NXT Championship match official for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

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Karrion Kross is getting a shot to reclaim the title that he never lost.

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WWE has officially announced that NXT Champion Finn Balor will defend his title against Kross (w/ Scarlett) at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. The two-night event is taking place on Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8. The first night will air live on the USA Network. The second night will be live on Peacock in the United States and live on the WWE Network everywhere else.

Balor retained his NXT Championship against Adam Cole in the main event of last week’s NXT episode. After the match, Balor was confronted by Kross. As Balor was turning around, he realized Kross was in the ring and asked what took him so long. The two then went face-to-face as the episode went off the air.

Balor and Kross also had a confrontation at the start of tonight’s NXT episode, with both saying they deserve to be considered the real NXT Champion. They were interrupted by NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch. Lorcan & Burch said that sooner or later Pete Dunne will be NXT Champion. Scarlett then got Lorcan & Burch to agree to put their NXT Tag Team titles on the line against Balor & Kross later tonight.

Kross won the NXT Championship by defeating Keith Lee at TakeOver XXX last August. But Kross suffered a separated shoulder during the match and had to relinquish the title. A four-way Iron Man match featuring Balor, Cole, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa was made to decide a new champion. After that match ended in a tie between Balor and Cole, Balor defeated Cole in a singles match in September to win the NXT Championship.

Balor vs. Kross is the first match that’s been announced for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.

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