Finn Bálor, “Woken” Matt Hardy, Apollo Crews and Bray Wyatt — four Superstars who failed to qualify for the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match in recent weeks — will collide in a Second Chance Fatal 4-Way Match on Raw. The bout will decide the final Superstar to compete in the perilous clash inside the structure on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Bálor and Crews have made clear their intent to make the most of this unexpected opportunity, while the escalating rivalry between The Woken One and The Eater of Worlds adds an air of instability to the high-stakes match with WrestleMania implications. When the bell rings, you won’t want to take your eyes off the action.
The music interrupts and out comes The Balor Club – Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Finn Balor, to a bit of a mixed reaction.
The Balor Club faces off with DX in the middle of the ring as a “too sweet” chant breaks out. They all meet in the air and touch “too sweets” with each other. Gunn goes to do the “if you’re not down with that…” line but the music interrupts and out comes The Revival, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson. They stare everyone down and enter the ring.
The Revival vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
The bell rings as The Revival attacks Gallows and Anderson from behind. The referee restores order and calls for he bell.
Wilder goes to work on Anderson, taking him to the corner. Dawson comes in and keeps up the attack. DX and Finn Balor watch from ringside as Dawson talks some trash to Gallows and keeps control of Anderson. More double teaming by The Revival as Dash tags back in. Dash keeps Anderson grounded now. Dawson comes back in but Anderson nails a leg lariat to finally create an opening. Another “too sweet” chant starts as Gallows tags in with Dash and they go at it.
Gallows keeps control of Dash and tags in Anderson for a double team. They hit the Magic Killer and cover Dash for the easy win out of nowhere.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
After the match, DX and Balor enter the ring to give props to Gallows and Anderson. They all raise “too sweets” in the corner. Dawson comes over and grabs Hall, talking trash to him. Hall flicks his toothpick in Dawson’s face. Waltman comes over and hits the X-Factor on Dawson. Dogg unloads with strikes to Dawson. Gunn follows up with the Fame-asser on Dawson. Dash takes a Sweet Chin Music from HBK and then a Pedigree from The Game. Everyone chants for Finn as he goes to the top. DX points at Balor as he comes off the top with a Coup de Grace on Dash. Gunn does the “suck it!” line as DX celebrates with The Balor Club.
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Finn Balor and Sasha Banks makes their entrances as Renee Young and Byron Saxton welcome us to the show from the ringside position. They throw it to the announce team that includes Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
We get all the social media video promos from both teams.
Finn Bálor & Sasha Banks vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya
The ladies start the match but Banks traps Nattie in her own corner and ducks the ropes to break the attack. Tag made to Nakamura, so Balor joins him. Still no intergender wrestling in this one. Balor and Nakamura go move for move for a stalemate early on. Balor cinches in the side headlock and doesn’t let go after hitting the ropes. Nakamura fights Balor to the ropes and plays a little mind game as he drapes over his opponent. Finn with a slap and Shinsuke says “come on!” Nakamura makes the tag and the ladies are back in.
Collar elbow tie up that Banks gets the best of and shows off a bit. The claws are out as we go to Natalya’s forte, cat fighting. Nattie showing the mean streak and puts Banks in the corner. Sasha gets the boots up off a charge and traps Natalya in the ring ropes for a double knee. The Queen of Harts goes outside to regroup with her partner. Banks goes for a dive but Nakamura catches her and places her gently back on the apron. Not impressed, Banks goes for it again. Nakamura ducks and the cross body connects near the barricade. Back in the ring and Natalya in control with a rear chin lock. Sasha goes for a tag but Nattie intercepts.
