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‘NXT TAKEOVER: STAND & DELIVER NIGHT 2’ Recap + Review – O’Reilly vs. Cole, Balor vs. Kross

DATE: April 8, 2021
VENUE: Capitol Wrestling Center
COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, & Beth Phoenix
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Replay)

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Raquel Gonzalez
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Johnny Gargano
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Santos Escobar
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter)
  • NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart

LINEUP

  • LADDER MATCH: Santos Escobar [c] vs. Jordan Devlin [c] for the NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart [c] vs. The Way for the NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Johnny Gargano [c] vs. Bronson Reed for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Finn Balor [c] vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • UNSANCTIONED MATCH: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole (***3/4)

*****

-NXT favorite Poppy opens the show, performing the song “Say Cheese”. It’s…not great but I admire the goofiness of it all. She found a good angle to get that money.

LADDER MATCH
Santos Escobar [c] vs. Jordan Devlin [c] for the NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Devlin won the Cruiserweight Championship right before the pandemic hit; once Covid was in full swing Devlin was stuck in another country and NXT was forced to vacate the title. Escobar won the tournament to become the new champion, initially as El Hijo del Fantasma then removing his mask to reveal himself as Santos Escobar. Devlin has been appearing on NXT UK laying claim to being the “real” Cruiserweight Champion and has arrived back in the States to decide who the UNDISPUTED Champion really is. How very WrestleMania X of them.

Devlin and Escobar immediately start throwing bombs at the bell, Devlin connects with a hip toss and goes into an armbar for some reason. Escobar escapes, counters the Devlin Slide with a side headlock takeover. Devlin connects with a moonsault, Escobar rolls to the floor and Devlin connects with a springboard moonsault then sends the back of his own crashing into the announce table. Oof. Devlin introduces the first ladder, Escobar pulls him off and shoves him into the steel. Devlin escapes a power bomb attempt, Escobar counters a whip and sends him crashing into the ladder, the ricochet sending him out to the floor. Escobar measures Devlin then sends him into the barricade/plexiglass with running double knees. Escobar brings a ladder back in the ring and dropkicks it into Devlin, the ladder falling on top of him for an extra hit. Escobar continues using the ladder as a weapon, driving it into the midsection. Devlin grabs the ankle to prevent Escobar from climbing, Escobar makes him pay with rapid-fire stomps. Escobar lays a ladder across one of the top turnbuckles/post and talks trash to Devlin, firing Devlin up who sends him face-first into the ladder. Escobar slingshots Devlin onto the ladder, Devlin starts climbing but gets pulled off and he turns it into a DDT leading to a “THIS IS AWESOME” chant from the crowd.

Escobar sends Devlin to the floor and into a ladder with a tope suicida. Escobar continues talking trash, Devlin backdrops him on a ladder who groans in Spanish about it. Devlin and Escobar trade shots as they get to a vertical base, Escobar counters another Devlin Side with a jumping knee, Devlin catches Escobar with a standing Spanish Fly and a slingshot cutter. Devlin sets up the ladder, Escobar climbs to meet him (they are nowhere near the belts), Devlin sends him crashing to the mat and hits a moonsault from the TOP of the ladder. BOY WAS HE LUCKY HE HAS GOOD BALANCE, F*CK. Devlin makes the climb, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza push him off to the floor and beat the hell out of him, tossing Devlin into the ring steps. Escobar smiles and sends them to the back, saying he’s got it now. Escobar gets close to the belts, Devlin chucks another ladder at him to put a stop to it. Devlin sets up the second ladder and trades shots with Escobar as he climbs. Escobar drills him with a right, Devlin responds with a SPANISH FLY OFF THE LADDERS. Devlin gets one hand on the titles, Escobar fights back with a series of rights and they both grab for the belts, Escobar connects with a desperation headbutt and sends Devlin CRASHING THROUGH A LADDER IN THE CORNER. Damn. With no more resistance Escobar takes his damn time and grabs both belts to get the win.

