Results by Jamie Rush of Rajah.com
March 24, 2021
Orlando, FL – Capitol Wrestling Center
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, Beth Phoenix
Quick Match Results
- Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez defeated Io Shirai & Zoey Stark via chokeslam by Gonzalez on Stark
- Bronson Reed defeated LA Knight via Tsunami Splash
- Karrion Kross defeated Oney Lorcan via running forearm
- WALTER defeated Drake Maverick via single leg crab
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) defeated Aliyah & Mercedes Martinez via the Eclipse by Moon on Aliyah
- Jordan Devlin defeated Kushida via rollup after a distraction by Legado del Fantasma
Earlier Today: Adam Cole
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 25, 2021
We see a quick clip of former Undisputed Era leader Adam Cole entering the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center earlier today. Cole is led into the building by a security escort, apparently worried for his safety as he heads into the building for tonight’s show!
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Io Shirai & Zoey Stark
At this point we officially enter the arena at the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center to kick off the first match-up of the evening for the Wednesday, March 24, 2021 edition of WWE NXT airing on the USA Network! Out first is the team of Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez as their entrance theme plays them both to the stage. We then see Dakota an Raquel make their way down the ramp and enter the ring where they finish their entrance before awaiting their opponents for tonight’s NXT Women’s Tag-Team Non-Title match up!
Out next we hear the entrance theme for Io Shirai as she makes her way out with her tag-team partner Zoey Stark! Shirai makes her way down the ramp with strobe lights blinking and flashing as she finally enters ring to await the bell in her corner with Zoey. With both teams inside the ring, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings, and the first match up of the evening is officially underway!! To start off the action, we get Gonzalez in for her team as well as Stark in for her team as Gonzalez immediately over-powers Stark to start the match!
Gonzalez begins to talk some smack to Stark as she shoves Stark across the ring and into the corner where she continues to manhandle Stark until the two finally Lock-Up. The Lock-Up ultimately leads to Gonzalez once again overpowering Stark into the corner as Gonzalez continues to trash talk her opponent in this tag-team match-up to kick off tonight’s WWE NXT episode! Raquel focuses on the arm of Stark at this point, only to have Stark finally retaliate with some Strikes of her own for the counter!
Stark continues with the momentum as she lands a Big Hurricanrana Takedown followed by a Running Uppercut to Gonzalez who is now using the corner to assist her back to a standing position. Next we see Gonzalez make her way out of the corner as she proceeds to land Stark on the outside of the ropes on the apron. Stark clearly not planning to go out like that, begins to make her way back into the ring as she lands a Knee to the jaw of Raquel followed by a High Knee to Raquel who again is in the corner of the ring.
Once again we see Stark looking to take control in the match up, only to have Gonzalez land a Clothesline that sends Stark to the canvas in the center of the ring. At this point we see Gonzalez make her way to her corner where she tags in her tag-team partner, Dakota Kai. As Kai goes to enter the ring, her tag-team partner, Gonzalez, proceeds to launch Kai through the air, landing onto Stark with a powerful Stomp that leads into a cover. The referee counts the one, two, but Stark is able to get the shoulder up as she kicks out before the three to continue the match-up!
Stark makes her way back to her feet as she lands a Hard Strike to Kai as they meet up in the center of the ring, followed by a tackle to Kai by Stark that leads into Ground and Pound action by Stark to Kai. Kai then powers Stark into the corner and as she looks to dominate, we see Shirai looking for the tag. Finally Shirai successfully makes the tag and comes in hot as she lands a Forearm followed by a massive Chop to Kai! Next we see Shirai and Kai both running the ropes as Kai looks for a Clothesline, but Shirai is able to evade. Shirai then immediately takes Kai down to the canvas.
Next Shirai lands a Basement Dropkick to Kai which causes the crowd to go crazy as they begin to cheer! After that we see Shirai power Kai into the corner where she proceeds to land multiple Strikes and Kicks followed by Double Knees. At this point Gonzalez sees her tag-team partner and friend needing assistance, so Gonzalez makes her way into the ring where she proceeds to have a shouting match with Shirai. Looking for a come-up during the distraction, we see Kai head over to Shirai as she quickly rolls Shirai for a cover. Shirai is still able to kick out at the two.
