Shortly before NXT went on the air on Weds., Mar. 17, WWE announced the main event for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. The current NXT champion Finn Bálor vs. the man who never lost the belt - and has never lost in WWE, period - Karrion Kross.
BREAKING: @FinnBalor will defend his #NXTTitle against @WWEKarrionKross (w/ @Lady_Scarlett13) at #NXTTakeOver: Stand & Deliver! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/uvYWekO9rn— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 17, 2021
By calling this the main event, it will presumably occur on the second night of Stand & Deliver... meaning it will be exclusively on WWE Network’s new U.S. home, Peacock.
And hey, by the time we get there, Bálor & Kross might be NXT Tag champs. Karrion’s partner Scarlett interrupted their staredown to say her tarot cards foretold two champions draped in gold. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch arrived moments later, and Scarlett convinced them to put their NXT Tag titles on the line later tonight.
.@ONEYLORCAN & @strongstylebrit are NO cowards! They'll defend the #WWENXT #TagTeamTitles against @FinnBalor & @WWEKarrionKross TONIGHT on @USA_Network! @Lady_Scarlett13 pic.twitter.com/4jpbVZnrCK— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 18, 2021
NXT doesn’t tell the “guys in a singles feud team up” story as often as the main roster, but with reports of a COVID outbreak and at least two matches announced last week dropped from tonight’s show (Swerve Scott vs. Leon Ruff and Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Imperium), this let them book a dandy main event for tonight as they were pushing TakeOver’s main event.
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