WWE will start the Royal Rumble weekend in style tonight with what is promising to be a very fun Worlds Collide special event.
Although the show might not have the importance and stakes of a takeover, the matches that WWE are putting on in this NXTY vs. NXT UK special show are nothing short of breath-taking.
The following have been announced for tonight’s show.
- Kay Lee Ray vs. Mia Yim – Preshow
- Angel Garza (c) vs. Isaiah Swerve Scott vs. Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin – NXT Cruiserweight Championship
- Moustache Mountain vs. DIY
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm – NXT Women’s Championship
- Finn Balor vs. Ilja Dragunov
- Undisputed Era vs. Imperium
Tonight’s show promises to be rather good, so make sure you check back here at the start of the preshow (11:30pm GMT/6:30 ET) and follow along throughout the show for the results and our thoughts/opinions.
Imperium defeats Undisputed Era
Despite Alexander Wolfe being legit knocked out and removed from the match early on, Imperium and Undisputed Era stole the show with a hard-hitting match that will go down as one of the best of the year.
WALTER might have been squashed over Survivor Series in his WWE PPV debut, but he was made to look like an absolute star at Worlds Collide. He picked up the win for his team by pinning Bobby Fish following a Powerbomb.
If there is a way to get him to agree to move to the US and to NXT, then WWE has to explore it. The crowd loved everything WALTER did here, and it was fantastic.
A great match ends a great show, Raw and SmackDown will face an uphill battle to top this tomorrow night at the Royal Rumble.
We're going to need scientific confirmation that @FabianAichner is, indeed, human.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 26, 2020
Rhea Ripley defeats Toni Storm
Rhea Ripley defeated Toni Storm in what was a decent match, but was probably the weakest we have seen on the show so far tonight.
Ripley and Strom had a back-and-forth encounter, but I was never in doubt that Ripley was walking out with the win and with her NXT Championship.
This was Ripley’s first defence of the NXT Championship she won by Shayna Baszler on the 12/18 episode of NXT, and she will defend next in three weeks at NXT TakeOver: Portland against Bianca Belair.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 26, 2020
DIY defeats Moustache Mountain
This match was good, it was really really good.
DIY and Moustache Mountain are two of the best teams that WWE has to offer, so it was always going to produce an amazing match when WWE booked them in a match together.
It might have started alow, but the crowd were invested from the opening bell. The action was gripping and hard-hitting, you should really go and watch this match if you weren’t able to see it live.
My only nitpick with this match is that there were no seeds planted for another Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa match. However, perhaps that will come later.
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) January 26, 2020
Jordan Devlin becomes NXT Cruiserweight Champion
Wow, I didn’t expect that. Jordan Devlin has defeated Angel Garza, Isaiah Swerve Scott and Travis Banks in a four way to capture the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
This match was utterly brilliant. The four men tore the house down with some absolutely breath-taking fast-paced offence. The crowd loved this match.
The result of the match might have been a shock, but the fact that the match was brilliant should not surprise anyone.
Does this mean Devlin is moving to NXT in the US or is the Cruiserweight title moving to NXT UK? I guess we are going to find out over the coming weeks.
— WWE (@WWE) January 26, 2020
Finn Balor defeats Ilja Dragunov
In what will likely be a surprise to no one, Finn Balor and Ilja Dragunov had a very good match to kick off tonight’s Worlds Collide show.
The match was designed to get Dragunov over and show exactly what he is capable of. Ilja took for the former Universal Champion to his limits in what was a fun back-and-forth match.
Just like when he faced Cesaro at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff in August 2019, Ilja Dragunov was unsuccessful in his attempts to defeat the far more established Finn Balor. However, this match would have helped put him over.
It was the right call to give Balor the win. He still needs to pick up Ws early on in his second stint in NXT.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 26, 2020
Kay Lee Ray defeats Mia Yim
While I appreciate that she is talented, I have always failed to get properly invested in Mia Yim’s matches.
When you have a roster that boasts the likes of Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai, Toni Storm and Bianca Belair, you have to stand out. For me, Yim does not do that.
Kay Lee Ray picked up the win after a series of near falls. For me, this one of the easiest matches to predict. I believe WWE booked this match, which had no build, just to give NXT UK some wins in a show that will likely see NXT dominate.
It was interesting to see that commentary has begun referring to KLR as the NXT UK Champion rather than the NXT UK Women’s Champion.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 25, 2020
Welcome to the show
Check back here at 11:30pm GMT/6:30 ET for the start of the Worlds Collide kickoff show which will feature a match between Mia Yim and NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray.
The main show will start 30 minutes later with a series of fantastic matches including what should be a brilliant tag team clash between Moustache Mountain and DIY.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa reunited on the 01/15 episode of NXT with a Meet in the Middle on Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish. You can check out the segment below.