Finn Balor vs. Timothy Thatcher
We go right to the ring as Finn Balor makes his way to the ring. Timothy Thatcher is out next.
The bell rings and Balor unloads in the corner. Thatcher takes Balor to the mat and grounds him. Thatcher with open-hand strikes on the mat. Thatcher tries for an armbar but Balor turns it around on the mat with an armbar attempt of his own. They continue tangling on the mat. They get back up and Balor works on the arm. Thatcher keeps fighting. More back and forth now. Thatcher controls Balor with a front face lock now. Thatcher with a big shot to the chest against the ropes.
Thatcher keeps Balor locked in in the middle of the ring as the crowd rallies. Balor counters and sends Thatcher over the top rope to the floor. Thatcher comes right back in but Balor stomps away as the referee warns him. Thatcher takes Balor down by the leg and controls him, bending the knee and ankle. Balor ends up grabbing the bottom rope to break it up.
Thatcher decks Balor and drives a big knee to the ribs. Thatcher with another submission on the leg and neck now. Thatcher with a Bow & Arrow submission. Balor tries for a pin attempt but it’s broken and Thatcher keeps control from his feet now. Balor jumps up and rocks Thatcher. Balor keeps bringing it but Thatcher takes him right down into a Kimura in the middle of the ring.
They tangle on the mat some more but Thatcher keeps focusing on the arm. Thatcher with a knee into the back now. Thatcher grounds Balor as the crowd tries to rally for him. Thatcher with another big knee. Thatcher clubs on Balor and drives another knee. Thatcher with a double Chicken Wing on his feet now. Balor counters and drops Thatcher into a 2 count. Thatcher keeps control of Balor. They tangle some more and Balor hits the basement dropkick to the face. The crowd rallies as Balor decks Thatcher. They trade big strikes in the middle of the ring.
Thatcher with a huge chop to the chest. Balor with an overhead kick out of nowhere and they both go down in the middle of the ring. Balor chops Thatcher in the corner, and another across the ring. Balor charges for a Slingblade but it’s blocked. Balor drops Thatcher by blocking a submission, then stomps on his chest for a pop. Balor grounds Thatcher now. More back and forth on their feet now. Thatcher avoids a 1916. Balor with an abdominal stretch now. Balor drops Thatcher with the inverted DDT but Thatcher kicks out at 2. Balor dropkicks Thatcher into the turnbuckles. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Thatcher moves and Balor’s left leg goes out. Thatcher looks to capitalize and applies the single-leg Crab in the middle of the ring. Balor finally makes it to the bottom rope and breaks the hold.
Thatcher pulls him back and kicks him in the back while holding him by the leg. Balor turns it around and kicks Thatcher in the ribs. Thatcher comes right back with a kick to the head. Thatcher with a German suplex. They tangle in the middle of the ring and Balor rolls Thatcher for 2. Balor comes right back with another submission in the middle of the ring. Thatcher is wide-eyed with an ankle lock in the middle of the ring. Balor rolls through and stomps Thatcher in the chest. They get up and Balor ducks a swing. Balor takes Thatcher back down and goes to the top for Coup de Grace. Balor nails it this time but Balor’s leg gave him trouble and Thatcher isn’t all the way down. Balor follows up with the 1916 DDT for the pin to win.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor sits up and Thatcher rolls over as the music hits. We go to replays. Balor climbs to the turnbuckles and poses.
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