Candice LeRae def. Kay Lee Ray
Ray vs. LeRae? Please tell me that was done on purpose. In all seriousness, this was an enjoyable outing that was given a solid chunk of time. I realize these matches don't matter much, but I was slightly surprised LeRae went over, just because she isn't doing anything in NXT at the moment whereas Ray recently debuted in NXT UK and is in the midst of a push.
Piper Niven def. Zelina Vega
All right, so the outcome was never once in doubt, but this was still fun while it lasted. Vega is great at being a slimy heel and trying to dodge her opponent's offense. She used Niven's size against her at various points, but it wasn't enough to earn her the victory. Niven debuted in NXT UK earlier this month, yet I already have a good feeling about her future on the brand.
Sonya DEville def. Io Shirai
Deville isn't given too many chances to shine in singles competition on SmackDown Live, but I actually find her to be superior in the ring to Mandy Rose. Her mixed martial arts gimmick could use some tweaking because, you know, Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey do it way better, but at least she can hold her own against someone the caliber of Shirai. This was a well wrestled match, and although I would have preferred to see Shirai go over, I'm not shocked that the Superstar from the main roster won instead.
NXT Women's Champion Toni Storm def. Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair in a Triple Threat Match
While watching this match, I came to the conclusion that Cross would be a fantastic fit in NXT UK. Sure, that might be beneath her at this point after spending years in NXT and now being main roster ready, but I have little faith that Raw or SmackDown will know what to do with her. At any rate, this was an entertaining Triple Threat with all women getting their time to shine. It was cool that the title was on the line, but there wasn't much drama surrounding the nearfalls because Storm retaining her title was virtually guaranteed.
Last week's installment of Worlds Collide with the Cruiserweights ran over an hour, whereas this episode was roughly 45 minutes. This wasn't nearly as strong of a show in my opinion, but I liked that it was kept short and sweet with four quality matches. Only the main event stood out as special, so put some time aside to give it a watch when you can. The final edition of Worlds Collide will air next Wednesday night and I believe it will feature two Battle Royals with talent from all five brands.
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