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Tonight is Night 2 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
Finn Balor defends the NXT Championship against Karrion Kross.
Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly will clash in an Unsanctioned Match.
We’ll see a Cruiserweight Championship Unification Ladder Match: Santos Escobar vs. Jordan Devlin.
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon defend the NXT Women’s Tag Titles against Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.
Bronson Reed will challenge Johnny Gargano tonight for the NXT North American Championship. It’s Night 2 of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
Reed won the 6-man Gauntlet Eliminator on Night 1 of TakeOver - pinning Isaiah “Swerve” Scott to seal the win.
Io Shirai’s more than 300-day reign as NXT Women’s Champion is over. She was dethroned by Raquel Gonzalez in the main event of Night 1 of TakeOver - a match that saw Shirai leap from the TOP of the entrance stage.
MSK are the new NXT Tag Team Champions. They won the 3-way for the vacant titles. The Grizzled Young Veterans’ James Drake took the pin.
WALTER beat Tommaso Ciampa to retain the NXT UK Championship.
Pete Dunne opened the show with a win over Kushida.
On the pre-show, Zoey Stark upset Toni Storm.
We mentioned WALTER’s win over Ciampa last night. We’ll see WALTER in action again today - another defense of his UK Title...against Rampage Brown.
That’s the main event of the NXT UK Prelude special.
Also on that show...Tyler Bate vs. Noam Dar. That’s a #1 Contender’s Match For The Heritage Cup Title held by A-Kid.
Plus, UK Women's Champion Kay Lee Ray & Isla Dawn vs. Emilia McKenzie & Meiko Satomura.
WWE President Nick Khan says there are big expectations for WrestleMania on Peacock...following the success of Fastlane..
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Nick Khan speaking on The Colin Cowherd Podcast.
A few more notes from that interview. Nick Khan said Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch will both be returning to WWE in the not-too-distant future.
He said WWE sees potential for growth in Latin America, specifically Mexico...and he said once WWE goes back on tour, “There’s no going back.”
Bayley was asked why she does NOT appear to have anything to do at WrestleMania.
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Bayley speaking with TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy.
More than a year after the match was first mentioned, AEW will finally deliver “Blood And Guts” - The Inner Circle vs. Pinnacle...on Dynamite...at Daily’s Place...on Wednesday, May 5th.
Chris Jericho issued the challenge on last night’s Dynamite. Later, Pinnacle attacked Jericho backstage...and dragged him to the ring. The rest of The Inner Circle were locked in their dressing room.
Wardlow was looking to finish off Jericho when Mike Tyson entered the arena. He got some punches in on Shawn Spears. The rest of Pinnacle made a run for it....and then, Tyson and Jericho publicly made amends - following up on their brawl on Dynamite a little less than a year ago.
Tyson will be back on next Wednesday’s Dynamite as the special enforcer for a one-on-one match between Jericho and Pinnacle’s Dax Harwood.
The Young Bucks couldn’t pull the trigger during the 6-man tag team main event - Matt Jackson spared Kenny Omega multiple times...to the point that their partner Jon Moxley got sick of waiting and hit Omega with a pair of Paradigm Shifts. That’s when the Bucks turned on Moxley and finally sided with Omega and the Good Brothers.
Pac and Rey Fenix get their shot at the Bucks’ tag team titles on next Wednesday’s Dynamite.
Also next week, Darby Allin will defend the TNT Championship against Matt Hardy in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Allin had a successful defense last night against JD Drake.
Also last night, Tay Conti beat The Bunny. And Taz offered Christian Cage a spot in Team Taz.
This is the first BIG day of independent shows surrounding WrestleMania week in Tampa.
Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 6 is tonight...with Barnett vs. Jon Moxley in the main event.
The late night For The Culture show has Rich Swann vs. 2 Cold Scorpio...and Lee Moriarty vs. Lio Rush.
Also, Day 1 of the Acid Cup. The field includes Moriarty, Laredo Kid and Tony Deppen.
A quick note from Japan - All Japan’s Champion Carnival begins on Friday.
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