Roundtable: NXT TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night Two Preview

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night Two will he headlined by NXT Champion Finn Balor vs. Karrion Kross. You can read our preview here.

NXT TakeOver SAD - Finn Balor vs Karrion Kross

Credit: WWE

What do you do when one TakeOver is too big for one night? Well if you are WWE then you make it a two night jamboree of course! We previously asked our team to preview night one (You can read that here) and now it is time to turn their attention to night two!

The event will air live on Thursday 8th April on Peacock in the USA and WWE Network internationally. You can read all you need to know about the event with our handy explainer guide.

You may still be in time to enter our predictions contest with prizes from WWE Euroshop. If you are reading this before 11PM UK time/6PM EST on Wednesday 7th April, you can enter by clicking right here. The winner will take home a brand new Karrion Kross shirt.

So with all that in mind, let’s get to it!

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

SAD Karrion Kross Finn Balor
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: I think we are getting a Karrion Kross win here. His title reign was the original plan and whilst Balor’s reign has been hugely enjoyable, it was a Plan B. Time to get the big KK push back on track I feel. I suspect this match will be good without troubling the podium in terms of best match across the two nights. Kross needs to essentially do what he did last year to Tommaso Ciampa and Keith Lee to reassert himself at the top of the NXT tree. Not a squash but, but not a back and forth close contest here. Kross should win and we should be left in no doubt afterwards that no other outcome was possible.

Winner: Karrion Kross

Chris Hatch: It’s an easy route for NXT bosses to pick up where they left off with Kross. That seems to be exactly what they’ve done in the build-up to this match, and they could now just run with whatever they had planned for him before injury scuppered it the first time around. However strong the performances from Balor have been of late (and, to be fair, during his entire NXT/WWE run) it still comes across as he’s only been keeping the belt warm due to circumstances at this point. He’ll still have plenty of opportunities to have great matches without the belt, and this feels like the time for the company to run with Kross. 

Winner: Karrion Kross

Cameron Bennett: This is probably the match I’m looking forward to the least out of the two nights purely because Kross does nothing for me besides his entrance. Expect a hard hitting, bruising affair with The Prince reigning supreme. 

Winner: Finn Balor

Marc Hemingway: On one hand you’ve got Balor. He came back to NXT to prove himself after his return from injury on the main roster didn’t impress that much. Then you have Kross, who had to give this very title up due to injury after just a few days. If I had to choose right now between Balor and Kross I’d pick Kross. BUT if I had to choose between The Demon and Kross… well then I’d pick Balor. So that’s cleared up.

Winner: Karrion Kross

Josh Chapman: Tick Tock PrinXe. Tick Tock…. The slow build to this bout is one that I have been invested in, and one that has convinced me we’re looking at a guaranteed Match of the Year contender regardless of what happens once the bell tolls.

My head is saying Karrion wins back the title he never lost, my heart is saying Finn somehow retains to allow Kross and Scarlett to move up to either Raw or SmackDown post Mania.

I hope my head is right in this instance and we get a dominant Championship run that will see NXT fall and pray.

Winner: Karrion Kross

James ‘Jester’ Dee: This is an interesting one, Kross won the title from Keith Lee and had to vacate it due to injury with Finn Balor winning the title in his stead. Kross has only lost one match since debuting for NXT and that was a Tag match with Finn Balor as his partner. Likewise Finn Balor has only lost one match since becoming NXT Champion and that was a Tag match with Karrion Kross as his partner. So which one is the weak link? Finn was brought in to be a placeholder champion but has been on the run of a lifetime with the title, match after match has been must-see awesomeness. However I think Kross is going to take home the title he never lost, hopefully he can keep it for more than a cup of coffee this time.

Winner: Karrion Kross


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

SAD Santos Escobar Jordan Devlin
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: They so could have over-egged the build to this but they didn’t. One man believes himself to be the true champion as he never lost the championship. The other won it fair and square whilst the previous champion couldn’t meet his obligations. It builds itself so it’s great that WWE have let these guys breathe. The reveal of the ladder match was similarly subtle. Who needs a convoluted promo when you can have a legend who has been in this exact position before come out and slide a symbolic ladder into the ring. Nicely done WWE. We should expect a strong ladder match between these two men who will be eager to make their mark on the biggest stage of their careers. I think Escobar is the clear favourite for this one as they clearly want to continue to add juice to his heel act.

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Winner: Santos Escobar

Chris Hatch: It feels a bit sudden the way Devlin has been brought back in, and appearing on NXT and NXT UK within 24 hours a couple of weeks back confuses me before the setup for this match even starts. It feels more that it’s on the card for purpose of being a ladder match rather than the contest itself, although both men are certainly capable of putting on a good display. Probably the weaker link on this card, and whilst I’d like to think management are hot on The Irish Ace I think it’s more likely Escobar gets the nod in this one. 

Winner: Santos Escobar

Cameron Bennett: If it weren’t for Cole Vs KoR this would be my most hyped match. Devlin and Escobar are both future world champions in my eyes and they’re gonna do some things in this match that we’ve never seen before. (I’m just dying to see a Devlin Side from ladder to ladder to floor).

