News broke earlier this week indicating WWE was on the verge of debuting a new show. And as it turns out, that's exactly what's happening.
During Royal Rumble weekend (Jan 26-27) WWE will uncork "Worlds Collide" — a tournament featuring Superstars from NXT, NXT, UK and 205 Live with the winner earning a future championship opportunity from any brand.
Five stars from each division have already been chosen and will compete in a 15 Superstar battle royal on Saturday to determine first-round matches for the single elimination tournament. All of this, of course, will be available on the WWE Network.
NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK Superstars to battle in the first-ever WWE Worlds Collide Tournament at Royal Rumble Axxess
The Superstars of NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live are set to battle in the first-ever WWE Worlds Collide Tournament, one of the most unique tournaments in sports-entertainment history, and it all goes down at Royal Rumble Axxess in Phoenix.
Brand-versus-brand dream matches will become a reality as 15 Superstars in total — five from NXT, five from NXT UK and five from 205 Live — will compete over the course of two days, with the tournament winner receiving a future NXT, NXT UK or 205 Live Championship Match of their choosing. That means anyone can become a champion on any brand!
The WWE Worlds Collide Tournament, which will be taped for a WWE Network special, kicks off with a 15-Superstar Battle Royal on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the 8 a.m. session of Axxess. The order of elimination in the Battle Royal will then determine the First-Round Matches for a 15-Superstar, single-elimination tournament beginning later that session. The Battle Royal winner will receive a first-round bye.
The tournament will continue at Saturday's second session of Axxess, taking place from 1-5 p.m., before concluding at the final Axxess session on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Perhaps the most notable novelty is that the Worlds Collide winner will be able to challenge for a title shot in NXT, NXT UK, or 205 Live. This kind of fluidity adds an intriguing layer to each division as now, this prospective winner can simply show up, certificate in hand, and demand a title shot.
Given the format of the tournament, there's no telling who will fight whom when the brands collide. Which Superstar will rise to the occasion, beat out the best of his brand (and others), and claim a future title opportunity — and what championship will he choose to go after?
Royal Rumble Axxess, which takes over the Phoenix Convention Center Friday, Jan. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 27, will also feature NXT UK tapings on Friday and Sunday, as well as Superstar meet-and-greets, the WWE Superstore, photo opportunities, other live matches and much more throughout the entire weekend. Tickets are available now at Phoenix.Ticketforce.com.