Taking away from the traditional NXT TakeOver on Royal Rumble weekend, NXT and NXT UK decided to have a mash-up pay-per-view in Worlds Collide. Six matches took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX with two titles on the line. How did Worlds Collide fare? Here are my thoughts and grades on all six matches. Kay Lee Ray def. […]
Taking away from the traditional NXT TakeOver on Royal Rumble weekend, NXT and NXT UK decided to have a mash-up pay-per-view in Worlds Collide.
Six matches took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX with two titles on the line. How did Worlds Collide fare? Here are my thoughts and grades on all six matches.
Kay Lee Ray def. Mia Yim (pre-show)
NXT UK women’s champion Ray kicked things off the evening against NXT’s Yim in a non-title match. Yim got a lot of offense in and as a result, Ray acted desperately as she rolled up Yim and held onto the ropes for the win.
Given no real build here and the match was added a mere days before the event start, it was a solid pre-show match. Yim looked great and credit to Ray for selling Yim’s offense during the match. The crowd was into it and a good way to start the show.
Finn Bálor def. Ilja Dragunov
The main card opened up with the young NXT UK superstar in Dragunov going up against the veteran in Bálor.
This was a great way to start the show and another great example of how WWE creative seemingly dropped the ball with the Bálor character. The career revival in the former first-ever Universal Champion has been great to see and this match was another showing of how great he is. Dragunov was also good in his own right, showing that NXT UK has its own young star to build around.
A great match to kick off the main show.
Cruiserweight Championship – Jordan Devlin def. Angel Garza (c), Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, and Travis Banks
The cruiserweight matches have seemingly looked a lot better on the NXT brand as opposed to the main roster. This was nonstop action from start to finish and the spots were creative. A fast-paced match which is expected in this. Also to mention that despite it being a fatal four-way, the match went smooth here compared to some past multi-man matches.
It was shocking to see Devlin win here, given that Garza just won the title and Triple H gave him a newly designed belt earlier in the night. Still, Devlin is a great worker that no doubt deserves some sort of title run. With him being the first NXT UK superstar to hold the title, it’ll be interesting to see what the plans are for the cruiserweight title.
DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) def. Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
Nothing better than a classic, old-school wrestling match between two of the most popular tag teams in all of NXT/WWE. A lot of action throughout with near-falls that made it dramatic and the crowd loved it.
Can we see DIY return full time here? After seeing the crowd giving them a positive reaction. We could see that. Personally, I would hold it off for a little bit longer and let Gargano have his feud with Finn Bálor and Ciampa going after the NXT Champion in Adam Cole.
NXT Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) def. Toni Storm
The match felt a little rushed at times and there may have been some time cut into it. Still, this was a solid match between two of NXT’s great female talents. Storm’s injured midsection played a factor here and Ripley capitalized on it.
Now will have Ripley defend her title against Bianca Belair at TakeOver Portland and the question now is what’s in store for Storm as she lost two title matches in the past month.
Imperium (Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, and WALTER) vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong)
Given the star power here, you knew that this would be a classic. Wolfe suffered an injury to his throat that clearly looked like it was not part of the plan. Despite that, the rest of Imperium worked great with a man down.
Everyone got a chance to shine and the chemistry between the teams is incredible.
Worlds Collide was a solid pay-per-view. No, it was not memorable like the previous TakeOver but it was still solid in its own right. The main event was simply great while the other matches held their own here. A nice change of pace with NXT vs. NXT UK style rather than a regular TakeOver. There is no upcoming UK TakeOver announced yet but NXT will have their next PPV in TakeOver: Portland on February 16.