Even though there were many who didn’t believe in Finn Bálor, he always believed in himself, and it was that mindset that propelled the ultra-athletic Superstar past John Cena, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin in last week’s Fatal 4-Way Match main event to earn a Universal Championship Match against Brock Lesnar at WWE Royal Rumble.
Now that he has a chance to reclaim the title he never lost, Bálor is on a collision course with one of the most powerful competitors in WWE history. Can The Extraordinary Man succeed in defeating the nigh unbeatable Beast Incarnate? And what does Paul Heyman think of his client’s new challenger?
After Braun Strowman ripped the door off of Mr. McMahon’s limo during Raw, The Chairman stripped The Monster Among Men of his Universal Title bout against Brock Lesnar and made an impromptu Fatal 4-Way Match for later on Raw to determine The Anomaly’s new challenger. That thrilling free-for-all determined that The Beast will now face first-ever Universal Champion Finn Bálor in a highly-anticipated clash for the illustrious title.
The seismic change began in the opening moments of Monday Night Raw when Lesnar’s refusal to meet Strowman in the ring for the second week in a row sent The Monster Among Men storming into the backstage area in pursuit of his Royal Rumble opponent. When he approached what he thought was The Conqueror’s limo and ripped the door clean off the hinges, however, he found himself face-to-face with Mr. McMahon. The irate WWE Chairman wasted little time dispensing punishment, stripping Strowman of his Universal Title opportunity and fining him $100,000.
Before the WWE Universe could even catch its collective breath, Mr. McMahon announced that a Fatal 4-Way Match would be held in Raw’s main event to determine who would challenge Lesnar at the Rumble, as Bálor, 16-time World Champion John Cena, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin waged war in an unforgettable bout.
Prior to the matchup, however, former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal attempted to work his way into the mix, only to be bested by Bálor in a one-on-one showdown to determine which Superstar would compete in the Fatal 4-Way Match. Then, in his second matchup of the night, Bálor triumphed over Cena, McIntyre and Corbin to earn his opportunity to finally reclaim what was once his.
The newly established showdown between Lesnar and Bálor is a classic matchup pitting the unyielding strength of the titleholder against the quickness and agility of his determined challenger. Although The Beast Incarnate is the personification of sheer dominance, one only must look back to his clash against WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series to see the chink in the armor, as The Beard nearly overcame Lesnar with his quickness, technical prowess and resilience. Bálor possesses similar qualities; will it be enough to slay The Beast and claim the Universal Title?
Don’t miss the explosive Universal Championship Match at Royal Rumble, Sunday, Jan. 27, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!
At WrestleMania 34, an all-out free-for-all will decide who has the right to call himself Intercontinental Champion when The Miz puts his illustrious title on the line against Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor.
Despite his defeat in the Elimination Chamber Match, The Miz returned to the Feb. 26 edition of Monday Night Raw with new life and demanded to know his opponent at The Showcase of the Immortals. Instead of receiving a direct answer, though, The A-Lister ended up competing in a one-on-one showdown against Rollins in a match that Raw General Manager Kurt Angle indicated “might” help decide who Miz would face at WrestleMania. Moments after The Architect proved himself worthy with a non-title victory over the champion, Bálor suddenly stepped onto the stage to seize the spotlight and soon picked up a win of his own over Miz.
The following week, Miz answered back by mocking Rollins and Bálor in the Third Non-Annual Mizzies, causing The Kingslayer and The Extraordinary Man to form an unlikely tandem for a Handicap Match against the Intercontinental Champion and his Miztourage. When an incensed A-Lister confronted Angle after the matchup, The Olympic Hero made the monumental decision to put the champion into a showdown against both competitors on Sunday, April 8, in New Orleans.
Whether it be by way of his jaw-dropping display inside the Elimination Chamber or through his marathon-man performance in a grueling Gauntlet Match the week prior, Rollins has been on an absolute mission to reclaim the spotlight as “The Man.” Meanwhile, the always exciting Bálor stands as the first-ever Universal Champion, and given that he was never beaten for that title, The Extraordinary Man has been looking to reclaim a throne of his own for some time now.
Desire does not necessarily equal victory, though, especially at the biggest show of the year. No matter whether you like him or loathe him, there is no denying Miz’s ability to come out on top in any scenario. On the night the Triple Threat Match was made, The A-Lister was a mere 55 days away from having the longest cumulative run as Intercontinental Champion of all time.
Who will exit The Grandest Stage of Them All with the Intercontinental Championship in their grasp? Find out Sunday, April 8, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network at 7 ET/4 PT!
We don’t think we’ve ever seen Finn Bálor smile quite as wide as he did this past Monday night, when he finally joined forces with his longtime friends Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the first time in WWE to defeat Elias & The Miztourage in a blistering Six-Man Tag Team Match.
After the bout, Bálor told WWE.com that “the boys are back in town,” leading many to believe that this “good brother” alliance wasn’t just a one-time occurrence. Will we see this “Too Sweet” trio dominate on Monday night?
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle has revealed that Finn Bálor will team with Sasha Banks at WWE Mixed Match Challenge, a bold dream team that could definitely make the difference for Team Raw in the unprecedented tournament on Facebook Watch.
Whether competing in the history-making WWE Iron Man Match against Bayley in NXT or inside Hell in a Cell against Charlotte Flair, the innovative Banks is the very definition of a trailblazer. With the distinction of being the first-ever Universal Champion and the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history, Bálor is definitely cut from the same cloth as the four-time Raw Women’s Champion.
Add to the mix their larger-than-life personas and you have a fierce combination capable of taking any team to task in the Mixed Match Challenge.
Together, Bálor and Banks will compete in an innovative Facebook Watch exclusive tournament, where unlikely male-female WWE Superstar pairings will attempt to win $100,000 for their charity.
Check back with WWE.com to learn other #WWEMMC combinations as they become available. Follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook for updates, and find out how you can impact the show’s matchups, stipulations and more along the way. WWE Mixed Match Challenge begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch.
WWE and your favorite Superstars return to the United Kingdom and Ireland this May with seven Live Events and broadcast editions of Raw and SmackDown LIVE. Tickets for all shows are available starting Wednesday, 9 a.m. local time, at www.bookingsdirect.com. (For Dublin, Ireland, go to www.ticketmaster.ie.)
WWE Live’s 10-day tour through the U.K. runs from 9 May through 18 May, and includes installments of Raw and SmackDown LIVE broadcast from London’s O2 Arena on 14 and 15 May, respectively. See your favorite Superstars from both Team Red and Team Blue – including Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte Flair, Braun Strowman, Sasha Banks, Finn Bálor, Alexa Bliss, Cesaro & Sheamus, The New Day, Becky Lynch, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and more* – deliver non-stop WWE action and excitement throughout England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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While you might know him as Prince Devitt, “The Real Rock ‘n’ Rolla” or “The Real Shooter”, one thing’s for sure: Finn Bálor will offer the WWE Universe something they’ve never seen before. Born and raised in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland; Finn is not your average WWE superstar as he brings the wrestling experience of a man who competed in places like Mexico, the UK and Japan. He might not be the “Prince” anymore, but that won’t stop Finn Bálor from claiming his throne in the WWE as the resident Demon King on the SmackDown brand.
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