Winner: Jordan Devlin

Marc Hemingway: For Night One I’ve picked Legado to win the Tag Team belts and what better way for the entire faction to celebrate than with each member being official champions? Devlin will come out fighting without a doubt, we’ll be seeing HUGE moves from the ladder from both him and Escobar but it’ll be Escobar pulling down the belts.

Winner: Santos Escobar

Josh Chapman: Who is the true Cruiserweight Champion? The question that will finally get its answer.

Jordan Devlin has taken on all comers since being cleared to return to the ring last autumn in the UK, whilst across the pond Santos Escobar has taken the entire 205 division by the scruff of the neck and continued to take it to new heights with every defence of the gold.

We are fully aware of the ability and talent these two possess and the higher stakes that a ladder match brings with it should allow spots aplenty that puts these two not just atop of 205 Live, but NXT as a whole.

Escobar is clearly destined for bigger things, so I see Devlin coming out on top with Santos moving on to the NXT Championship and North American Championship scenes.

Winner: Jordan Devlin

James ‘Jester’ Dee: In the before times, way back at the start of 2020 Devlin won the Cruiserweight Title in a Fatal 4-Way at NXT World’s Collide, then the rest of 2020 happened and for the sake of our combined sanities let’s skip ahead a little. Escobar won the title in a tournament to crown a new NXT Cruiserweight Champion due to Devlin being unavailable to defend it. Now since we technically have two champions, they both maintain they are the true champion. In a wonderful piece of visual storytelling, during an argument between the two in the ring Shawn Michaels comes out and simply slides a ladder in between the two of them, the historical significance of there being two champions arguing over the same title not being lost on The Heartbreak Kid. This match should be fantastic with both men setting out to define the championship on their own terms. I think Devlin is going to put up a fight, but Escobar will ultimately come through as the victor.

Winner: Santos Escobar


North American Championship Match: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. TBD (Winner of Gauntlet Eliminator On Night One)

Johnny Gargano
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: Given I am picking Dexter Lumis on this, I am predicting a Lumis vs. Gargano match. It doesn’t feel the right time to take the belt off Gargano yet, nor does Lumis really feel like the right guy to make champion, frankly. So I’ll go with a Gargano win. That has the added benefit of backing the one guy I know who will be in the match. Not just a hat stand my friends….

Winner: Johnny Gargano

Chris Hatch: This almost runs with the redemption story of the main event, with Lumis coming back from injury and chasing the title. However, given the strength of his character I really don’t see him needing the belt at the moment. It’s not like Gargano does either, but it feels right for his character’s ego to keep growing by keeping the belt. I’m expecting him to win but Lumis to go on to bigger things. 

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Winner: Johnny Gargano

Cameron Bennett: So I picked Lumis to win the gauntlet and I’m picking him again to end Johnny Wrestling’s third North American Title reign. Expect a torn Austin Theory to distract Gargano.

Winner: Dexter Lumis

Marc Hemingway: Dexter Lumis will be the one to take on, and take the title from, Johnny Gargano. I don’t see this week as being a good week for the Way. Lumis will make a decent, fighting, North American Champion and has the aura to back it up. I might even be tempted to use the phrase ‘Squash Match’ when talking about how well Lumis beats Gargano.

Winner: Dexter Lumis

Josh Chapman: As you may have read in my Night One roundtable predictions, this confusing and seemingly never-ending road to the North American Championship finally does come to that end with Dexter Lumis.

I am fully expecting Lumis to defeat Johnny TakeOver and leave as the new Champion heading into the Tuesday Night era. 

The only question I still have is what role will both Austin and Indi play in this match, and will it be The (wrong) Way?

Winner: Dexter Lumis

James ‘Jester’ Dee: As stated in my predictions for night one, I think Dexter Lumis is going to be Johnny Gargano’s challenger for the North American Title this week. Lumis has been living rent free in Johnny Wrestling’s head for months now and it has all been building to this. Austin Theory is all over the shop after his impromptu kidnapping and now Dexter is going to take Gargano’s title, possibly with the help of a Stockholmed Theory, leaving him broken in the ring.

Winner: Dexter Lumis


NXT Women’s Tag Team Championsip: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) vs. The Way (Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell)

NXT TakeOver SAD Ember Moon Shotzi Blackheart Candice LeRae Indi Hartwell
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: After a title change on the first night of their existence, it seems highly unlikely that WWE would shift them again little more than a week later. I also feel this card over the two nights feels naturally heavy on heel wins, so having a nice, straightforward babyface moment feels the right way to go here.

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

Chris Hatch: I’m not going to hide that I’m a huge fan of The Way, and in particular LeRae and Hartwell. The effort they’ve been putting in, I’d love to see them get a good run with some gold or at the very least in a prime position. That being said, to give the titles to the winners of the Dusty Cup then have them lose on the same night, it feels like there must be longer-term plans for Moon and Blackheart. They seem popular figures both with fans and backstage too, so expect to see them retain here. 

