A Worlds Collide event will be taking place instead of NXT TakeOver during Royal Rumble weekend this coming January.
The saying goes if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Clearly, WWE isn't living by that mantra when it comes to NXT. The highly successful third brand is undergoing a lot of changes right now. Tomorrow will be the final episode of the show that airs exclusively on the WWE Network. Starting next week, NXT will double in length, go live, and move to USA.
While we agree with the ain't broke don't fix it mantra to an extent, we also know that evolution in the wrestling business is key to survival. We imagine that's what has crossed the mind of Triple H recently. Plus, the big move to USA isn't the only big change NXT is about to undergo. There has also been talk of its 2020 TakeOver schedule looking very different.
We now know what that first change is going to be thanks to Pro Wrestling Sheet. We were assuming the first TakeOver of the year would take place over Royal Rumble weekend. That will not be the case. Instead, that weekend's TakeOver will be replaced with WWE's third Worlds Collide event. That's what WWE's travel packages hinted at when released, and that has since been confirmed.
For fans unfamiliar with Worlds Collide, there have been two such events so far. They have involved matches taking place between Superstars from rival brands. That's all brands from the main roster to NXT UK and 205 Live. Previously, the matches have been pretaped and shown on the Network. We're assuming this time around it will be some sort of event that airs live.
We are both excited and slightly nervous for the next step in NXT's evolution. We have faith in Triple H and his Superstars to pull off whatever is thrown at them, but we continue to wonder how big an influence Vince McMahon will be on the show. As for the future of TakeOver events, we guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.