy wasn’t happy about Wendy and Dakota failing to win the Women’s Dusty Cup tournament. Mandy said that Wendy apologized for failing to get the job done. Gigi and Jacy had a backpack that had some of Wendy’s stuff in it.

Gigi Dolin said that they have beaten everyone there is to beat. Gigi said that Io and Kay Lee Ray forfeited their title opportunity and Dakota can’t find Wendy. Gigi said that they run this division. Jacy said that there is no one left. Jacy said that this Saturday at NXT Stand & Deliver, they will walk in as the Women’s Tag Team Champions and they’ll watch Mandy Rose beat three other bimbos at the same damn time. Mandy said that they walk into Stand & Deliver with all the gold and walk out with all the gold. Mandy said they aren’t just Toxic Attraction, they are the attraction.

Dakota Kai ran out to the ring wearing some shoes that added about six inches. Dakota tried fighting the three women by herself, but she was overwhelmed and there was Raquel Gonzalez making her return after a few weeks out. Gonzalez was dominant as she punched and clotheslined the Toxic ladies. Gonzalez hit a clothesline on Rose while Dakota sent Jayne out of the ring while Gigi was on the floor. Raquel and Dakota were in the ring together, they looked at eachother, the fans were chanting “YES” and Raquel hugged Dakota leading to a big pop from the crowd. Raquel and Dakota held up the Women’s Tag Team Titles to make their intentions known. The fans cheered. They loved it while the Toxic ladies were furious in the aisle.

Analysis: I think the promos by the Toxic ladies were fine, but some of the dialogue was a bit off and repetitive a bit. Sometimes during Mandy’s promos she speaks in a regular voice while also going into a voice with a New York accent, so it sounds a bit weird. It happened a bit there. Anyway, the return of Raquel to have her on the same page as Dakota isn’t something that a lot of people probably expected, but the fans loved it. Raquel & Dakota were dominant as a heel duo before Dakota turned, so now they can be a face team at least for one match.

The NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams were interviewed by Mckenzie Mitchell. Hayes said that he should get some respect for his managing skills since he booked the qualifying matches. Grayson Waller and Sanga walked up with Waller saying they’ve come a long way from WarGames to Waller about to become the North American Champion. Waller said that title is going to be his and said “mine is bigger than yours” referring to Sanga being bigger than Trick. Well played.

Bodhi Hayward was shown with Andre Chase for a match up next.

(Commercial)

The Jacket Time duo of Kushida and Ikemen Jiro were seated at a Japanese commentary table at ringside. Kushida is so underused.

Von Wagner (w/Robert Stone) vs. Bodhi Hayward (w/Andre Chase)

Wagner decked Hayward with a punch leading to Hayward tackling Wagner out of the ring. Hayward drove Wagner back first into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Wagner kicked Hayward. The gorgeous woman Sophia Cromwell appeared at ringside again. Wagner worked over Hayward with shoulder tackles, Wagner hit a running clothesline and a double underhook suplex across the ring. Hayward with a sunset flip for two, Hayward with a jumping elbow and then Wagner hit a fallaway slam. Hayward got some offense going with a shoulder tackle to the leg and a running splash. Wagner countered a move leading to a move where he sent Hayward into the turnbuckle. Wagner with a slam off the shoulders for the pinfall win after four minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Von Wagner

Analysis: *1/4 Wagner continues to pick up victories. I’m not that impressed by Wagner even though he’s a bigger guy. There’s still something missing with him and he needs more work. Hayward has a good body for wrestling, but he’s also early in his career. That’s what NXT is for. Give these guys some more experience and hope they can be stars in a few years.

After the match, Wagner slammed Kushida into the commentary table desk and sent Jiro into the ring. Wagner hit the spinning slam off the shoulders on Jiro. Wagner ripped off Jiro’s jacket and ripped it, which drew boos because the fans know Jiro loves his jackets. Wagner stared at Sophia at ringside.

Analysis: The jacket ripping got a reaction. It should lead to a match with Wagner picking up another win.

Tony D’Angelo did a promo using the mafia lingo while talking about his match against Tommaso Ciampa at Stand & Deliver. Tony said he’s going to remove Ciampa from NXT and Tony will take his place at the top of the family. Tony said he’s going to control everything when he becomes the new Don (boss) of NXT.

Analysis: It’s a big match for Tony. Ciampa is great, so it should be a solid matchup.

Joe Gacy entered with Harland for a singles match.

(Commercial)

There was a video aired with graphics from media covering the Triple H retirement news from last Friday.

Nikkita Lyons was shown warming up for her match.