Tag made to Balor and Nakamura hops in only to be met with several strikes. Balor with a charge but Nakamura gets the knees up in time. Balor doesn’t skip a beat and hits an enziguri that knocks Nakamura off the ropes. We’re going shot for shot now as both men hitting their signature strikes including the Nakamura high knee while Balor is draped over the top rope. DDTs and throws reversed until Nakamura connects. Balor pops up and counters a Kinshasa with a Sling Blade. Front drop kick by Balor, who heads up top. Natalya hits the ropes to knock Finn down where it doesn’t feel so great. Nakamura covers but Banks breaks it up. Nakamura calling for the big knee again and Finn sends him into the ring post. Banks calling for the tag and it’s made. Sasha hits the diving double knees to the outside. A little double team offense as Banks and Balor hit the “Too Sweet.” Sasha hits the Banks Statement and Natalya has no choice to tap.
Winners via Submission: Sasha Banks & Finn Balor
After the match, we kick it back to Renee and Byron to view some other promos from the participating teams. They thank us for joining as Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks celebrate in the ring as we head off the air.
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» FINNishing TOUCH: WWE Mixed Match Challenge > Live Event Digitals > January 16th, 2018
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The groundbreaking WWE Mixed Match Challenge Tournament begins tonight with an explosive showdown pitting Finn Bálor & Sasha Banks against Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya, immediately following SmackDown LIVE at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch.
Whether competing in the historic WWE Iron Man Match against Bayley at NXT TakeOver or inside Hell in a Cell against Charlotte Flair, the innovative Banks is the very definition of a trailblazer. And with the distinction of being the first-ever Universal Champion and the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history, Bálor is definitely cut from the same cloth as the four-time Raw Women’s Champion. Add to the mix their larger-than-life personas and you have a fierce combination capable of taking any team to task in WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
The explosive pairing of The Artist with The Queen of Harts will truly prove to be something special. A graduate of the infamous Hart Family Dungeon, as well as a former SmackDown Women’s and Divas Champion, Natalya has shown time and time again that her technical expertise is second-to-none. Mixed with the charismatic Strong Style of the two-time NXT Champion, this combination promises to unleash a tag team arsenal so dynamic, so explosive, that it could arguably rival that of the original Hart Foundation.
The winner of this inaugural tournament contest will advance to go head-to-head in the second round of WWE Mixed Match Challenge with the winner of the Week 2 match pitting The Miz & Asuka vs. Big E & Carmella.
In the weeks leading up to this landmark event, the 12 tandems of the Mixed Match Challenge have taken to social media to express their excitement. Most recently, The Queen of Harts presented The King of Strong Style with the jacket of her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, which he wore when he won the Tag Team Championship.
See who reigns supreme in the explosive opening match in WWE Mixed Match Challenge, premiering tonight at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch. Follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook for more.
Finn Bálor vs. Seth Rollins
Back from the break and out first comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Finn Balor is out next as we get a sidebar promo from Balor. The Balor Club stands tall in the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and the bell rings for this rematch of the first-ever WWE Universal Title match, which Balor won while suffering an injury. They lock up and trade holds. Balor with an arm drag and another to take Rollins down as Gallows and Anderson applaud. Rollins fights up and backs Balor into the ropes. Rollins turns it around as his partner Jason Jordan looks on from ringside.
Rollins takes Balor down in the corner and stomps away. Rollins has words with Gallows and Anderson as they “too sweet” him. Rollins takes Balor back down and keeps him grounded. They trade pin attempts as Balor fights back. Balor ends up kicking Rollins in the mouth from the apron, taking him down on the floor. Jordan checks on Rollins and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Balor has control of Rollins. Rollins with a boot in the corner and a Blockbuster. Rollins sells a knee injury and can’t get the pin. Rollins sends Balor back out over the top rope. Rollins runs the ropes for a suicide dive and rams Balor back into the barrier. They bring it back into the ring and Rollins hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count.
Rollins keeps Balor grounded now in the middle of the ring. Rollins keeps control and works on Balor’s neck as the referee checks on him. Balor gets up and fights back but Balor takes him back down with an elbow to the back of the neck. Balor counters a move but Rollins rocks him with an elbow. Balor mounts offense for a comeback now. Balor with a double stomp to the gut. Rollins gets up limping in the corner as Balor looks on. Balor with more offense into the corner. Balor runs into a boot. Rollins goes to the top but Balor kicks him. Balor drops Rollins with an elbow across the throat and covers for another 2 count.
