AEW has destroyed NXT in the ratings for over two years, but tonight was NXT’s night. Hands down, Stand and Deliver did just that. Every match was a solid one and set up what will be an amazing second night tomorrow.
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm: A great opening match that saw Stark counter Storm Zero and win with the Inside Cradle- this kid is going places.
Kushida vs. Pete Dunne: This could have been a main event if one of them had a title. Dunne put Kushida away with The Bitter End, but it took everything he had.
Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet match for a North American title shot on Night 2): Swerve and Ruff stole the show here with their speed, tightening up a match that got clunky. Reed eventually won with the Tsunami to earn a shot at the NXT North American Championship.
NXT United Kingdom Champion Walter vs. Tommaso Ciampa: Another match that could have been a main event. Walter ultimately got the win thanks to devastating Boot after a pair of Powerbombs and a Release German Suplex.
Vacant NXT Tag Team Championship: MSK: Wes Lee and Nash Carter vs. Grizzled Young Veterans: James Drake and Zack Gibson vs. Legado Del Fantasma: Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde: All three teams looked great, but someone had to win. MSK managed to reverse The Ticket to Mayhem and after a Double Cutter, hit the Assisted Blockbuster for the win.
NXT Women’s Champion: Io Shirai vs. Raquel Gonzalez: Shirai did everything but win and Gonzalez needed two One-Armed Powerbombs to get the strap.