Joe Gacy (w/Harland) vs. Draco Anthony

Anthony was in control with a couple of armdrags and a whip into the corner. Gacy came back with a DDT. Gacy grounded Anthony with an armbar. Gacy hit a corner splash followed by a uranage slam for a two count. Anthony got out an armbar, he sent Gacy into the ropes and hit a shoulder tackle. Anthony hit a running elbow followed by an overhead suplex for two. Gacy countered a suplex attempt with a rollup, then Gacy hit the handspring into the ropes and a clothesline for the pinfall win after four minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Joe Gacy

Analysis: *3/4 It was another short match on a show that had many of them. Gacy does good character work while Anthony has an impressive body and a bright future. They could have made it interesting by having Anthony hit a couple of moves to look like he might win. There wasn’t any of that, so it wasn’t that interesting.

A video about Bron Breakker was up next.

(Commercial)

The announcers talked about the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday with The Steiner Brothers getting inducted this year. Vic mentioned Rick Steiner is Bron Breakker’s father, which is not something WWE always mentions, so it’s cool that they said it.

Bron Breakker Video Package

Bron said his match with Ziggler is the biggest match of his life. Bron said his first NXT Title run was his way of proving to the world that he could be the guy. A clip was shown of when Dolph Ziggler won the NXT Title in a triple threat match between Bron and Ciampa (thanks to Robert Roode). Bron lost the title without being beaten. Bron said that Ziggler is a poison. Bron said that Dolph gets here on Tuesday morning, then gets out of there after his segment and gives nothing back. Bron said that NXT is his life, he wakes up, goes to the WWE PC, Bron trains his ass off and he works every single day there. Bron said that Ziggler will not leave Dallas, Texas with the NXT Championship while adding there’s too much on the line. Bron said he didn’t care what Ziggler thinks of him. Bron said there’s nowhere for Dolph to run and hide. Bron said he’s going to take back the title for anybody who chants “NXT.”

Analysis: I think Bron winning the title from Ziggler is a lock. It might happen, but I think it should. They had him lose because it’s a way to make a bigger moment at Stand & Deliver to have Breakker get the title back. Bron was well-spoken and confident during this video promo while coming across as a babyface that wants to represent the NXT brand.

The announcers went over the Stand & Deliver lineup for Saturday at 1pm ET on the main show.

* NXT Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Bron Breakker

* NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships (KICKOFF SHOW): Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) vs. Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai – This graphic said it was on the Kickoff Show, but when I look on WWE.com, it doesn’t say Kickoff Show for this match.

* NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose (c) vs. Cora Jade vs. Io Shirai vs. Kay Lee Ray

* Gunther vs. LA Knight

* Tommaso Ciampa vs. Tony D’Angelo

* NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) (c) vs. The Creed Brothers (Julius Creed & Brutus Creed) vs. MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee)

* NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Santos Escobar vs. Solo Sikoa vs. Grayson Waller vs. ???

Analysis: I have shared some predictions throughout this review. The more thorough preview is coming in a separate post on TJRWrestling in a day or two.

Nikkita Lyons vs. Sloane Jacobs

The announcers talked about how Lyons has taken social media by storm. People like her physique. Let’s just say that. Lyons with a shoulder tackle and a body slam. Lyons hit a spin kick for a two count. Sloane broke free with a knee attack on the left arm. Lyons hit a German Suplex followed by a Samoan Drop. Lyons with kicks to the body followed by a spin kick to the head. Lyons with a split-legged legdrop.

Winner by pinfall: Nikkita Lyons

Analysis: 1/2* A dominant win for Lyons. She will get a big push this year in the coming months due to her growing popularity. The fans react strongly to her and she’s pretty good in terms of the basics so far. The kicks she delivers are impressive for sure.

Lash Legend appeared on the video screen saying that was impressive by Lyons. Legend said that after Stand & Deliver, they have business to take care of. Lash said that she’ll show Lyons why she’s a bigger superstar than Nikkita is.

The Diamond Mine group was shown backstage with Malcolm Bivens talking for his group including The Creed Brothers, Ivy Nile and Roderick Strong. Bivens talked about Strong winning the triple threat match and then go on to become the NXT North American Champion and the Creed Brothers will become the NXT Tag Team Champions. Bivens said that he’s going to have more gold than Mr. T himself. Brutus Creed got a text and told his brother Julius that somebody with a 781 area code wished them good luck on Saturday. The brothers realized they were the dudes that jumped them. Julius said that they’ll take their heads off when those dudes show up, but they have to focus on Stand & Deliver first.

Roderick Strong entered with Malcolm Bivens for the main event.

(Commercial)

A-Kid was up next followed by Cameron Grimes, who got the biggest pop of the three guys in the main event.

Cameron Grimes vs. A-Kid vs. Roderick Strong (w/Malcolm Bivens)

The winner of this match will get added to the NXT North American Title Ladder Match at Stand & Deliver on Saturday.