Balor goes for a Slingblade but Rollins counters. Rollins nails a Slingblade of his own and covers for a close 2 count. The both get up in opposite corners. Rollins charges and nails Balor. Rollins charges again. He goes for another but Balor meets him in the middle of the ring with a Slingblade. Rollins floors Balor with a huge superkick for a close 2 count.
More back and forth offense between the two now. They trade enziguri kicks. Rollins goes down in the corner and gets up hobbling. Rollins goes to the top for a Phoenix Splash but has to land on his feet. Balor fires back with a dropkick in the corner. Balor goes back to the top but Rollins leaps up to the top with him. Rollins nails a superplex and rolls through for the Falcon Arrow. Balor still kicks out at 2. We get a replay of Rollins kicking Balor in the head, then hitting the superplex and Falcon Arrow. Rollins goes back to the top while Balor is down in the middle of the ring. Rollins goes for the Frogsplash but Balor gets his knees up. Balor with a very close 2 count. Everyone is shocked.
The music interrupts as The Bar comes down the ramp. Cesaro and Sheamus corner Jordan while Gallows and Anderson are on the other side. Jordan moves as a brawl breaks out between The Bar, Gallows and Anderson. Balor runs the ropes and leaps out, taking them all down. Rollins and Balor go at it in the ring now. Balor goes for Coup de Grace but has to roll through. Cesaro gets on the apron but Balor drops him. Jordan trips Balor while the referee has his back turned. Rollins takes advantage and nails a Curb Stomp on Balor for the pin.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match, Jordan hits the ring to celebrate with a surprised Rollins. They leave the ring and hit the ramp as we go to replays. Graves shows us how the referee may have botched his call. We get another replay as the RAW Tag Team Champions stand tall on the stage. Gallows and Anderson check on Balor in the ring. Balor is helped up as Rollins’ music stops. Fans pop for The Balor Club as Balor tries to regain his composure. A dazed Balor takes a few minutes and acts shaken up as RAW goes off the air.
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The music interrupts Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan and out comes Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
Balor knows Jordan is excited to be out here but he can’t really believe he’s a part of the most dominant three-man group in WWE. Balor says he’s been running with Gallows and Anderson 10 years before Jordan even knew that Kurt Angle was his dad. The “who’s your daddy?” chant starts back up. Anderson and Gallows also chime in as The Club is in the ring now. This leads to Balor calling Jordan a… NERD! Jordan bucks and looks like he wants to fight but they hold him back. The RAW General Manager comes out and says it looks like he just found his main event for tonight. Angle makes the match and his music hits as the two teams face off in the ring.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are backstage telling stories about Japan but Finn Balor says reminiscing is great but it’s time to talk strategy. Balor goes on and tells them to keep eyes open and feet moving. Balor also mentions 2018 being the year of The Balor Club. They do the “too sweet” gesture together to end the segment.
We see Superstars backstage preparing for tonight’s main event. Back to commercial.
Roman Reigns, Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Back from the break and out comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Finn Balor is out next. RAW Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins is out first for his team, followed by partner Jason Jordan. WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns is out next.
Balor starts off with Rollins and they lock up. Rollins and Balor trade holds. Rollins with a kick to the gut. They trade counters again and Balor hits a low dropkick for a 2 count. Anderson tags in and drops Rollins with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Anderson works on Rollins’ arm now. Gallows tags in for some double teaming but Rollins avoids it. Reigns tags himself in and hits a Samoan Drop on Gallows. Balor comes in and unloads on both Shield members but they drop him with double shoulders.
Rollins tosses Balor to the floor with his partners. Reigns with a Drive By on Gallows and Anderson at the same time. Rollins runs the ropes and leaps out onto Balor to take him down. Rollins and Reigns stand tall in the ring as Jordan joins them to celebrate, acting like he just did something. Reigns and Rollins look at Jordan like he’s crazy as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Balor has Rollins’ by the arm in the ring. Rollins counters and sends Balor face first into the turnbuckles. Reigns tags in and unloads on Balor with clotheslines. Reigns with big shots in the corner now as fans count along. Reigns flattens Balor with a big kick to the face. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch but has to knock Anderson and then Gallows off the apron as they try to interfere. Balor takes advantage and hits a Slingblade on Reigns.
