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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?

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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

 

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Lio Rush comes out to the stage with Bobby Lashley. Rush says they have a situation. Seth Rollins has lost his mind. Rollins attacked Lashley with a chair last week and blindsided them this week. Rush says they’ll get a lawyer if something isn’t done about Rollins. Rush says the show is officially canceled. All of a sudden, Rollins attacks Lashley from behind. They brawl until Dean Ambrose runs out. Cena runs over to make the save, so McIntyre attacks him. Finn Balor’s music hits, and he runs down. Balor takes McIntyre out with a Sling Blade and clotheslines him out of the ring. Balor then wipes everyone out with a summersault senton.

 

John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Dean Ambrose

 

We join the match in progress. Cena leapfrogs Lashley and clotheslines him before tagging in Finn Balor. Balor comes off the top rope with a sledge to the arm. Lashley quickly takes him down and hits a scoop slam. Dean Ambrose tags in, but Balor quickly takes him down with a pair of arm drags. Ambrose has a whip reversed, but he tries for a sunset flip. Balor rolls through and dropkicks him in the face. Ambrose quickly powers him to the corner, and McIntyre tags in. McIntyre punches Balor down and applies a front facelock. McIntyre then hits an impressive vertical suplex for a two count. McIntyre talks a little trash, so Balor fights back. McIntyre quickly floors him and stomps away at him before taunting Cena. Lashley tags in and punches Balor in the ribs. Lashley applies a chin lock, but Balor fights up. Lashley quickly elbows him in the neck to take him down. Balor quickly fights out of a move, but Lashley stops him from making a tag. Lashley sends Balor to the corner, but Balor boots him back and fights off the heel side. Lashley quickly stops the tag and powers him to the corner for some shoulder thrusts. Ambrose tags in and wildly stomps away at Balor. Balor boots Ambrose back and hits an overhead kick.

 

Cena tags in and hits a pair of flying shoulder tackles and a back suplex powerbomb. Cena does the 5 Knuckle Shuffle and goes for an Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose. McIntyre blind tags in. Cena hits the AA on Ambrose and turns into a Glasgow Kiss from McIntyre. McIntyre picks up a two count.

 

We come back from the break to see Cena elbow Lashley and hit Ambrose with a dropkick. McIntyre tags in, and he punches away at Cena. Cena fights back and hits the ropes, but McIntyre counters with a spinebuster and a jackknife pin for a two count. Lashley tags in and takes Cena down for a near fall. Lashley starts posing before blindsiding Rollins. Cena then floors Lashley with an AA. Both men are down. Ambrose manages to tag in, and he applies a sleeper hold to Cena. Ambrose takes him down and cinches in the hold. Cena soon fights up, but Ambrose knees him in the midsection to take him down. Ambrose drops an elbow, and Cena rolls out of the ring to recover. Ambrose follows him outside and sends him into the ring steps.

 

We come back from the break to see Ambrose hit a snapmare on Cena and pick up a two count. Ambrose applies another sleeper hold, but Cena fights up. Ambrose is on his back, and Cena is walking to his corner. Ambrose quickly rakes the eyes and knocks Rollins off the apron. Ambrose and Cena then take one another out with a double clothesline.

 

Balor tags in, and he takes Ambrose down before knocking McIntyre off the apron. Balor takes Ambrose down and hits Lashley with a Sling Blade. Balor counters Dirty Deed with a leg sweep and a double stomp. Balor dropkicks Ambrose into the corner and hits the Coup de Grace. Balor then turns into a Claymore Kick from McIntyre! Balor is out, but he soon comes to.

 

Rollins and McIntyre are tagged in. Rollins hits a springboard clothesline and knocks Lashley off the apron. Rollins hits a step-up enzuigiri on McIntyre. McIntyre quickly drops him on the apron, so Rollins hits Lashley and Ambrose with an Asai Moonsault. Rollins goes for a springboard, but McIntyre moves. Rollins avoids a move from McIntyre and hits a falcon arrow for a near fall. The crowd is chanting, “Burn it down.” Rollins starts stomping the mat. Rollins kicks McIntyre in the midsection and hits the ropes, but McIntyre soon takes him out. McIntyre goes for an inverted Alabama Slam, but Cena comes in and hits him with an AA. Lashley then spears Cena out of nowhere. Rollins superkicks Lashley and goes outside to put McIntyre back in the ring. Rollins superkicks McIntyre and goes for a frog splash, but McIntyre moves. Ambrose tags in and goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins counters out and hits the Stomp for the win!