Kai again looks for the cover, again Shirai kicks out! Next we see Shirai take her turn for the roll up pin attempt, Kai kicks out at the two as the match continues on! Kai lands a few good Strikes before again looking to pin Shirai who again kicks out to continue. At this point Shirai traps Kai in the corner as Stark makes her way into the match with a Running Uppercut to Kai. Stark follows up as she delivers a Clothesline and looks for the cover. Kai gets her shoulder up just in time to break the cover count and the match continues! At this point we see Stark once again tag-in to switch with Shirai in the match.
Some back and forth action between Kai and Stark until finally we see Gonzalez make the tag to enter. Before Gonzalez can even enter the ring fully, she gets taken down with Head Scissors followed by a Running Knee to the jaw! Next we see Stark with multiple Kicks to Gonzalez. Gonzalez finally catches the leg of Stark to cut the rapid Kicks off. Stark then looks for an Enzuguri but Gonzalez evades. At this point we see Kai make the tag to return to the match with Stark. Kai and Gonzalez get some Double Team action in on Kai before we head to commercial break!
As we return from the commercial break, Gonzalez and Stark are still the legal opponents in the ring. Stark lands an Enzuguri to rock Gonzalez who then looks for the tag to Kai. The tag is blocked. Shirai enters the ring and finally Kai gets the tag. Shirai powers through both competitors, then lands a 619 on Gonzalez. As Shirai looks to climb to the top turnbuckle, we see that Stark has made the tag to Shirai. Before heading out to the apron, Shirai still makes her way to the top and proceeds to land a Missile Dropkick to Gonzalez.
At this point, we see Stark Springboard in on Gonzalez with a Missile Dropkick. Gonzalez is then sent to the floor by Stark, Gonzalez landing right next to Kai. Next we see Stark looking to launch herself from the ring to the floor to take Gonzalez back down. Stark ducks a Running Boot from Kai on the floor and sends her slamming into the post in the corner of the ring. Next we see Shirai head to the top where she proceeds to successfully land a Moonsault all the way to the floor, connecting to Gonzalez.
Finally we see Stark brings Gonzalez back in and she immediately heads to the top turnbuckle. A she looks for the 450, Gonzalez quickly rolls out of the way to evade! Again we see Gonzalez evade as Stark looks to land a Kick. Gonzalez then immediately follows up with a Big Slam of her own, sending Stark to the canvas. At that, Shirai slowly drags herself back in the ring. Gonzalez grabs Stark for the Big Slam, but first she kicks Shirai off the apron to the floor, and then drives Stark in the mat. Gonzalez covers Stark in the middle of the ring for the three count pin and win.
Winners: Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai
Immediately following the match, Shirai crawls in the ring and faces off with her Takeover opponent in the middle of the ring. Kai comes in the ring but Shirai senses it, turning around to knock Kai back to the floor. As Shirai’s attention is on Dakota Kai, we see Gonzalez quickly take advantage of the distraction as she sends Shirai back to the floor at ringside!
Gonzalez follows Shirai to ringside and proceeds to grab her then follows up by landing Shirai on top of the commentary desk at ringside. We hear Shirai shout out in pain as she lays on top of the table. With that, we head to the replays and highlights from the match. As we return to ringside, we see Shirai is still laying face-down on the table as Gonzalez continues to look on. Strange.
Backstage: Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong
Next we are sent into a video package that shows some surveillance footage that was collected, showing the former Undisputed Era leader Adam Cole sneaking in and attacking Kyle O’Reilly at the Gracie School on Tuesday.
Following the video, we head backstage where Sarah Schreiber is with Kyle O’Reilly. It is noted that O’Reilly also has security with him at all times now as well (similar to Adam Cole). At this point another (former?) Undisputed Era member, Roderick Strong, interrupts the interview as he states that he wants to see O’Reilly kick Cole’s ass for all he’s done to them.
To that, O’Reilly responds that he appreciates Strong’s words, “but there is no more ‘us'” and proceeds to remind him that this is just between O’Reilly and Cole. Strong seems affected by that statement and steps in to stare down O’Reilly just inches apart. Finally Strong shrugs and states that O’Reilly and Cole can BOTH go to hell, and with that, Strong walks off.
Seemingly not in a very “interview-y” mood, O’Reilly shuts the interview down and walks off with security at that point.