Santos Escobar [c] defeated Jordan Devlin [c] to become the undisputed NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION (18:08)

  • I applaud NXT for remembering Devlin’s claim to the title and for continuing to build that on other shows while they waited for the travel restrictions to ease up for the payoff. Accidental long-term storytelling for sure but it worked anyway. Really good match overall and the right man won, even if he did get a little help in the end. Devlin’s bump into the ladder at the end was a helluva visual to conclude the match on. (***1/2)

Escobar celebrates with Wilde, Mendoza, and his 9 year old son on the stage. That’s a really sweet moment. Wait I thought I was supposed to hate this guy?

-EARLIER DAY: Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly both arrive to the arena, watched by William Regal and surrounded by security.

McKenzie Mitchell interviews new NXT Tag Team Champs MSK backstage. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain are apparently their #1 contenders, but MSK is not worried about it as they’ve beaten them before. MSK are split on who will win between Cole/O’Reilly and Balor/Kross. 

Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart [c] vs. The Way (Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell) for the NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

The Way attack the champs right at the bell, Hartwell kicks Moon out of the ring and grabs Blackheart from behind for a slam. Hartwell drops Blackheart into LeRae’s knees and connects with a sidewalk slam for a two-count. LeRae snapmares Blackheart out of the ring and connects with a Perfect neck snap for the 1…2…not yet. LeRae slows it down with a top wristlock, Blackheart getting pulled to the canvas by the hair when she tries to escape. Hartwell tags in and connects with a running boot, LeRae tags back and tries to use the ropes for a pin but the ref catches her. Blackheart kicks LeRae into the corner, Hartwell quickly tags in to bring her back to the Way’s corner to prevent a tag. LeRae tags back in, Blackheart catches her with a kick and gets the tag to Moon. Moon lays into LeRae with a series of jabs and rolling forearm. Hartwell distracts Moon, LeRae trips her up on the top buckle. All four end up in the ring, TOWER OF DOOM courtesy of Hartwell. She’s tall, I don’t know if you understand that yet. Hartwell takes a second to recover and goes for the pin on Moon for the 1…2…Moon kicks out! Hartwell drills Moon with a pop-up spinebuster for the 1…2…Moon kicks out again! Dayum. Blackheart gets the tag, connects with a double flying crossbody on The Way. The Way get sent to the floor, Moon tags in and holds the ropes for Blackheart who is supposed to hit LeRae and Hartwell with a tope suicida but PRETTY MUCH F*CKING MISSED AND GOT NOTHING BUT AIR. Somebody add “how to catch a splash” to the Performance Center curriculum, for the love of the god. Moon gets a splash of her own and tags Blackheart, the champs hit a slam/cutter combo for the 1…2…LERAE KICKS OUT. The Way hit a 3D-style move on Blackheart for the 1…2…MOON BREAKS IT UP. Blackheart hits an enzuigiri, Moon tags in and hits A DOUBLE ECLIPSE, Blackheart follows up with a flying senton for the 1…2…3!

Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart [c] defeated The Way via pinfall to retain the NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (10:34)

  • I feel like every time I watch a Shotzi Blackheart match she’s taking some crazy ass dive and damn near killing herself. She is FEARLESS. I dug the match more than I thought I was going to, the Women’s Tag Team division in NXT felt real half-assedly put together but Moon & Blackheart made a good case for being awesome champions. Also Indi Hartwell is gonna be YUGE if the cards fall where they should. She kicks ass. (***)

Finn Balor and Karrion Kross are shown getting ready for their match tonight. Kross gets a goofy black & white filter because he and Scarlett are so EDGY.

-NIGHT 1 CLIP: Bronson Reed wins the Gauntlet Eliminator to earn a shot at the North American Championship tonight. Well that saves me a paragraph in the match recap.

Stephanie McMahon and Gable Steveson are in the audience. Steveson is a big time amateur wrestler that Steph is REAL into so I guess they’ve got plans for him.

