WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver featuring Io Shirai vs. Raquel Gonzalez.Credit: WWE.com
WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver advertised the following matches on NXT’s biggest show of the year during WrestleMania week:Io Shirai vs. Raquel Gonzalez—WWE NXT Women’s Championship MSK vs. Grizzled Young Vets vs. Legado Del Fantasma—WWE NXT Tag Team Championship Six-Man Gauntlet Eliminator Match WALTER vs. Tommaso Ciampa—WWE NXT UK Championship Pete Dunne vs. KUSHIDA
Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT garnered 654,000 viewers against 700,000 viewers for WWE NXT.
WWE NXT Ratings, Last Five WeeksMarch 31, 2021—654,000 March 24, 2021—678,000 March 17, 2021—597,000 March 10, 2021—691,000 March 3, 2021—692,000
WWE NXT—Key CompetitionAEW Dynamite
Pro Wrestling Bits—Soulja Boy’s WWE Twitter Beef With Randy Orton
WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 1,858,475 (Down from 2,739,289 views)Most-Viewed: 12-Man Battle Royal to Qualify for Gauntlet Eliminator (350,243 views) Least-Viewed: The Difference Between WALTER and Tommaso Ciampa (58,219 views) Median Viewership: 132,738 views
WWE NXT Results—Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Pete Dunne def. KUSHIDA
When Pete Dunne said he was going to wrestle for the hypothetical title of “Best Wrestler in the World,” my expectations for his opponent were far higher than KUSHIDA, even if he does have a legit claim to that title.
This match was the perfect combination of deft storytelling and great wrestling—both technical and brawling. Dunne vs. KUSHIDA will be hard to follow for both nights.
Bronson Reed Wins 6-Man Gauntlet EliminatorSwerve Scott def. Leon Ruff LA Knight def. Dexter Lumis Bronson Reed def. LA Knight Swerve Scott def. Cameron Grimes Bronson Reed def. Swerve Scott
Leon Ruff diving onto Bronson Reed with such staggering speed, and not moving him a single inch, was a sight to behold.
Cameron Grimes gave Swerve Scott money and the Virgil jokes basically wrote themselves from there.
Beth Phoenix said “you get a suplex! You get a suplex!” an it was one of the funnier versions of that joke.
Dexter Lumis had a scary landing when he got his leg caught in the bottom rope after going over the top rope. Thankfully, he seemed to be fine by the time they returned from commercial.
Swerve Scott and Bronson Reed wrestled a helluva Final 2. Judging by the cooling off period for LA Knight, I’d have no problem seeing Swerve Scott slide into that role against Reed.
WALTER def. Tommaso Ciampa—WWE United Kingdom Championship
These two were hitting each other so hard, I almost wanted this match to take place in an empty arena to truly appreciate the sickening thuds.
This match was awesome, and lived past even its loftiest expectations.
MSK def. Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado Del Fantasma
This match was wrestled at a GYV pace for at least the first five minutes before MSK finally made its comeback.
As soon as this turned into an MSK match, with a flurry of high-flying, I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
I don’t think anybody has been put over so strong in their first few months with WWE or NXT than MSK.
Raquel Gonzalez def. Io Shirai—WWE NXT Women’s Championship
Vic Joseph emphatically called the NXT women’s division the best women’s division in the world, and I think even that might be selling it short.
Raquel Gonzalez felt like a lock to win this match the second she kicked out of Io Shirai’s Top-rope Moonsault. WWE couldn’t have pulled the trigger at a better time.