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WWE announces brand-versus-brand tourney for Royal Rumble weekend

Everything is better with a tournament, but with if that bracket also features a battle royal beforehand?

Today (Jan. 10) WWE announced a wild tournament field for Royal Rumble weekend. Featuring wrestlers from NXT, 205 Live, and NXT UK, the Worlds Collide Tournament will begin on Saturday Jan. 26 at Axxess and conclude on Sunday morning before the Royal Rumble in Phoenix, Arizona.


“Brand-versus-brand dream matches will become a reality as 15 Superstars in total — five from NXT, five from NXT UKand 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.”

Below are the list of all 15 wrestlers taking part in the first-ever WWE Worlds Collide Tournament.


  • Adam Cole
  • Velveteen Dream
  • Dominik Dijakovic
  • Keith Lee
  • Otis Dozovic


  • Mark Andrews
  • Tyler Bate
  • Travis Banks
  • Jordan Devlin
  • Zack Gibson

205 Live

  • Cedric Alexander
  • Humberto Carrillo
  • Tony Nese
  • Drew Gulak
  • TJP

Looking over the field from all three brands a few names stick out as early favorites. Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Tyler Bate, Drew Gulak, and TJP, all feel like wrestlers who could utilize the future title shot prize at the end of the tourney.


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