We cut backstage to Matt Riddle and Finn Balor warming up for later.
Finn Balor vs. Matt Riddle
We go to the ring and out first comes Matt Riddle. Finn Balor is out next. Fans are hot as they begin the dueling chants.
Riddle charges first for a takedown but they go into the ropes. Balor laughs Riddle off. They lock back up and Riddle goes for a quick submission. That goes into a 2 count after they tangle. More back and forth on the mat now. They get up and Balor ducks a kick. They face off again for some cheers. They lock up again and Balor keeps control on the mat. They fight back up and Riddle hits the big gutwrench slam, and another. Riddle misses another slam and Balor rolls him for a 2 count. Riddle catches a kick and drops Balor with a right.
More back and forth. Balor with a basement dropkick for a 2 count. Balor keeps Riddle grounded again. Balor rocks Riddle for a 2 count. They go to the corner and Balor delivers strikes. Balor beats Riddle down in the corner and stomps away. Balor charges and hits a big Hesitation dropkick in the corner. Riddle kicks out at 2. Riddle keeps Balor grounded in the middle of the ring and works him over on the neck and head now.
Riddle gets sent to the floor. Balor launches himself out, taking Riddle down on the floor with a kick to the jaw. Balor slams Riddle’s face into the apron over and over. Balor comes back in for a 2 count. Balor keeps Riddle down with boots now, mostly to the face. Balor is taking his time with beating Riddle around the ring.
They get up and Riddle unloads with quick strikes. A roundhouse drops Balor. Riddle keeps going in the corner and hits an Exploder suplex. Riddle with more signature offense and the Bro-ton for a close 2 count. Riddle with kicks into the corner. Riddle charges in the corner with a big running forearm. He tries again but Balor rocks him. Balor comes back with a flying forearm of his own. Riddle blocks the Slingblade. They tangle and Riddle catches the overhead kick. Riddle keeps the leg locked and applies the ankle lock but Balor is still resisting it. Balor finally gets the bottom rope to break the hold. Riddle kicks Balor while breaking and some fans boo him.
Riddle goes for a second rope German but Balor hangs on. Balor looks to fight back but Riddle keeps rocking him with kicks. Balor runs the ropes but his ankle goes out as he’s hurting. Balor ends up exploding with a huge dropkick out of nowhere. Balor with a big German now. Riddle hops right back up, yells at Balor and drops him with a knee. Riddle with a German into a bridge for a close 2 count.
More back and forth now. Balor with a double Stomp and a Slingblade for a loud mixed reaction. Balor charges again but Riddle catches him out of nowhere with a big Spear. Riddle brings Balor to the middle of the ring and hits the big Jackhammer for a close 2 count. Riddle scoops Balor for a Tombstone but it’s blocked. Balor keeps fighting off Riddle’s holds, then hits the 1916 in the middle of the ring. Riddle still kicks out at 2. Balor stomps away on Riddle out of frustration now. Riddle scoops Balor and hits the big Bro 2 Sleep.
Riddle takes his time but goes to the top as fans pop. He goes for the Floating Bro but Balor gets his knees up and Riddle lands bad. Balor follows up with a big dropkick in the corner. Balor goes for the Coup de Grace but he lands bad due to the ankle injury. Riddle pulls Balor into the Bro-mission. They tangle on the mat now. Riddle lands a huge kick. They get up to keep fighting again but Balor counters and hits a bigger 1916 in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. Riddle looks on from the mat as Balor stands tall and looks out at the crowd. We go to a break.
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