The second night of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver had some lofty expectations after Night 1 delivered incredible action from start to finish. While there was plenty to like as NXT delivered another high-quality event, the show ultimately failed to live up to what the black and gold brand had done 24 hours prior.
The show ended after a wild unsanctioned brawl between Kyle O'Reilly and Adam Cole. The former Undisputed Era teammates brawled throughout the Capitol Wrestling Center, using chains, chairs and even the entrance ramp in a brutal contest. The bout came on the heels of a solid NXT championship match between champion Finn Balor and former champ Karrion Kross, closing out the two nights of action with a two of the most anticipated matches on a week that includes this coming weekend's two-night WrestleMania event.
Keep on reading for a complete set of results and grades from night two of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. Scroll after that for a significant set of highlights from the event.
NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2 results
Complete results and grades from each match can be found in the live updates below the card. Click here for NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver results from Night 1.
Breezango vs. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick (No. 1 contenders match): Dain got things off to a good start for his team, tossing around Tyler Breeze and Fandango with ease before tagging in Maverick, who quickly gave up the advantage, leading Dain to tag himself back in. Dain got the advantage back and threw Maverick into Breeze, only for Maverick to again allow Breezango to take over. Breezango would keep Maverick isolated in their corner, wearing the smaller man down where he was not able to make the tag to the power side of the team.
Maverick finally managed to counter a suplex and sprint to make the tag to Dain, who used the hot tag to clean house, leading to a combination Samoan Drop and fall-away suplex on the members of Breezango. Maverick hit a rana from the top rope and tried to celebrate with Dain, but Dain powerbombed him on top of Breeze, leading to the three count. This was perfectly fine old-school tag wrestling for the most part, if unspectacular. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick def. Breezango via pinfall. Grade: C+
Cruiserweight Championship -- Santos Escobar (c) vs. Jordan Devlin (c) (Ladder Match): The match started with a brief brawl before breaking down into a stretch of hold-for-hold exchanges. Devlin connected with the first big move of the match, hitting an asai moonsault and taking out Devlin. Devlin brought a ladder into the mix, and then was the first man to take a big shot with the weapon, taking an Irish whip onto the ladder in the corner. Escobar stayed on the attack around ringside and then in the ring, ramming Devlin with a ladder several times before dropkicking it into the stomach of Devlin. Devlin nearly won the match after jumping out of a monkey flip onto the ladder, but he had to resort to a leaping DDT from the ladder when Escobar stopped him.
The big bumps continued with ladder shots, backdrops onto ladders and more high-impact moves. Devlin hit a huge moonsault from the top of the tallest ladder in the match, crashing to the chest of Escobar. That set Devlin up to win the match, but as he climbed the ladder, Legado Del Fantasma ran to the ring, shoving Devlin off the ladder and to the floor. They delivered a few more strikes before leaving Escobar to begin his ascent, but Devlin threw a ladder at Escobar before setting it up to climb side-by-side and hit a Spanish Fly. The two men climbed opposite sides of the ladder before Escobar drove Devlin off and through another ladder propped in the corner. That allowed Escobar to grab the titles and become the undisputed cruiserweight championship. This was solid with plenty of eye-popping moves, but never felt like it really got going to the extent expected. Santos Escobar def. Jordan Devlin to become undisputed cruiserweight champion. Grade: B
Women's Tag Team Championship -- Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) vs. The Way: Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae got off to a strong start, isolating Blackheart and keeping Moon out of the equation early. This continued for an extended period with Hartwell using her strength and size to cut off any attempt to get to a tag, but Blackheart was eventually able to get past LeRae for the hot tag to Moon. This led to a big Tower of Doom spot with all four women crashing to the canvas as they tangled on the top rope.
Blackheart and Moon finally got rolling on offense, leading Moon to hold the ropes open for a Blackheart suicide dive, which saw neither LeRae or Hartwell make the catch. Moon came off the top rope to the outside with a flipping senton seconds later, but the challengers again managed to take over on Blackheart back in the ring briefly, scoring a near fall. After a brief scramble, Moon came off the top rope with a double Eclipse and Blackheart hit a senton from the top rope on Hartwell to score the pin and retain the titles. Good fun here, though there were some sloppy moments that stood out a bit -- and were a bit more obvious one day after such a tremendous event on Night 1. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon def. The Way to retain the titles. Grade: B
North American Championship -- Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Bronson Reed: Gargano tried to utilize pure speed to get the upper hand early, but Reed out-slicked him with a cartwheel before tossing Gargano with a big fall-away slam. While Reed initially survived the strikes of Gargano, Gargano slipped off Reed's back outside the ring and shoved him into the corner of the announce table, damaging Reed's ribs. Gargano exploited the injured ribs by grabbing a modified Cobra Clutch and driving knees into Reed's midsection. Reed came back with a powerslam after catching Gargano coming off the ropes and hitting a spinning chokeslam moments later.
