Bray Wyatt is the first man to make his way to the ring for the next match, and there are a lot of fireflies in attendance at the Barclay’s Center as Wyatt makes his way to the ring.
The lights go out, and a creepy version of ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’ begins playing before breaking into laughter and cutting off abruptly. The Demon is shown crawling from the back, and when he stands, Balor gets a gigantic pop from the crowd. Balor is in full demon mode, and the sight of the Barclay’s Center raising their arms along with Balor is a very impressive visual.
Wyatt is slow to make his way into the ring, looking hesitant to engage the Demon. The bell rings and Balor crawls in toward Wyatt. Wyatt keeps his distance with a smile, then bows to the outside, pacing around the ring. Bray makes his way back into the ring and he hits Balor with a big right hand, but Balor just shakes it off, hitting Wyatt with a quick kick and series of strikes. Wyatt sends Balor into the corner, and Balor comes right out with a clothesline. Balor beats and kicks on Wyatt, sending him back to the outside. Balor heads out and runs around the ring, taking out Wyatt with a flying forearm to the face. Balor brings things back into the ring and he avoids a charging Wyatt in the corner. Balor snap mares Wyatt, kicks him in the spine, then hits a dropkick to the seated Wyatt. Wyatt kicks Balor away and sends him back to the floor, and Balor leaps over the top rope, wiping Wyatt out with a front flip senton. Balor immediately takes Bray back into the ring and he heads to the top, but Wyatt bails to the floor. Wyatt stuns Balor with a right hand to the face, and he suplexes Balor out to the floor to shift the momentum.
Wyatt beats on Balor, then sends him back into the ring. Bray takes Balor into the corner, and Balor tries to fight back, but Wyatt stops him with a knee to the gut before he takes him up into the corner and drives Balor’s chin into his shoulder. Wyatt goes right into a rear chin lock, grinding away on Finn. Balor is able to break out of the hold, and both men trade straikes. Wyatt sends Balor into the corner and he tries for Sister Abigail, but Balor avoids it, sends Bray to the mat, and hits a quick double stomp to Wyatt’s chest.
Balor catches a charging Wyatt with double boots in the corner before scoring with an overhead kick. Balor hits Wyatt with a couple of quick running forearms before he hits a running dropkick through the ropes and out to the floor. Balor stands on the apron and waits for Wyatt to stand, kicking him square in the face. Balor waits, then launches himself off the apron with a double stomp to the back of Wyatt’s head. Balor heads up to the top rope and he leaps over Bray. Bray tries for another Sister Abigail, but Finn counters out and hits a sling blade to put down Wyatt. Finn runs right into a big boot from Wyatt, and Wyatt follows up with a vicious urunage that’s good for a two count.
Wyatt hits the ropes and connects with a running senton for another two count. Wyatt yells out that he’s got him. Wyatt drags Balor into the corner and he pulls himself up, but Balor stops him with a kick to the side of the head. Balor takes Wyatt down with an elbow to the chest, and Bray goes back to the floor again. Balor follows and charges in with a huge dropkick to the chest that launches Wyatt into the barricade. Balor charges out of the corner into a gigantic clothesline from Wyatt that puts him down for a two count.
Wyatt spider walks toward Balor, and Balor stands up and scream, not intimidated. Balor connects with the sling blade, a dropkick, and the coup de grace, and this one is over with a three count.
Winner: Finn Bálor
After the match, Balor crawls over and stares at Wyatt before standing tall as his music hits. We get replays as Balor does his exit.
Back from the break and we see Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt brawling backstage. Officials are trying to break it up. Kurt Angle appears and tells them to save it for SummerSlam. Balor doesn’t want to wait. Angle tells them SummerSlam is coming early if they don’t want to wait. The match will happen tonight.
Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
We go to the ring and out first comes Bray Wyatt. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt waits for his opponent. This is another match that was originally scheduled for Sunday. The music hits and out comes Finn Balor.
The bell rings and they go at it. Balor unloads with knee strikes and applies a headlock. Wyatt charges in the corner but misses. Wyatt turns upside down and charges again. More back and forth between the two. Wyatt misses in the corner again and Balor nails an enziguri. Wyatt drops Balor on the apron with a right hand. Wyatt keeps control and drops Balor again, stopping to pose for a mixed reaction.