Johnny Gargano [c] [w/ Austin Theory] vs. “The Colossal” Bronson Reed for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Gargano mouths his own introduction and gets spooked by Reed, who stares daggers right into his soul. That was great. I really like this Bronson Reed guy. Bell rings, Reed throws Gargano around and bowls him over. Gargano ducks a pair of clothesline and tries a hurricanrana but Reed cartwheels through (the rana itself kinda blew though to be fair). Gargano tries a leap frog, Reed catches and throws him to the ground. Reed follows up with a military press into a fallaway slam, Theory complaining to the ref about…I don’t know, something. Gargano catches Reed with a forearm and connects with a slingshot spear but it only staggers the Colossus and Reed comes back with a pair of chops that drops the champion with ease. Gargano chop blocks the left knee and finally brings Reed to the canvas with a leaping clothesline. Reed catches a slingshot splash on the floor, Gargano escapes his grasp and throws him gut-first into the corner of the announce table, almost like he was trying to pop him like a balloon. Gargano dodges a sit-out splash and connects with a flying crossbody but only gets a one-count. Gargano keeps the pressure, driving his knee into the ribs while keeping a cobra clutch applied. Gargano comes off the buckles, Reed counters with a powerslam but it further injures the ribs. Reed bodies Gargano and splashes him in the corner, followed by a chokeslam. Gargano tries to escape a suplex with knee strikes but Reed powers him up and into a Jagged Edge for the 1…2…Gargano kicks out!

Reed climbs the middle buckle and tries a deadlift suplex, Gargano trips him up and hits a hanging backstabber. Reed catches Gargano with a vertical suplex and gets him position for the Tsunami but Gargano rolls to the opposite corner. Reed charges in with a senton, Gargano dodges and rolls him up with a crucifix for the 1…2…Reed kicks out. Gargano misses a kick, Reed lifts him up and Gargano hits a POISON RANA! Gargano drives Reed back to the canvas and locks in the Garga-No Escape. Reed makes it to the ropes and escapes, then tosses Gargano into the ring with a Razor’s Edge. Reed heads to the top but MISSES THE TSUNAMI and Gargano follows up with a superkick for the 1…2…REED KICKS OUT! Reed catches a superkick and drills Gargano with a short-arm lariat. He heads back to the top, Theory runs interference and Gargano trips him up. Gargano tries a top rope hurricanrana, Reed (sorta) blocks and hits a power bomb for the 1…2…Theory puts Gargano’s foot on the rope. Reed rips Theory’s shirt off, Gargano tries a tope suicida but Reed catches him and tosses him into his young protege. Reed takes flight, TOPE SUICIDA TO AUSTIN THEORY, Gargano throws him ribs-first into the guardrail, Reed blocks One Final Beat and hits a backdrop driver for the 1…2…GARGANO KICKS OUT. Gargano sends Reed’s ribs into the ropes and hits pair of superkicks, Gargano charges and Reed hits a superkick of his own! Reed heads to the top and MISSES A MOONSAULT, Gargano takes advantage with not one but TWO One Final Beat(s) for the 1…2…3!

Johnny Gargano [c] defeated Bronson Reed via pinfall to retain the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (16:22)

  • Some unfortunate jank in a couple spots but overall I really liked this match, definitely a lot more than I expected to. They bounced off each other well, Reed using his size and athleticism to his advantage and Gargano trying to find his spots and overcome his much larger adversary. It took Reed going big and missing with a moonsault plus TWO finishers to get the victory, and it felt real earned. I know people turned the corner on him a long time ago but I really do love Johnny Gargano matches and I probably always will. I may also start loving Bronson Reed matches too because this was a star-making couple of days for him. That dude can GO…in the ring I mean, not like away from the company. (***3/4)

Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, and the injured Danny Burch are in the audience to watch the next match. 

Finn Balor [c] vs. Karrion Kross [w/ Scarlett] for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP

Kross goes for a waistlock, Balor grabs the arm and get shoved away. Balor escapes a slam attempt, Kross buries a knee to the midsection which brings a SMILE to the champ’s face. Balor grabs a side headlock, wrenching in and hanging on, Kross finally escapes and drops Balor who smiles once again. Balor connects with a kick and chop, Kross absorbs it and angrily throws him across the ring. Balor gets to his feet, smiling once more, and slaps Kross in the face. Kross screams and drives Balor to the corner, unloading with shoulders and forearms. Kross’ emotions get the better of him and he misses a corner shoulder, sending himself into the post and giving Balor a limb to focus on. Focus he does, sitting on Kross’ back as he wrenches in an armbar. Kross breaks free with a series of strikes, following up with a snap suplex with such force that Balor bounces off the canvas, and connecting with a running knee strike as the champ hangs in a tree of woe. Balor surprises Kross with a cross armbar attempt, Kross rolls to his stomach to try and shift the weight. Kross picks Balor up, Balor turns it into an armbreaker and immediately locks in a hammerlock. Kross mounts some offense, ramming Balor into the corner, Balor counters into an Eye of the Hurricane and both men are down.

