At NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver, night one will see a big six man gauntlet match. The winner goes on to face NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano on Night Two. Tonight, we find out who those six men are as a load of NXT’s best enter the ring for a Battle Royale. The trick tonight is that the last six men standing are the ones who move to next week. When those six men get eliminated, it determines their order going into the match. So the winner gets to enter last at Takeover, potentially making an easy win.
Announced for this match are the following. Dexter Lumis, Bronson Reed, Leon Ruff, Cameron Grimes, Roderick Strong, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Pete Dunne, LA Knight, Kushida, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas and Austin Theory. Or that was the plan. Roderick Strong left the building after losing to Cameron Grimes, this one at eleven men. Who will advance?
Clearing The Field
The action started before the match, with Swerve being attacked by Leon Ruff before anyone else even got to the ring. Ruff took Swerve into the ring and sent him over the top rope with a lariat, showing him that he can easily take him out. Order would be restored through the break, and all hell broke loose when the bell rang.
Everyone went off and grabbed someone except Dexter Lumis, who just stared everyone down. Dunne had a staring contest with him, before going after Austin Theory. Jake Atlas was taken to the apron, and distracted by Malcolm Bivens before Tyler Rust & Swerve eliminated him. Swerve took out Rust next, and Lumis still hasn’t moved.
KUSHIDA got an armbar on Grimes on the side of the ring, before Reed sent Theory outside. Theory landed on his back after being sent out by Reed, but kipped up and eliminated himself. Reed looked to take KUSHIDA out next, before being targeted and saving himself.
Dunne attacked Leon Ruff as KUSHIDA attacked Grimes, trying to show who hates arms more before clashing. KUSHIDA got stuck in a triangle choke, slipped out before looking for the hoverboard lock. Dunne was taken over the top rope by KUSHIDA, meaning we have our final six. Dexter Lumis qualified without moving once.
Dexter Lumis, Cameron Grimes, Leon Ruff, Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, LA Knight and Bronson Reed Are Going To Takeover
Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis, Leon Ruff, Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, LA Knight and Bronson Reed have now qualified for the gauntlet match, and through the break, Ruff & Swerve kept brawling. Knight went after Reed, and Lumis stared them down. Reed got Knight down and choked him, but by the time we got back to action he’d be trying to take Grimes out.
Knight went after Reed once Grimes slipped outside safely, as Ruff & Swerve battled on the top rope. Reed grabbed them both and threw Ruff out and then Swerve. They will start next weeks match now, giving them low chances to win. Knight hit a punch to the face of Reed, before going for a diving shoulder tackle.
Reed caught him, but Knight slipped out and got help from Grimes and Lumis to eliminate him. Grimes tried to bride Lumus & Knight to eliminate themselves, but Lumis threw him out. Knight would face off with Lumis, and not know what to make of him. A punch to the face and a back body drop hurt Knight, but he got Lumis to the apron. Lumis looked for a suplex, before being countered into a jawbreaker.
Knight charged at Lumis and was sent outside, but went through the top and middle ropes. He’d yank Lumis down, and gain the last entry at the gauntlet match. Who will win the coming gauntlet match? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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