The first big near-fall of the match came when Reed hit a Jagged Edge for a two count. Gargano tried to get the upper hand once again after a backstabber, but Reed came back with a brainbuster. They would trade momentum until Reed went up top to try and hit a Tsunami after a Razor's Edge for the win, but Gargano moved and landed a superkick for a near fall. Gargano lined up for another superkick, but Reed caught the foot and landed a headbutt and clothesline before again heading to the top rope. Austin Theory distracted Reed, allowing Gargano to look for a top-rope rana which Reed countered, but dropped Gargano in an awkward moment. Reed recovered with a powerbomb, but Theory put Gargano's foot on the bottom rope to break the pin. Gargano sent Reed into the middle rope and hit a pair of superkicks before Reed hit one of his own and went for a moonsault, but Gargano moved again. Gargano hit One Final Beat twice to score the pin and retain his title.
This was probably five minutes longer than it needed to be and did drag a bit -- and had the awkward rana botch -- but did have all the expected drama of a Gargano TakeOver match. Reed is a star and his moment will come, but it was Gargano's night once again. Johnny Gargano def. Bronson Reed via pinfall to retain the title. Grade: B+
NXT Championship -- Finn Balor (c) vs. Karrion Kross: Kross showed that Balor couldn't meet him on a power level early, shrugging off a test of strength from Balor. Balor locked on a headlock for a bit until Kross was finally able to shrug him off. Balor laid in a leg kick, which drew a laugh from Kross. After another leg kick and a chop from Balor, Kross threw Balor across the ring. After Balor laughed at Kross' attacks, Kross snapped and began to take the fight to Balor for a brief stretch of dominance before Balor locked in an armbar that Kross tried to escape with a slam only to have his shoulder driven into the ground before Balor locked in a hammerlock.
Balor continued to try and break down the body of Kross, attacking the midsection and liver of Kross until Kross was able to come back with a flurry of offense and a big powerbomb, but the challenger paused to grab his ribs, giving Balor time to kick out. Balor fired back with a series of knees to the body and a stomp before grinding away with more elbows to the body. The body attack continued until Balor hit the Coup De Grace. Kross kicked out and immediately locked in a choke, but Balor rolled through to hit another stomp and again grind on the ribs. Balor locked in another submission attacking the ribs, but Kross escaped and delivered a series of forearms to the back of the head before a Doomsday saito suplex. Kross hit Balor with two big forearms to the back and scored the pin, winning back the NXT championship he never lost in the ring.
The focused work of Balor made for a very good story through the match. The suddenness of Kross exploding to take the victory out of nowhere was a nice touch, driving home how little it takes for him to take anyone out at any time. Karrion Kross def. Finn Balor via pinfall to win the title. Grade: A-
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly (Unsanctioned Match): O'Reilly started with a boot to the face and Cole answered with a pump kick. The action went outside and O'Reilly locked in an armbar, which Cole broke with a series of stomps to the face. O'Reilly delivered some ground-and-pound and then drove Cole into the barricades. Cole took the action back over with some brutal attacks to O'Reilly's neck before delivering a neckbreaker onto the knee. Cole began running O'Reilly down, saying, "I made you, you ungrateful pr--k." This fired O'Reilly up and he stormed back, absorbing Cole's strikes and landing some of his own hard shots. O'Reilly worked over Cole's arm and drove him through a chair with a side suplex. The O'Reilly flurry continued as he delivered a dropkick from the apron to the floor where Cole was seated on a steel chair.
Cole would use a chain to clothesline O'Reilly and then wrapped it around his body before hitting a backstabber. Cole continued to attack O'Reilly's neck, hitting a German suplex that sent O'Reilly stumbling into a chair where Cole hit a follow-up shining wizard for a two count. Cole set up the steps outside the ring, but O'Reilly locked in a guillotine choke before he could use them. O'Reilly then hesitated to drive Cole into the ring steps, choosing not to use Cole's own tactics. Instead, he drove Cole into the announce table with a brainbuster. A desperate Cole hit O'Reilly with a TV before sending him back into the ring.
O'Reilly would lock in a triangle choke, which had Cole in deep trouble, but Cole was able to grab a tire iron -- which was in a tool box he'd opened earlier -- and drive it into the ribs of O'Reilly to break the hold. The men then sat in chairs in front of each other and traded strikes. Cole scored a near fall after a superkick and then wrapped a chair around the neck of O'Reilly. The referee tried to stop Cole, leading Cole to knock him out. This proved to be a bad move as Cole hit Panama Sunrise, but there was no referee to make the count. Cole and O'Reilly battled up the entrance ramp before O'Reilly locked in a guillotine choke, which Cole escaped by driving him through the metal grating on the ramp. Cole suplexed O'Reilly onto the ring steps and took the action back to the ring, only to find himself needing the chain to escape a heel hook. O'Reilly again made a comeback before hitting a Last Shot to the back of Cole's neck. After one final bit of back-and-forth, O'Reilly managed to wrap his knee in the chain and drive it into Cole, who was lying on a chair, scoring the three count to bring the match to an end. The match had plenty of good, with some big spots and consistent intensity. There is, however, no denying that it went far too long and really ran out of momentum. Things would have been better served being at least 15 minutes shorter and the length really brought the match down from what it could have been. Kyle O'Reilly def. Adam Cole via pinfall. Grade: B