Kross mounts a string of offense, fighting through the pain to deliver a power bomb for the 1…2…Balor kicks out. Balor sweeps the legs and connects with a double stomp into a PK and abdominal stretch. Kross counters with a hip toss and charges, Balor catches him with a Sling Blade, Balor charges and Kross meets him with a lariat. Kross snaps off a Doomsday suplex, Balor catches him with a Pele Kick and a dropkick into the corner. Balor heads to the top, COUP DE GRACE for the 1…2…KROSS GRABS A REAR-NAKED CHOKE AS HE KICKS OUT. Balor rolls through to break the hold and connects with another standing double stomp and a series of shots to the ribs. Kross fights through the pain, Scarlett yelling Latin or some sh*t at him, and rains down a series of forearms followed by a release German suplex. Kross hits a second Doomsday followed by a running forearm to the back of the head. Balor stumbles to his feet and connects with a SECOND forearm to the back of the head and neck for the 1…2…3!

Karrion Kross defeated Finn Balor [c] via pinfall to win the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (17:05)

  • Karrion Kross was supposed to be the big bad of NXT until a shoulder injury forced him to relinquish the NXT Championship almost as soon as he won it. It was a matter of time before he was back in contention and I guess they want to give it another shot as he leaves WrestleMania week once again at the top of the mountain. The match itself was pretty good, hard-hitting and I liked Balor trying to goad Kross into making mistakes by treating his offense as a joke and Kross responding by essentially forearming Balor to a grease spot on the canvas, but Kross as champ doesn’t really do it for me. Not the gimmick at least, that whole “Fall and Prey” entrance is SO LAME and his Gladiator getup (BECAUSE HE WAS IN FOR A FIGHT YOU SEE) reminded me of what Rusev used to wear back in his board-breaking days. Kross himself is a good wrestler and radiates intensity but oh man the trappings around him are just so dorky. Balor deserves all the credit for his NXT Championship reign, bringing stability and legitimacy to the title and by all accounts having a whole lot of bangers along the way. Can’t really imagine what he’s going to do next, be in NXT or the main roster, but maybe something cool will pop up…or maybe he can go be a straight shootin’ real rock n rolla somewhere else. (***1/4)

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Santos Escobar, flanked by Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza. Escobar reminds her that he’s the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and the Emperor of Lucha Libre.

-New NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez is in the crowd. She’ll discuss her big win on Tuesday night.

UNSANCTIONED MATCH
Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole

O’Reilly and Cole have spent the last few years joined at the hip as part of The Undisputed Era, dominating NXT and winning all of the gold the brand offers. After going to war with Finn Balor, O’Reilly started having a change of heart and realized that he wanted to become a better person…and Cole was NOT about that life leading to a sneak attack and the end of their group. With the tension and violence escalating William Regal decided to let them get their aggression out in an Unsanctioned Match, where anything goes and, more importantly for him, NXT cannot be held liable for anything that happens in the match. I was not hyped up going into this one but the video package they showed before this one was SO DAMN GOOD that my body is f*cking ready. WWE really amped up the drama for this one too, having security escort both men out and changing everything in the ring to all-black including the ref’s attire. Really leaning into it. Cole & O’Reilly also have new entrance music, neither one keeping the Undisputed Era theme, and O’Reilly might be angry but he still finds time to do a little headbanging/air guitar. Priorities.

