Finn Balor has been on a roll ever since he made his return to NXT. After being defeated by The Fiend Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam, the leader of Balor Club made his return to NXT on the October 2, 2019 episode of the black and gold brand. Soon, Balor fortified his heel turn by viciously assaulting Johhny Gargano. It has been a little more than two months since Balor returned to NXT, and the Prince is yet to lose a match. As of this writing, Balor will be challenging Adam Cole (BAYBAY!) for the latter’s NXT Championship on the 18 December episode of the brand, which also happens to be the last NXT show of this year.
(If you are not aware, NXT won’t be presenting their weekly shows on Christmas and New Year’s Day. So, NXT’s first episode of 2020 will take place on January 8, 2020.)
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This week’s episode of WWE Backstage featured a video segment which saw Finn Balor talk about his match with AJ Styles at the TLC 2017 event. The guests present on the show, which included CM Punk, Paige, and Booker T, along with host Renee Young, too talked about the match in the studio. You can watch the video here.
For those who don’t know about it, Finn Balor’s Demon King persona was to fight Bray Wyatt at the 2017 TLC event. Unfortunately, both Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns came down with an illness a few days before the event. This lead to WWE announcing Kurt Angle as Roman Reigns’ replacement in the main event of the show, which was the SHIELD reuniting to take on The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, and The Bar in a 5-on-3 Handicap TLC match. Similarly, AJ Styles filled in for Bray Wyatt, to the pleasure of fans. Not only were fans relieved of the not-so-good feud between Balor and Wyatt, but they were also getting a dream match between two bullet club leaders.
Here are Balor’s views on the fight (If posting elsewhere, state the source as WWE Backstage, with a hyperlink to this post of SNW):
“Myself and AJ had very similar career paths, but for whatever reason, we have always kinda missed each other. The stars were aligned and we got the match we (Balor and AJ) and the fans have been looking forward to for a long time. Obviously, very little preparation went into the match but I feel like we have similar styles and gel together well. I remember when outside the ring, at one point, we got like an eight or nine-count and there was an exchange of maneuvers happening in the ring. And I remember at that moment, you know you could really feel the buzz and the energy in the arena. It was a brilliant, pretty sweet moment. Too sweet! (Laughs)”
Balor went on to praise Styles, before admitting that the post-match ‘Too sweet’ pose was unscripted (If posting elsewhere, state the source as WWE Backstage, with a hyperlink to this post of SNW):
“Myself and AJ shared the ‘Too Sweet’ at the end of the match, and that wasn’t something we had planned. As AJ was shaking my hand, he says, ‘you wanna do it, brother?’ and I was like, ‘You Sure?’ and he goes ‘Yep!’ and I was like ‘let’s do it’. You know, myself and AJ delivered that day. There was no storyline, there was no revenge to be sought, it was just two guys at the peak of their career ready to go out there and give it everything they had, and that what we get.”
From the Survivor Series buildup, we know that O.C. and the Undisputed Era haven’t been on good terms with each other. With Balor going up against the leader of the Undisputed Era this Wednesday and praising Styles here, it may only be a matter of time before Balor joins O.C. Who knows, with NXT rumored to be involved in some capacity in WrestleMania 36, we may see the Orignal Club taking on the Undisputed Era on the Grandest Stage of them All.