AMIN’S WWE WORLDS COLLIDE REVIEW
SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2020
TOYOTA CENTER IN HOUSTON, TX
FINN BALOR vs. ILJA DRAGUNOV
Balor came out to a superstar’s reaction. Balor hit a basement dropkick as the fans chanted “Two sweet woot woot.” The fans popped as Balor delivered jumping stomps and running chops for a two count. Dragunov nailed Balor with a rising knee and followed with a flying knee drop for a two count. Balor got the better of a fun exchange as he hit a Final Cut for a two count. Balor hit a Slingblade, went for a Woo Dropkick but Dragunov countered with a high angle German Suplex for a two count. Dragunov hit a Coast-to-Coast dropkick for a two count. Dragunov went for a flying senton but Balor got hit knees up. Balor hit a Woo Dropkick sending Dragunov crashing into the turnbuckle and then hit the Coup De Grace. Balor delivered the 1916 DDT for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: FINN BALOR (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4)
(Amin’s Analysis: A solid hard hitting match as there were some great sequences leading to the finish. Dragunov has star potential but didn’t click with the fans. Balor was treated a superstar and looked awesome.)
–Cathy Kelley interviewed the Grizzled Young Veterans as well as Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne at ringside to hype the Dusty Classic finals which will take place Wednesday on NXT. The winners will get an NXT Tag Team Championship match at NXT TakeOver: Portland. Gibson called the finals the biggest of their career. Riddle called Dunne “his bro from another mo.” Dunne said “Listen, I’ll just be blunt” as Riddle was excited by this line. Dunne said Riddle will smoke them and will leave with the Dusty Cup Trophy.
FATAL-4-WAY NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: ANGEL GARZA vs. ISIAH ‘SWERVE’ SCOTT vs. JORDAN DEVLIN vs. TRAVIS BANKS
The fans chanted big for Garza. Devlin went for a Moonsault but Scott caught and hit a DVD on the floor. Garza delivered a Tope Con Hilo onto Scott. Banks planted Scott with a German Suplex and hit a tope on Devlin. Banks delivered cannonballs to Garza and Scott. The crowd popped big as Devlin spiked Scott with a Silly String DDT. Devlin caught Garza coming off the ropes with a Spanish Fly. Banks broke the count by hitting a flying stomp. Garza removed his pants which the crowd popped huge for. Garza delivered a powerslam to Devlin as Scott nailed Banks with a flying knee as the fans chanted “NXT.” Banks spiked Devlin with a Canadian Destroyer as the fans chanted “This is Awesome.” There was a crazy spot as Deville delivered a Double Avalanche Splash to Garza and Scott. Banks connected with Slice of Heaven and followed with a Kiwi Crusher but Devlin kicked out. Scott hit a reverse Sit-Out Powerbomb but Banks kicked out. There was another crazy spot as Garza delivered a missile dropkick to Banks who delivered a Poison Hurricanrana to Scott. Garza delivered the Wing Clippers to Swerve but Devlin broke the count. Devlin planted Scott with Devlin’s Slide for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: JORDAN DEVLIN WON THE NXT CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4)
–Devlin stood on the announcers table and said “Do you believe me now?” Devlin said he was the best sports entertainer and to never bet against an Ace.
(Amin’s Analysis: Some people may not like this style of match because it features mostly high spots. I would like those same people to address their complaints to AEW as well. I really enjoyed this match as there some awesome sequences leading to finish as everyone worked hard. The finish was a surprise but looks like we will see Devlin on NXT more which is great because he’s an awesome wrestler.)
–NXT North American Champion Keith Lee and Mia Yim were shown at ringside. Chelsea Green and Robert Stone were shown taking their seats at ringside as well.
DIY (JOHNNY GARGANO & TOMMASO CIAMPA) vs. MOUSTACHE MOUNTAIN (TYLER BATE & TRENT SEVEN)
DIY and Moustache Mountain got big reactions when they came out. Bate and Gargano had a nice series of counter exchanges. The fans chanted “Daddy’s Home” as Ciampa tagged in. Ciampa nailed Bate with a running knee. Gargano nailed Seven with a Superkick. Ciampa and Gargano sat on the ring apron as they applauded their work as the fans chanted “DIY.” Seven delivered a DDT to Gargano and then gave Ciampa a Powerbomb for a two count. Gargano hit a DDT/Flatliner combo to Bate and Seven. Gargano hit a Slingshot Spear but Bate kicked out. Ciampa nailed Bate with running knee as Gargano followed with a tope. Ciampa spiked Seven with Willow’s Bell as Gargano spiked Bate with a Thunderstruck DDT for a two count. Ciampa and Gargano delivered a running enzuigiri/rising knee to Bate in the corner. Gargano hit a cannonball from the ring apron to Seven on the floor. Bate got the better of a counter exchange as he hit a rebound lariat and followed with the Tyler Driver 97 but Ciampa kicked out. Gargano nailed both Bate and Seven with Superkicks as the fans chanted “NXT.” Gargano went for the Gargano Escape but Bate countered into an Airplane Spin. Gargano broke free as he placed Bate in the Gargano Escape. Seven tried to make the save but Ciampa placed him a reverse Fujiwara Armbar. Moustache Mountain broke free and delivered stereo Airplane Spins too DIY. Bate and Seven delivered a Burning Hammer/Flying Knee to Ciampa for a close two count. Bate and Seven delivered a double Burning Hammer to Ciampa. Bate went for a Corkscrew Splash but Ciampa pulled Seven onto him. Gargano nailed Seven with a Roundhouse Kick as Ciampa followed with knee strike. Bate went for a springboard but DIY countered with a stereo knee strikes. Ciampa and Gargano delivered their combination running Superkicks to Seven for the 1-2-3.