Cole and O’Reilly throw forearm bombs, O’Reilly connects with a pair of running corner kicks. Cole responds with a pump kick, O’Reilly sends him to the floor and follows up with a slingshot splash into a Cross Armbreaker attempt. Cole stomps his way out of it and bounces O’Reilly off the plexiglass and barricade. O’Reilly drops Cole with a double leg takedown and sends him into the plexiglass with a slingshot. O’Reilly seats Cole on a chair and lays into him with a series of kicks, Cole catches one but gets backdropped on the floor. Cole shoves O’Reilly off the buckles and to the floor, KOR hurting his neck as he bounces off the apron on the way down. Cole grabs an Undisputed Era-branded chair and cracks it over O’Reilly. VERY SUBTLE, NXT. Cole focuses on the neck of O’Reilly, wedging the point of the chair into the vertebrae. Cole tells O’Reilly that he ruined Undisputed Era and connects with a neckbreaker across the UE chair. THE SUBTLETY IS ASTOUNDING. O’Reilly goes for a Kimura, Cole escapes with knee strikes and hits an Ushigoroshi for the 1…2…O’Reilly kicks out. O’Reilly hits a knee strike, Cole with a pump kick, O’Reilly with another knee to the midsection that sends Cole flipping to the canvas. “WE WANT TABLES!” chant from the crowd as O’Reilly drops Cole with a series of kicks. O’Reilly sets up the branded chair and puts Cole through it with a slam into a kneebar, Cole rolls to the apron and kicks him off. No rope breaks in this, it’s UNSANCTIONED. Just grab a chokehold and knock the dude out then, what’s stopping you. Cole sits on the chair on the floor, O’Reilly drills him with a dropkick from the apron. His fault for taking a seat in the middle of a match to be honest.

Cole tries to use a chair, O’Reilly uses a forearm to send it into Cole’s face for the 1…2…kickout. O’Reilly introduces a big ol’ chain, Cole catches him on the way in with a hangman’s neckbreaker off the middle rope and into said chain for the 1…2…not yet. Cole ties the chain to the top rope and wraps it around O’Reilly’s forehead, the two trade forearms until Cole drops to his knees. O’Reilly wraps the chain around his leg and KICKS COLE IN THE FACE. O’Reilly stops to readjust the chain, Cole sweeps the leg and turns it into a Figure Four! O’REILLY’S HUBRIS IS HIS UNDOING. O’Reilly fights out and lays into Cole with more strikes, O’Reilly charges and Cole CLOTHESLINES HIM WITH THE CHAIN then wraps him up and hits a Backstabber for the 1…2…O’Reilly kicks out again! Well that explains why it was tied to the top rope now. Cole sets up two chairs back to back and connects with a release German that sends O’Reilly into one of the chairs, Cole immediately charges in with a Shining Wizard for the 1…2…O’REILLY KICKS OUT. Action moves back to the floor, O’Reilly locks in a Guillotine while standing on the steps, then releases it to connect with a knee strike instead. Dude just hang onto it till he passes out, what are you doing? O’Reilly hesitates suplexing Cole on the steps, Cole shoves him into the plexiglass and O’Reilly charges back with a kick. The announce table gets cleared off, Cole and O’Reilly trade forearms, Cole goes for a suplex and O’Reilly counters with one of his own but THE TABLE DOES NOT BREAK. F*********CK.

Cole crawls over to the timekeeper’s area (I think?) and blasts O’Reilly with a TV monitor. DAYUM. Cole introduces a toolbox, spilling out its contents and excitedly grabbing the pliers. Cole tries to go for the mouth, O’Reilly blocks it but gets kicked down for his troubles. Cole grabs a tire iron, O’Reilly blasts him with a kick and grabs the tire iron, Cole hits an enzuigiri but O’Reilly rebounds into a lariat and both men are spent. O’Reilly drills Cole with a brainbuster for the 1…2…COLE KICKS OUT. O’Reilly wraps the hanging chain around Cole’s arm and applies a triangle choke; Cole almost fades but finds the tire iron and jabs O’Reilly in the ribs to break the hold. Cole and O’Reilly sit in front of each other and start trading bombs like The Wrestler. When are they going to staple money to each other’s faces? Cole catches O’Reilly with a low blow, Joseph hates it but it’s legal so who gives a sh*t. Cole measures O’Reilly, delivers a STIFF superkick for the 1…2…O’Reilly kicks out and the crowd chants “NXT!” and “FIGHT FOREVER!” chants. How about fight for like three more minutes, my attention span is starting to waver. Cole wraps O’Reilly’s neck in a chair, ref tries to tell him not to do it and Cole drops him with a forearm out of anger. “YOU DESERVE IT!” chants from the NXT crowd, hahaha. I’m with them, ref has no right to impose rules on this one. Cole connects with the Panama Sunrise on O’Reilly but there’s no one to count because HE JUST KNOCKED THE REF OUT LIKE TEN SECONDS AGO. Cole yells at the ref to get up like it’s his fault. This is so f*cking dumb hahahaha. 