 

Winners by Pinfall: John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor

 

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Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor

 

We go to the ring for tonight’s Triple Threat as Drew McIntyre makes his way out first. Back to commercial.

 

Back from the break and we get a “returning soon” promo for the injured Kevin Owens. McIntyre waits in the ring as Charly Caruso enters for an interview. She asks if McIntyre is worried about his opponents teaming up on him tonight. McIntyre says they are going to gang up on him and they should but it won’t make a difference because they are limited while he is limitless. McIntyre says if by some Christmas miracle they are able to get the upperhand, their ego and pride will get in the way and he will be waiting to tear their heads off. McIntyre goes on and declares himself for the Royal Rumble match, saying he will go on to fulfill his destiny of main eventing WrestleMania. McIntyre calls on his opponents to be brought out. The music hits and out comes Dolph Ziggler. We see what happened last week when McIntyre left them laying. Out next comes Finn Balor.

 

The bell rings and Drew fights off both opponents as they charge at him, dropping them both. Drew ends up going down and gets sent to the floor. Ziggler and Balor go at it now. Ziggler gets the upperhand and dropkicks Balor for a 2 count. Ziggler with some trash talking against the ropes. Balor rolls through a pin attempt and hits the basement dropkick. Balor sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Balor runs the ropes for a dive but Drew trips him and pulls him out of the ring, sending him into the barrier.

 

Ziggler runs around the ring and leaps at Drew but Drew catches him in mid-move. Drew slams Ziggler into the apron and he goes down. Drew stands tall on the outside over both opponents as we go back to commercial.

 

Back from the break and Drew has Balor in the ring. Drew kicks Ziggler away from the apron, back to the floor as he tries to re-enter. Drew keeps Balor grounded now. Drew sends Balor out of the ring and he lands hard. Drew with a long vertical suplex on Ziggler in the ring now. Drew with a 2 count. Drew mounts Ziggler with strikes. Ziggler works Ziggler around and talks some trash. Balor comes back and rolls Drew up for a 2 count. Drew comes right back and levels Balor with an elbow for a close 2 count.

 

Drew stomps on Balor now, kneeling down and talking trash. Balor fights up and out with kicks but Drew shoves him back into the turnbuckles. Ziggler comes back but Drew fights him off. Drew catches Ziggler with the Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Ziggler goes down and ends up on the floor. Drew fights Balor off as they trade offense. Balor with a dropkick to the back, sending Drew into the turnbuckles. Balor goes to the top and rolls through a Coup de Grace attempt. Ziggler catches Balor with a Zig Zag for a close 2 count. Ziggler waits for Balor to get up. Balor catches the superkick. Ziggler drops Balor with a Fame-asser.

 

Drew comes in and blocks Ziggler. Drew catapults Ziggler on top of Balor. Drew covers Balor for a close 2 count. Drew waits for Balor to get up now. Balor blocks a Claymore with a Slingblade. Balor goes on and drops Drew with a kick to the face. Balor goes to the top for a Coup de Grace but Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler ends up headbutting Drew and then dropping him with a superkick for a 2 count as Balor breaks the pin up with a Coup de Grace. Balor gets hyped up now. Balor sends Drew out of the ring to the floor. Balor dropkicks Ziggler into the turnbuckles and then hits another Coup de Grace for the pin to win.

 

Winner: Finn Balor

 

After the match, Balor stands tall and celebrates as his music hits. We go to replays. Balor looks on from the stage as Drew stares him down. Drew re-enters the ring and approaches Ziggler, who is still down. Drew grabs Ziggler and talks trash in his face as the referee warns him. Drew pushes Ziggler away and stands up to try and intimidate the referee. Ziggler jumps up from behind and nails the Zig Zag, laying Drew out. Ziggler makes his exit up the ramp as his music plays.

 

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Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor

Circling, collar and elbow, struggling into the ropes and Ziggler grabs a side headlock. Shot off, trading arm drags, headscissors into a stalemate! Knee to the gut, snapmare into a kick, whip across and Dolph falls to the floor as we go to break.

