Last night’s AEW was every bit of spectacular as fans and observers expected and the night ended with two new champions crowned on the black and yellow brand.
In the night’s main event, Raquel Gonzalez was crowned the new NXT Women’s Champion after a victory over reigning champ, Io Shirai.
In a fantastic 13 minute match, the title change that many expected brought to an end Shirai’s ten month title reign. She won the title from Charlotte Flair at NXT TakeOver: In Your House in June 2020 in a triple threat match that also included Rhea Ripley.
Following the loss, questions will now be asked about Shirai’s future on the brand. Will she chase a rematch? Or will she move to Raw or SmackDown to provide a fresh impetus to the women’s division on one of those brands?
The other new champions on the night were MSK who won the triple threat match to win the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Their win over The Grizzled Young Veterans and MSK came about after the titles were vacated due to an injury suffered by Danny Burch which meant him and Oney Lorcan were unable to defend their titles.
The win marks a new chapter in a remarkable start in NXT for the team formerly known as The Rascalz.
Wes Lee and Nash Carter have now competed in five matches in NXT, all of them victories.
While a 5-0 unbeaten start is impressive, what is truly remarkable if four of those wins came in the 2021 Dusty Classic, leading to them winning the tournament without ever having taken part in a non-tournament match. That their fifth victory wins them the titles means they have had a start no team in NXT history can boast.
On night two of Stand & Deliver, the NXT Championship, North American Championship and Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line. Check out our handy explainer guide to the event and read our in depth night two preview right here.