After an epic night one, night two of TakeOver had a big job in carrying the momentum after a great night of wrestling. While, personally I felt night one of Stand and Deliver was a better showing for the black and yellow brand, night two was still an outstanding night of wrestling.
So, as we get ready for WrestleMania let us rank the matches from night two of TakeOver: Stand and Deliver.
5. Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae vs Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon
While this match was nothing special, it was still an extremely solid tag match on a card that has no weaknesses. This was a classic tag team match formula of heel vs faces as Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae isolated Shotzi and Blackheart early in the match, keeping them away from Ember moon who was waiting for a hot tag throughout the match, with Shotzi eventually getting the hot tag to Ember, allowing Ember to attack Hartwell and LeRae, changing the momentum in the match.
The Tag Team Champions would push the challengers to their limit but it would not be enough as Candice LeRae kicked out of a double team move from Blackheart and Moon. The challengers would then turn the tides on the Tag Team Champions and hit The Way on Blackheart only for Ember Moon to break up the pin.
The Tag Team Champions would then finish things after Ember Moon hit both Hartwell and LeRae with a double Elcsipe. Allowing Shotzi Blackheart to hit Indi Hartwell with a diving senton to retain the Women’s Tag Team Titles in a solid match that helped set up the prestige of the Women’s Tag Team Titles.
4. Johnny Gargano vs Bronson Reed
Johnny Gargano’s Johnny Takeover nickname has been well earned over the years. Every TakeOver, Johnny Gargano has put on amazing matches every TakeOver whether he is a face or a heel and has helped make TakeOver a special event. Gargano’s match against Bronson Reed during night two, would no different has the North American Champion once again stood out the show, using his in-ring experience to push the big man in a thrilling contest.
Despite being in a gauntlet match 24 hours earlier Bronson Reed would start off the match strong, dominating the North American Champion early in the match. Gargano would then use his in-ring experience and target the ribs of Bronson Reed, to gain an advantage. Gargano would then lock in the Gargano escape with Bronson Reed, just getting to the ropes for the break.
After pushing the North American Champion and taking out Austin Theory with a suicide dive outside the ring, Bronson Reed would attempt to hit a moonsault on Johnny Gargano. Gargano would then move out the way and hit two Final Beat DDTs onto Bronson Reed to retain his North American Championship, with both men looking strong as they put on a great match.
3. Santos Escobar vs Jordan Devlin
After months of mystery and questions surrounding the Cruiserweight Championship, it was finally time for the debate to be settled as Santos Escobar took on the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin in a ladder match to open the show. Both men would push each other to the limit in a thrilling contest that saw Jordan Devlin change colors as he became the face throughout the match, surviving the onslaught of offense that Santos Escobar threw at him
The Irish Ace would be the first man to introduce a ladder in the match as he drilled Escobar in the face early in the match. Devlin would then attempt to end the match early and climb the ladder only for Santos Escobar to throw Devlin face first in the match. This would allow Escobar to dominate Devlin throughout the match. However, Devlin would push on through the pain and even hit an amazing moonsault from the top of a ladder.
Devlin’s moonsault would allow Devlin to climb the ladder only for Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde to run interference and throw Devlin off the ladder. Allowing Escobar to get back in the match. The match would end after both men fought on top of a ladder, with Escobar pushing Devlin off with Devlin landing on a ladder in the corner on the way down, breaking in half. Escobar would then grab the titles to end the match.
2. Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly
After one of the most intense builds in NXT history, it was finally time for Adam Cole to take on Kyle O’Reilly. This match, without a doubt, had a big match feel around it as both men made their new entrances surrounded by security. Both men would waste no time in attacking each other, brawling with each other just moments after the bell rang. Kyle would then get the upper hand over Adam Cole in the early seconds of the match. Cole would then change the momentum soon after, hitting his former Undisputed Era member with multiple chair shots.
Cole would then savagely attack the injured neck of Kyle throughout the match. Despite the onslaught of offense from Cole, Kyle would turn the tide and even look to hit the brainbuster on Cole on the steel steps, only to pull out, however, Kyle would later hit a brainbuster on Cole on the announce table. Both men would then trade strikes, sitting down with Cole hitting a low blow on Kyle. Cole would then get frustrated at the ref, taking him out for getting in the way. However, this would cost Cole as Cole hit the Panama Sunrise with no referee to count.
Cole and O’Reilly would then continue their fight outside the ring, on the entrance ramp. With both men getting sent through a steel plate of the entrance ramp. Cole would then hit a wounded O’Reilly hit a brainbuster on the steel steps and throw Kyle in the ring only for Kyle to kick out. Cole would then attempt to finish Kyle by dragging him to the top rope, allowing Kyle to hit Adam with a low blow. This would send Cole on the ring near a steel chair this would allow O’Reilly to wrap in his knee with a steel chain and hit a near drop pushing Adam’s throat against the steel chair, with Kyle then getting a pin in an amazing match, with the only downside being its long length.
1. Karrion Kross vs Finn Balor
Sometimes simplicity and basic storytelling is the best thing to watch in wrestling. Karrion Kross and Finn Balor showed this as they put on an amazing match with basic, simple storytelling. During the match, Balor targeted the arm and the mid-section of the challenger, using the raw emotion of Kross to bait him to make mistakes throughout the match.
The match would start off with the Champion, showing no fear, smiling despite Kross’s strikes and throws. This would then bait Kross into making his first mistake of the match, as he smashed his shoulder on the ring post. Balor would then target the arm of Kross and eventually hit him with a gutshot, with Balor taking the fight to Kross.
Kross would then fight back as both men continued to trade offense. Late in the match, Balor would lock in the Rings of Saturn onto Kross, only for Kross to escape the hold and hit a series of elbows onto Balor’s neck. Kross would then hit a series of offense onto Balor, with Kross finishing the fight with an elbow to the back of the neck.
These were my rankings from night two of TakeOver Stand and deliver. What were your favorite matches and what did you think of the two-night TakeOver format? Let us know in the comments below.
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy
As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI. Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.
Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.
I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”
Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match
Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!
Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect
On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.
Swanton Bomb From The Heavens
When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.
Hardy Wins The WWE Championship
In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.
Straight Edge Problems For Hardy
The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.
The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE
Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.
Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut
From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.
This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.
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