Welcome to another edition of WWE Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on WWE Worlds Collide: NXT vs. NXT UK coming this Saturday night.
The way this works is a gauge range of Scoring, Hot, Lukewarm, Temperate, Chilly, Cold and Freezing. The hotter, the better, as that indicates your level of excitement, anticipation and faith that it will be good.
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section to let everyone know what your thermometer reads for each feud as I tell you what my thoughts are below!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Eight-Man Tag Team Match: The Undisputed ERA vs. Imperium = Hot
You put The Undisputed ERA in a match and I’m sold. These guys kill it all the time and I think we’re going to see them bring Imperium up to a whole new level.
That’s not to say Imperium is without their own merits, either. I’ve grown to enjoy Marcel Barthel a lot more this past year than before. This is far better than the work Alexander Wolfe was doing in SAnitY. Fabian Aichner was someone I thought was impressive in the Cruiserweight Classic and WALTER is unique and a lot of fun.
This could be one of those special matches that if you miss it, you’ll have missed out.
Prediction: The Undisputed ERA wins.
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm = Temperate
Have I seen it before? Check. Do I think there’s any way at all the title will change hands? Nope. Is there a storyline to get invested in? Nope.
Look, this should be fine, if not good. Ripley and Storm are talented. But I think this was a mistake to book. At least if they had done champion vs. champion, it would have made sense as something different. This is just repeating something from last year because they’re two of the bigger names on the brands.
I think a much better idea would have been Ripley leading up a team against Kay Lee Ray having a team and getting more women on the card and doing an elimination match. This just seems like something that will happen and be more about putting Ripley over and pushing Storm down the drain with her heel turn. But you know what? That’s okay.
Prediction: Rhea Ripley wins.
Finn Balor vs. Ilja Dragunov = Lukewarm
There is certainly a lot of potential for this match to be very good. Both guys are talented. However, I do think both are overrated (at least as far as my tastes go) and that makes it hard for me to be higher on this.
Also, there is a complete lack of a feud. Absolutely nothing sparked this. They just announced it, which means there was nothing to get invested in other than the idea of wanting to see the in-ring action, which I just covered is not an A+++ sell for me.
Prediction: Finn Balor wins.
DIY vs. Moustache Mountain = Hot
You put these guys (well, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa and Tyler Bate, at least) in a ring together and they’re going to have a good match. It’s pretty much guaranteed, based on their track records.
The weak link will be Seven, but he should be able to hold his own. Tag team matches work better for him and since he has great chemistry alongside Bate, I’m expecting this to be much better than his match against Eddie Dennis at TakeOver: Blackpool II.
Given enough time and flexibility, this could steal the show.
Prediction: Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa win.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: Angel Garza (c) vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin = Lukewarm
On paper, looking at the group involved, I can’t imagine this will be a bad match. In fact, I think it will be quite fun. But I also think it is a little hollow.
Like most of this card, there’s no foundation to it. It’s just happening. There’s always part of a slight disconnect for me when it comes to those matches that prevents me from being 100% hyped—again, even in scenarios where I think it’ll be nothing but fun from bell to bell.
As far as the winner goes, I fully anticipate Garza is retaining by pinning Banks. He’s the one who can stand to take the loss the most.
Prediction: Angel Garza wins.
NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray vs. Mia Yim = Temperate
I’m glad they didn’t completely ignore Kay Lee Ray. Even though I’m not a big fan, it seemed strange that for an NXT and NXT UK show, the NXT UK women’s champion wasn’t on the card. Also, they were lacking in representing the women’s divisions by just having Ripley and Storm, so this helps.
However, in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t something I’m wowed by. It’s just going to be an extraneous pre-show match that has some potential to be fun, but will likely be easily forgotten about midway through the card.
Thumbs up for the sake of it and I think there’s a shot this is fun, but I’m not hyped about it.
Prediction: Kay Lee Ray wins.
Those are my thoughts, but how do you feel about these particular feuds? What’s hot and what’s cold in your mind? Fill us in on your point of view in the comments below!