NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver redefined the landscape of WWE NXT. The April 13 edition of the black-and-gold brand was the aftermath of that show in addition to the debut of NXT on Tuesday nights.
New champions Karrion Kross and Raquel Gonzalez were set to appear and address their title victories while re-establishing the hierarchy in their divisions. Finn Balor and Io Shirai were sure to be watching carefully.
MSK also won new gold at TakeOver but did not decide to wait, putting the NXT Tag Team Championships online against Killian Dain and Drake Maverick. Now officially the undisputed NXT cruiserweight champion, Santos Escobar issued an open challenge to the cruiserweight division.
The Way has got in the way of many leading celebrities, so it was only a matter of time before they banded together. Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell and Austin Theory would battle the team of Bronson Reed, Ember Moon, Shotzi Blackheart and Dexter Lumis.
Nothing has retained Leon Ruff and Isaiah”Swerve” Scott aside, so William Regal desired them to settle their differences. These heated competitions would do battle.
After a few weeks of construct, tonight was likewise the promised night where Franky Monet would arrive at NXT.
This was an opportunity for its black-and-gold brand to commence a new era. With so many new winners, anything could happen with new challenges to come in each division.
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Karrion Kross and Scarlett arrived to finish their proclamation. The time had arrived, and The Herald of Doomsday needed his name back. He made an emphatic statement on the future of NXT, demanding competition that could feed his appetite.
This promo showed among NXT’s biggest issues. Kross has been built as a creature, who allows his activities and Scarlett speak for me. When he has spoken previously, his words dripped with malice. He only said what he had to say. He’s got the talent on the microphone to deliver but not with this standard WWE scripting.
His very first words since becoming the top guy in NXT left him seem like just another Superstar. He threw out a couple trademark catchphrases and put himself over as the hungriest guy in the hungriest locker area. He especially seemed uncertain how to take care of a couple loud fans.
NXT is constructed so much on the performances over the figures. Kross was established much more as a Raw or SmackDown character than just one made for its black-and-gold brand. If NXT continues to script him like this, the company will lose that spark which produces The Herald of Doomsday special.
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As always, Drake Maverick discovered himself the weak connection early in this match-up, isolated by MSK. But, Killian Dain got back into the action with much more urgency, understanding what was online. The Beast of Belfast rescued his partner from a pinfall and carried him into the corner.
Wes Lee and Nash Carter used a series of impressive tag team maneuvers to nearly take the win. Dain and Maverick fired back with their own label group synergy, but it succeeds as they miscommunicated late. MSK took out Dain then struck End Transmission on Maverick to triumph.
Alexander Wolfe walked out to divert The Beast of Belfast, and Imperium made a statement, taking out Dain with malice.
MSK def. Dain and Maverick by pinfall to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Despite the capacity of this match-up, MSK vs. Maverick and Dain was no better than their first match together. Lee and Carter are still pull remarkable high-flying crime in each match. It absolutely does not land as well with no capable heel staff to work off them.
Still, to get a random NXT title protection, this was more than good enough. It had been fun action between competent teams where MSK built more momentum without taking away from the possible threat of Dain and Maverick within an odd pairing that works well together.
Dain and Maverick vs. Imperium could be intriguing. Fabian Aichner and Marcel Bartel deserve greater chances than they’ve been given recently beyond backing up WALTER.
Roderick Strong arrived with his wife Marina Shafir. NXT revealed exclusive footage of Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly following their NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver match. Then, they needed to stretchered to a nearby medical center in which Cole still cursed out O’Reilly.
Mercedes Martinez needed her money back from Robert Stone, but Jessi Kamea got in her way. Both met in the ring at which Kamea took on the activity early. Martinez turned it around with an emphatic within the shoulder back-to-belly piledriver for the win.
After her success, she choked out Stone until he gave her money. She subsequently told comment to provide Raquel Gonzalez a message which she had been after the NXT Women’s Championship.
Martinez def. Kamea from pinfall.
This angle did not mean much in the long run, but at least it got Martinez back on television. She’s proceeded beyond The Robert Stone Brand and known her shooter on the NXT women’s winner. This could be the great first rivalry for Gonzalez.
The champion requires a veteran challenger. Few in NXT are better than Martinez. After she has finished her firm using Io Shirai, Gonzalez will need a person such as the hard-hitting technical veteran.
Kamea got squashed here, but she’s beginning to find her footing in an NXT ring. She could be a future star for NXT, however that may just come after she has moved past Stone.
Santos Escobar clarified that his legacy is as a winner, and he’d defeat anyone that stepped him up in an open battle title game. Kushida answered the telephone, sending the NXT cruiserweight champion out of the ring using a dropkick.
Escobar delivered Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde into the trunk, certain he could conquer Kushida. He was overwhelmed by the rate of the Japanese Superstar. The champion caught Kushida outside by hammering him into the steel steps. He followed with a Boston crab about the measures into the article.
The cruiserweight champion continued to wear out his challenger. Kushida answered the Phantom Driver with an atomic drop and a series of strikes that set him up for a double underhook superplex. Another double underhook suplex almost put the match off.
Both men were exhausted, lost their signature moves. Yet more, Kushida reversed the Phantom Driver, beginning a set of pinfall attempts that enabled Kushida to stack up Escobar and triumph.
William Regal congratulated Kushida backstage, just fro Jordan Devlin to interrupt. He made clear he would get his own shot that gold shortly. Tomasso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher warned MSK of the title aspirations.
Kushida def. Escobar by pinfall to become the newest NXT cruiserweight champion.
That has been an absolute shock. After doing so far to set Escobar since the one-and-only cruiserweight champion, Kushida arrives to knock him down a peg. Adding a true surprise into the night elevated the show as a whole.
While Escobar was a great champion, he was running on challengers. The division just got a bold restart that it had. The former winner is on the hunt. The Irish Ace has also staked his claim. There are many great games now in shop.
The match was good, though it felt like they did not quite reach their greatest gear. These two have a fantastic match in store later on.
Dakota Kai introduced Raquel Gonzalez. The NXT women’s champion explained that each day earlier this night had assembled her to this moment. She place Kai over as instrumental to her increase, seeing her possible when no one else would.
The lights went out, and Franky Monet arrived. With her dog in hand, she found the NXT women’s division was her branch now. Gonzalez and Monet nearly came to blows, but the newcomer stepped away for now.
Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair came to celebrate together with the newest NXT women’s winner. The best friends hugged in the center of the ring, observing their increase to gold together.
William Regal put over another recent signing for the women’s branch. It was declared that Sarray would release next week.
WWE rarely lets the veils drop and celebrates the accomplishments of ability as friends. It was amazing to see Ripley and Belair together with Gonzalez, standing as winner. The 3 girls truly got their start in the Mae Young Classic and have never looked back.
For the long term narrative, Monet has came. La Guera Loca has been among the best girls outside WWE for the last few decades. Her birth only solidifies how overwhelmingly gift that the NXT women’s division is. While she and Gonzalez should not immediately combat, at the ideal time, they’re able to do something special.
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