NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver - 5 finishes to Jordan Devlin vs Santos Escobar for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

Who will walk out as the undisputed NXT Cruiserweight Champion at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver?
Who will walk out as the undisputed NXT Cruiserweight Champion at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver?

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver has some big championship matches scheduled for the event. WWE fans can’t wait for the two-night event that will feature some of the biggest superstars from NXT and NXT UK.

One of the championship matches scheduled for the second night of TakeOver will see NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin compete against Interim Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar in a Ladder Match.

The ladder stipulation will allow the brand to hang both titles high above the ring. Both superstars will try to make it to the top of the ladder to pull down the titles in order to become the sole NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

The title unification match will likely be one of the best matches of the two-night event. Escobar has been a great heel champion on NXT, while Devlin has proven himself time and time again on NXT UK.

Devlin will look to ensure that his journey from the UK to the United States does not go to waste, while Escobar will rely on Legado del Fantasma for this contest.

Let’s take a look at the five ways the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver could come to an end.

#5 Jordan Devlin and Santos Escobar pull down one title each at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

Jordan Devlin has flown all the way from the UK to show Santos Escobar who the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is. At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, the two men will put everything on the line to climb the ladder and pull down the titles.

WWE will likely hang both Devlin and Escobar’s titles high above the ring so that one superstar can pull them down to unify them. However, NXT could pull off a big swerve that could make the Cruiserweight Championship scene even more interesting.

NXT could end the match controversially by allowing both superstars to fight their way up the ladder and pull down one title each simultaneously. This would be an interesting finish where both superstars would remain NXT Cruiserweight Champions.

Devlin has been doing a great job as the Cruiserweight Champion in NXT UK, while Escobar has been a brilliant heel champion on the United States brand. Since NXT is running two brands across two different continents, it could be wise to let both men remain champions and defend their titles on their respective brands.

The finish will allow Devlin and Escobar to gain each other’s respect, and continue as NXT Cruiserweight Champions. Will the brand make the bold decision to continue with two Cruiserweight Champions?

#4 Legado del Fantasma take out Jordan Devlin to help Santos Escobar win the NXT Cruiserweight Championship at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

Santos Escobar has played a great heel character on WWE NXT. This has allowed him to remain the NXT Cruiserweight Champion for almost his entire WWE career. Jordan Devlin, on the other hand, worked his way up in NXT UK to win the title.

Devlin has been an outstanding performer over the past year, and, unfortunately, his title reign has been overshadowed by the pandemic. The difference between the two men on Thursday night could be Legado del Fantasma.

Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde have been working as Escobar’s henchmen since his NXT Cruiserweight Championship victory. The two men have helped Escobar during several of his big matches.

Mendoza and Wilde could once again help out Escobar during his Ladder Match against the Irish Ace. The two men could hold down Devlin and attack him at a crucial point in the match, helping Escobar climb the ladder to pull down the title.

Escobar has had a great reign as the Cruiserweight Champion. With Legado del Fantasma’s help, he could continue to lead the biggest faction on the Black & Gold brand with a title in his hand.

#3 Santos Escobar becomes the sole NXT Cruiserweight Champion at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

Legado del Fantasma has helped Santos Escobar extend his Cruiserweight Championship reign in WWE NXT. However, Escobar himself has proven time and time again why he deserves to remain the NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

Not only has Escobar played a great heel character since his turn following the Interim Cruiserweight Championship tournament, but he has also shown that he’s a superior in-ring worker. These unique qualities could allow creative to keep the title on him instead of Jordan Devlin.

Escobar has had fewer title defenses than Devlin since he’s had a shorter reign. At TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Escobar could look to prove himself without the help of Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde.

Escobar could drop the interim tag and become the sole NXT Cruiserweight Champion by climbing the ladder and pulling down the titles after taking out Devlin.

The Irish Ace has had a good reign as the champion. It’s time for Escobar to remain in the spotlight and extend his reign a little longer before passing on the title to another deserving NXT Superstar.

Will the Irish Ace return to the UK empty-handed after losing the title to Devlin at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver?

#2 Legado del Fantasma turns on Santos Escobar at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

As mentioned earlier, Legado del Fantasma has continued to appear with Santos Escobar on WWE NXT. Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde have been great henchmen who have ensured that Escobar remains the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

Things could take a bitter turn at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver when Escobar takes on Jordan Devlin in an attempt to become the sole NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Escobar will likely depend on Mendoza and Wilde during the Ladder Match, which will have no disqualifications.

Fans could end up watching Medonza and Wilde get sick of following Escobar’s instructions, and push him off the ladder before walking away. Their actions could then allow Devlin to comfortably climb up the ladder and unify the NXT Cruiserweight titles.

Devlin has worked hard to reach where he is today, and WWE could give him a chance to get a proper run as the sole NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

The ending will give Mendoza and Wilde a chance to break away from Escobar and focus on their own tag team instead. It will also give Devlin a much-deserved victory without diminishing Escobar’s value in NXT.

#1 Jordan Devlin unifies the NXT Cruiserweight Championships at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

Jordan Devlin’s NXT Cruiserweight Champion reign has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Devlin won the title in a Fatal 4-Way match at Worlds Collide 2020.

However, the pandemic forced NXT UK to go on a hiatus while the United States' wing crowned Santos Escobar as the interim champion.

Both men have held the titles for a long time now, and NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver will likely allow one man to unify the championships. Escobar has been really good as a champion, but it’s The Irish Ace’s time to show what he’s got.

Devlin is one of the best technical wrestlers in the company, and he deserves to have a much better reign than he’s already had. NXT could decide to give Devlin a major boost at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver where he could take down Escobar and climb the ladder.

Devlin could then pull down both titles and finally end Escobar’s reign as the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

This would be a perfect ending to Devlin’s journey that has brought him from the UK to the United States to prove that he is the real Cruiserweight Champion. Devlin could then find some challengers for his title in NXT before heading back to the UK.

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Edited by John Cunningham
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