WWE NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver Night One Preview [Io Shirai vs. Raquel Gonzalez, WALTER vs. Tommaso Ciampa]

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It was only a matter of time before an NXT Takeover event took two days to fit all the action. As a parting shout in the ill fated Wednesday Night wars, we have Night One of NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. They spread the action well over the two nights, with tonight headlined by Io Shirai defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Raquel Gonzalez & WALTER defending the NXT UK Championship against Tommaso Ciampa. Those are the two big matches, but there’s more action tonight. Let’s break the card down!

Io Shirai Main Events Another NXT Takeover

The main event tonight is perhaps the biggest challenge of her reign as NXT Women’s Champion, as she faces down Big Mami Cool herself, Raquel Gonzalez. Shirai personally challenged her for this match, and Gonzalez spent all of last week trying to put her down and failing. Gonzalez pinned Shirai during WarGames, but beating the champion in a chaotic 8 person cage match is one thing, but one on one? Few have been able to keep her down. 

WALTER & Tommaso Ciampa To Put On A Hard Hitting Classic

WWE NXT UK Champion WALTER is back on American soil, and already has his first challenger stepping up. Tommaso Ciampa hates people who put on a false sense of bravado and toughness, and has now figured that WALTER fits that bill. Tonight, he will look to take out WALTER and end his 734 day reign as NXT UK Champion. This will be one of the hardest hitting matches of the year, and while the result feels obvious given that WALTER also defends tomorrow against Rampage Brown? Anything can happen in WWE. 

Pete Dunne Wanted The Best Technical Wrestler To Step Up, And KUSHIDA Did

Weeks ago, Pete Dunne laid out a challenge for NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. He wanted the someone who felt they were the best technical wrestler in the world, but no one stepped up until he confronted KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA stole the show with Johnny Gargano last time we had a Takeover event, and tonight with Pete Dunne, they could very well do it once again. Dunne & KUSHIDA clashed during the battle royale this past week on NXT, and took each other out, setting this match up for sure. 

MSK, Legado Del Fantasma, and Grizzled Young Veterans Battle Over Vacant NXT Tag Team Championships

We are sure to get at least one new champion tonight, as the NXT Tag Team Championships are currently vacant. Danny Burch got injured, and Oney Lorcan can’t defend all by himself so William Regal made the hard call. Tonight, Dusty Cup 2021 winners MSK take on Raul Mendoza & Joaquín Wilde of Legado Del Fantasma, and the Grizzled Young Veterans to decide who becomes champion. 

The Gauntlet Eliminator & Pre-Show Offerings

Finally we have the 6 man gauntlet match to decide who faces Johnny Gargano tomorrow tonight for the NXT North American Championship. Leon Ruff, Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis and LA Knight will fight it out in a gauntlet match tonight to decide who moves forward.

Also announced is Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm on the preshow, which will also see Ever-Rise present Ever-Rise Live! What are you most excited for tonight on NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver Night One? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below. 

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