WWE Worlds Collide

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WWE Worlds Collide
WOrldsCollideLogo2k20.png
2020 Worlds Collide logo
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2019)
SmackDown (2019)
205 Live (2019)
NXT (2019–2020)
NXT UK (2019–2020)
First event2019
Last event2020

WWE Worlds Collide was a professional wrestling event series and television series, produced by WWE, an American-based professional wrestling promotion. Established in 2019, the concept was interbrand competition between WWE's various brand divisions. Over the three iterations of the event, all five of WWE's brands were featured: Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT, and NXT UK, but most notably the latter two. The event was discontinued after the 2020 event as no further events were scheduled.

History[edit]

In early January 2019, WWE announced that they would be hosting an interbrand tournament to take place during the weekend of that year's Royal Rumble pay-per-view and would stream on the WWE Network. The tournament was a two-day event, held on January 26 and 27 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and aired on tape delay on February 2.[1][2][3] The event hosted a 15-man single-elimination tournament, called the Worlds Collide Tournament, which was evenly divided between the NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live brands. The winner of the tournament received a future match for a championship of their choice, with the choices being the NXT Championship, the NXT North American Championship, the WWE United Kingdom Championship, and the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (the latter only being an option if the winner was within the 205 lb. weight limit).[4]

On March 28, 2019, WWE announced that Worlds Collide would return during April's WrestleMania Axxess festival.[5] In addition to the three brands previously featured at the Worlds Collide special, wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands would also participate in the events.[5] On April 9, WWE announced that the Worlds Collide events would air as a four-episode series on the WWE Network, starting on April 14.[6][7][8]

During WWE's Royal Rumble 2020 weekend announcements, WWE revealed that another Worlds Collide event would air live on the WWE Network on January 25, 2020 and broadcast from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, though unlike the first event, it would only feature the NXT and NXT UK brands and not also 205 Live. Also unlike the first event, there was not a World Collide Tournament with a future championship opportunity at stake. Instead, the card's matches were interbrand matches pitting wrestlers from NXT against those from NXT UK.[9]

Worlds Collide was quietly canceled without an event being scheduled for 2021.[10]

Events[edit]

# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Worlds Collide (2019) January 26 and 27, 2019
(aired February 2, 2019)
Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Convention Center Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Bate in the Worlds Collide tournament final match [1]
2 WWE Worlds Collide (series) April 6–7, 2019
(aired April 14 – May 1, 2019)
Brooklyn, New York Pier 12 [6]
3 Worlds Collide (2020) January 25, 2020 Houston, Texas Toyota Center NXT's The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Roderick Strong) vs. NXT UK's Imperium (Walter, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, and Alexander Wolfe) [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b WWE.com staff (January 24, 2019). "WWE Worlds Collide to stream on Saturday, Feb. 2". WWE. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK Superstars to battle in the first-ever WWE Worlds Collide Tournament at Royal Rumble Axxess". WWE.com. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019. The WWE Worlds Collide Tournament, which will be taped for a WWE Network special, kicks off with a 15-Superstar Battle Royal on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the 8 a.m. session of Axxess.
  3. ^ Joseph Currier (January 10, 2019). "WWE WORLDS COLLIDE TOURNAMENT SET, WILL BE TAPED FOR NETWORK SPECIAL". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Ryan Satin (January 10, 2019). "Worlds Collide Tournament To Air On WWE Network". ProWrestlingSheet. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "NXT Superstars vs. NXT Alumni, Cruiserweights Collide and more at WrestleMania Axxess' Worlds Collide events". WWE. March 28, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "When to watch Worlds Collide on WWE Network". WWE. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Joseph Currier (March 28, 2019). "WORLDS COLLIDE SPECIALS, NXT UK TAPINGS SET FOR WRESTLEMANIA AXXESS". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Full WWE When Worlds Collide Taping Results From AXXESS (SPOILERS)". 411Mania. April 8, 2019. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "WWE Worlds Collide preview, Jan. 25 2020: NXT and NXT UK clash during Royal Rumble Weekend". WWE. November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Brookouse, Brent (October 20, 2021). "WWE schedule, list of PPVs for 2021: Crown Jewel date, location, start time, watch live". CBSSports. Retrieved October 23, 2021.