27th Apr2019

‘WWE Worlds Collide 2’ Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this double-header of a review on WWE’s Worlds Collide, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the cruiser-weight and women’s episodes of this show to cover, so let’s get to it before Joe Biden touches me.

Cruiser-Weight Division:

Match #1: Tyler Bate def. The Brian Kendrick

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It was a battle of youth versus experience as 22-year-old Tyler Bate collided with 20-year veteran The Brian Kendrick. The match opened with a respectful handshake, but by the time Kendrick resorted to an illegal eye poke, it became clear that Bate would have to fight fire with fire if he hoped to keep up with the sage former Cruiserweight Champion. Luckily, Textbook Tyler is a fast learner. Bate gave Kendrick a taste of his own medicine, poking Kendrick’s eyes when the opportunity presented itself. Yet, it took much more than blurry vision to put away The Man with a Plan. Kendrick thwarted Bate’s first two attempts at hitting the Tyler Driver ’97, and as the action intensified, he clamped on the Captain’s Hook. The Big Strong Boi muscled out of Kendrick’s signature hold and set off a rapid-fire exchange of strikes that culminated with a rebound clothesline by the NXT UK Superstar. Refusing to let Kendrick recover, Bate acted quickly, packing The Man with a Plan into a ball and finally dropping him with the Tyler Driver ’97 for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Lots of mat work made this a sure-fire hit. It’s always nice when the opener exceeds expectations and that was the case here. Bate is just too damn good and if Vince doesn’t give him a shot on his roster, then it’s Vince’s loss. Kendrick was good, as usual. Overall, there’s not a bad moment here.

Match #2: Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews def. Ariya Daivari & Mike Kanellis

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Looking to capitalize on their recent success on 205 Live, Ariya Daivari & Mike Kanellis formed a potent combination against the more experienced duo of NXT UK’s Flash Morgan Webster and the returning Mark Andrews. Daivari & Kanellis used quick tags, hard knockdowns and clever ring positioning to keep the pressure on The Modfather, but Andrews changed the complexion of the match once he tagged in. Together, the Welsh high-flyers unleashed innovative double-team moves, including taking to the air with simultaneous tope con hilos that elicited “This is awesome!” chants from the WWE Universe. A late-match miscommunication between Kanellis and The Persian Lion, in which Kanellis accidentally superkicked his teammate, wound up being the last nail in the coffin. After that slipup, Webster clobbered Kanellis with a headbutt, Andrews snapped off a Stundog Millionaire and Webster landed a top-rope Swanton onto Kanellis’ back to claim the pinfall victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was good, solid stuff that got a few extra minutes to make a mark.

Match #3: Ligero def. Gran Metalik and Albert Hardie Jr. in a Triple Threat Match

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NXT UK’s Ligero, 205 Live’s Gran Metalik and debuting NXT Superstar Albert Hardie Jr. were cautious at the outset of their Triple Threat Match, and for good reason: As if the Triple Threat Match rules — which all but guaranteed a nonstop free-for-all — weren’t already daunting enough, the three Superstars were also competing against each other for the very first time in a WWE ring. The feeling-out process eventually gave way to a frenetic donnybrook that moved a mile a minute. Metalik flew off and over the ropes with one aerial attack after another. Hardie teed off with knife-edge chops against both opponents, leaving Ligero’s chest beet-red by the end. Meanwhile, the luchador from Leeds, England, wisely broke up a pin attempt after Metalik stuffed Hardie with the Metalik Driver. The action ratcheted up even more as the match raced into its climatic final moments. After a deadlift German suplex to Ligero failed to secure a three-count, Hardie ran up the ropes and flipped head over heels to deliver a Flash Kick to Gran Metalik just as The King of Ropes was preparing to take flight. The breathtaking move was highlight-reel material, and it succeeded in knocking Metalik to the floor, but it also left Hardie exposed. Moments later, with Metalik still recovering on the floor, Ligero caught the NXT rookie with a Tornado DDT from which there was no coming back.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – ACH did a great job as Hardie and kept up with Gran and Ligero for the whole thing. This was pure X-Division action from bell to bell and it worked just fine. This was cool to the bone. That might be the dumbest phrase I’ve ever used.