Backstage: LA Knight
As we head to a different area backstage, we see L.A. Knight standing in his ring gear as he cuts a promo on Bronson Reed. Knight states that tonight won’t be a pleasure for him. Knight goes on about how this is his game and that’s not an insult, it’s just a fact of life. On that note, we head to commercial break!
Backstage: Jordan Devlin
As we return from the commercial break, we are once again backstage where the current NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin talks about his match with Kushida later tonight. Devlin then goes on to state that he’s going to make an example out of Kushida. He finishes by stating after that, he will then face the NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar at the “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” event.
LA Knight vs. Bronson Reed
As we return to the ring, for the next match-up of the evening, we first get the entrance for Bronson Reed as his entrance theme sounds in the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center and Reed makes his way to the stage. Commentary notes that Reed is “all business” tonight as he makes his way to the ring with a serious and determined look on his face. Reed enters the ring and awaits his opponent for the next match-up of the evening. Out next is L.A. Knight as he makes his way down the ramp, entering the ring as his entrance theme continues to play.
Before the match officially begins, we see the two competitors having a back and forth convo. The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match is officially underway! To start off the action both men head in to the center of the ring. Reed then lands Big Strikes on Knight early on. Knight tries to come back but Reed levels him. Reed with a big back-drop in the middle of the ring. Reed runs into boots in the corner now. Knight looks to capitalize but Reed catches him with a big powerslam.
Reed keeps control and dominates, dropping Knight with another big strike. Reed with a headbutt to put Knight right back down. Reed with a big chop against the ropes. Reed takes Knight down and grounds him with a knee to the back. Reed with a waistlock on the mat now. Knight blocks a suplex but Reed elbows him to the apron. Reed grabs Knight but gets dropped over the top rope. Knight launches himself from the apron with a flying shoulder.
Knight stomps away while Reed is down now, then works him over with right hands. Knight drops a knee and keeps control, stopping to show off and talks some trash. Back to commercial.
As we return from the commercial break we return to the ring as Knight has Reed grounded inside the ring. Knight taunts Reed while he’s down. Knight ends up unloading with Shoulder Thrusts in the corner as the referee warns him and fans boo. Knight smiles and turns back around to a shot from Reed. Knight dropkicks the knee out and delivers a running knee to the face. Reed finally fights back but misses a big chop in the corner. Knight drops him again in the corner. Knight with an uppercut to drop Reed to one knee. Reed tells him to keep bringing it as Knight delivers strikes. Reed sends it to the corner but then misses a running splash.
Knight comes right back with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Knight runs into a big elbow in the corner. Reed takes a big kick and starts fighting back, beating Knight around. Reed levels Knight with a splash on his feet in the middle of the ring. The crowd rallies for Reed and he hulks up for a big splash in the corner. Knight counters a chokeslam and delivers a knee to the head. Reed fights back and delivers the big chokeslam for a pop. Reed goes to the top but Knight cuts him off. Knight works Reed over and climbs up for the superplex. Reed fights back and headbutts Knight tot he mat. Knight leaps back up but gets shoved right to the mat again. Reed nails the big Tsunami Splash for the pin to win.
Winner: Bronson Reed
Immediately following the match, Bronson Reed proceeds to stand tall as his music hits the speakers in the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center. Bronson proceeds to taunt Knight as we are sent to replays from the match. Knight is at the top of the stage now as he continues to recover and looks back at Reed who is still taunting him from the ring.
Video Package: WALTER
Next we head into a video package highlighting WALTER. The video ends as the commentary team notes the WALTER vs. Drake Maverick match that is set to take place later tonight on WWE NXT.
Karrion Kross vs. Oney Lorcan
The commentary team discusses the injury Danny Burch is currently suffering from (a separated shoulder last week). They note that this is what led to NXT General Manager William Regal vacating the titles. Wade states he knows Burch and says he’s in good spirits, despite the injury. Vic says Burch may be out for 6 months. They also announce MSK vs. Legado del Fantasma vs. Grizzled Young Veterans to crown new champions at Takeover. With that, we head back to commercial break once again.
As we return to the ring, we get set for the next match-up of the evening. Out first is Karrion Kross who makes his way out with Scarlett Bourdeux as she sings the entrance theme all the way to the ring where Kross appears from the smoke. Before the next entrance, on commentary, we hear Vic hype the match between Karrion Kross vs. NXT Champion Finn Balor set to take place at the upcoming Takeover event.
