The street to WrestleMania needed to undergo NXT TakeOver Stand & Ship, a two-night showcase of the very best women and men round within the black and gold model. Night time one motion featured a principal occasion match that pit Io Shirai in opposition to Raquel Gonzalez, however that was not the one match to be excited for as there was a wealth of motion throughout the cardboard.
Earlier than the primary card kicked off, there was a girls’s singles match that featured former NXT UK girls’s champion, Toni Storm, taking over Zoey Stark.
The 2 women locked up early with neither capable of get the early benefit. Nevertheless, Stark was capable of floor Storm with a headlock takeover to set the tempo early. Storm was capable of match energy with Stark, however the two continued to alternate grappling positions. Stark received rolling first however made a mistake in opposition to Storm within the nook, who capitalized and began pounding away on her grounded foe.
Storm continued to roll, however Stark stored kicking out of each pin try. Stark fought again till she was capable of land an enormous Superplex out of the nook. Each girls fought again to their toes to alternate forearm pictures. Stark landed a nasty half-nelson suplex, adopted by a knee shot however Storm kicked out of each pin makes an attempt.
Storm went for the Storm Zero, however Stark countered with a hook kick. When Storm went for the Storm Zero a second time, Stark countered with the within cradle to choose up the pinfall victory.
Zoey Stark defeated Toni Storm through pinfall.
The primary card of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Ship opened with Pete Dunne and KUSHIDA going through off within the first match.
The match begins with a flying triangle into an arm bar counter, each males ready to grapple. Dunne had the primary management, however KUSHIDA was capable of counter early, touchdown the primary massive transfer of the match with an X-Plex on the ring apron. Dunne received much more bodily when he simply stomped on the aspect of KUSHIDA’s head. They find yourself on the ramp resulting in the ring the place KUSHIDA takes over, punting Dunne within the arm.
Dunne continues to get extra intense along with his strikes, however KUSHIDA retains kicking out of pinfalls. KUSHIDA dropped Dunne with a proper hand, however they each get again to their toes with extra brutal pictures. KUSHIDA landed an avalanche hoverboard lock however Dunne discovered a strategy to the ropes to interrupt the maintain. Dunne stomped away on KUSHIDA’s fingers, resulting in the Bitter Finish and an enormous victory for the previous champion.
Pete Dunne defeated KUSHIDA through pinfall.
The Gauntlet Eliminator was up subsequent, however Leon Ruff and Swerve Scott didn’t anticipate the bell to begin brawling. The 2 males scrapped exterior of the ring with Scott getting the higher hand. The bell rings and Scott continues delivering the punishment. Ruff countered the desk spot into the cutter to show the match in his favor. Ruff continued to counter, however issues picked up with Bronson Reed joined the combat.
Reed goes on a rampage, flattening each males into the mat. Scott and Ruff tried to staff up, however they eat a one-man German suplex for his or her bother. Cameron Grimes was out subsequent, and the three males work collectively to get Reed out of the ring, then turning their deal with Ruff. Grimes and Scott continued to work over Ruff, and so they welcomed within the subsequent competitor, Dexter Lumis.
Lumis was rolling early, dominating each Grimes and Scott. Nonetheless, just one man was eradicated as LA Knight got here out because the final entrant. Reed instantly confronted him, taking him down with a Samoan Drop. Reed was rolling till Knight discovered a strategy to counter within the nook. He would then drop Grimes and Scott instantly after.
The eliminations began piling up as Knight eradicated Lumis, however Knight was instantly pinned by Reed. That left Grimes, Reed, and Scott as every man tried to get an higher hand however the consequence was every man left laying on the mat. Grimes tried to roll up Scott with the tights, however Scott rolled via with the tights to pin Grimes.
Reed goes up high and Scott stops him, touchdown a slam off the highest into the ring apron. Scott lands three Home Calls however Reed kicks out. That results in powerbomb, sit-out slam, after which the Tsunami for Reed to choose up the victory, heading to nighttime two to face Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American title.
Bronson Reed wins the Gauntlet Eliminator.
Walter was out to defend his NXT UK championship in opposition to former NXT champion, Tommaso Ciampa.
Ciampa introduced out his quickness early, however Walter used his energy to isolate Ciampa within the nook. However the minute the opening allowed itself, Walter landed a nasty chop and the violence picked up. They ended up exterior the ring and Walter missed a chop, placing his hand via the desk. Ciampa would then deal with that hand, attacking it with kicks.
The tempo slowed down, and Walter stalked the smaller man. Ciampa landed some stiff clotheslines however couldn’t topple the larger man. He lastly received Walter off his toes however couldn’t hit the Fairy Story ending. He lastly lands it, however Walter kicks out. German Suplex to clothesline from Walter, however Ciampa kicks out to outlive.
Ciampa was in management for the second half of the match however couldn’t discover a strategy to win. He landed the Air Raid Crash, however Walter kicked out once more. Walter would toss Ciampa proper on the highest of his head, however Ciampa bounced up solely to eat one other chop and get pinned, permitting Walter to retain his title.
Walter defeated Tommaso Ciampa through pinfall.
Triple menace tag motion was up subsequent as MSK, Legado del Fantasma and the Grizzled Younger Veterans battled for the titles.
This match was the right mixture of types and early on every staff had their excessive spots. James Drake was capable of take over early, after he and Zack Gibson pressured the opposite two groups from the ring. They remoted Carter on their aspect of the ring earlier than he was capable of tag out to Wes Lee.
Legado took over. They landed a double coast-to-coast on Carter, earlier than leaping Gibson who broke up the pinfall. Carter was lastly capable of get to Lee, who got here in and cleared the ring of everybody, even attacking these exterior the ring. Drake and Gibson centered on Lee’s injured hand, locking in a submission however Carter stopped Lee from tapping out.
MSK and GYV cleared the ring of Legado and confronted off within the heart of the ring. The 2 groups exchanged offense, however it might be Lee who would lay out Gibson, pinning him and securing the tag staff titles for MSK.
MSK defeated the Grizzled Younger Veterans and Legado del Fantasma through pinfall.
The primary occasion of the night introduced out Raquel Gonzalez to face off in opposition to Io Shirai for the NXT girls’s championship.
The 2 girls got here out of the gate shortly with Gonzalez placing her energy on show, overpowering the champion. Shirai was rolling early, resulting in Dakota Kai getting concerned and tossed from ringside. Gonzalez didn’t want her at ringside, as she continued to toss the champion across the ring. Shirai continued to kick out of every pinfall.
Shirai would combat again, touchdown the top scissors takedown into the double foot stomp. She countered the one-arm powerbomb right into a cross face, adopted up with the moonsault exterior the ring. Shirai would even soar off the highest of the ring set cranium to crash into Gonzalez. She would additionally hit the moonsault, however Gonzalez kicked out of the pinfall try.
Gonzalez wouldn’t go away. Again within the ring she hit an enormous clothesline, adopted up with a one-arm powerbomb, pinning Shirai in the course of the ring and changing into the brand new NXT champion.