 

Back from commercial and Balor fights himself back in with a dropkick and comes up lame. Kick to the face, right hand, whip across and he comes off the ropes with a flying forearm, all fired up! Sling Blade reversed, cover gets two, Ziggler yells at him to get up but Finn ducks the Fameasser and hits an inverted headlock elbow drop for two! Sling Blade connects, and Dolph gives him the big DDT in return for a nearfall!

 

Balor shrugs him off, gamengiri from the apron sets him up but Ziggler’s able to cut him off, put him into the post, hit the Zig Zag… NOT ENOUGH! Dolph tuning up the band and fending Drew McIntyre off with a knee when he runs in! Hammering Drew with forearms on the floor and Finn takes him out with a tope con giro! Dolph throws him back inside and hits the Fameasser… STILL NO!

 

Setting up the superkick but Balor hits a Sling Blade, charging in and Drew is in the ring for a lariat and referee Chad Patton has no choice…

 

Finn Balor wins by disqualification.

 

McIntyre decks Ziggler with a headbutt and hammers him with mounted punches before hoisting him up and sending him off the ropes… CLAYMORE! One for Finn on the floor!

 

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Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler

 

We join this match in progress. McIntyre catapults Ziggler head-first into the post. Ziggler falls to ringside. McIntyre goes outside and scoops him up. McIntyre walks with ease up the steps and drops Ziggler into the ring. McIntyre stomps the limbs of Ziggler before applying an arm bar. Ziggler tries to fight up, but McIntyre powers him down while keeping the hold applied. Ziggler fights up and punches out. Ziggler chops the chest and hits the ropes. McIntyre counters a spike DDT into a slam.

 

McIntyre grabs a microphone and says he still has a soft spot for Ziggler, so he’ll treat him like someone he doesn’t like. McIntyre will treat him like Finn Balor. McIntyre slams Ziggler off the ring apron, the barricade, and then on the floor. McIntyre gets Ziggler in the ring, easily blocks a right hand, and takes Ziggler down.

 

Finn Balor then walks out onto the stage. Balor slowly walks down to ringside.

 

We come back from the break to see McIntyre fight Ziggler off. Ziggler quickly elbows and boots him, but McIntyre comes back with an inverted Alabama Slam for a near fall. McIntyre angrily looks at Balor. McIntyre gets Ziggler on the top rope, but Ziggler knocks him off. Ziggler then hits a spike DDT for a near fall.

 

Ziggler elbows McIntyre back and sends him over the top rope. Ziggler leaps off the apron and punches away at McIntyre. Ziggler chops the chest, but McIntyre immediately responds with a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre crotches Ziggler onto the barricade before rolling him into the ring. Ziggler rolls into the referee, who falls down. Balor then dropkicks McIntyre into the barricade. The referee starts to count, and McIntyre gets in at nine. Ziggler immediately superkicks him to pin him. That’s the first time Drew McIntyre has been pinned since he’s been back in WWE.

 

Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

 

Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers vs. Finn Balor

 

They lock up, and Mahal immediately powers Balor to the corner. Mahal shoulders him before doing his “Shanti” thing. Balor kicks him back and applies a side headlock. Mahal whips him off and elbows him down. Mahal hooks a side headlock and grounds him. Balor fights up, but Mahal drops him on the top rope.

 

We come back from the break to see Balor make a comeback against Mahal, culminating with a double stomp to the midsection. Mahal quickly boots him back and goes to the top rope, but Balor kicks him in the head. Balor hits a Sling Blade before dropkicking him into the corner. Balor goes to the top rope, but The Singh Brothers interfere. One distracts the referee while the other knocks Balor off the top rope. The Singh Brothers dance at ringside before Apollo Crews runs down and wipes them out. Mahal kicks Crews down before turning into a summersault senton from Balor. Balor gets him in the ring and hits the Coup de Grace for the win.

 

Winner by Pinfall: Finn Balor

 

Finn Balor is walking backstage when Charly Caruso comes up to him. She asks about the night he’s had. Drew McIntyre attacks him from behind and sends him into some kegs just randomly stacked backstage. Referees run up to pull him back, but they’re unsuccessful. Finally agents run up to help, and McIntyre is pulled away.

 

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