Time for the NXT shakeup. WWE does a lot of things right but there are some areas where they might need to improve a bit. One of these things is changing up matches and plans that have already been established and even advertised. That seems to be the case again, as a title match set for an upcoming show has expanded in a big way that hasn’t been done before.
This week’s NXT featured the finals of the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Kay Lee Ray and Io Shirai won the tournament, earning a shot at the Women’s Tag Team Titles. However, Ray and Shirai announced that they would instead be adding themselves to the Women’s Title match at Stand & Deliver, where Mandy Rose is scheduled to defend against Cora Jade. This is the first time that the winners of the Dusty Classic will be challenging for a singles title.
Another new match was also added to the Stand & Deliver card, as Gunther will be facing LA Knight. Gunther has been critical of Knight in recent weeks, saying that Knight talks too much and isn’t respectful. This week saw Gunther saying the same thing, with Knight coming to the ring and issuing the challenge for Stand & Deliver, followed by a brawl between the two. The match was made official later in the night.
Opinion: The show is mostly put together now and I do like the new additions that were made. Shirai and Ray feel like they belong in the Women’s Title hunt rather than going after the Tag Team Titles so it is nice to see them taking a better direction. In addition, it is always fun to see Gunther on the card and Knight getting to face him is a good match for the two of them.
What do you expect from Stand & Deliver? What match interests you the most? Let us know in the comments below.
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