With this week's NXT Heatwave show sowing the seeds for a Worlds Collide battle between the NXT and NXT UK brands, WWE has today moved to announce that just such a special will be taking place next month.
In a press release, it was confirmed that Worlds Collide will take place on Sunday, 4 September, which is the day after WWE Clash at the Castle and is the same day as AEW All Out. Presumably emanating from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, Worlds Collide has been give a 4pm ET start time.
While no matches have been announced as of yet, Heatwave saw NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate confront NXT Champion Bron Breakker, Blair Davenport butted heads with Indi Hartwell, and the Gallus trio of Wolfgang, Joe Coffey and Mark Coffey got involved with Diamond Mine (including NXT Tag Team Champions the Creeds) and NXT UK Tag Team Champions Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen.
Based off Heatwave, that could potentially lead to a Worlds Collide card that looks like:
- Tyler Bate vs. Bron Breakker
- Blair Davenport vs. Indi Hartwell
- The Coffeys vs. Briggs & Jensen vs. the Creeds
- Wolfgang vs. Roderick Strong
Of course, that's purely your writer spitballing a line-up, and we'll see that card come together across the next few weeks. Interestingly, when Gallus were NXT UK Tag Champs, it was Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who held the gold, so it'll be interesting to see how the three Scots are used at this show - especially with Heatwave arguably positioning Wolfgang as the biggest star of the group.
This upcoming event will be the fourth time WWE has put on Worlds Collide. The first such show took place in January 2019 and featured the NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live rosters. For 2020, Worlds Collide played out across the weekend of WrestleMania 36 and featured NXT, NXT UK, Raw and SmackDown stars. Reverting to January, Worlds Collide 2021 pitted NXT against NXT UK and was headlined by the Undisputed Era taking on Imperium.
This Worlds Collide announcement was included as part of a wider press release which announced that NXT UK will be replaced by NXT Europe in 2023.