NXT Stand & Deliver

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NXT Stand & Deliver
Other name(s)NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver (2021)
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)NXT (2021–present)
NXT UK (2021)
First eventNXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver (2021)

NXT Stand & Deliver (originally known as NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver) is a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. Held primarily for wrestlers from the promotion's NXT brand division, it takes place annually during WrestleMania week. The inaugural event was available through pay-per-view worldwide and the streaming services Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network internationally, while the second event will only be available to stream through the latter two services.

Stand & Deliver was originally established in 2021 and held under the NXT TakeOver series. In September 2021, NXT was rebranded as NXT 2.0, which reverted the brand to being WWE's developmental territory, and the TakeOver series was discontinued; however, Stand & Deliver continued on as its own event for NXT. While the original event was held across two nights, it was reduced to one day with the second event. The inaugural event also featured wrestlers from NXT's sub-brand, NXT UK.

History[edit]

NXT TakeOver was a series of periodic professional wrestling events produced by WWE for the company's NXT brand. The 34th TakeOver event was held as NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and was the only TakeOver to be held across two nights. The event was held on April 7 and 8, 2021, during WrestleMania 37 week. It aired on traditional pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide and the WWE Network in international markets, and was WWE's first live in-ring event to air on Peacock after the American version of the WWE Network had shutdown on April 4 that year, following its merger under Peacock. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held at the Capitol Wrestling Center within the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[1]

In September 2021, the NXT brand went through a restructuring, being rebranded as "NXT 2.0", reverting to a developmental territory for WWE. The Capitol Wrestling Center name was also dropped with NXT's events just being promoted as held at the Performance Center. The TakeOver series was also subsequently discontinued.[2]

On January 24, 2022, it was confirmed that Stand & Deliver would continue on as its own event for NXT with a second Stand & Deliver event announced to be held during WrestleMania 38 weekend, thus establishing Stand & Deliver as NXT's annual event held during WrestleMania week.[3] This second Stand & Deliver was scheduled to be held as a one-day event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on April 2, 2022, the same day as WrestleMania 38 Night 1. Due to this, Stand & Deliver had a special start time of 1pm Eastern Time. This was the first NXT event to be held outside of Florida since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and subsequently the first NXT event to be held outside of NXT's home arenas—Full Sail University (former) and the WWE Performance Center (current)—since NXT TakeOver: Portland in February 2020.[4]

Events[edit]

# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver April 7, 2021 Orlando, Florida Capitol Wrestling Center at WWE Performance Center Night 1: Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel González for the NXT Women's Championship [5]
April 8, 2021 Night 2: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly in an Unsanctioned match [6]
2 NXT Stand & Deliver (2022) April 2, 2022 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship [7][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ WWE.com Staff (March 10, 2021). "NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver set to take place Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8". WWE. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  2. ^ Wrestlenomics Staff (October 4, 2021). "The future of WWE NXT 2.0 on the USA Network". Wrestlenomics. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  3. ^ Hayden, Joey (January 24, 2022). "WrestleMania week in Dallas to include NXT Stand & Deliver, WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and more". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Joseph (February 16, 2022). "Updated Start Time For WWE NXT Stand & Deliver During Wrestlemania Weekend". 411mania. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  5. ^ Moore, John (April 7, 2021). "NXT Takeover Stand & Deliver results: Moore's live review of night one with Io Shirai vs. Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women's Championship, Walter vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT UK Championship, MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde for the vacant NXT Tag Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Moore, John (April 8, 2021). "NXT Takeover Stand & Deliver results: Moore's live review of night two with Finn Balor vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship, Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly in an unsanctioned match, Santos Escobar vs. Jordan Devlin in a ladder match to unify the NXT Cruiserweight Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Tickets to WrestleMania Week Raw in Dallas are now available". WWE. January 28, 2022. Retrieved February 23, 2022.