WINNERS: JOHNNY GARGANO & TOMMASO CIAMPA (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
–DIY and Moustache Mountain shook hand and embraced after the match.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was just an excellent tag team match that featured four amazing pro wrestlers. The pacing was great and built tremendously well as the closing moments were just off the charts.)
–Mercedes Martinez was shown in the crowd. The camera cut as Dakota Kai was also shown at ringside. Suddenly, Tegan Nox appeared and she attacked Kai which got a big reaction.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was short but an effective way to build up their match for this week’s episode of NXT.)
NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: RHEA RIPLEY vs. TONI STORM
The crowd was split as the cheered for both Ripley and Storm. Ripley took control after hitting a pair of short-arm clothesline. Storm delivered a German Suplex sending Ripley into the turnbuckle and then hit a Butterfly Suplex for a two count. Storm applied an STF but Ripley grabbed the ropes. Storm hit a DDT for a two count. Ripley and Storm exchanged strikes. Ripley delivered a Pump Kick sending Storm into the turnbuckle. Ripley applied a reverse Cloverleaf but Storm broke free and hit a bridging German Suplex for a two count. Storm delivered a huge head butt, went for a Frog Splash but Ripley moved outta the way. Ripley grabbed Storm delivered the RipTide for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: RHEA RIPLEY RETAINED THE NXT TITLE (⭐️⭐️3/4)
–Bianca BeLair was in the crowd as she had a stare down with Ripley as they will meet for the NXT Title at NXT TakeOver: Portland.
(Amin’s Analysis: Ripley and Storm worked hard but this didn’t receive much crowd reaction as the match didn’t click as it fell below exceptions for the level of talent.)
UNDISPUTED ERA (ADAM COLE, RODERICK STRONG, BOBBY FISH & KYLE O’REILLY) vs. IMPERIUM (WALTER, ALEXANDER WOLFE, FABIAN AICHNER & MARCEL BARTHEL)
UE got a big reaction. The fans sang for WALTER. Early on, Fish and O’Reilly delivered a running chop/PK combo to Wolfe who was out. Drake Wuertz who was the referee held up his count and held UE back. Wolfe was taken out for the rest of the match. WALTER drilled Strong with a boot as the fans chanted “Undisputed and WALTER.” Cole delivered a backcracker to Barthel for a two count. The crowd popped huge as WALTER delivered a double German Suplex to O’Reilly and Strong. Aichner and Barthel hit a flying Wheelbarrow DDT to O’Reilly for a two count. WALTER delivered a running Bonzai Drop to O’Reilly. Strong and WALTER had a great strike exchange. Strong delivered Drive By forearms but WALTER responded with a huge lariat. Strong drilled WALTER with a Bauizuke Knee and then delivered a Powerbomb to Aichner for a two count. Fish avoided a European Bomb as he delivered an Exploder Suplex sending Aichner into Barthel. Cole delivered a jumping enzuigiri and an Ushigorishi to Barthel but WALTER broke the count. UE attacked WALTER who fought them all off. UE got the numbers advantage as Strong delivered an Olympic Slam sending WALTER crashing through an announcers table. The fans chanted “Mama Mia.” Aichner delivered a stalling Brainbuster to O’Reilly. Cole nailed both Aichner and Barthel with Superkicks. Cole and Strong delivered a Bauizuke Knee/gut buster combo to Barthel for a two count. O’Reilly delivered a Dragon Screw to Barthel in-between the ropes and followed with a flying knee drop. O’Reilly applied a knee but Aichner made the save by hitting a Springboard Moonsault. The crowd popped huge as WALTER tagged in and delivered chops to Cole, Fish & O’Reilly. WALTER planted Strong with a Powerbomb and followed with a Super Splash. Cole delivered the Last Shot to WALTER but Aichner and Barthel made the save. The fans chanted “NXT.” A brawl broke out between both team. Fish and O’Reilly delivered Total Elimination to WALTER. Barthel delivered a reverse suplex to O’Reilly on the floor. Strong delivered a Corkscrew Splash to the floor. Aichner followed by hitting a High Fly Flow to the floor. WALTER avoided a Moonsault as he sent Fish flying with a Woo Dropkick. WALTER delivered a Powerbomb to Fish for the 1-2-3.
WINNERS: WALTER, ALEXANDER WOLFE, FABIAN AICHNER & MARCEL BARTHEL (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️3/4)
(Amin’s Analysis: The injury too Wolfe was unfortunate and hopefully he makes a speedy recovery. This was just a tremendous match between two awesome factions as there were some great sequences leading to the finish. The match was paced perfectly well as everyone got the chance to shine especially WALTER who was showcased as a mega start. Just an awesome main event.)
[Overall Thoughts] I wasn’t a fan of the buildup because the show needs some stakes for the winning brand. Having said that, they did a great job from Devlin’s win as it will interesting to see how this impacts the NXT Cruiserweight Title and showcasing WALTER as a superstar. Overall, WWE Worlds Collide was a great professional show and showcase for both NXT and NXT UK as the show varied from good to great wrestling matches. A thumbs up show.