WWE Raw, SmackDown Wrestlers Turn Up On NXT 2.0 To Plug Worlds Collide

Former NXT, NXT UK champs urge current title-holders to prevail in unification matches.

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Days before WWE's two developmental brands clash in NXT UK's swansong at Worlds Collide, several Raw and SmackDown superstars made their presence felt on NXT 2.0 Tuesday to weigh in on the title unification matches at Sunday's PLE.

The NXT and NXT UK main men's and women's titles will be unified in two matches at Worlds Collide. NXT Champion Bron Breakker will face NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate, while NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose will face NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport. A series of superstars showed up to directly appeal to the five wrestlers to win their matches, adding gravitas to the two title bouts and the PLE itself.

Former NXT Champions Finn Balor and Ciampa separately stopped by Breakker's locker room to talk up the legacy of his title and urge him to win. Fit Finley handed off a pad so Butch could share memories about his and Bate's battles and trading the NXT UK Championship. Gunther also popped in to tell Tyler that the unification match was as much about European wrestling as it was about the titles.

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Shayna Baszler, the longest-reigning NXT Women's Champion, pointed out that Mandy Rose's bragging during the past year would be meaningless if she loses her title-for-title match. Rhea Ripley (the only one to hold both the NXT and NXT UK versions of the titles) egged Davenport on and told her to not screw things up. And although she's never been on Raw or SmackDown, Alba Fyre caught up with Satomura to reminisce about their fight for the NXT UK Women's Championship.

Worlds Collide will take place Sunday afternoon, just hours before AEW's All Out PPV.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.