Though Bray Wyatt failed to defeat Finn Bálor at SummerSlam, The New Face of Fear has found a way to put The Demon to rest, as his Irish adversary will step into the darkness without the help of his alter-ego in a highly anticipated SummerSlam rematch on Sunday, Sept. 24, at WWE No Mercy.
Wyatt initially set this rivalry ablaze when he delivered an eerie warning to Bálor back in July, leading to numerous encounters between the two increasingly hostile adversaries. In the past, Wyatt has shown a distinct ability to get inside the heads of his foes, but at SummerSlam, Bálor’s Demon persona proved to be the equalizer.
However, on the Aug. 28 episode of Raw, Wyatt appeared out of the darkness to throw Bálor over the top rope during a Battle Royal to determine who would challenge Miz for the Intercontinental Title, costing the Irishman a potential championship opportunity.
Hell-bent on putting an end to his war with Wyatt, the first-ever Universal Champion called out The Eater of Worlds the following week on Raw. The Man of 1,000 Truths was happy to oblige his foe in a fight, but he made it clear it had to be man-to-man.
Can Bálor defeat Wyatt in a man-to-man showdown? Or, was it The Demon who was the only one capable of toppling The Eater of Worlds, as Wyatt suggests?
See who wins this epic war when Finn Bálor and Bray Wyatt face off in a huge rematch at WWE No Mercy on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 8 ET/4 PT, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network.
Balor tells Omaha that this is Balor Club. Finn says the NXT Championship used to look real good around his waist. The Universal Title used to look real good around that waist. The Intercontinental Title would have looked good around this waist if it weren’t for Bray Wyatt. When Bray appeared in the battle royal, it cost him the opportunity to challenge the Miz. While he may have been victorious at SummerSlam, you don’t truly beat someone like Bray Wyatt. They appear when you least expect him. The next time you appear, he will be ready.
Balor says he has chosen his fate and he is not afraid. Finn says he does not run from his demons because sometimes, he becomes one. If you want to continue to play games week after week, let’s play.
The lights go out and Bray appears on the TitanTron. Bray says he remembers going fishing when he was young. Bray says after a while, he got bored and it just became too easy. Bray says he decided he wanted to shake things up and he put his weapon down and he started to use his hands, just his hands. His hands became judge, jury, and executioner. Bray says he showed no mercy. When he had the chance to end that pathetic existence, he made the choice and that choice defined him. Bray says he knew what his purpose was. You were victorious at SummerSlam. The Demon won. That is your bow and arrow. Bray wants Finn to face him man to man and show him no mercy. Bray tells Finn to define your legacy. Bray tells Finn to make a choice.
Finn says he has made his choice and he is Finn Balor.
Bray says there he is, the confident hero they all dream of becoming. The question remains, can a mere mortal topple a god or will you just be like the others, running around like a scared rabbit. He tells Finn to run. We go to commercial.
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“The Demon” Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
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.
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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.
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Bray Wyatt and Finn Bálor’s intensifying conflict comes to a head this Sunday at WWE SummerSlam as The Eater of Worlds collides with his Irish adversary in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a highly anticipated rematch.
Wyatt set this rivalry ablaze when he delivered an eerie warning to Bálor on the July 17 episode of Raw. Then, a week after proclaiming his need to punish Bálor, Wyatt delivered a Sister Abigail to his embattled rival.
Despite Wyatt’s ability to get inside the head of his opponents, he has yet witness the power of Bálor’s own dark, demonic personality. The typically reserved Bálor made it clear that if Wyatt wanted to play mind games, he was ready.
The first-ever Universal Champion backed up his ominous message with his own show of force on the July 31 edition of Raw. While Wyatt was busy condemning the WWE Universe’s hero worship of Bálor, the lights went red and the sound of a heartbeat pulsed throughout the arena. Bálor appeared with his back turned to his foe before kicking him from the ring. The following week, Bálor countered Wyatt’s theatrics once again, but The Eater of Worlds had the last laugh against the indomitable Irishman when he vanished from the squared circle. When a backstage brawl moved their match up six days, Wyatt claimed the win, dousing his foe with a viscous, acidic red fluid. Bálor successfully petitioned Raw General Manager Kurt Angle to uphold the SummerSlam bout as a rematch, promising to show Wyatt the full power of his own “demons.”
With Wyatt set on proving the beloved Bálor to be nothing more than a “shell of a man that never was,” will we witness the fall of Bálor at SummerSlam? Or will The Reaper of Souls’ mind games backfire and awaken Bálor’s demonic dark side?
See which charismatic Superstar stands tall at SummerSlam when Bray Wyatt and Finn Bálor wage war inside the squared circle this Sunday at 7 ET/4 PT, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network.
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.
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Finn Bálor vs. Elias Samson
The bell rings, and they locks up. Samson drives him into the corner and gives a clean break. Bálor takes him down with a snapmare and kicks him in the back. Bálor then applies an arm bar. Samson fights up and scoop slams him into the ropes. Samson punches away at him before slamming him onto the apron. Samson chokes him on the middle rope before connecting with a clothesline. Samson applies a full nelson. Bálor fights up, so Samson sends him into the ropes. Bálor puts the brakes on and connects with an overhead kick.
Bálor boots him back and connects with a forearm. Bálor dropkicks him in the head and punches him in the corner. Bálor gets on the shoulders, but Samson counters into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Samson sends him into the ropes and hits a back suplex backbreaker for a two count. Samson goes to the second rope, but Bálor kicks him off to the floor. Bálor catches him with a baseball slide before viciously kicking him in the face from the apron. Bálor then dropkicks him into the barricade. Samson grabs his guitar and smashes it on Bálor! The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by DQ: Finn Bálor
After the match, Samson leaves as we go to replays and trainers check on Balor on the floor. Bray Wyatt appears on the big screen and laughs at Finn Balor. Bray says you didn’t expect that did you? Bray says he has been watching you and you didn’t expect that. You have feelings, just like everyone else in that sea of humanity. Bray says he lives for that look. That look of pain and suffering. It ignites the fire in his soul. He feels the need to put you not just in pain, but in agony. The hair on the back of his neck stands up and his heart beats faster. He needs to punish Finn. You say you are from Irish mythology. Bray says he is real and he is the eye of the storm. The best part is that he is going to enjoy every second of it.
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