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WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver PPV Predictions & Spoilers of Results

Posted by Anthony Mango Friday, March 26, 2021

WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver is scheduled for April 8, 2021 at the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. Follow along here for spoilers and information on the event's card, lineup of matches and news regarding the pay-per-view.

The following are my predictions for the 2021 WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver PPV. Check back for NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver results and review coverage here when the time comes.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver Spoilers and Predictions

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

From the start, I've been saying that Kross would win the title back from Balor. This is the time. I'm really looking forward to seeing what these two have to offer by stepping in the ring together. There's a chance it's really good. Balor's had his time as champion and a win over him will help Kross quite a bit.

PREDICTION: Karrion Kross wins the title.

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

Credit where it's due. I thought Io Shirai would drop the title to Toni Storm while others kept saying Raquel Gonzalez was the next in line. I doubted them and I was wrong. Now that this match is happening, I'm all on that bandwagon. Gonzalez will win that title here. If not, I'll be extremely surprised and I won't have any idea who the next champion will be.

PREDICTION: Raquel Gonzalez wins the title.

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

I'm very happy they're addressing the interim title situation with this match. That's the best case scenario of where to take the title. For my money, give me Escobar as the champion going forward. I'm enjoying him far more than Devlin's side of things. It just makes more sense for the title to be on US soil, too.

This match has been upgraded even more by turning into a ladder match. Whenever there is a double-belt situation, that's a great way to settle it once and for all. Having Shawn Michaels be the one who brought that gimmick into the fray was a nice touch, too. Major thumbs up!

PREDICTION: Santos Escobar wins.

NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match: Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) vs. Legado Del Fantasma (Joaquin wilde and Raul Mendoza) vs. MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee)

Danny Burch's separated shoulder injury has forced him and Oney Lorcan to vacate the NXT Tag Team Championship titles. I'd assume the original game plan was those two against MSK, but at least this is a great backup plan.

All three teams have justification to win the titles. My brain tells me MSK is going to win, but my gut says that's so obvious they'll pull a swerve and give the belts to one of the heel teams so MSK can beat them down the line.

Until I see something that convinces me to go with my gut, I'll stick with Nash Carter and Wes Lee coming out on top, but I can't ignore that feeling...


NXT North American Championship No. 1 Contender's Gauntlet Match: Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott vs. LA Knight vs. Leon Ruff

The entry order for this will be: Leon Ruff, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis and then LA Knight.

Originally, I thought Dexter Lumis was the favorite. He may still be. Roderick Strong had a good chance to win this, in my mind, but he opted out of the battle royal and didn't qualify. But now, with the way this is set up, I'm leaning much more toward Bronson Reed. I could imagine he beats Scott, then Grimes, then Lumis, then Knight so he looks super strong. If not that, then Lumis beats Reed and Knight and they just went a roundabout way to get to the match that felt like it was obvious from the start, with Lumis against Gargano.

It's hard to pick against Lumis, as that makes the most sense, but I'll also reserve some judgment that my gut is oddly telling me Reed, instead.

PREDICTION: Dexter Lumis wins.


NXT North American Championship Match: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. TBD

Johnny Gargano will defend the North American Championship against the winner of the battle royal and gauntlet eliminator No. 1 contender's match yet to be determined.

PREDICTION: Johnny Gargano wins.

Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly

I was expecting this to be a Loser Leaves Town. Since that isn't the case (at least, not yet), it has me wondering if Adam Cole is going to win by cheating or taking advantage of it being unsanctioned, which will set up a rematch on NXT television that will act as Cole's swan song with O'Reilly winning.

If WWE doesn't try to get two matches for the price of one, then I think O'Reilly wins this, as Cole follows in the tradition that most (not all) have followed in, where he puts someone over on the way out. Then, I think Cole moves up to Raw or SmackDown following WrestleMania, or possibly even during.

PREDICTION: Kyle O'Reilly wins.

NXT UK Championship Match: WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa

I can't imagine Ciampa wins this title, flies over to London and starts recording episodes out of the BT Sport Studios. It's not happening. This is a great match to bring some attention to NXT UK and do something myself and others have wanted to see, but it's ultimately WALTER who will step out of this the champion. Plus, WALTER is set to defend the title on the NXT UK: Prelude special that airs the day after this, against Rampage Brown. That effectively spoils it.

This could be the sleeper best match of the two nights. I'm so down to see what they do to each other in the ring.


NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Match: Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart (c) vs. The Way (Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell)

This was a necessity. No other tag team was better suited to challenge and with the titles having just been created, they couldn't be left off a two-night card without looking like they mean nothing. Even though the belts have already changed hands so fast, I think The Way should come out on top. I can't imagine a better women's tag team coming along more worthy of beating Moon and Blackheart any time soon other than Tian Sha, but since Mei Ying doesn't even wrestle, that might not be the case for a while.

PREDICTION: The Way wins.

Pete Dunne vs. Kushida

I definitely didn't expect Kushida to be the person to challenge Pete Dunne when The Bruiserweight called himself the best technical wrestler. To be honest, while Kushida is talented and all, I'm disappointed. This feels a bit like they had something else in mind and decided to pivot over to Kushida instead as a backup plan. The match should be rock solid

PREDICTION: Pete Dunne wins.


This page will be altered on a regular basis to reflect changes to the show including any new matches added to the lineup, adjustments to the card, revised predictions and any other information about this event. Stay tuned for the latest updates!



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