The final episode of NXT before Saturday's WrestleMania weekend Stand & Deliver event takes place tonight.
The full field for the NXT North American Championship ladder match at Stand & Deliver will be confirmed as Cameron Grimes, A-Kid, and Roderick Strong meet in a last-chance qualifying match. The winner will join North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Santos Escobar, Solo Sikoa, and Grayson Waller in Saturday's ladder match.
A six-man tag match on tonight's show will see LA Knight & MSK take on Imperium (Gunther, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner). Knight and Gunther are facing off in a singles match at Stand & Deliver, while Barthel & Aichner will defend their NXT Tag Team titles in a triple threat match against MSK and The Creed Brothers.
NXT Champion Dolph Ziggler and Bron Breakker should also appear tonight, along with Stand & Deliver NXT Women's Championship match participants Mandy Rose, Cora Jade, Io Shirai, and Kay Lee Ray.
Plus, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen vs. Legado del Fantasma, Ivy Nile vs. Tiffany Stratton, Bodhi Hayward vs. Von Wagner, and Draco Anthony vs. Joe Gacy are set for tonight. Nikkita Lyons will also be in action.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The go-home show ahead of Stand & Deliver opens with a melee. The theme from the beginning is "tensions are at an all-time high." Vic Joseph said so on commentary several times as a brawl erupts on the soundstage.
The trio known as Imperium are standing on the stage for a cold open, meaning no canned intro expect for the "Together" intro that begins every WWE-branded show.
Suddenly, Gunther is attacked from behind. NXT Tag Team Champions, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner, were struck next. LA Knight and his tag partners for the night, MSK, have jumped Imperium before their match that kicks off the show.
Imperium (Gunther, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) defeat LA Knight & MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee)
Aichner pins Carter to win this six-man tag. Good opener. Lots of focus on Knight.
LA Knight was a house of fire after jumping Imperium before the bell. He is soon cut off as the match settles into a traditional six-man tag instead of a brawl.
Will Smith reference after Aichner slaps Knight, which fires up Knight. Hot tag and MSK runs wild with tandem moves. Carter dives out of the ring. Lee goes to follow with a dive of his own, but Gunther mows him down with a big boot.
Imperium work over Lee during a commercial break, but Lee is finally able to tag out when the show returns from the break. Knight cleans house after the hot tag. Awkward dosey doe spot with Knight and Aichner.
Carter looks to do a springboard, but Gunther trips him up and drags him off the apron. Knight comes to the rescue, as he and Gunther get into a slugfest at ringside. They brawl to the back, fighting their way backstage.
The finish soon follows as Aichner turns Carter inside out with a lariat. Aicher then hooks a leg to cover Carter for a three count.
The tag champs look strong heading into Stand & Deliver, but the Creeds walk out on the stage to have a three-way staredown with Imperium and MSK. The three teams meet Saturday afternoon in a triple threat match.
Kay Lee Ray and Io Shirai bicker in a pre-tape promo despite being tag team partners. They both want to win the NXT Women's Championship at Stand & Deliver when they compete in a fatal four way match. They agree the best women will win.
Dakota Kai is backstage looling for Wendy Choo. Kai finds a tattered pillow, one panda bear slipper and a onsie. Choo was nowhere to be seen.
Before the next match begins, Ivy Nile is seen being tough on Tatum Paxley in an ongoing storyline where Nile wants Paxley to prove she belongs in Diamond Mine.
Ivy Nile defeats Tiffany Stratton
Nile submits Stratton after a distraction by Sarray.
Grappling at the start, and Stratton continues to rapidly improve her skills in the ring. Eventually though, some inexperience shows with both.
Sarray suddenly appears at ringside, which distracts Stratton. Nile counters a body slam, and slips behind Stratton to lock in a modified Dragon Sleeper.
Tommaso Ciampa with a promo addressing the audience, basically teasing a swan song in NXT at Stand & Deliver. He vows to the the audience that in Dallas "we will create that magic one final time." He gets up from a folding chairs, folds it and props it up. Dates painted on the chair read "9/9/2015" and "4/2/2022."
NXT Champion Dolph Ziggler is the focus of a mini-doc similar to the "Prime Target" features from the Black & Gold era of NXT, expect way better than any of the Prime Target stuff. While those features were good, this was WWE post-production at its best. It made Ziggler look like a champion and superstar, instead of a prelim guy sent to the developmental.
Cora Jade in a pre-tape promo talks about wanting to achieve a childhood dream by winning the NXT Women's Championship at Stand & Deliver in a fatal four way.
Josh Briggs & Brooks (with Fallon Henley) defeat Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza with Elektra Lopez)
Jensen pins Wilde to win the match.
Legado del Fantasma look great in this match, showcasing they are really polished and conditioned performers. So, of course they lose here.
Hot tag to Briggs. He is a powerhouse, until Lopez at ringside causes a distraction. Mendoza nails a distracted Briggs with a missile dropkick. Wilde tries to follow up with a 450 splash, but Briggs blocks it with a guzzle to the throat. Meanwhile, Henley jumps Lopez for causing a distraction, and they brawl at ringside.
Briggs gives Wilde a chokeslam. Jensen tags in for a high/low double team on Wilde, and Jensen then covers Wilde for a pinfall.
Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta are in a locker room debating who is the hottest couple. This leads to a challenge for a "Texas-sized showdown" where Hartwell and her lover, Dexter Lumis, will face off with Pirotta and her lover, Duke Hudson. The fans will decide who is the hottest couple.
MeKenzie Mitchell interviews Cameron Grimes. He is nervous ahead of his match tonight, as Grimes calls it the "biggest match of my career." He needs to go to Stand & Deliver, because he wants to keep a promise to his father.
Raquel Gonzalez returns and reunites with Dakota Kai
Toxic Attraction saunters to the ring for a promo. NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose is flanked by the NXT Women's Tag Team Champions, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolan.
Rose vows to retain the title at Stand & Deliver. Rose goes to say they have business to attend to tonight. Rose mentions the team of Wendy Choo & Dakota Kai. Toxic Attraction previously cheated on behalf of Choo & Kai, trying to help them win the Dusty Cup.
Rose says Choo & Kai failed them. Toxic Attraction is presumably the ones that attacked Choo, who was missing earlier in the show.
The tag champs claim they have beaten everyone. They run the women's tag division, according to them. Dolan & Jayne claim there are no teams left for them to face.
Dakota Kai rushed to the ring to confront them, but she is jumped in a three-on-one beatdown by Toxic Attraction. They are stomping on her when Raquel Gonzalez returns.
Gonzalez runs down to make a save. She comes to Kai's rescue. They were former partners turned bitter rivals. They reunite here, and Kai jumps into the arms of Gonzalez for a warm embrace. They hold up a tag title belt, after the heels have fled. Gonzalez & Kai look to be the next challengers for Dolan & Jayne.
Von Wagner (with Robert Roode) defeats Bodhi Hayward (with Andre Chase)
Wagner pins Hayward in a basic match. Hayward got to shine more so than ever, but this was still a showcase for Wagner. He is clearly getting a push. Wagner wins after using a modified Ol
Jacket Time (Kushida & Ikemen Jiro) are ringside to provide Japanese commentary. Honestly, this was a very stereotypical portrayal of a Japanese announce team, and I hated it. The Jacket Time duo deserves so much better than this terrible gimmick. It gets worse for them.
Wagner attacks Jacket Time after the match. He dispatches Kushida, and then Wagner throws Jiro into the ring. He plants Jiro with a falling fireman's carry slam, which is the same move Wagner used to win the match. Wagner then rips up Jiro's signature jacket.
Tony D'Angelo in a pre-tape promo vows to defeat Cimapa at Stand & Deliver. He also vows to become the "new don of NXT."
Joe Gacy (with Harland) defeats Draco Anthony
Gacy pins Anthony to win a decent enough match. Anthony has potential, and he looks impressive. Too bad he is beaten here.
The backstory here is Gacy has for weeks tried to recruit Anthony, but Anthony has declined Gacy's requests.
Anthony was getting to shine in this match. Gacy cuts him off, and Gacy does a handspring where he bounces off the ropes into a clothesline on Anthony. Gacy then covers Anthony for a pinfall.
Much like the min-doc feature on Ziggler earlier in the show, another similar piece of business focus on the challenger, Bron Breakker. Great feature that builds up the main event title match on Saturday for the NXT Championship.
Nikkita Lyons defeats Sloane Jacobs
Lyons pins Jacobs in a squash match. Lyons wins after doing the splits into a legdrop.
The announcers bring up Lyon trending on social media since her debut.
Lash Legend appears on the Titantron after the match, and she cuts a promo on Lyons. Legend says they have unfinished business to settle after Stand & Deliver.
Malcolm Bivens, flanked by Diamond Mine, cuts a promo putting over Roderick Strong ahead his match that is up next. Bivens goes on to vow the Creeds will win the tag titles at Stand & Deliver.
The Creeds receive a cryptic text message, which they think is related to the unknown assailants that attacked them a few weeks ago.
Cameron Grimes defeats A-Kid and Roderick Strong in a triple threat last chance qualifying match
Grimes pins Strong to win a good match, and Grimes qualifies for the ladder match at Stand & Deliver. Action packed bout with a lot of special guest looking on.
NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams joined the commentary team while the match is in progress. Solo Sikoa also appears, and he watches the watch from the entrance ramp. Santos Escobar later in the match is shown watching the match from a perch above the ring, as is Grayson Waller. They are all presumably scouting ahead of the ladder match on Saturday.
Lots of action in this match. Likewise, lots of spots and sequences involving all three opponents. Too much to describe in detail. Very fast-paced at times.
Strong teased applying his Stronghold several times. The match goes through a commercial break, and Strong is attempting the Stronghold soon after the show returns from the break. He even tries to apply to on both of his opponents that the same time.
Cameron Grimes fires up late in the match to rally. He leaps off the top rope with flying crossbody, but a subsequent pinning attempt is broken up by A-Kid. Grimes plants A-Kid with a swinging uranage, and Strong breaks up the pin.
Strong explodes with a series of backbreakers. Suplex into a falling backbreaker takes out A-Kid. However, Strong's momentum comes to a halt when Grimes delivers a Cave In. Grimes then covers Strong to score the deciding pinfall.
In winning, Grimes qualifies for the ladder match at Stand & Deliver for the NXT North American Championship.
After the match, everyone involved in the ladder match on Sunday cuts a last minute promo. Then, a brawl erupts as the show goes off air.
Following NXT on USA Network is an airing of an new episode of the WWE Evil docuseries.