Finn Balor is backstage and approaching the ring with his ribs taped up.
Backstage, Finn Balor says that the Irish are stubborn when wounded. His elbow is hurt from Lesnar and his ribs are hurt from Lesnar, but he’s still here to fight for the title. Balor says that he won’t be held down and he’s gonna take the fight to Lashley just like he did to Lesnar. He says he’ll be taking the Intercontinental Championship, too. As Finn enters the arena, we see replays of his match with Lesnar at the Rumble and the attack by Lashley the night after.
Lio Rush gets on the mic and tells Finn that he’s out here looking like a mummy with his ribs taped up. Rush tells him that this is a mouse vs. a mack truck. Lashley grabs a mic and says that Finn couldn’t beat Lesnar, and yet, he’s better than Lesnar. He says that he needs to start fighting people his own size and instead of a title match tonight, he has to face Lio Rush. If he’s entertaining enough, Lashley will give him a title match.
Before the match can even begin, Lashley cheap shots Balor and drives him in to the turnbuckles. Lashley continues the attack until he finally grabs his title and leaves the scraps for Rush.
Finn Balor vs. Lio Rush
The bell rings and Rush pounces with kicks and knees on a cornered Balor. Balor grabs Rush but Rush kicks him in his injured ribs to regain control. Rush with strikes on a grounded Balor. He goes for a kick but Balor catches his leg and drops him on his back. Balor stomps Rush until he exits the ring, he then comes through the ropes with a dropkick on Rush. Balor goes for a running kick on the apron but Lashley grabs his foot and pulls him down. The ref ejects Lashley from ringside as Rush looks on in horror. Rush climbs in the ring and then immediately goes back to the outside with a suicide dive on Balor.
Back from commercial, Lio Rush has an abdominal stretch on Balor and he finishes it with a couple sharp knees to Balor’s ribs. Rush with a couple shoulder tackles in the corner but Balor catches Rush with a knee. Balor with a kick to Rush from the ring apron. Balor goes for the coup de grace but Rush knocks his feet out from him and climbs to the top rope with Balor. Rush with a hurricanrana off the top for a close 2 count. Rush ties Balor in another version of an abdominal stretch but Balor twists out and puts Rush in an abdominal stretch of his own. Balor gains the advantage and connects with the Sling Blade, Balor ties to follow up but gets rolled up for the 2 count. Rush keeps on the attack and then goes for his huge frog splash. Balor dodges, gives him a dropkick in to the corner turnbuckles, and then scales the top rope. Balor with the coup de grace and the 1-2-3!
Winner: Finn Balor
Lashley comes running down to the ring after the match but Balor slides out and celebrates his victory on the ramp. We see replays from the match that just took place as Balor continues posing on the stage.
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Highlights are shown from Brock Lesnar defeating Finn Balor last night.
Finn Balor addresses Brock Lesnar
Finn Balor walks out on stage and heads to the ring to a solid reaction. Balor continues to show some wear and tear from his match last night at the Royal Rumble. He says last night for 10 minutes he went toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar. “I make no excuses. Brock Lesnar beat me. And then Brock Lesnar beat me again.” Balor said he never felt speed or power like that before. He said he is hurt today, but he’s not standing out here with his head hung low. Balor is standing out here with his head held high. “Last night, Brock Lesnar beat me and then Brock Lesnar beat me again because I made Brock Lesnar believe.”
WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush interrupt. Rush says it is a disgrace that Balor even got an opportunity at the Universal Championship. He says Balor almost beat Lesnar, but he wouldn’t stand a chance in hell beating Bobby Lashley. Rush says Lashley is bigger and faster than Lesnar will ever be. He says the “ass whooping” Balor took last night would be nothing compared to what Lashley would do. Balor points out Lashley only lasting a few seconds in the Royal Rumble last night.
Lashley then attacks Balor and drives him hard into the ring. Lashley continues to lift up Balor and power him back down inside the ring with power. He teases that he is done, but turns out and picks up Balor driving him down into the mat again. Lashley and Rush head up the ramp to the back as we see Balor rolling around in pain.
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Universal Championship: Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar
No Demon Bálor. Bálor wore red trunks and knee pads with white boots. Bálor went crazy on Lesnar early on, but Lesnar caught him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Lesnar cleared an announce table but Bálor pushed him into the corner of the table. Lesnar fought back and gave Bálor another belly-to-belly, but he’s selling his midsection from the table spot.
Bálor caught Lesnar with a slingblade, but Lesnar came right back with a clothesline. Lesnar is still really selling hard. He went for the F5 but Bálor countered into a DDT for a nearfall. The crowd was really into it. Bálor then hit consecutive flip dives. The crowd called for another one, so Bálor did it again. The crowd is way more into this than the previous match.
Bálor hit the Coup de Grace, but Lesnar kicked out and immediately applied the kimura lock. Bálor fought briefly but tapped out. Lesnar retains. Short match, but it was fun and Bálor looked good. He got a lot of offense.
After the match, Lesnar gave Bálor three German suplexes. Lesnar’s music played, he posed for a bit, then gave Bálor an F5 as the crowd booed. Hopefully, Bálor gets something out of this.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (retains the title)
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Finn Balor’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Finn says he earned his opportunity to face Brock. Finn tells Vince that he knows Vince does not think Finn can beat Brock, but he knows that he can beat Brock and reclaim his title.
