Winners, news and notes March 24, 2021

WWE NXT advertised William Regal addressing Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole, WALTER vs. Drake Maverick, Jordan Devlin vs. Kushida and Io Shirai and Zoey Stark vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez.

Last week’s WWE NXT broadcast drew 597,000 viewers against 768,000 viewers for WWE NXT.

  • March 17, 2021—597 000
  • March 10, 2021—691,000
  • March 3, 2021—692,000
  • February 24, 2021—734,000
  • February 17, 2021—713 000

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WWE NXT Total YouTube views last week: 2,803,507 (less than 3,121,459 views)

  • Most viewed: Jordan Devlin exhibits Santos Escobar (330,162 views)
  • Least viewed: Breezango vs. Legado del Fantasma (71,800 views)
  • Average viewership: 210,590 views

WWE NXT Results – Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Daktoa Kai and Raquel Gonzalez v. Zoey Stark and Io Shirai

Raquel Gonzalez vs. Io Shirai will be the main event of Night 1 WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver, and as a feud that was superior to Sasha Banks-Bianca Belair in just two weeks, they deserve it.

Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez had collaborated so well earlier in this match that it saddened me that they will inevitably split any day.

Bronson Reed def. LA Knight

If there had to be a clear winner in this match, which I didn’t expect to be, I was hoping it would be Bronson Reed. Fortunately, that is exactly what happened.

LA Knight lost his purity early in his tenure was alarming (if you’re a fan of LA Knight), but the fact that he wasn’t given back the heat was even more troubling.

Carrion Cross def. Oney Lorcan

Karrion Kross legitimately injured Danny Burch and was rewarded with a mostly dominant win against his partner, where Kross (kayfabe) celebrated the injury. WWE’s faith in Kross remains strong.

Karrion Cross’s matches don’t usually go through commercial breaks, so it may have been a mild form of penalty for the king of the squash match.

After the match, Finn Balor ran over the body of poor Oney Lorcan through a promotion.

Finn Balor calling Karrion Kross “messy,” a week after that unfortunate injury to Danny Burch felt like more than a queue in promotion.

WALTER def. Drake Maverick

Every other Drake Maverick that lasted in this match was a credit to Maverick, and as I typed this sentence, WALTER sent poor Drake.

The Tommaso Ciampa challenge for the WWE NXT UK Championship is one of the best things that has ever happened to that title.

Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon def. Mercedes Martinez and Aliyah

It looks like Robert Stone has finally returned to the lap after disappearing for months and couldn’t have come at a better time as WWE is in the midst of the WrestleMania / TakeOver season.

Mercedes Martinez and Aliyah worked well together as the duo were reunited in a short time.

Jordan Devlin def. Kushida

Kushida seemed to be on the verge of a world title match just a few short months ago, and is now rarely seen before it eventually became a match of preparation for Jordan Devlin.

The announcers continued to talk about Jordan Devlin who had a legitimate claim to the cruise champion, although he could not defend the title for more than a year. Had he gone against anyone other than Santos Escobar’s mega heel, Devlin would have been the fifth.

If Kushida hadn’t already been in gloves, I would have assumed he would be added to this cruise championship.

Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly Signing the contract

Adam Cole and Shawn Michaels confronted each other before Cole hit the ring and it’s cruel to tease such a match that will probably (hopefully) never happen.

There was almost as much security in this segment as there were fans in the building.

They both made great promotions in this segment, but surprisingly, O’Reilly’s could have been a little better.