WWE NXT
STAND AND DELIVER 2024
APRIL 6, 2024
WELLS FARGO CENTER
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Watch: Peacock

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Suit Williams: Your WWE correspondent is here to look at NXT’s WrestleMania Weekend offering in Philly. You can read Suit’s long-form previews and reviews of wrestling from around the world here at Voices of Wrestling. You can also find his weekly reviews of AEW Collision over at F4WOnline. Follow Suit on all social media platforms @SuitWilliams.

WWE NXT TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
BARON CORBIN & BRON BREAKKER (C) DEF. AXIOM & NATHAN FRAZER

This was a fun opening sprint between the power team and the speed team. No working for a hot tag here, it was go-go-go from the jump. This would have easily been the best match on the last six months of main roster PLEs *ugh*, and I would be surprised if anything surpassed it on this show. Axiom and Frazer jumped Corbin and Breakker before the bell, trying to get these guys off of their feet. But Breakker in particular was able to keep up with them and give as well as he got. Corbin was where he needed to be most of the time, which is all you can ask of him at this point. Breakker hit a big spear on Frazer to retain the titles, a surprising decision considering Breakker is on Smackdown now. ***3/4

WWE NXT NORTH AMERICAN TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
OBA FEMI (C) DEF. DIJAK, JOSH BRIGGS

These opening two matches were basically PWG-style sprints, this one featuring big guys doing cool stuff. The story was a simple one, as these three big guys kept hitting each other until one guy stood tall. I find it funny that WWE superfans – at least the ones I see on the fake website known as Twitter – will pass themselves off as fans of a more discerning, story-based product, while fobbing off any other product as indie shit for silly marks. Meanwhile, the real people in the buildings are going crazy for this stuff as anyone would. It’s three big guys doing cool shit. Social media noise is just that. It’s noise. It’s vapor. It’s nothing substantial and real. Remember that the next time you consider getting into an argument with WWEFan619 online.

Like I said, this was three big guys doing cool shit and I enjoyed it. What I didn’t enjoy was WWE’s production of it, as every aspect of it worked against me liking this match more. From the ring announcer cartoonishly growling each man’s name, to the awful commentary from Booker T and Vic Joseph, to the finish of the match. Dijak hit Feast Your Eyes on Briggs, the second one in short succession. We then cut to a camera KNEELED NEXT TO THEM IN THE RING, where we could see Femi goozle Dijak and say some corny NXT dialogue before hitting his finish on top of Briggs and winning. Completely preposterous, and an absolutely infuriating way to present what looked like a good match. ***3/4

FALLON HENLEY, KELANI JORDAN & THEA HAIL (W/ CHASE U) DEF. IZZI DAME, JACY JAYNE & KIANA JAMES (W/ JAZMYN NYX) 

Ah yes, this is the NXT I’m used to. Green women going beyond their talent and experience level while the commentary makes me want to mute the show. Kiana James and Fallon Henley struggling to get up the ropes before doing a Spanish Fly off the top was a highlight of this one before Kelani Jordan split the uprights on a top rope moonsault to the floor. She was then “hit” with a Pele Kick by Nyx on the floor, whose arm was in a sling after Hail hurt her on NXT. The match finished with the story principles Hail tapping out Dame with a Kimura. *

After this match, NXT General Manager Ava announced that they would be introducing a new title, the NXT Women’s North American Championship. Rolls right off the tongue. They then introduced Giulia, who was standing in the crowd with Rossy Ogawa and William Regal. She looked indifferent.

WWE NXT WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH
ROXANNE PEREZ DEF. LYRA VALKYRIA (C) (W/ TATUM PAXLEY)

Roxanne Perez, as intimidating as the teddy bear villain from Toy Story 3, playing an angry heel is hilarious to me. I barely bought her as the old smiley, happy-to-be-there Roxanne that she was. She just has this artificial veneer about her that makes it impossible to buy into her. Playing pro wrestler to a tee.

Meanwhile, Valkyria is tofu. She’s a bland, uninteresting babyface that nobody cared about here. She’s in the middle of a dogshit storyline with her babyface stalker Tatum Paxley, who showed up in the middle of this match and did nothing to help her. The finish was where that was made abundantly clear, as Perez hit a poisonrana, her Code Red, then locked on a crossface to the loudest reaction of the match. As the crowd chanted for her to tap, Valkyria obliged, giving Perez her second reign as NXT Women’s Champion. Long, boring, and uninteresting. Nothing to seek out. **

WWE NXT TITLE MATCH
ILJA DRAGUNOV (C) DEF. TONY D’ANGELO (W/ THE FAMILY)

D’Angelo had a video spoofing the opening credits of The Sopranos, a show I would enjoy much more than this one. This was far from the NXT Title matches of WrestleMania Weekends past, as D’Angelo is very much still a preliminary wrestler. Dragunov sold his injured hand as cartoonishly as usual. We got NXT melodrama, as the action stopped multiple times so we all could see D’Angelo repeatedly tell his crew to not get involved. At one point, they randomly decided to clear off the announce table together before Dragunov landed an H-Bomb on the floor. Dragunov then put D’Angelo through the table with an H-Bomb, as the crowd chanted This Is Awesome at the sound of a table breaking.

After some more back-and-forth, Dragunov hit a Torpedo Moscow and a top rope H-Bomb – with the hurt hand – to retain the title. This was fine, I guess. After the NXT mid-match promo, they had a decent match that no one cared about until the table broke. D’Angelo isn’t ready, and Dragunov is too talented to be in this spot. **1/4

TRICK WILLIAMS DEF. CARMELO HAYES

This match had a lot of buzz for it, but ultimately, it felt like a gussied-up NXT TV main event. They did some crowd brawling and had a few ref bumps, which were allowed as GM Ava told the refs to let things slide tonight, but this didn’t feel like a landmark match for either guy. He’s on his way to becoming a big name, but Williams is still green and needs more reps. Meanwhile, as the big bad of the story, Hayes still doesn’t project main event superstar. It’s an issue that’s become blindingly apparent on his appearances on Smackdown earlier this year, and he still didn’t feel like it here.

Williams wore out Hayes with a chair, getting payback for the Vengeance Day attack. The ref took the chair away, allowing Hayes to score a nearfall with a low blow. Hayes couldn’t capitalize on it, and Williams hit the Trick Shot to win. This had good crowd heat – if you could make it out from the piped-in noise this promotion insists on boosting in whenever they can – and it was FINE, but it didn’t feel like a star-making moment for Williams. It just felt like he won the feud. ***

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