We get a video package for Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano. We see Gargano arriving earlier today, and Balor.
Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Balor
We go to the ring and out first comes Johnny Gargano. Finn Balor is out next.
The referee can barely hold them back as they meet for trash talking in the middle of the ring. Balor turns and goes to the corner to finish his entrance. We get the bell and they stare each other down as fans do dueling chants to start. They lock up and trade holds. Gargano with a quick roll-up pin attempt. Balor shows off some by doing push-ups while having Gargano locked in a head-scissors. The hold is finally broken as Gargano fights. Balor keeps control and unloads with chops in the corner.
Balor controls the match into the corners again, rocking Gargano with chops. Gargano blocks a shot with a kick. Gargano finally hits a Spear to send Balor off the apron to the floor. Gargano works Balor around ringside now. Balor ends up blocking a dropkick on the floor with a big Slingblade. Balor with a knee to the head as the referee counts. Balor brings it back in and keeps control for a few minutes. Gargano avoids a pin but Balor keeps him grounded with ease.
Fans do louder dueling chants. Gargano finally fights free and rocks Balor. Gargano focuses on Balor’s arm now. Gargano takes Balor back down by his arm and grounds him. Gargano turns it into a pin attempt. Gargano keeps control and rocks Balor into the corner. Balor catches a kick from the apron and turns it into a Dragon Screw leg whip into the ropes. Balor keeps Gargano down and grounds him with the knee again. Balor continues to dominate, taking Gargano back to the corner for strikes and focus on the knee. Balor taunts Gargano but Gargano rocks him. Balor keeps control and takes the knee out again. Balor orders the referee to ask Gargano if he quits. Balor uses the ropes on the knee again as the referee warns him. Gargano kicks Balor to the floor this time. Balor comes right back in but Gargano rolls him for a close 2 count.
Balor goes right back to the mat with focus on the leg and knee of Gargano. Balor rolls Gargano into a submission as Gargano yells out in pain. More back and forth now. Gargano goes for a suicide dive to the floor but Balor grabs him in mid-move. Balor goes for the 1916 on the floor but Gargano rams him back into the steel steps. Gargano goes back in and hits a big rolling senton to take Balor back down on the outside. They bring it back in and Gargano hits the slingshot Spear as Balor turns around. Balor still kicks out at 2.
Balor pleads as Gargano backs him in the corner and stomps. Gargano stomps away on the face and then chops him. Gargano tries to drive Balor off the top but it’s blocked. Gargano blocks Balor’s inverted DDT but Balor levels him for a close 2 count. Fans do dueling chants as Balor stomps on Gargano while he’s down. The referee warns Balor as he unloads with stomps using the ropes. Gargano rolls to the floor. Balor misses a dropkick and flies through the ropes to the floor. Gargano superkicks him. Gargano brings it back in. Gargano goes for a slingshot DDT but it’s blocked. Gargano counters and launches Balor into the turnbuckles like a dart. Balor comes right back. Gargano almost gets the pin after they trade pele kicks, falling on top of Balor. Fans go wild again. They trade big forearm shots from the apron and the ring now. They unload with strikes as fans cheer them on. They go down and get back up. Gargano slingshots himself in but Balor catches him and hits knees. Balor keeps control and goes up top for a big stomp. Gargano dodges the Coup de Grace and hits a big slingshot DDT but Balor kicks out. Gargano and fans can’t believe it. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now.
They get up and stare each other down before going at it again. Gargano drops Balor with a discus clothesline. Gargano rallies the fans and looks to put Balor away but Balor nails a Slingblade for a pop of his own. Balor charges for the dropkick but Gargano superkicks him. Balor hits the Slingblade and then the big dropkick into the corner. Fans go wild. Balor goes to the top but Gargano dodges the Coup de Grace again. Gargano counters into the Gargano Escape in the middle of the ring. They struggle and fans cheer them on. Balor breaks free and stomps on Gargano’s chest with both feet. Gargano blocks the 1916 and goes back to the Gargano Escape. Balor finally makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Balor rolls to the floor as fans chant “fight forever!” again.
Balor stumbles around in front of the announcers. Gargano comes out and pints at Balor. Gargano runs and nails the big dropkick into the barrier. Gargano is all smiles as fans cheer him on. Gargano brings Balor over in front of the announce table but stops. He starts taking the announce table apart and fans pop. Balor counters and slams Gargano on top of the table, with the monitors still on it. Balor climbs up on the main announce table now. Balor runs as Gargano stands up on the Spanish table. Balor leaps and dropkicks Gargano from the Spanish announce table into the barrier.
Balor brings Gargano back into the ring and hits Coup de Grace as the fans continue cheering. Balor points down at Gargano as he rolls around in pain. Balor grabs Gargano for the 1916 and drops Gargano on his head in the middle of the ring. Balor covers for the pin with ease and gets it.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor stays on top of Gargano as his music hits. Balor holds Gargano by the throat, talks trash and strikes him as the referee backs him away. Balor stands tall as we go to replays. Balor comes back down and walks over Gargano on his way out of the ring. Balor talks more trash to the camera while making his exit.
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