It was apparent that one of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver's marquee matchups was Walter vs Tommaso Ciampa, and it did not disappoint in the least. In fact, it soared well past expectations, and fans couldn't get enough of the match's impressive physicality, of which there was quite a bit. Walter more than lived up to his reputation, and Ciampa was in amazing shape, delivering what some are calling a match of the year contender, and we're only in April. Fans had a lot to say about the match, and you can see what they're saying starting. on the next slide.
Ciampa had Walter on the ropes several times and seemed to push the NXT UK Champion to his limits several times throughout the match. Unfortunately, Walter pulled out the win and retains his Championship.
What ends up being the #NXTTakeOver match of the night? (and yes I would've included all 6 but Twitter doesn't allow 6 in a poll)— KnightofOA (@MattAguilarCB) April 7, 2021
That said, some are asking for a full feud between the two instead of a one-off, and after seeing what they delivered in the ring during tonight's TakeOver, it's hard to argue with that request. If these two want to battle it out in the future, sign us up.
You can check out all the reactions starting on the next slide and you can check out the official description for NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver below.
The NXT Women's Title will take center stage on Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, as Io Shirai defends against Raquel González in a commercial-free main event. WALTER will also put the NXT United Kingdom Championship on the line against Tommaso Ciampa, MSK, Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado del Fantasma will clash for the vacant NXT Tag Team Titles and more. Catch all the action tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network and simulcast on Peacock in the U.S. and on WWE Network everywhere else!
Here are the full cards and the results so far for Night 1 and 2.
Zoey Stark defeated Toni Storm (Pre-show)
NXT Women's Championship Match: Champion Io Shirai vs Raquel Gonzalez
NXT United Kingdom Championship Match: Champion Walter defeated Tommaso Ciampa
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: MSK vs Grizzled Young Veterans vs Legado del Fantasma
Pete Dunne Defeated Kushida
Gauntlet Match for North American Championship Opportunity: Bronson Reed defeated Leon Ruff, Isaiah Swerve Scott, Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis, and LA Knight
NXT Championship Match: Champion Finn Balor vs Karrion Kross
Unsanctioned Match: Adam Cole vs Kyle O'Reilly
NXT North American Championship Match: Champion Johnny Gargano vs TBD
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Match: Champions Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon vs The Way
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Ladder Match: Champion Santos Escobar vs Champion Jordan Devlin
NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver kicks off tonight on USA Network, while Night 2 will air on Thursday, April 8th exclusively on Peacock.
What have you thought of TakeOver so far? Let us know in the comments or as always you can talk all things NXT with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!
Match of the Year Candidate
Some are calling this a match of the year contender, and we cannot disagree.
Ciampa and Walter is a match of the year contender, this is a damn good match #NXTTakeOver— Bonafide Heat (@BonafideHeat) April 8, 2021
"Ciampa and Walter is a match of the year contender, this is a damn good match #NXTTakeOver"prevnext
Others are just impressed that both of these stars are still standing after this brutal of a throwdown.
This has been the most intense match. Idk how either of them are still up. https://t.co/sbffvNzMj7— FaeLynae (@LynaeLexi) April 8, 2021
"This has been the most intense match. Idk how either of them are still up."prevnext
This was a phenomenal match, and more than deserving of every single fire emoji.
FUCK this match is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥April 8, 2021
"F*** this match is FireFireFireFireFire
THIS IS NXT
Every move these two dished out looked extremely painful, and both stars delivered a match fans will be remembering for quite some time.
Anyone else feeling the pain just seeing this match? #NXTTakeOver— Rudy (@FL_Cow) April 8, 2021
"Anyone else feeling the pain just seeing this match? #NXTTakeOver"prevnext
We Need More
Others just want more, and are hoping for these two to feud even more down the line.
"NXT NXT NXT NXT!!!! #Walter #Ciampa What a damn battle these two are having. I'm down for this feud to be extended!! #NXTTakeOver #InstantClassic"prevnext
Fans loved how Ciampa pushed Walter to his absolute limit, and had nothing but positive things to say about the match.
First time I've seen WALTER this vulnerable, this is a fantastic match #NXTTakeOver— Chris (@delan_yo1) April 8, 2021
"First time I've seen WALTER this vulnerable, this is a fantastic match #NXTTakeOver"prevnext
We all expected a great match, and these two stars delivered in spades.
Ciampa and Walter are delivering like I knew they would #NXTTakeOver— Tae the Top Heel (@HennBalor) April 8, 2021
"Ciampa and Walter are delivering like I knew they would #NXTTakeOver"prev