Out next is Oney Lorcan by himself (Danny Burch is currently out with an injury from last week’s NXT.) Lorcan makes his way into the ring with opponent Karrion Kross. The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and they immediately start brawling back and forth. Lorcan unloads in the corner but Kross tosses him over the top rope to the floor with ease. Kross follows and rams Lorcan face-first into the Plexiglas barrier as the referee counts.
Kross works Lorcan around ringside and Lorcan rolls back in at the 6 count. Kross comes back in and mocks Lorcan, sending him right back to the floor with Lorcan retreating. Kross follows. Lorcan goes for a suplex on the floor but Kross counters with a suplex of his own. The referee keeps counting as Scarlett looks on. Kross brings it back in at the 8 count. Kross rams Lorcan in the corner with a big shoulder thrust.
Kross with more thrusts as the referee warns him. Lorcan unloads with two big chops to stun Kross. Kross tosses Lorcan to the floor and follows. Lorcan rams him back into the edge of the apron. Lorcan comes back in and Kross follows. Lorcan with a big dropkick into the corner. Lorcan with a running uppercut in the corner. He runs again but Kross levels him. Kross stands tall and then covers for 2 as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Kross remains in control. Kross with more thrusts in the corner. Kross with a big boot to the face to keep Lorcan down as the referee warns him. Kross with a suplex into a 2 count. Lorcan looks to mount offense but Kross turns it back around and nails a big throw across the ring. Kross stands tall and laughs again. Kross mounts Lorcan from behind and talks some trash, saying he doesn’t regret the injury to Danny Burch, and he loved it.
Lorcan is angry now. He unloads with uppercuts but Kross shoves him in the corner. Kross charges and Lorcan sends him into the ring post. Lorcan drops Kross on his hurt shoulder, shocking Kross. Lorcan with big chops now. Lorcan unloads with slaps to the face now. Kross swings and misses. Lorcan takes his knee out and delivers a running uppercut. Lorcan with another running uppercut. More quick back and forth.
Kross comes back with a big boot and a big Doomsday Saito suplex. Kross then levels Lorcan with the running forearm for the pin to win.
Winner: Karrion Kross
In-Ring: Karrion Kross, Finn Balor
Kross stands tall as Scarlett joins him and the music starts up. Kross clutches his shoulder and is warned by the referee to stay away from Lorcan. We go to replays. Kross takes the mic now and says he’d like to take a moment to address last week’s actions by NXT Champion Finn Balor, a reference to accidentally knocking Scarlett down.
Kross says those actions had malice, intention and Kross appreciates that because he realized he was giving respect to a man who doesn’t appreciate it, or deserve it. Despite Balor being a champion, when Kross held his little neck in his hands, it felt just like anyone else because when the fuse is lit, there’s no stopping what’s coming next, which is Kross…
Suddenly the entrance theme for The Prince interrupts as out comes Finn Balor. Balor slowly walks to the ring as Kross and Scarlett look on. Balor stops in front of Lorcan, who is down on the ramp. Balor says Kross took his best show last week and The Prince is still standing. Balor keeps walking to ringside now. He says Kross really showed his weakness last week. At this point Balor enters the ring with the title.
Balor says when a man is young he fights with emotion, uncontrollable emotion. Some call it demons but really it’s just emotion. It wasn’t until Balor learned t control his emotion, to be cold, that he became untouchable in the ring. Balor says Kross still fights with emotion, everything he does is a reaction and in those moments he’s sloppy, vulnerable. Kross is seething now.
Balor says at Takeover he’s going to push Kross to the point where he only has two options – surprise everyone and master his emotions, or what Balor believes will happen, is a repeat of last week where Kross’ emotions master him. And when they do, Balor is going to drag him into the cold, deep water and with no emotion, Balor is going to drown him. They stare each other down in the middle of the ring now. The Takeover logo flashes on the big screen as Balor’s music starts up. Fans chant “NXT!” now.
Backstage: William Regal
Next we head backstage where NXT General Manager is backstage with a pair of brass knuckles on his desk. He announces a Gauntlet Eliminator Battle Royal to determine the Takeover opponent for NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano. A 12-man Gauntlet Eliminator Battle Royal will take place next week with Jake Atlas, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Austin Theory, Dexter Lumis, Tyler Rust, Kushida, Cameron Grimes, Pete Dunne, Roderick Strong, Bronson Reed, and LA Knight.
