WWE Worlds Collide Results: Undisputed Era vs Imperium, Rhea Ripley Defends, Gargano & Ciampa Reunite

WWE Worlds Collide
January 25, 2019
Houston, TX

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Non-Title Kickoff Show Match
Mia Yim vs. NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray

Yim goes right after her opponent at the bell with an explosive shotgun dropkick and some increddibly aggresive boots in the corner. She stays on her with nasty kicks to the back of the head and a running headscissors takedown. Another big dropkick rocks Kay Lee for an early two-count.

Kay Lee grabs the hair and drops Yim down over the ropes, and follows with a backhand across the face. The two start trading chops, but Kay Lee shuts that down quickly with another superkick. She heads up top but crashes and burns on a Swanton Bomb, and Yim hits a neckbreaker and lariat, before launching herself through the ropes into a DDT.

Kay Lee begs off to the floor, trying to collect herself, but Yim connects with a suicide dive. She’s slow to rise though and the UK star catches her in the ropes, knocking her back outside with a stiff kick to the head. Kay Lee to the top rope now, and this time the Swanton Bomb finds its maark, all the way down to the floor!

Both women barely make it back into the ring on time. They start trading right hands back and forth. Kay Lee tries for a powerbomb but Yim turns it into the Code Blue for a very close nearfall. Kay Lee surprises her with Eat Defeat, but it’s still not enough to get the job done.

Yim delivers a thunderous powerbomb, and calls on the fans for support. She looks for the Canadian Destroyer… and it’s right on target! 1…2…NO! Kay Lee catches Yim with a crucifix pin out of nowhere and grabs the top rope for leverage. The referee doesn’t see it, and this one is over.

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Winner: Kay Lee Ray

Finn Balor vs. Ilja Dragunov

After a brief back-and-forth mat exchange, Dragunov got a bit cocky and struck a pose, before slapping the veteran across the face. Balor took him down with a dropkick and slapped him hard in return, before throwing him over the ropes and following with a suicide dive.

Dragunov took control back and worked over Finn with clubbing blows to the back, wrenching away at his arm and shoulder. Balor jumped over the ropes trying to escape, but got punted in the face instead. He continued to beg off and the two had an awkward moment where Ilja looked to dive, decided not to, then they sort of just looked at each other until one of them attacked the other.

Balor fought back and threw his opponent into the corner, stomping away with about 20 consecutive kicks to the chest, each more violent than the last. The crowd kind of got into that, but has otherwise been dead for this. Ilja snapped off a suplex to come right back, leaping off the top rope for a set of double knees. He followed with a big knee lift to the jaw, but it wasn’t quite enough.

Finn swept the legs and hit a double foot stomp. He started firing off with chops and elbow strikes to the jaw and back of the head. Dragunov gave them right back and the two continued to go at it, building up steam. This eventually turned into throat chops, until Ilja went for a German suplex, but Finn countered into a Slingblade. Another followed, but on a third attempt he ran right into a knee strike.

Ilja delivered a big high-elevation Roman suplex, sending his opponent to the floor. He climbed the ropes and flew outside with a big splash taking them both down. He climbed up again and tried for a diving senton – I’m told Balor got his knees up, but I don’t believe it. They showed the replay, and he just completely whiffed the spot. Balor hit the Slingblade, hit the double foot stomp from the top rope, and put the match away with 1916.

Winner: Finn Balor


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