Worlds Collide (2022)
|Date||September 4, 2022|
|Venue||WWE Performance Center|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Worlds Collide chronology|
The 2022 Worlds Collide was the third Worlds Collide professional wrestling livestreaming event produced by WWE. While the event was held for wrestlers primarily from the promotion's NXT and NXT UK brand divisions, Worlds Collide also featured some wrestlers from WWE's main roster brands, Raw and SmackDown. It took place on September 4, 2022, at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. It was the first Worlds Collide event since 2020 and also the final event for NXT UK, which will relaunch as NXT Europe in 2023. This was also the final NXT event in which the brand was called "NXT 2.0", as 9 days later, the "2.0" moniker was dropped, reverting the brand to NXT.
Five matches were contested at the event, all of which were interbrand championship matches and three saw all but one of NXT UK's championships unified into their respective NXT championship counterparts. In the main event, NXT Champion Bron Breakker defeated NXT United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate to unify both championships. Other prominent matches saw NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose defeat NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport in a triple threat match to unify both women's championships, Katana Chance and Kayden Carter defeat Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. to retain the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, and Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) defeated NXT Tag Team Champions The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed), NXT UK Tag Team Champions Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs, and Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to unify both tag team championships. The NXT UK Heritage Cup was the only championship that was not unified into an NXT championship and was the only championship between the two brands that was not defended at the event.
Worlds Collide is a series of professional wrestling shows that began on January 26, 2019, when WWE held an interbrand tournament featuring wrestlers from the NXT, NXT UK, and the now-defunct 205 Live brands. After not being held in 2021, WWE announced on August 16, 2022, that Worlds Collide would return on September 4, 2022, and be held at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. It was the third Worlds Collide event and primarily featured wrestlers from the NXT and NXT UK brands. The announcement also confirmed that this would be the final event for NXT UK; following the event, the brand went on hiatus and will relaunch as NXT Europe in 2023. In addition to the WWE Network in international markets, it was available to livestream on Peacock in the United States, due to the American version of the WWE Network merging under Peacock in March 2021.
|Spanish commentators||Marcelo Rodríguez|
|Ring announcer||Alicia Taylor|
|Pre-show panel||Sam Roberts|
The card included matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results was predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT and NXT UK brands, while storylines were produced on the NXT 2.0 and NXT UK television programs.
After NXT Champion Bron Breakker had successfully retained his title at Heatwave, NXT United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate appeared to confront Breakker. On the August 23 episode of NXT 2.0, both Bate and Breakker signed a contract for a championship unification match to take place at Worlds Collide.
On the August 23 episode of NXT 2.0, NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose confronted Blair Davenport and demanded respect from her. NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura joined the confrontation, and the two champions argued who was better. The champions then agreed to a title unification match at Worlds Collide, with Davenport also being added to the match due to being the #1 contender for the NXT UK Women's Championship.
On the August 2 episode of NXT 2.0, Katana Chance and Kayden Carter won a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Elimination Match to win the vacant NXT Women's Tag Team Championships. After being featured in backstage segments over the next few weeks, on the August 30 episode of NXT 2.0, they defeated Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley in a non-title match. Afterwards, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. from Raw appeared and challenged Catanzaro and Carter for the titles at Worlds Collide, which was made official.
On the August 30 episode of NXT 2.0, during a mixed six-person tag team match that pitted Brooks Jensen, Josh Briggs, and Fallon Henley against Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) and Lash Legend, Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) interfered in favour of Legend and Pretty Deadly and helped them to win. On the same episode, after Joe Coffey and Wolfgang defeated The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed), a brawl started between both teams, as Pretty Deadly and Briggs and Jensen joined the fight. This led to a fatal four-way tag team elimination match being scheduled between NXT Tag Team Champions The Creed Brothers, NXT UK Tag Team Champions Briggs and Jensen, Gallus, and Pretty Deadly at Worlds Collide, which would also be a title unification match.
On the August 30 episode of NXT 2.0, NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, alongside Trick Williams, discussed how no one could match Hayes' level. Ricochet from SmackDown then appeared to challenge Hayes for the title at World Collide, which was made official.
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On the September 6 episode of NXT 2.0, Tyler Bate opened the show. As he talked about his loss to Bron Breakker, he was interrupted by Gallus (Joe Coffey, Mark Coffey and Wolfgang). They attacked Bate and also took out security guards. Breakker made the save, and a tag team match pitting Breakker and Bate against Joe and Mark Coffey was scheduled to take place in the main event, in which Breakker and Bate would win after Breakker executed a Spear on Joe Coffey followed by Bate pinning him after executing the Tyler Driver '97.
On the September 5 episode of Raw, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. would lose to WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez (in a non-title match) when Rodriguez planted Doudrop with the Texana Bomb. The next day at NXT 2.0, Doudrop and A.S.H. would defeat Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne when Doudrop pinned Dolin after executing a seated Crossbody.
On the September 13 episode of NXT 2.0, The Creed Brothers took on Pretty Deadly (Kit Wilson and Elton Prince) in a steel cage match for the NXT Tag Team Championship. After interference from Damon Kemp, who handcuffed Julius Creed to the top of the cage, Wilson and Prince pinned Brutus Creed following a second Spilt Milk (a spinebuster/neckbreaker combination) to retain the titles. An ambulance match between Julius Creed and Damon Kemp would later be scheduled for Halloween Havoc, with the added stipulation that Brutus Creed must leave NXT should Julius lose.
On the September 6 episode of NXT 2.0, Ricochet defeated Trick Williams (with Carmelo Hayes) by pinfall after executing the Recoil and the Shooting Star Press. On the following week's episode of NXT 2.0, Wes Lee, Joe Gacy, and Von Wagner were announced as nominees for the next challenger for Hayes's NXT North American Championship. Lee won the fan vote to become the next challenger, but was attacked by Hayes and Williams in the locker room, rendering him unable to compete. Later that night, Hayes and Williams headed to the ring to cut a promo. They would gloat about their attack, and Hayes believed that he wouldn't have to defend his title anytime soon. However, Solo Sikoa (who made his main roster debut at Clash at the Castle 10 days earlier) stepped up as the next challenger and planted Hayes with a Uranage and Uso Splash to win the title, but was forced to relinquish it the next day during the taping for the September 20 episode of NXT, as he wasn't sanctioned for the match, ending his reign at 7 days. 3 days later on SmackDown, Sikoa defended (and successfully retained) the North American Championship against Madcap Moss after executing the Spinning Solo, a move reminiscent of his cousin The Rock's Rock Bottom finisher. (This was also the first time the North American Championship was defended on the main roster.)
This was the last livestreaming event in which the NXT brand was called NXT 2.0. At the end of the September 13 episode of NXT, a video package that summarized the past year of NXT's 2.0 era was narrated by Shawn Michaels. He talked about the brand consistently evolving with a focus on the future. Afterwards, a new gold-and-white logo was introduced, with the "NXT" logo remaining unchanged but the "2.0" moniker being dropped.
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