The final six will be in the Eliminator Gauntlet and their order of elimination will determine the Gauntlet order. The winner will challenge Gargano on Takeover Night Two.
WALTER vs. Drake Maverick
As we return from the commercial break, we head to the ring for the next match up of the evening. Inside the ring we see Drake Maverick is waiting. We see video of Drake confronting Imperium earlier this week while looking for answering on Killian Dain’s whereabouts. That led to this match. Out next comes Imperium – NXT UK Champion WALTER with Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner, for this non-title match.
The bell rings and Drake charges but WALTER drops him with ease. WALTER follows up with a powerbomb in the middle of the ring, and then applies the single-leg Crab for the squash win.
In-Ring: WALTER, Tommaso Ciampa
Immediately following the short and sweet match up, Drake Maverick is out as Imperium poses in the middle of the ring together.
Suddenly the entrance music interrupts and out comes Tommaso Ciampa to the stage. Imperium watches as Ciampa comes to the ring, wearing Timothy Thatcher’s t-shirt. Ciampa enters the ring and stares WALTER down. Ciampa says a few weeks ago he said WALTER intrigued me. He misspoke and meant the NXT UK Title intrigued him. Fans pop. Ciampa says let’s cut to the chase. WALTER and everyone else knows what he wants.
Ciampa challenges WALTER to a title match at Takeover. WALTER shakes his head no and fans boo. Ciampa hits WALTER as Imperium attacks him. Fans boo as Ciampa gets double teamed. They hold Ciampa as WALTER yells in his face and snatches his necklace off. WALTER stomps on it and Ciampa seethes, trying to attack but they beat him down again. WALTER with a huge chop to the chest to put Ciampa back down.
WALTER kneels down and puts the NXT UK Title in Ciampa’s face. WALTER says he will see Ciampa at Takeover. The Imperium music hits to end the segment.
Promo: Pete Dunne
Next we head into a pre-recorded promo from Pete Dunne on how he’s the best. He says he’s going to dominate the Battle Royal next week and then go on to win the NXT North American Title at Takeover.
Earlier Today: Robert Stone, Mercedes Martinez
The announcers show us the earlier video of Robert Stone paying Mercedes Martinez a bunch of money to replace the injured Jessi Kamea in tonight’s NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles match.
Backstage: Johnny Gargano, William Regal
Next we head backstage where Johnny Gargano states that he is not happy about Takeover. He storms into the office of NXT General Manager William Regal and vents about the Gauntlet Eliminator Battle Royal, the Gauntlet Eliminator, and the title defense at Takeover. Regal mocks him for wearing the North American title around his waist. “Regal are you cuckoo bananas? Johnny Takeover deserves better.” Regal: “If you’re Johnny Takeover, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. What I suggest is you study your competitors.” Gargano storms out muttering “I’m not shutting your door!”
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) vs. Aliyah & Mercedes Martinez
Back from the break and we get a video package on Shotzi Blackheart.
As we return to the ring the entrance theme for Mercedes Martinez and Aliyah – representing The Robert Stone Brand, make their way down the ramp and enter the ring where they await their opponents for tonight’s Title Match for the NXT Women’s Tag-Team Championship titles! Commentary notes that Martinez is replacing the injured Jessi Kamea, who was injured during training. Out next are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart as their entrance theme sounds and they make their way down the ramp and enter the ring.
With all the competitors at ringside, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this title match is officially underway! Martinez starts off by dropping Moon. They tangle some and Moon drops her face-first into the mat. Shotzi tags in and they do some double teaming on Martinez. Shotzi with a crossbody from the top. Robert Stone gets on the apron and starts ranting at the referee. Martinez takes advantage of the distraction and levels Shotzi with a big boot.
Martinez puts Shotzi on her shoulders and tags in Aliyah. She drops Shotzi and holds her for a Blockbuster from Aliyah. Shotzi kicks out at 2. Aliyah works Shotzi over in the corner now. Shotzi fights both competitors from the corner. Aliyah runs and kicks Moon off the apron to prevent a tag. Aliyah goes back to work on Shotzi and tags Mercedes back in. Martinez and Aliyah with another big double team move but Shotzi kicks out again.