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

Cameron Bennett: I like the team of LeRae and Hartwell. I love the whole dynamic of ‘The Way’ but I don’t see them dethroning Shotzi and Ember considering how quickly they themselves took the title from Kai/Gonzalez. Moon and Blackheart win this time!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

Marc Hemingway: I’m ALWAYS Team Shotzi and wouldn’t even pick against her because I think she’s brilliant. It’s gonna be a bad night for The Way and none of the faction will be leaving TakeOver with any gold. Hartwell, for me, has never fit very well into the group and the loss here could be her reason to go it alone. Blackheart and Moon are turning out to be a great team and will keep belts for a few months more at least.

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

Josh Chapman: The long-term storytelling of the Shotzi and Candice rivalry has led us to what I hope is the final battle between the two.

Candice got the bragging rights at WarGames, Shotzi levelled the scoreboard in the Dusty Cup semis, this is the rubber match.

Shotzi and Ember retain with ease for my money, with hopefully Candice moving on to ending another feud with Tegan Nox once the Welsh Wizard is medically cleared.

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

James ‘Jester’ Dee: I should not let my annoyance at the way this whole division started affect my level of anticipation for this match, after all there are three of the most talented women in NXT taking part in this match -and also Indi Hartwell. That was mean, Indi is coming into her own more and more with each passing week and I actually think Hartwell and Candice LeRae will win the belts here, with Gargano losing later on in the night (assuming I’m correct) I think the storytelling for The Way will be rife with opportunity if Candice and Indi have titles and Johnny doesn’t.
Winners: Candice LeRae & Indie Hartwell


Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly – Unsanctioned Match

SAD Adam Cole Kyle O'Reilly
Credit: WWE

Paul Benson: Look at that image above. Look at it. How could anyone not be dying to see this match based solely on that image? My excitement levels are almost unprecedented for this match. It’s been brilliantly done seeing these two go from brothers in arms to bitter rivals looking to rip each other limb from limb. Adam Cole has proved himself to be the absolute MVP in the history of NXT and Kyle O’Reilly has positioned himself as its next big breakout star. When you have two talents of this level plugged into a programme as strong and emotional as this then we could be looking at one of the absolute greatest matches in history. It is going to be hard hitting, it is going to be violent, it is going to be utterly captivating. Most of all, it is going to make us feel, deep down in our very souls as wrestling fans. This feels like the highlight of the entire WrestleMania week for me. I am picking a winner based on the fact that Kyle O’Reilly is on the verge of his singles breakout. Two exceptionally booked losses to Finn Balor mean that he does genuinely need a big win to ensure he isn’t positioned as someone who loses every time he is positioned right at the top. I’m going with the king of the air guitar on this one.

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Winner: Kyle O’Reilly

Chris Hatch: Great build. Incredible wrestlers. I don’t want to labour too much with the history that has been built with this match – taking a stable that was together for so long, and cramming in a storyline between these two in just a couple of months without it feeling rushed. It certainly doesn’t feel like these guys have kept anything in reserve during their time in NXT to make this match special – but the fact it feels like that probably means they’ve got something up their sleeves. On a really strong card, this is the one to extend the star ratings for. Whilst wrestling is the winner, I can see O’Reilly getting his revenge on the big stage to cement him as a regular main eventer beyond the Balor matches so far. 

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly

Cameron Bennett: Oh Nelly, this is going to be incredible! Title matches aside, this is a main event for any company at any time on any show. The story has been built to perfection. KoR has been in show stealer after show stealer and we all know how good Cole is. But I’m gonna go with the dastardly heel and pick a win for Adam Cole. Bay Bay.

Winner: Adam Cole (Bay Bay)

Marc Hemingway: Kyle needs to win this one a lot more than Cole does. He’ll be coming into this one to not only prove he can hold his own with no one backing him, but also to prove that he’s the better wrestler than Adam Cole. It’ll be hard hitting and violent no doubt, and O’Reilly will get the win.

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly

Josh Chapman: Anyone who knows me knows when it comes to the Undisputed Era, I was as much of a fan as they come.

More importantly, regardless of the UE, I have always been an Adam Cole (BAY BAY) guy, refer to my TakeOver XXX and War Games roundtable entries for proof if required, and that has gone to a different level since Vengeance Day.

Everything about this rivalry and feud has given me that nostalgic feel of some of the brutal rivalries of the Attitude Era and if Adam and Kyle deliver anything close to their previous clashes in Japan and Ring of Honor, we have an instant 5 star classic incoming. 

I fully expect Kyle to win this match with the aid of Roderick Strong and/or Bobby Fish with Adam Cole being called up shortly after. 

What a way to bring this historic and legendary chapter of not just their careers, but the NXT brand as a whole to a close.

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly

James ‘Jester’ Dee: Do you cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed?
Get a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold
Is it something so good just can’t function no more?
But lovelove will tear us apart again – Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

There’s a reason Kyle O’Reilly was wearing a Joy Division shirt during his final confrontation with his former friend Adam Cole. Everything about this match’s build has been A+ work from The (Un)Disputed Era and I’m more invested in this match that any other on either night of TakeOver, possibly of the whole WrestleMania week. This unsanctioned match is going to be emotion in spades and no small about of brutality. These friends are out for each other’s blood and I think Kyle winning is really the best ending for the story.

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly


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