Cole stalks O’Reilly onto the ramp and throws a chair at his skull. O’Reilly locks in a Guillotine, Cole rams him into the barricade to break the hold and scaring the sh*t out of the fans behind it. Action moves back to the ramp, O’Reilly grabs another Guillotine and Cole drops down, SENDING BOTH CRASHING THROUGH THE STAGE Taz/Bam Bam Bigelow-style! Cole is out first and BREAKS THE SIDE OF THE RAMP OPEN TO PULL O’REILLY OUT and back on top of the ramp. Okay that was pretty great. O’Reilly crawls into the ring, then falls out the other side, completely out of it. Cole takes advantage and suplexes O’Reilly on top of the steps. Cole rolls the dead weight of O’Reilly into the ring for the 1…2…SHOULDER UP. Why didn’t he just pin him on the floor, is it not falls count anywhere? Cole does some ACT-ING, THANK YOU, O’Reilly dodges the Last Shot and rolls him into the kneebar. Cole tries to kick out and O’Reilly locks that leg up as well! Cole wraps the chain around his hand and decks O’Reilly to break free, knocking him out. Cole measures O’Reilly, O’Reilly counters the Panama Sunrise with an Ushigoroshi, a PK, and a Last Shot to the back of the head for the 1…2…COLE F*CKING KICKS OUT. O’Reilly wraps Cole’s leg in a chair and climbs the buckles, Cole pops up and cracks him in the back with said chair. Cole sets up another chair and sits O’Reilly invertedly in the corner. Cole takes too much time jaw jacking, O’Reilly catches him with a low blow. Cole crawls over the set up chair, O’Reilly wraps the chain around his leg and hits a FLYING KNEE THRU THE CHAIR for the 1…2…3!

Kyle O’Reilly defeated Adam Cole via pinfall (40:18)

  • This match is full of goofy storytelling, from jaw jacking to on the nose branded chairs, and it also goes on for WAY longer than it should. That being said I did like this match for the most part, it felt like two guys trying to murder each other and it led to some real brutal moments. I appreciate when a grudge match actually feels like there’s a grudge and I felt it all over in this one. Take out the branded chair stuff and the ref bump sh*t…and also like 10-15 minutes…and this would’ve been perfect. As it stands it’s a really good match and a BIG win for O’Reilly. (***3/4)

Cole and O’Reilly writhe on the mat after the bell rings, the ref checking on Cole and calling for help. After some highlights the show goes back to the ring where trainers and EMTs load Cole on a stretcher, O’Reilly leaving the scene of carnage a victor. But at what cost? WHY IS HE SO VIOLENT?

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS

A consistently good Night 2 of Stand and Deliver. No standout match like WALTER vs. Ciampa but everything kicked ass in its own way and there was a big title change to boot. I’ve seen reactions all across the board for Cole vs. O’Reilly and I think I fall into the more positive camp but I agree that it could’ve been MUCH shorter and MUCH LESS hokey. The violence felt raw though and I appreciated that. Not sure if I’m sold on Karrion Kross as NXT Champ but he also did not get much of a chance to do it the first time so maybe I’ll be surprised. Helluva two nights of action from NXT, I think they might get me back on board watching their weekly show for a couple weeks until I regret it and move on to something else.

  • FAVORITE MATCH: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole
  • FAVORITE MOMENT: Santos Escobar hitting a headbutt so powerful he put Jordan Devlin through a ladder. That’s using your head LOLOLOL anyway have a great summer don’t ever change

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