Aliyah tags back in but Shotzi kicks her away. Moon tags in for a pop. She knocks Martinez off the apron and unloads on Aliyah. Moon yells out for a big pop and then hits the Hip Attack on Aliyah in the corner. Moon catches Aliyah with a powerbomb for 2 as Martinez breaks it up. Shotzi runs in but Martinez scoops her. Shotzi counters that with a big DDT. Martinez gets sent out to the floor. Moon tags in and nails the Eclipse off the top to Aliyah for the pin to retain.
Winners: Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart
Backstage: Roderick Strong, Cameron Grimes
.@roderickstrong has no interest in NFTs.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 25, 2021
Next we head backstage as Cameron Grimes makes his way into the locker room where he walks up to Roderick Strong. Grimes begins as he states that he thinks it’s a shame what has happened to The Undisputed Era but he’s interested in purchasing The Undisputed Era’s IP to take it to the moon. Grimes has all sorts of ideas. Strong never speaks, just drops Grimes with a big right hand. Grimes throws a fit as Strong walks out. We head to commercial break!
Backstage: Ember Moon, Shotzi Blackheart, Candice LeRae, Indi Heartwell
As we return from the commercial break, we head backstage where Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell walk up to confront Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart following their match. To start, they congratulate them for tonight’s title defense but they tell them they should face a real team for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles next. The two teams have some words and The Way says next time they will do this on their own terms and their own way. LeRae and Hartwell walk off.
#NXTTakeOver: Stand & Deliver NIGHT 2 LINEUP:
2️⃣@FinnBalor vs.@WWEKarrionKross – #NXTTitle
2️⃣@EscobarWWE vs. @Jordan_Devlin1 – #Cruiserweight Title Unification Match
2️⃣@JohnnyGargano vs. Winner of Night 1 #GauntletEliminator – #NXTNATitle Match
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 25, 2021
On Night One of Takeover, we will see Raquel Gonzalez versus Io Shirai in the main event. Tommaso Ciampa will face WALTER for the NXT UK Championship. The NXT Men’s Tag Team Championship will take place on Night One. The Gauntlet Eliminator Match will take place on Night one.
On Night Two of Takeover, Finn Balor will face Karrion Kross in the main event. Jordan Devlin will face Santos Escobar to unify the Cruiserweight Title. Johnny Gargano defends his North American title against the winner of the Gauntlet Match.
Jordan Devlin vs. Kushida
We once again returtn to the ring for the next non-title match of the evening. Out first comes NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin as his entrance theme sounds over the speakers of the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center for this non-title match. Devlin makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring. The announcers hype his Title Unification match with NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar at Takeover. Out next comes Devlin’s competitor for this match up, Kushida.
With both men inside the ring, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match is officially underway. To start the action, both competitors meet up in the center of the ring for some back and forth action! Devlin with a Uranage and a standing moonsault for a 2 count early on. Devlin drops Kushida with a big knee. Kushida works on the arm now as fans rally.
They run the ropes and Kushida hits a hip toss, then a low dropkick. Kushida takes Devlin back down by his arm. More back and forth for a few minutes. Kushida slides to the floor but Devlin hits a huge moonsault from the apron. We go to commercial as a “NXT!” chant starts up.
Back from the break and Devlin has Kushida grounded as fans rally. Kushida fights up and then nails a dropkick after a forearm. Cameron Grimes vs. Roderick Strong is set for next week. Devlin and Kushida trade offense now. Kushida with a springboard back elbow, then a big right hand. Kushida with a running kick to the ribs, then the arm breaker takedown. Fans chant for Kushida now. Devlin avoids the Hoverboard Lock.
They tangle and Devlin lands a close roll-up for 2. Kushida runs into the turnbuckles as Devlin moves. Devlin launches himself in from the apron with a big Cutter for a close 2 count. Devlin shows some frustration now. They tangle in the corner after more back and forth. Legado del Fantasma appears on the stage, distracting Devlin. Kushida ends up taking advantage and gets the cross armbreaker applied in the middle of the ring.
Devlin goes for the bottom rope but he’s pulled to the floor by Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde. Fans boo and the referee didn’t see what happened. Escobar looks on from the stage. Devlin turns and stares at him, then turns back around and runs to the ring, ducking Wilde and Mendoza. Devlin runs in and Kushida inadvertently knocks Wilde and Mendoza off the apron. This leads to Devlin taking advantage and rolling Kushida for the pin.
