Tossing Salt Presents:
NXT Stand & Deliver PLE
Thoughts & Predictions
March 31, 2023
How did I forget? Along with two nights of Wrestlemania, the WWE Hall of Fame, RAW & Smackdown, the ROH Supercard of Honor, and the Impact Wrestling/New Japan event tonight, there is yet another big wrestling event happening this weekend as well. And that will be the WWE’s NXT Stand & Deliver Premium Live Event, taking place in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, live on Peacock and the WWE Network. There is too much wrestling going on and I’m somewhere between ecstatic and totally out of my mind in trying to keep up with everything. But keep up, I will find a way and manage. And now that I’ve rambled and gotten all of that out of my system, let’s get on with what I’m here for. More predictions. So are you ready? I said, ARE YOU READY? I’ve got the crystal ball and Magic 8 Ball ready. Let’s do this.
Johnny Gargano vs. Grayson Waller
While Gargano hasn’t been making much of an impact on the main roster yet, for this match, he’s back home on an NXT event and will probably be poised to steal the show. Waller has impressed me since Day 1 and this guy is most likely headed to the main roster sooner rather than later. Can you imagine a Waller versus GUNTHER match? That would be epic. But that’s in the future and this is about the here and now. I’d love to see Waller win, but Gargano is there to defend the honor of NXT Boss Shawn Michaels and that has to mean something as well. I expect Gargano to find a way, maybe with the help of former DIY partner Tomasso Ciampa who has been MIA for quite a while, and take that trip to the pay window.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
NXT Championship Match
Bron Breakker (c) vs. Carmelo Hayes (with Trick Williams)
Breakker is another man who I think has a big future ahead of him and will be headed to the main roster sooner rather than later, but will that adventure start this weekend? Hayes has been on fire as of late and is turning himself into the MVP of NXT every week when he comes out and does his thing. That man is a future star as well. I think Hayes will take Breakker to the limit and we’ll get a true slobber knocker of a match. My gut says that the belt isn’t changing hands yet though.
Winner and STILL NXT Champion: Bron Breakker
Ladder Match: NXT Women’s Championship
Roxanne Perez (c) vs. Zoey Stark vs. Gigi Dolin vs. Tiffany Stratton vs. Lyra Valkyria vs. Indi Hartwell
I’ve seen most of these women work, but honestly, except for Stark, I’m not overly familiar with any of them. Six women and a ladder? The title will be changing hands, but the big question is who will be the one to climb that ladder and take the belt? I did the eeny-meeny-miney-mo thing and the winner and new champion? It’s Indi Hartwell.
Winner and NEW NXT Women’s Champion: Indi Hartwell
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Fallon Henley and Kiana James (c) (with Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen) vs. Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn
The champions have the numbers advantage with their men on the outside, but again, the gut is saying to wait a minute. Sometimes, things aren’t always as they seem and just because something seems like an advantage doesn’t always mean that it truly is. I think we’ll be seeing a title change here.
Winners and NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn
Fatal five-way match for the NXT North American Championship
Wes Lee (c) vs. Dragon Lee vs. JD McDonagh vs. Ilja Dragunov vs. Axiom
Look at all of these names. That is going to be a lot of man-meat slapping around in this match to be sure. Dragon Lee is the newest big thing for NXT and his chances are pretty good. Hell, everyone has a good chance because these are five tough guys. It’s hard to pick a winner, but I guess I’ll go with the gut. I think Ilja Dragunov’s time is now. Look for Ilja will walk out as the new NXT North American Champion.
Winner and NEW NXT North American Champion: Ilja Dragunov
Triple threat tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship
Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) (c) vs. The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed) (with Ivy Nile) vs. The D’Angelo Family (Tony D’Angelo and Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo)
I swear that all of these names on these PPV prediction columns are starting to run together. I’m having a rough time remembering just who is who. Thank goodness for Wikipedia and YouTube, right? Three great teams and I wish that Pretty Deadly was added to the mix. That would make this a great match. It’s going to be great anyhow and I’m looking forward to seeing these six men, the future of tag team wrestling, stand and deliver. See how I worked that in? You’re welcome. As for who wins, again I’m just going to go with the gut. I think the Creed Brothers will walk away with the belts. I can’t explain why other than it just feels right. And there you go.
Winners and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions: The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile
Chase University (Andre Chase, Duke Hudson, and Thea Hail) and Tyler Bate vs. Schism (Joe Gacy, Jagger Reid, Rip Fowler, and Ava Raine)
And here we are with the final match, a match that will be of historic proportion as Ava Raine, the daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, makes her in-ring PPV debut. Will the Rock be there to support his daughter in her big career moment? If he is, that means that the Rock will be at a WWE event just hours before the first night of Wrestlemania. Hmmm! But that’s speculation that could mean a big surprise for the fans (and Roman Reigns). Let’s talk about this match. It’s Intergender so it’s both men and women mixing it up. That’s going to be interesting and fun. And the winners? Do you think that WWE is going to have The Rock’s daughter lose her first PPV match? Not very likely.
Winners: Schism (Joe Gacy Jagger Reid, Rip Fowler, and Ava Raine).
And there you go with my predictions for NXT Stand and Deliver 2023. I’ll be back tomorrow with my predictions for Wrestlemania so keep your eyes open. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome and appreciated. Let me know what you think and share your predictions as well. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks for reading and with that, I’m out of here. Take care and I’ll see you at the matches.