There was a really fast pace early on with some nearfalls from each guy and then a spot where they all kind of missed a move leading to a staredown. Kid with an arm drag followed by dropkicks on both guys. Strong sent Kid into the corner leading to stomps and chops. Grimes launched Kid onto Strong with Kid hitting a headscissors. Grimes launched Kid into the air leading to Kid hitting a dropkick. Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams appeared at ringside to join commentary. Kid hit a double arm drag/headscissors combo followed by a suicide dive on Strong on the floor. Grimes capitalized with a kick to Kid while Grimes was on the apron. Strong with a belly-to-back suplex on Grimes on the apron while Solo Sikoa appeared in the aisle to watch the match. They went to a picture in picture break.

(Commercial)

Strong gave Grimes a superplex followed by Kid jumping off the top with a Frog Splash on Grimes. They showed Santos Escobar and Grayson Waller watching the match in other parts of the arena. Strong sent A-Kid into the turnbuckle. Kid went for a submission on Strong, but Strong countered by slamming Kid onto Grimes. Strong went for a double Boston Crab submission, but he was kicked away and Grimes hit forearms on both guys. Grimes hit a double hurricanrana followed by two forearms to Strong. Grimes two forearms to Kid, then Grimes with a running kick on Strong and an enziguri kick to Kid. Grimes up top and he hit a cross body block on Strong. Grimes with a spinning slam on Kid for a two count as Strong broke up the pin. Strong with running elbows, then he ran the ropes and Grimes caught Strong with a running cross body block into a slam. Kid jumped off the ropes, Grimes caught him and Kid hit him with an impressive DDT. That was like a Rey Mysterio spot that was very athletic. The three guys were down selling a bit, so then they got up at the same time to exchange strikes. Kid rocked Strong with a chop, but then Strong came back with a backbreaker followed by Strong hitting a clothesline on Grimes. Strong with a running knee on Grimes and another backbreaker to Kid. Strong tossed Grimes off the shoulders leading to a double knee attack. Strong slammed Kid onto Grimes’ back. Kid countered Strong, but then Strong was back up with a jumping knee to the face. Strong suplexed Kid into his knees for a backstabber on Kid. When Strong turned around, Grimes was back in the ring for the Cave In double foot stomp on Strong for the pinfall win after 12 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Cameron Grimes

Analysis: ***1/2 A very good main event match with the right guy getting the win. The fans wanted Grimes to win and the story was perfect for Grimes to get the win. As the match went on, there were more nearfalls and the pace really picked up. I loved the series of moves Strong hit both guys with, so it looked like Strong might win, but then Kid did a nice job of always coming back to hit some creative counter move. In the end, the right choice was Grimes winning and I’m glad that he won while hitting one finishing move (Cave In) on Strong to get the victory. Well booked. I liked the match a lot and the fans were really into it too, so that helps.

The win by Grimes means the NXT North American Title Ladder Match looks like this now: Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Santos Escobar vs. Solo Sikoa vs. Grayson Waller vs. Cameron Grimes.

Grimes celebrated the win while key spots were shown from the match.

Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams congratulated Grimes for the win while Hayes said that there’s no way Grimes will walk out as the North American Champion. Santos Escobar said he’s going to take that title and bring it back to La Familia. Grayson Waller said that family doesn’t matter and that image of him bringing down the North American Title is going to go viral. Solo Sikoa said that this is going to be a fight and the street champion will become the new North American Champion. Grimes said he’s going to take that North American Championship…to the moon! It led to a brawl between the wrestlers in the ring. That only lasted about 15 seconds and that’s when the show signed off.

Analysis: A chaotic finish to the show. Fine with me. The ladder match should be awesome.

 

Three Stars of the Show

  1. Cameron Grimes
  2. Roderick Strong/A-Kid
  3. Imperium

 

The Scoreboard

This week: 6.75 out of 10

Last week: 6.75

 

Final Thoughts

It was an episode of NXT that was heavy in terms of hyping up Stand & Deliver on Saturday. Some of the top NXT names weren’t in action probably because it’s a case of wanting to keep them fresh and avoid injuries. That’s why some lesser names had matches, so the match quality wasn’t as good. I enjoyed the video package promos for Dolph Ziggler and Bron Breakker along with some of the other promos.

I liked the main event a lot with Cameron Grimes getting the big win over Roderick Strong and A-Kid, both of whom looked great as well. The opening tag with Imperium getting the win was fun as well.

There were a lot of promos and videos promoting the Stand & Deliver matches, which makes sense since the show is on Saturday. I think any regular NXT viewer is going to like Stand & Deliver while the casual fans that may not always watch NXT should give it a watch also because there will be some great matches. My preview is coming out very soon.

Here is what has been announced for NXT Takeover Stand & Deliver on April 2nd at 1pm ET/12pm CT so far:

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NXT Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Bron Breakker

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Santos Escobar vs. Solo Sikoa vs. Grayson Waller vs. Cameron Grimes

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose (c) vs. Cora Jade vs. Io Shirai vs. Kay Lee Ray

Gunther vs. LA Knight

NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) (c) vs. The Creed Brothers (Julius Creed & Brutus Creed) vs. MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee)

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Tony D’Angelo

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships (KICKOFF SHOW): Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) vs. Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai

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