Wyatt takes his time working Balor over, talking some trash. Balor gets up and fires away, sending Wyatt to the floor through the second rope. Balor with a dropkick to the floor, knocking Wyatt back. Balor floors Wyatt again from the apron and stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt has Balor grounded. Wyatt keeps control and drives Balor’s ribs into his knee for another pin attempt. Wyatt with more offense and another pin attempt after a big clothesline as the frustration starts to show. Balor fights to his feet but Wyatt decks him. Balor connects with the overhead kick and they both go down.
Balor connects with several moves in a row and looks to finally make his comeback. Balor with the dropkick to the head. Balor runs into a boot. Balor drops Wyatt with a running kick for a 2 count. They run the ropes but Wyatt launches himself at Balor and covers for another 2 count. Wyatt goes for the Uranage but Balor counters. Balor hits a Slingblade.
Balor waits for Wyatt to get up. Wyatt side-steps the dropkick and nails a senton for a 2 count. Wyatt ends up doing the upside down taunt in the corner before going for Sister Abigail. Balor blocks it and hits a double stomp. Wyatt goes to the floor for a breather. Balor follows and dropkicks Wyatt into the barrier. Balor brings it back into the ring and goes to the top. Wyatt crotches him. Wyatt drags Balor off the top and hits Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring for the pin.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After the match, Wyatt takes it all in as his music hits and we go to replays. Wyatt stands over Balor and smiles. He looks down as Balor is grabbing his ankle. Wyatt lifts Balor and nails another Sister Abigail. Wyatt stands over Balor with his arms out and tells us to follow the buzzards. The graphics flash and the lights go out. The lights hit again and Wyatt is in the ring. Balor is down in the corner. Wyatt has a bucket of something red. Wyatt says this is what happens when you send a boy into the devil’s world. Wyatt pours blood all over Balor. Balor rolls around in the red liquid as Wyatt sits in the corner smiling, singing. We go to commercial.
We are back and we see what happened after the Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt match when a viscous, acidic substance was poured on Finn Balor.
Back from the break and Charly Caruso stops Finn Balor coming out of Kurt Angle’s locker room. Charly asks what the meeting was all about. Balor says he spoke to Angle and got his rematch with Wyatt at SummerSlam. Balor says Wyatt has his demons but he will find out at SummerSlam that Balor has his demons as well. It looks like Demon Balor is coming to SummerSlam.
We are back and Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring.
Bray says there is no escape, not for your, not for your children, and certainly not for Finn Balor. The truth is that no mortal man can escape the darkness. Look at you, you are all held down by humanity’s shackles. You deal with the pain. Look at you, you are pitiful. You try to hide behind your sins and be something you are not. You cannot hide from him because he sees you. He is Bray Wyatt and he is everywhere. Bray says he is there when the honest man justifies stealing. He is in the shadows when you stand to claim that you are part of the Balor Club. You think you can vicariously live through Finn Balor. You are infected with the sickness of hope and the belief that your life can be special. This ordinary man, Finn Balor, who you see do extraordinary things. You foolishly rejoice when he rises through the ashes. Bray says he sees Finn for who he is. A putrid shell of a man who never was. Finn Balor exists on borrowed time of tomorrow’s dreams and yesterday’s promises. You speak with this voiceless arrogance. If he is knocked down, he gets back up. Bray starts to laugh. How did it feel when he twisted your hero’s body into a mangled heap? Did it hurt? When life knocks you down, you ain’t getting up. There is no return and there is no escape.
Wyatt goes on and drops the mic before posing. Balor’s entrance starts up as fans cheer. The lights come on and Balor is in the ring, with his arms out and his back turned to Wyatt.
Wyatt turns around and laughs as he sees Balor with his back turned. Wyatt laughs and says he likes that very much. Wyatt approaches but Balor nails him with the overhead kick. Wyatt retreats but Balor isn’t finished. Balor takes out Wyatt on the floor and dropkicks him over the barrier. Wyatt retreats again as Balor’s music hits. Balor returns to the ring and poses with the fans. We get a replay and come back to Balor’s celebration continuing.
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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