Match #4: (Main Event) Jordan Devlin def. Akira Tozawa

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Former Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa had the clear support of the WWE Universe in his battle against NXT UK’s Jordan Devlin, as The Stamina Monster’s fans mimicked his patented war cry throughout the contest. The shouts of encouragement propelled Tozawa in the early going, but Devlin shut down the Japanese Superstar by slamming him back-first into the steel guardrail and the ring apron. For the remainder of the match, The Irish Ace stayed dialed in on Devlin’s lumbar. Tozawa, however, is nothing if not resilient. He twice signaled for his top-rope senton splash, but Devlin twice got out of harm’s way as if his life depended on it. Even after Devlin twice evaded his top-rope senton splash, the Japanese Superstar stayed on the attack. Tozawa bested Devlin in a vicious exchange of strikes, folded him in half with a snap German suplex and, finally, took flight on his third attempt at the senton. There was one major problem with Tozawa’s otherwise flawless plan: Devlin got his knees up, ensuring a painful landing for the 205 Live Superstar, especially considering the damage that had already been done to Tozawa’s spine. The Irish Ace then added one last, painful touch, trashing Tozawa with a vertebrae-crunching Saito Suplex en route to victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was hard-hitting like a Bruiser Brody match…well, not quite as brutal, but something like that. Tozawa is as good as the best out there and having him be wasted on feeding into other people on a regular basis is very depressing. Devlin looked excellent as well, by the way. Overall, this was fine stuff, but it would have been nice to see Tozawa get a bit more attention here.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an excellent show that had some fine matches and that’s more than enough.

Women’s Division:

Match #1: Candice LeRae def. Kay Lee Ray

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Candice LeRae and Kay Lee Ray pulled out all the stops in this supremely physical showdown pitting NXT against NXT UK. Looking to continue her string of victories since joining the NXT UK roster last month, Ray methodically wore down LeRae with ferocious stomps, strikes and submission holds. Yet, whenever the Scottish Superstar tried to finish the job via her favorite move, the Gory Bomb, the ring-wise LeRae found room to counter. LeRae’s bursts of offense were equally effective. From landing three consecutive suicide dives, to tearing Ray off the top turnbuckle with a dangerous German suplex, LeRae kept on the attack. The surging LeRae scored the pinfall after spiking Ray with a reverse hurricanrana, snapping off a Rick Rude-esque neckbreaker and flattening Ray with a quebrada.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that had a few stops and starts in the action, but it all added up to something that was consistently fun.

Match #2: Piper Niven def. Zelina Vega

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Realizing she was at the wrong end of a severe size and strength disadvantage in her battle with impressive NXT UK newcomer Piper Niven, SmackDown LIVE’s Zelina Vega relied on her speed and wits — not to mention, the occasional shortcut — to stay competitive. Indeed, Vega proved hard to hit in the early going, using evasive tactics to stay ahead of the Scottish powerhouse. Vega even borrowed a few tricks from the playbook of her client, Andrade, such as when she launched herself knees-first into Niven in the corner. Vega’s game plan fell apart, however, when a moonsault attempt went awry. That misfire gave Niven the opening she needed, and she didn’t wait to pounce, sending Vega head-first into the canvas with a brutal Michinoku Driver to snare the W. Last month, Niven introduced herself as the “most dominant woman in NXT UK,” but after her emphatic disposal of Vega, an argument could be made that she belongs in the conversation of most dominant woman in all of WWE.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Vega did well here and so did Niven, but this whole match just felt like a waste of time.

Match #3: Sonya Deville def. Io Shirai

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Despite Sonya Deville’s reputation as one of WWE’s hardest-hitting Superstars, Io Shirai didn’t shy away from engaging in strikes with the SmackDown LIVE Superstar. The Genius of the Sky lit up Deville with knife-edge chops, but once Deville put her hair up, it was time to square up, and that spelled bad news for the NXT sensation. Deville punched Shirai down to the mat before robbing her of breath with an airtight body scissors. She added insult to injury, too, trash-talking the trapped Shirai while bending her fingers in the wrong direction. Shirai eventually broke free and turned to her aerial attack, nailing Deville with a 619 and an impactful missile dropkick. Yet, when a top-rope moonsault missed its mark, Deville capitalized and almost put Shirai through the canvas with a vicious double-leg takedown for the pin.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was good stuff, but it lacked any flavor.

Match #4: (Main Event) NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm def. Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair (Triple Threat Match)

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NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm may have drawn a perilous assignment for Worlds Collide, tasked with defending her crown against the wildly unpredictable Nikki Cross and the almost unfathomably explosive Bianca Belair, but she proved she was up to the challenge. Cross and Belair didn’t make Storm’s path to title retention easy, of course. WWE’s Twister Sister was in true unhinged form, trapping both of her opponents in the ring skirt early so that she could clobber Belair and Storm at will. Later in the free-for-all, Belair showed her physical superiority, if not her relative inexperience, when she slammed Cross onto Storm, which nearly resulted in an inadvertent pinfall for Cross. Through it all, Storm delivered as many big hits as she received, at one point running corner to corner with a series of hip checks to both opponents. As the intensity steadily picked up, Cross ascended the ropes with a high-risk move in mind. Belair tried to stop her, but Cross knocked The EST of NXT to the floor. She then took flight with a cross body block, but Storm sidestepped the attack and sent Cross plummeting back to the mat with the Storm Zero to win the match and retain the NXT UK Women’s Title.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a good, not great match that was a bit cluttered in parts, but had some nice moves along the way.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a decent show that didn’t get past the quality of the previous card from Worlds Collide.


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