When NXT General Manager William Regal cautioned Alex Riley that he would get his chance against Kevin Owens ensuing he was ready, clearly one match with CJ Parker was not enough time to work out three years of ring rust. “The Rage”, as Riley coined it, paled in comparison to Owens’ fourteen years of in-ring experience and his diehard attitude to win at all cost. Although A-Ry did not get his retribution against the man he forfeited his broadcast journalism career over, it did prove to be a great step towards Owens’ impending title defense against the number one contender Finn Balor.
Seconds before Kevin Owens was to execute his post-match ritual by impaling Alex Riley with a powerbomb against the ring apron, Finn Balor emerged as a harbinger. But as sadistic as Kevin Owens is, he was going to powerbomb Riley anyways, and that’s when all hell broke loose. Finn jumped off the stage onto Owens, the two traded blows, got into the ring, and before Balor could implement the Coup de Grace, Owens rolled out of the ring, stomped on Riley for good measure, and walked away with his NXT championship.
This is how championship bouts are built, have the monster heel champion beat on a defenseless underdog, then have the hero show up to save the day. Wrestling is the ultimate battle between good versus evil, and even though I wouldn’t necessarily consider Balor wholly good since he does channel a dark force whenever he comes out in his symbiont body paint, he is the hero that the NXT Universe wants.
But is Balor ready to take on Kevin Owens? Just look at Owens’ track record with his recent opponents: He destroyed his best friend Sami Zayn (read Kevin Owens Takes Over NXT) for the NXT championship at NXT Takeover RIVAL and has not been back in the ring since! Then he accepted the challenge from former champion Adrian Neville, who intended on avenging his fallen comrade. And just like Zayn, Neville has not recovered.
Normally a blockbuster match up like this one would have waited until an NXT Takeover special, but with next Wednesday being the final stop for NXT on the Road to WrestleMania, it is an opportune moment to showcase what the future holds for WWE.
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