WWE NXT had several big rivalries to build before TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. Roderick Strong was looking to focus on his individual performance on NXT after the breakup of the undisputed ERA. KUSHIDA and Pete Dunne, on the other hand, managed to build a rivalry between them overnight.
Strong took on Cameron Grimes early in the night before the Battle Royal match at the end of the show. Paths Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell won a victory over Gigi Dolin and Zayda Ramier. LeRae and Hartwell are looking to become the next NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Santos Escobar sought to message Jordan Devlin ahead of TakeOver, while several segments developed into the event’s other league games.
Let’s take a look at five things WWE got on NXT this week.
# 5 Roderick Strong suffered a setback on WWE NXT
Strong wasn’t too happy with The Technical Savage’s actions and attacked him early on. Strong was aggressive during the match, but Grimes continued to find openings to gain the upper hand over his opponent.
Strong’s big running boot destroyed NXT’s Thousand Dollar Man after he got a little cocky. Strong continued to stay on top of his opponent and hit an excellent backbreaker before taking out Grimes with a superplex on the top string.
However, Grimes continued to stay in the match and pulled out an undisputed ERA armband to distract Strong. The distraction allowed The Technical Savage to knock out the Cave In for the win.
Strong was visibly hurt by the loss and it could lead to a character change for one of NXT’s top wrestlers. Grimes played his role perfectly during the match and the victory helped him build momentum for the Battle Royal later in the series.
It will be interesting to see if Strong steps up to the match between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. But it will arguably be better if WWE allows him to head in a different direction and enter into contention for the NXT North American Championship instead.