Winner: Jordan Devlin
In-Ring: Santos Escobar, Jordan Devlin, Shawn Michaels
Kushida leaps out of the ring and unloads on Wilde and Mendoza, beating them around the stage area as Devlin sits up in the ring. Escobar enters the ring now. Devlin gets up and meets him in the middle of the ring. They have words as fans cheer them on.
The music interrupts and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels to a big pop. Michaels slides a ladder into the ring, in between Devlin and Escobar. Fans chant “NXT!” now as Devlin and Escobar raise their titles in the air over the ladder. It looks like we have a Ladder Match at Takeover now.
HBK’s music keeps playing as we see Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly making their way to the ring from different areas of the building, with security teams. Cole stops and trades a look with Shawn Michaels. Michaels keeps walking as Cole heads to the ring. Back to commercial.
On-Stage: Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, William Regal
As we return from the commercial break, we get right into it! Regal: “Gentlemen, thank you for joining me here tonight. Now it’s obvious that the situation between the two of you has got out of control, it’s reached boiling point, in fact YOU GOT THE BLOODY POLICE INVOLVED.”
“I will not have you embarrass this company that so many people have worked so hard to create!! What I have here is a solution to this situation. This is a contract for Kyle O’Reilly to face Adam Cole in the co-main event of the second night of NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. Now Kyle, you’re still not medically cleared. This match can only take place when you sign this contract and acknowledge that NXT is not liable for anything that happens to both of you!” Regal slaps the contract down in front of Cole.
“Regal I want to tell you a little story. Imagine that you were born blind and could not see and then one day you wake up and you can see everything. We call that a revelation, and I had one. I realized I didn’t need The Undisputed Era any more. In fact they were holding me back. You know who made me realize that? It was YOU Kyle! I bought into this BS that it was about brotherhood. It was never about that Kyle. I watched you challenge for the title not once, but twice, and then fail not once, but twice. Then you tried to befriend Finn Bálor? To join The Undisputed Era? Had you lost your mind?
Then I realized it. You are a sidekick, comfortable being on the sidelines, and that is NOT ME. I am NOTHING like you! You lost sight of what this was, of what The Undisputed Era was. It wasn’t about friendship, it wasn’t about brotherhood, it was about being the best, and you’re looking at the best. Honestly Kyle you should be thanking me. Do you think you would have made it to WWE if it wasn’t for me? Do you think The Undisputed Era works without Adam Cole?
Cole continues, I’M THE ONE WHO LED THE CHARGE, I’M THE ONE WHO MAIN EVENTED, I’M THE ONE WITH THE THE LEGENDARY TITLE RUN, I’M THE ONE WHO SOLD THE T-SHIRTS, UNDISPUTED ERA WITHOUT ADAM COLE IS NOTHING AND YOU KYLE O’REILLY ARE NOTHING!! I can not wait to fight you at Takeover and you want to know why? I already know who wins. The whole world knows who wins. The only one who doesn’t know is the pathetic lap dog sitting across this table.”
Cole signs the contract and shoves it across the table to O’Reilly. O’Reilly pounds the pen on the contract and picks up a mic. “We’ve known each other a long time — at least I thought we did. Four hungry pitbulls looking to take our spot at the top where we belonged. We didn’t give a damn about who’s expense or who was footing the bill. We will forever have heat with the General Manager and a whole locker room full of guys. I grew up though. I started to take some accountability for my actions. No more sneak attacks. No more four on one beatdowns. No more BS. We’ve become better wrestlers, better fighters, champions, we became stars, but only one of us became a better PERSON, a better human being.
Adam Cole is just the same asshole that walked into this place three and a half years ago. I keep forcing myself to really truly believe the last three and a half years meant nothing. I’m forcing myself to believe this, because if any part of me thinks you and I could be cool again, go for a beer again, I won’t do what is necessary to put you down for good. I sold my soul for The Undisputed Era and I want it back. You are an insecure prick who used his best friends and that is so so cold and somehow I am not surprised in the least but let me tell you something Cole, not one single person is going to be surprised — LOOK ME IN THE EYES — not one single person will be surprised after I beat you into a pulp. For the first time in damn near four years, I’ll sleep like a baby.” He signs the contract.
“Attaboy Kyle! Go ahead, sign that death warrant.” O’Reilly signs and throws the pen at him. Cole knocks over the table and they both scream at each other as the show goes off the air!