Anderson tags in and mounts Reigns with right hands on the mat. Anderson with a 2 count. Gallows comes in and works Reigns over, knocking him down in the corner. Gallows drops Reigns again and covers for a 2 count. Gallows keeps Reigns grounded now as some fans try to rally. Reigns fights up and out with big right hands but Gallows yanks him back to the mat by his hair. The referee warns Gallows. Anderson comes back in and keeps Reigns down. Anderson drops a knee for a 2 count.
Anderson keeps Reigns down as Jordan looks to tag in. Reigns catches Anderson in a big tilt-a-whirl slam. Reigns and Anderson both crawl to make tags. Gallows comes in and stops Reigns from tagging with a boot to the spine. Gallows with a snap suplex for a 2 count. Gallows with elbows to the chest before keeping Reigns grounded again. Reigns makes a comeback and hits Gallows with a Superman Punch. Anderson and Rollins tag in at the same time. Rollins hits a springboard and unloads. Rollins knocks Balor and Gallows off the apron. Rollins with a Blockbuster on Anderson. Rollins nails a big suicide dive on Balor and Gallows Rollins comes back in with a Slingblade and more offense on Anderson. Rollins with a suplex and a Falcon Arrow on Anderson for a close 2 count.
Rollins keeps control now. Anderson reaches for a tag but no one is there. Anderson avoids a knee. Gallows grabs Rollins from behind but Rollins fights them both off. Jordan comes in and clotheslines Gallows to the floor. Rollins turns around to a Spinebuster and a close 2 count from Anderson. Jordan goes back to wait for his first tag of the match. Anderson grabs Rollins’ leg and in comes Gallows to stop Rollins. Gallows also knocks Jordan off the apron. Rollins with an Enziguri on Gallows. Reigns is back on the apron now. Balor comes in but Rollins blocks his Slingblade. Rollins slams Balor to the mat.
Reigns waits for the tag as Rollins recovers. Jordan comes back on the apron and enters the ring. The referee doesn’t see Reigns tag in as he’s distracted by Jordan. The chaos leads to Rollins eating a Magic Killer from Gallows and Anderson. Reigns drops them both. Jordan comes in and Reigns argues with him. Anderson pulls Reigns to the floor. Reigns fights Gallows and Anderson off again. Reigns sends Gallows into the ring post and hits a Superman Punch on Anderson. Reigns spears Gallows on the floor. Jordan helps Rollins to his feet but Balor charges with a dropkick, hitting Rollins as Jordan moves. Balor knocks Jordan back down to the floor and goes to the top. Balor hits Coup de Grace on Rollins for the pin.
Winners: The Balor Club
After the match, Balor, Anderson and Gallows hit the ramp to celebrate as Balor’s music hits. We go to replays. Reigns and Jordan have a few words while Rollins is down on the mat. The Balor Club is all smiles on the stage. Jordan goes to check on Rollins. The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel hit the ring area and attack Jordana and Rollins first. They triple team Reigns now. Miz nails a Skull Crushing Finale on Reigns in the middle of the ring. Miz goes to leave but fans chant “one more time” at him. Miz drops Reigns with another Skull Crushing Finale as Dallas and Axel celebrate. RAW goes off the air with Miz standing tall over Reigns.
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We don’t think we’ve ever seen Finn Bálor smile quite as wide as he did this past Monday night, when he finally joined forces with his longtime friends Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the first time in WWE to defeat Elias & The Miztourage in a blistering Six-Man Tag Team Match.
After the bout, Bálor told WWE.com that “the boys are back in town,” leading many to believe that this “good brother” alliance wasn’t just a one-time occurrence. Will we see this “Too Sweet” trio dominate on Monday night?