Time to Stand and Deliver: Australian Bronson Reed’s shot at NXT North American Title

All eyes in the wrestling community lie on the upcoming NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver event, scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida on Thursday.

Over the two nights of wrestling, seven championships will be fought for, including the NXT Women’s Championship, the North American Championship, and the NXT Championship.

The North American Championship will be contested on Night Two of the TakeOver, with the winner of Night One’s Gauntlet Match earning the opportunity to fight champion Johnny Gargano.

Adelaide-born Bronson Reed will enter the Gauntlet Match third (of six contestants), and is confident of the opportunity before him.

Bronson Reed flies off the top rope

“I always go in with an advantage as a bigger wrestler,” Reed told The Inner Sanctum.

“I actually have wins over all of them bar one, having never beaten Cameron Grimes in a one-on-one contest, but I’m looking to.”

Having defeated Gargano previously, Reed is excited at the prospect of fighting for the North American Championship again.

“Whenever you get a shot to even fight for the opportunity to fight for the belt is a big thing,” Reed said.

“It feels like you have people that believe in you and give you that chance.”

Reed has fought for the North American Championship once before, having lost in a Ladder Match at TakeOver: XXX to Damian Priest.

Whilst he hasn’t held an NXT title before, Reed is confident that his size will play a major factor in his challenge.

“The big thing in these fights is the size difference,” Reed said.

“Johnny is an incredible wrestler, but he isn’t over 300 pounds and he doesn’t have the force behind him that I do.”

Due to the restrictions in place in the NXT, Reed has had to adjust to fighting without fans in the arenas.

“It was definitely noticeable (fighting with virtual fans),” Reed said.

“You feed off the reactions of the fans but at the WWE it’s all about putting smiles on people’s faces and I’m very happy we get to do that on a weekly basis.”

Reed spent over ten years fighting and contesting championships in Australian circuits, such as the Melbourne City Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, and the Pro Wrestling Australia.

His goals for now are in NXT and the WWE, but Reed has dreams of one day returning to Australia and fighting in front of a home crowd.

“I do miss wrestling in my home country and I’m hoping when things are working a bit better around the world I can come back and wrestle in Australia.”

Thursday April 8: NXT Stand & Deliver Night 1 – live from 10AM AEST, pre-show from 9AM on WWE Network

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