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Night 1: Wednesday, April 7 at 8/7 C on USA Network



NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai vs. Raquel González

Io Shirai isn’t waiting for her next challenger to step up. Instead, she’s coming to them.

The Genius of the Sky will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against the dominant Raquel González — her opponent of choice — as they main event Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver on Wednesday, April 7 on USA Network, as first reported by "Muscle & Fitness Hers."

Time and time again, Shirai has soared past the competition, prevailing against the best NXT has to offer. Candice LeRae, Toni Storm, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox have all failed to knock her from the throne.

Shirai, not one to rest on her laurels, didn’t celebrate her most recent defense against Storm for long, confronting González later that night and demanding to face “Big Mami Cool.”

Few Superstars, if any, have had a more impressive past year in NXT than González. Bursting onto the scene with her alliance with Dakota Kai, González has racked up accolades in short order. She has defeated former NXT Women’s Champions Rhea Ripley and Ember Moon, and with Kai won the first-ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and were crowned the first-ever NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.

Will “Big Mami Cool” show that her dominance knows no bounds? Or will Shirai’s genius prove unsolvable once again?



NXT United Kingdom Champion WALTER vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Can WALTER continue his record-setting reign as NXT United Kingdom Champion against The Blackheart?

The Ring General will put his title on the line against Tommaso Ciampa on Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

WALTER's indomitable stable, Imperium, courted Ciampa and tag team partner Timothy Thatcher to join their ranks. The Blackheart emphatically declined, and Thatcher, who shares a storied history with Imperium, seemingly disappeared with Ciampa holding Imperium responsible for his absence.

Ruthlessly attacking Ciampa in his stunning return to the black-and-gold brand for the first time in more than a year, WALTER made a vicious example. But The Blackheart came back for more the following week, challenging The Ring General.

When Ciampa smacked WALTER after he denied the challenge, The Blackheart was once again subjected to a savage beatdown by Imperium.

But when WALTER and Ciampa face off one on one, might it be a different story? As a former NXT Champion who only relinquished the title due to injury, Ciampa knows what it takes to win gold.

Will he add a new accolade at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver? Or will WALTER continue to dominate?



MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado del Fantasma for the NXT Tag Team Championship

New NXT Tag Team Champions will be crowned on Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

MSK will collide with The Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado del Fantasma in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the vacant NXT Tag Team Titles.

The titles were vacated from former champions Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch after Burch was rendered unable to compete due to a separated shoulder suffered in a title defense against Karrion Kross & Finn Bálor.

NXT General Manager William Regal made the difficult decision, but the bad news came with good news for the NXT Universe in the form of what is sure to be a can't-miss battle between three of the black-and-gold brand's top teams.

MSK and GYV are already more than familiar with each other. Zack Gibson fractured Wes Lee's hand in a savage attack in February, costing MSK their initial NXT Tag Team Title opportunity for winning The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Gibson got a receipt though, as MSK retaliated by smashing Gibson's hand against the steps.

Meanwhile, Legado del Fantasma also have history with MSK, as Nash Carter & Lee narrowly defeated them in a thriller to advance to the Dusty Classic finals.



Gauntlet Eliminator for an NXT North American Championship opportunity

Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver will feature a test of wills, as six men look to outlast the competition.

Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott, LA Knight and Leon Ruff will battle in a Gauntlet Eliminator Match with the winner advancing to Night 2 to challenge Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship.

The six Superstars qualified based on their performance in an 11-Man Battle Royal on the March 31 edition of NXT, with LA Knight winning to score himself a huge advantage as the final entrant in the bout (full entry order and match rules below).

Only one man will claim victory and a potential golden ticket — who will it be?



Kushida vs. Pete Dunne

For weeks, Pete Dunne has proclaimed to be the best technical wrestler in NXT, and he's faced little pushback, surgically taking apart opponent after opponent.

That is until Kushida begged to differ.

Two of the world's best will square off to prove their squared-circle supremacy on Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver on Wednesday, April 7.

Ahead of the Battle Royal on the March 31 edition of NXT to qualify for the Gauntlet Eliminator, The BruiserWeight once again declared his dominance, only to be rebuked by NXT's resident Time Splitter. The tension spilled over to the Battle Royal, with both men eliminating each other as Kushida refused to break his feared Hoverboard Lock until the two were separated by officials, prompting this bout to be made.

The beef has escalated in short order, and now they've cost each other a potential title opportunity. What fireworks will be in store next at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver?

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Further matches will be added as they are announced
 

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Walter vs. Ciampa sounds like absolute mayhem. Those two are going to beat the crap out of each other.
I am really looking forward to Io vs Raquel. Io is of course amazing but Raquel has impressed with how quickly she has improved and they have been building her up for a bit now. I think she is perhaps the best candidate right now to beat Io for the title.
 

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I am really looking forward to Io vs Raquel. Io is of course amazing but Raquel has impressed with how quickly she has improved and they have been building her up for a bit now. I think she is perhaps the best candidate right now to beat Io for the title.
I'm probably sleeping on that. I notice that I always sleep on the women's matches on NXT and they end up really surprising me. Either way, this card is incredibly stacked.

Isn't this looking to be one of the best cards they have ever put out? I swear I'm interested in every single match to some degree. Some really incredible match-ups and some nice gimmick matches as well.
 

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Io vs. Raquel and Walter vs. Ciampa are 2 matches I'm very much looking forward to. Raquel has proven she can throw women like Rhea round. Imagine what she could do for Io....damn. And Walter in any kind of big match I'm here for.

Wouldn't surprise me if Xia Li is added to the card. Either in a Handicap match against Kayden & Kacy or maybe a tag match with the debuting Mei Ying.
 

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Not majorly interested in this card. I do want to see Raquel win tonight though.
 

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Not majorly interested in this card. I do want to see Raquel win tonight though.
Io is my favorite NXT talent but Raquel is the perfect choice to beat her. She has been primed for that spot for a while now and she has shown great improvement in a very short time.
 

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I do believe that it is time for Raquel to beat Io Shirai. For me Shirai has been losing momentum since War Games So have Raquel win and then Io Shirai chases the heel champ for awhile. Raquel winning and Io Shirai losing benefits both women in my opinion. If Raquel loses here in a big match for her before she even goes to the main roster...it's going to hurt her IMO.

I am hyped for Takeover!
 
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Really the hardest predictions of this match come from Io vs. Raquel & The Eliminator match.

Walter is for sure beating Ciampa. I'm pretty confident the Grizzled Young Veterans win the Tag Belts. And Dunne beating Kushida seems likely as well.

The Eliminator match probably comes down to either Lumis or Reed. I do think Reed should be the next champion, just depend on whether it happens tomorrow or at the next Takeover. And as far as Io vs. Raquel goes, I'm 50/50 on it really. You would think that this is the time for Io to drop that title and Raquel is the one they've built to this moment. But I also wouldn't be shocked if Io retained either. In the end, I'll go with Raquel.
 

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I think Zoey should win her match. She’s is getting close to that “pulls an upset win” moment. Also since they’re not using Toni for anything else right now, let Zoey win and make a feud out of it.
 
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