Thursday, NXT Stand and Deliver it will end, and with it comes the rest WrestleMania season. Expect to see great matches, potential distortions, and angles that will set the tone for the next calendar year. Having said that, let’s dive in NXT TakeOver: Stop and deliver night two forecasts!
Night full ticket:
– NXT team championship for women in tags: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart (c) vs. Put (Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell)
– Match for NXT uniform in cruiser category: Jordan Devlin (c) vs. Santos Escobar (c) on a scale
– North American NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano (c) against the winner of the Gauntlet Eliminator match
– Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole in an unauthorized match
– NXT Championship match: Finn Balor (c) vs. Carrion Cross
NXT stands for download and provides nightly two predictions
NXT Unification Championship Match in Heavyweight: Jordan Devlin (c) – Santos Escobar (c)
This match did not happen if, but when. At the start of the global pandemic, Jordan Devlin could not enter the U.S. and thus could not defend his NXT championship in the heaviest category. A tournament has been announced to crown the interim champion instead, as Santos Escobar has appeared both as a champion and as a rising star for the NXT. With the way Escobar carries himself and the division, you would be forgiven for thinking he was already an undisputed champion. Devlin did a great job re-establishing himself, but we don’t think that’s going to be enough on Thursday night. Legado del Fantasma is an x-factor that cannot be ignored. Losing Escobar would nullify a lot of the legitimacy he brought to himself and the divisions in Devlin’s absence.
Prediction: Santos Escobar
Unauthorized match: Kyle O’Reilly against Adam Cole
The undisputed era was the most successful faction in NXT history and one of the strongest in WWE history. Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, i Roderick Strong it seemed destined to move on and has that same dominance on Raw or SmackDown. They continued to shock the system and change the landscape. That all changed when Adam Cole’s jealousy came to the fore with O’Reilly’s super kick. That was just the beginning of the end; the nail in the coffin was nailed down when Cole hit O’Reilly with a puzzle on the steel stairs. Whatever the outcome, this is not the end for these men; it’s just the beginning.
Prediction: Kyle O’Reilly
NXT Championship match: Finn Balor (c) against Karrion Kross
Carrion Cross entered the scene a year ago and created a path of destruction. He showed a level of aggression never seen before in NXT. Cross was quickly defeated Keith Lee to become an NXT champion and was poised to be the most dominant force the NXT has ever seen. Everything changed with a shoulder injury, and Kross was forced to leave the title. In his absence, Finn Balor won the NXT championship and has been wearing the brand ever since, much like in his initial run. After a great series of matches with Kyle O’Reilly, Balor looked ready to have a similar streak as in his first reign. Everything changed when Kross reappeared and proved to be just as dominant as before. This is the hardest match of the night to predict, both men have a likely case of going with the belt. I will choose Cross only because I believe he deserves the monstrous run he was originally supposed to have.
Regardless, it will be a failure for any NXT fan.
Prediction: Carrion Cross
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