Braun says he knows he could have beaten Brock. Braun says he doesn’t know if Finn can win, but he better.
Finn thanks Braun for the support, but he tells Braun to stay out of his business because Finn says he will do something Braun hasn’t done and that is beat BRock.
Brock and Paul leave while Finn says that David stood in the shadow of the giant and they laughed in his face. Finn says that they didn’t know who David was and what he was made of. Goliath fell face down in the dirt. No one was laughing then. Vince says he has an idea. What if Brock takes a seat so we can see a real life David and Goliath thing with Braun Strowman versus Finn Balor. The match is on but first… We go to commercial.
Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman
The match is joined in progress and Balor with a jaw breaker and drop kick. Strowman misses a splash into the corner and Balor with an enzuigiri from the apron. Braun focuses on Brock and Balor slaps Braun. Braun with a forearm to the back and he picks up Balor but Balor gets to his feet and bets his boots up. Balor goes for slingblade but Braun catches him and hits a forearm to the chest. Braun sends Balor to the floor with a hip strike.
Strowman with a running shoulder tackle on the floor. They return to the ring and Strowman with a splash but Balor escapes a slam. Strowman with a splash for a near fall. Braun works on the neck and connects with a head butt. Braun goes to the floor for another running shoulder tackle but Balor knows it is coming because Braun signaled for it and Balor with a slingblade. Balor avoids a splash and hits a running forearm. Balor with another running forearm and Braun grabs Balor and picks him up but Balor with a sleeper on Braun.
Braun backs Balor into the turnbuckles to escape. Balor returns to the sleeper and Braun falls to a knee. Braun powers out of the hold but Balor with elbows to the head and then Balor with a double stomp. Balor goes to the turnbuckles but Braun grabs Balor and throws him onto Lesnar. Lesnar catches Balor and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Brock gets on the apron and drops the belt in the ring. Balor drops Brock onto the apron and then drop kicks him into the ring post. Balor with a plancha onto Brock.
Balor with slingblade and then he hits a baseball slide on Lesnar. Balor drop kicks Brock into the ringside barrier. Branun pulls Balor onto the apron and back into the ring. Braun misses a splash and goes shoulder first into the post. Balor drop kicks Braun into the turnbuckles and then Balor goes up top for Coup de Grace and hits it but Brock picks up Balor and hits an F5 so the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Finn Balor (by disqualification)
After the bell, fans boo Lesnar as he stands tall and takes the title from Heyman. Lesnar looks down as Balor and Strowman as his music hits. Lesnar makes his exit with Heyman.
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Finn Balor comes out and he says he has to be honest. He is a little tired of being left out of these conversations. You three can make claims to a lot of things, but Finn is the only one who has ever been Universal Champion. Vince says maybe one day you will again, but there is a lot of beef in there. Vince says you’ve got it all, but against Brock Lesnar and all of this beef… you are a great competitor, but I don’t know.
Finn says you never believed in him, but the people do. Finn says that he knows that Vince is stubborn and nothing he says will change his mind. Why doesn’t he show him. Balor drops Corbin. Drew drops Cena. Balor turns around to a Claymore Kick from Drew, who is the last one standing. Cena gets up and Drew floors him with a Claymore. Vince is happy now, he says he likes all this. Vince says let’s find out who will face Lesnar with a Fatal 4 Way tonight. Fans pop. Vince says that’s what we will do. Vince’s music hits as Drew looks down at the others laid out in the ring. Vince also looks at them and nods at Drew in approval. Drew leaves first.
Finn Balor walks in the back and we see Lacey Evans talking to Mickie James and Dana Brooke.
Jinder Mahal vs. Finn Balor
We go to the ring and out comes Jinder Mahal by himself. The winner of this will make it to the Fatal 4 Way main event later tonight. We go to commercial as Jinder does his entrance.
We are back and Mahal attacks before the bell when Samir distracts Balor. Mahal Irish whips Balor into the ringside barrier. Mahal sends Balor into the apron and then back into the ring. The referee checks on Balor to see if he can go.
The match starts and Balor runs into a thrust kick and Mahal gets a near fall. Mahal with crossfaces to Balor. Mahal with a reverse chin lock. Mahal goes for a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Balor blocks an attempt for a belly-to-back suplex on the apron and Balor kicks Mahal. Balor goes for a running kick but Mahal blocks it and sends Balor face first into the apron.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Mahal with knee drops and he chokes Balor. Mahal with a hard Irish whip. Mahal with an elbow to the bridge of the nose and then he applies a rear chin lock. Mahal goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Balor counters with a lateral press and he gets a near fall. Mahal with a reverse chin lock. Balor with a jawbreaker and punches. Mahal with an elbow but Balor with a Pele Kick.
Balor with boots to Mahal followed by a running forearm. Balor with another running forearm and a double leg take down followed by a double stomp. Balor goes for Slingblade but Mahal blocks it. Balor kicks Samir off the apron and then back drops Mahal over the top rope. Balor with a plancha onto Mahal and Singh. Balor sets for Slingblade and hits it. Balor with a drop kick to send Mahal into the turnbuckles. Balor goes up top and hits Coup de Grace for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor