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    Posted: 04/April/2017 at 13:48
Quote Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor
Finn Bálor makes his return to Monday Night RAW following a devastating shoulder injury last August at SummerSlam. Bálor is teaming with the man who injured him.
-Commercial Break-
Seth Rollins will start the match against Kevin Owens. They lock up, and Owens wrenches the arm. Rollins gets out and wrenches the arm. Owens rolls through and applies a side headlock. Owens holds it on before Rollins whips him off, but he’s shoulder blocked down. Owens hits the ropes, but Rollins kicks him and goes for a low superkick, but Owens moves. Michael Cole says all four men in this match are former NXT Champions. Samoa Joe is tagged in. They get into a hockey fight before Joe powers him to the corner. The crowd is really quiet right now. Joe jabs away at him before Rollins punches back at him. Joe then kicks him down. Owens tags back in, and he punches away at him. Owens chops away at him before sending him to the corner. Rollins comes back with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle. Finn Bálor is tagged in to a big reception. Bálor stares at Owens before punching away at him. Owens knees him in the midsection before having a whip reversed. Bálor counters a sunset flip with a dropkick. Bálor applies a side headlock, but Owens pushes him off. Bálor avoids an avalanche in the corner and goes to the top rope, but Owens rolls out of the ring. Bálor follows him outside and dropkicks him into the barricade. Bálor gets him back in the ring and wrenches the arm. Rollins tags back in, and they send Owens into the ropes, but he holds on and leaves. Rollins then wipes Owens out with a suicide dive. Samoa Joe runs over, and Rollins wipes them out with a summersault senton! Rollins clutches his knee in pain.
Rollins gets Owens in the ring, but Owens kicks him in the knee and gives him a DDT for a near fall. Owens covers again for a two count. Joe tags in, and he punches Rollins. They trade punches before Joe reverses a whip to the corner. Joe hits a running back elbow followed by a quick kick to the head for a near fall. The crowd is singing “Greenlight,” the WrestleMania theme song. Owens chokes Rollins in the corner. Owens stomps Rollins in the corner and punches away at him. The crowd is waking up now. There’s a loud “Stupid idiot” chant. Owens hits a senton for a near fall. Owens applies a chin lock, but Rollins fights up. Owens quickly takes him down and tags Joe in. Joe punches away at Rollins before kicking the knee. Joe applies WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk’s move, the Spinning Toe Hold, to Rollins. Rollins fights out and goes for a tag, but Joe stops him. Joe hits him with a knee capper before tagging Owens in. The crowd (for no reason) is starting a wave. Joe hits a senton splash and goes for a second one, but Rollins moves. Rollins gets to his feet and gets out of a Coquina Clutch. Rollins then takes him down with an enzuigiri.
Bálor and Owens are tagged in. Bálor hits a pair of running forearms before knocking Joe off the apron. Bálor dropkicks Owens down, and the crowd has decided to pay attention to the match again. Bálor chops the chest a few times before Owens gives him a back elbow. Owens goes to the second rope, but Bálor kicks him in the face. Bálor goes to the apron and kicks Joe in the face. Bálor goes to the top rope, but Owens moves out of the way of the Coup de Grâce. Owens then hits him with the Go Home Driver for a near fall. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Bálor holds onto the ropes and hits a Sling Blade. Joe runs in for a Coquina Clutch, but Rollins hits him with a springboard knee. Owens superkicks Rollins. Bálor then viciously dropkicks Owens into the corner. Bálor then hits the Coup de Grâce for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor
Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor lock eyes before Rollins raises his arm up.

It's wasted for Finn that his return happened a day too late and he has to wait 12 months for Wrestlemania.

If they can book the Hardy Boyz on the card for a return, then someone like Finn i'm sure they could have found a place for him somewhere.

It's going to be interesting if he turns heel with the rumoured Hs faction or stays babyface to regain the title he never lost.
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so 7 months later and he's not been allowed anywhere near the title picture...

is it just me, or has this Lesnar run as Champ had a worse effect on the product than the last one? guys like Finn stuck in midcard feuds to nowhere when Raw could have a buzzing title scene.
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Sounds legit to me. I don't know what WWE is trying to prove with Lesnar, Lesnar is boring most of the time and a quick refresher before going back to the same old slog at the best.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/November/2017 at 17:14
he's not the draw WWE seem to think he is. not that it really matters as much now with the Network, but when you have so many people who could legitimately hold the title, bring in views, and have so many potential match-ups so as to keep things fresh for so long, you have to get it off Lesnar as the belt on him is now detrimental to your product.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LennyComa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/November/2017 at 17:23
If the belts was off Lesnar you would have all 3 shield members, Joe, Strowman, Balor, possibly Miz all in the title picture maybe Bray aswell (unless he is back on the Blue brand)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/November/2017 at 17:55
you could also have Cesaro and Sheamus. I would have had Aries too, but never as a winner, or a one-on-one kind of challenger. he'd be multiman events like EC.

don't get me wrong, this will be a good feud, Joe in WWE isn't lacking the motivation he lacked in TNA, he certainly is enjoying his work, and Balor has shown that he belongs at the top end of any card.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/November/2017 at 21:08
Well... what if AJ Styles were to beat Lesnar, then Finn Balor were to use that as an excuse to get into the title picture by saying Styles beat Lesnar, I beat Styles, therefor I can beat Lesnar? TBH I would like to see a guy like Finn Balor take the title from Lesnar, Lesnar with the title is a nightmare and an attendance poison.

If Vince didn't have his head up his ass about the Bullet Club outside of WWE, reuniting Balor with Gallows and Anderson while Balor has the title would be big business in WWE. Especially if the Shield remains together and Reigns starts to chase the title next.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/November/2017 at 10:04
I wouldn't mind Lesnar losing to the Demon, Finn turning heel in the process, and then Anderson and Gallows reuniting with him.

the problem still becomes how badly Gallows and Anderson have been handled, they are pretty much comedy jobbers, and if the Fashion Files were on Raw, I have no doubt they'd be in the place of the Ascension.

Balor (Bullet) Club against the Shield, with tag titles and the Universal title in the mix, would be a good programme for a few months. if Reigns hadn't gotten ill, i'd have rather hasd the TLC match be a 3-on-3 and mixed up by saying that if the Shield won, Reigns became IC champ, if Miz and The Bar won, The Bar became Tag Champs, just to fuck it about a bit. I mean, it's not like it has to be ________ on a pole, is it?
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Quote According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Finn Balor was never being considered to face Brock Lesnar at the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

According to sources, when Balor is not portraying “The Demon” gimmick, Vince McMahon sees him as “bland”. The site reports that Balor is slowly being transitioned into a role similar to that of Dolph Zigglers. That means he is a performer who can put on great matches but doesn’t get to the main event level due to “higher-up” WWE officials not having faith in his look.

It should also be noted that WWE is “adverse” to the thought of reuniting him with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as “The Club”.

With all of that being said, Triple H is said to be very high on Finn Balor and his potential. Of course, Vince McMahon has the final say on all things.


Bad news for Balor if this is true and unfortunately for him I imagine it is given Vince’s history. I said from the start it wouldn’t surprise me to see Balor slip into a mid-card enhancement guy role.

Part of me agrees with Vince as I’ve always found Finn Balor a bit overrated, he’s pretty crummy on the mic, is small and ordinary looking and I’m not really a huge fan of his ring style but that’s just my taste as I prefer power based guys like Lesnar and Strowman, this indy influenced kick and fly style doesn’t do much for me. It’s the same reasons I was never a big fan of Daniel Bryan.

Balor needs to get off the Superstar heavy Raw and go to Smackdown where he would be a better fit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23/November/2017 at 18:32
Yes getting Balor away from Raw would be ideal for his career. I also can see why Vince would say that as that's the kind of thing he'd do with smaller guys. Vince still hasn't moved on from this whole genetic jackhammer thing has he haha.

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