NXT STAND AND DELIVER: Lineup for tonight’s NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver


Posted on 4/07/121 by Bob Magee



NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai vs. Raquel González

Io Shirai isn’t waiting for her next challenger to step up.
Instead, she’s coming to them.

The Genius of the Sky will defend the NXT Women’s
Championship against the dominant Raquel González — her
opponent of choice — in the commerical-free main event Night
1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver on Wednesday, April 7 on
USA Network and streaming on Peacock in the U.S. and on WWE
Network elsewhere, as first reported by "Muscle & Fitness
Hers."

Time and time again, Shirai has soared past the competition,
prevailing against the best NXT has to offer. Candice LeRae,
Toni Storm, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox have all failed to knock
her from the throne.

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Shirai, not one to rest on her laurels, didn’t celebrate her
most recent defense against Storm for long, confronting
González later that night and demanding to face “Big Mami
Cool.”

Few Superstars, if any, have had a more impressive past year
in NXT than González. Bursting onto the scene with her
alliance with Dakota Kai, González has racked up accolades
in short order. She has defeated former NXT Women’s
Champions Rhea Ripley and Ember Moon, and with Kai won the
first-ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and were
crowned the first-ever NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.

Will “Big Mami Cool” show that her dominance knows no
bounds? Or will Shirai’s genius prove unsolvable once again?

NXT United Kingdom Champion WALTER vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Can WALTER continue his record-setting reign as NXT United
Kingdom Champion against The Blackheart?

The Ring General will put his title on the line against
Tommaso Ciampa on Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

WALTER's indomitable stable, Imperium, courted Ciampa and
tag team partner Timothy Thatcher to join their ranks. The
Blackheart emphatically declined, and Thatcher, who shares a
storied history with Imperium, seemingly disappeared with
Ciampa holding Imperium responsible for his absence.

Ruthlessly attacking Ciampa in his stunning return to the
black-and-gold brand for the first time in more than a year,
WALTER made a vicious example. But The Blackheart came back
for more the following week, challenging The Ring General.

When Ciampa smacked WALTER after he denied the challenge,
The Blackheart was once again subjected to a savage beatdown
by Imperium.

But when WALTER and Ciampa face off one on one, might it be
a different story? As a former NXT Champion who only
relinquished the title due to injury, Ciampa knows what it
takes to win gold.

Will he add a new accolade at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver?
Or will WALTER continue to dominate?

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

New NXT Tag Team Champions will be crowned on Night 1 of NXT
TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

MSK will collide with The Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado
del Fantasma in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the
vacant NXT Tag Team Titles.

The titles were vacated from former champions Oney Lorcan &
Danny Burch after Burch was rendered unable to compete due
to a separated shoulder suffered in a title defense against
Karrion Kross & Finn Bálor.

NXT General Manager William Regal made the difficult
decision, but the bad news came with good news for the NXT
Universe in the form of what is sure to be a can't-miss
battle between three of the black-and-gold brand's top
teams.

MSK and GYV are already more than familiar with each other.
Zack Gibson fractured Wes Lee's hand in a savage attack in
February, costing MSK their initial NXT Tag Team Title
opportunity for winning The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Gibson got a receipt though, as MSK retaliated by smashing
Gibson's hand against the steps.

Meanwhile, Legado del Fantasma also have history with MSK,
as Nash Carter & Lee narrowly defeated them in a thriller to
advance to the Dusty Classic finals.

Which team will leave NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver as the
new NXT Tag Team Champions?

Gauntlet Eliminator for an NXT North American Championship
opportunity

Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver will feature a test
of wills, as six men look to outlast the competition.

Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis, Isaiah "Swerve"
Scott, LA Knight and Leon Ruff will battle in a Gauntlet
Eliminator Match with the winner advancing to Night 2 to
challenge Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American
Championship.

The six Superstars qualified based on their performance in
an 11-Man Battle Royal on the March 31 edition of NXT, with
LA Knight winning to score himself a huge advantage as the
final entrant in the bout (full entry order and match rules
below).

Only one man will claim victory and a potential golden
ticket — who will it be? Find out on Night 1 of NXT
TakeOver: Stand & Deliver on Wednesday, April 7, at 8/7 C on
USA Network and streaming exclusively on Peacock in the U.S.
and on WWE Network elsewhere.

Gauntlet Eliminator rules

Two men will start in the ring.

Every four minutes, another competitor will enter.

The only way to be eliminated is via pinfall or submission.
The last man remaining will challenge Johnny Gargano for the
NXT North American Title on Night 2 of NXT TakeOver: Stand &
Deliver.

Entry order

Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
Leon Ruff
Bronson Reed
Cameron Grimes
Dexter Lumis
LA Knight

Kushida vs. Pete Dunne

For weeks, Pete Dunne has proclaimed to be the best
technical wrestler in NXT, and he's faced little pushback,
surgically taking apart opponent after opponent.

That is until Kushida begged to differ.

Two of the world's best will square off to prove their
squared-circle supremacy on Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand &
Deliver on Wednesday, April 7.

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