The road to WrestleMania is set to go in full swing this weekend with the Royal Rumble but NXT/NXT UK will be having their own event. The event will take place on Saturday at 7PM but instead of having the traditional NXT TakeOver, the “developmental” brands will be having a combined event in Worlds Collide. This is the third Worlds […]
The road to WrestleMania is set to go in full swing this weekend with the Royal Rumble but NXT/NXT UK will be having their own event. The event will take place on Saturday at 7PM but instead of having the traditional NXT TakeOver, the “developmental” brands will be having a combined event in Worlds Collide. This is the third Worlds Collide event, with both being taken place in 2019 during Royal Rumble and WrestleMania weekends, with the latter having some lower card SmackDown and Raw roster members participate.
The 2020 edition will only have members of the NXT and NXT UK roster. With the rise of NXT and WWE pushing NXT UK, I like the idea of scrapping the TakeOver and having two roster combine for one show. Much like the TakeOver’s, five matches will take place on the main card (and one pre-show match) with two titles being on the line, and one main event involving both of the brand’s top factions.
Here are my predictions for NXT/NXT UK’s Worlds Collide.
Kay Lee Ray vs. Mia Yim (pre-show)
Prediction: Kay Lee Ray wins
The most recent match added here where will see the NXT UK Women’s Champion Ray goes up against NXT’s Yim. No real build here but my quick prediction here is that the champion gets the victory here to build her for her next opponent.
D.I.Y. (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) vs. Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
Prediction: D.I.Y. win
A match that a lot of fans have been wanting for years. Both teams have bee staples in the yellow brand’s tag team division for years and this will be the first time they’ll all face off together. No real story here, just a dream match that fans thought would never happen.
Gargano will be facing Finn Balor at NXT TakeOver: Portland while Ciampa is doing whatever he can to win back his NXT Championship that he never lost (Ciampa had to relinquish the title due to a severe neck injury). The members of Mustache Mountain haven’t been in a program together in quite some time, rather having their own separate feuds on NXT UK.
Given the other programs that they are involved in as singles competitors, it is hard to pick a clear winner here but I am going with D.I.Y. getting one last win together and the fact that their plans down the line are a lot clearer than Seven and Bate.
Finn Bálor vs. Ilja Dragunov
Prediction: Finn Bálor wins
Since being moved to NXT, Bálor has had a great career revival. While he has had a feud against Johnny Gargano and is set to have a match at TakeOver: Portland, he’ll have to go through NXT UK’s Dragunov. Both competitors have cut promos on their respective shows and that has been about it.
Much like Bálor, Dragunov is in a program of his own and looks to be the next challenger in line for WALTER’s United Kingdom Champion. Not a lot of people know about Dragunov and this could be a great way to showcase what he is all about.
I have Bálor winning here given that he is right in the middle of a feud with Gargano and this helps build their match when they head to Portland. Still, this could be a toss-up and could be one of the more underrated matches on the card.
Imperium (Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, and WALTER) vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong)
Prediction: The Undisputed Era win
Much like the previous tag match, this is a dream match that fans have been wanting. Unlike the previous match, however, there is a more personal feel to this. Undisputed Era kicked off this feud by invading TakeOver: Blackpool II moments after WALTER successfully retained his United Kingdom Championship against Joe Coffey.
Expect a huge brawl between two of the brands best factions ever established that will get fans invested from the start. Given that Cole, Strong, Fish, and O’Reilly have all the gold in NXT, it makes sense for them to retain here but it would not shock me if the company wants to give the UK stable the win to build their brand more.
Cruiserweight Championship – Angel Garza (c) vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Jordan Devlin vs. Travis Banks
Prediction: Angel Garza retains the Cruiserweight Championship
Back on the December 11 edition of NXT, Garza shockingly ended the 63-day championship run of Lio Rush to win the Cruiserweight title and is set to have his first on-screen title defense in a fatal four-way match. “Swerve” Scott defeated Tyler Breeze and Rush in a Triple Threat match to qualify for the match, while Travis Banks and Jordan Devlin defeated Brian Kendrick and Ligero respectively on NXT UK to be inserted into the title match.
I think this match has the chance to be one of the more underrated matches on the card. The cruiserweight title did not get a lot of love on the WWE roster with 205 Live and placing the championship on NXT, in my opinion, was one of the best decisions the company has made.
While I am a huge fan of Swerve and I think he should be a champion sometime in 2020, it seems too early to take the title away from Garza. The four-way stipulation can help put the title on someone else to protect the champion but I have Garza retaining, specifically pinning Banks to protect Swerve and Devlin since the company is high on both superstars.
NXT Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm
Prediction: Rhea Ripley retains the NXT Women’s Championship
A feud between these two has been happening for a while now. Ripley defeated Storm in the finals of the tournament to be crowned the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion well over a year ago. At NXT UK’s first-ever TakeOver in Blackpool, Storm got her revenge to win the title from Ripley to be the second-ever champion. Storm eventually lost her title to Kay Lee Ray and failed to retain the title at TakeOver: Blackpool II a few weeks back. Ripley meanwhile had a great 2019 where she ended the year defeating Shayna Baszler to win the NXT Women’s title after a 416-day reign.
Ripley had a great 2019 and looks to be the same in 2020. Similar to the Garza scenario, it seems to be too early for Ripley to drop the title, especially after the story she told throughout the year to win the title. This should be a good one but the outcomes might be predictable.
Worlds Collide looks to be a solid event that fans of NXT and NXT UK should enjoy. While there won’t be as many titles on the line, both tag matches are dream matches that fans will more than enjoy. The two titles match also look solid while the Bálor/Dragunov match has an “independent wrestling” feel all over it.