Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
The story behind Finn Bálor’s match with Drew McIntyre is part of the larger arc on Monday Night Raw.
Corrupt General Manager Baron Corbin assembled a team of heels to run roughshod on Raw. His enlisted Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre ty his side. Standing against them are Braun Strowman, Elias, and Finn Bálor.
It’s not a terribly inspired story, and given how the ratings have been in December, it’s certainly not captivating viewers. You may have read about it in the preview for Elias vs. Bobby Lashley. You’ll likely read about it later in the preview for Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin. These three matches are all part of that larger story.
But despite the fact that this overarching story on Raw has been lazy, this match itself should be very good.
Drew McIntyre could be a legit superstar, and it could be argued that he’s being wasted in this underwhelming trio. He’s got the look, the attitude, and the in-ring ability. This is not to say WWE doesn’t see it. He’s been booked very strong since his debut. They’ve treated him like a star, despite keeping him in pairings since his call up from NXT. He basically squashed Kurt Angle in a Raw main event. He went undefeated for months (at least in singles matches) before being pinned by Dolph Ziggler just a couple weeks ago.
That loss was because of Finn Bálor, who attacked his foe when the referee wasn’t looking, opening the door for Dolph to deal Drew his first pinfall loss.
That didn’t sit well with Drew, who used the good ol’ backstage attack as a measure of revenge. Finn was not on Raw last week because of it.
Despite taking a loss to the Show Off, he got his revenge last Monday in a one on one rematch. Similar how he treated Kurt Angle, McIntyre meticulously picked apart Ziggler. Then after the match, he delivered a couple more Claymore Kicks in for good measure.
Drew has the talent and is being treated as such. On the other end, there is Finn Bálor, who is also a fantastic talent. While he hasn’t been booked as a big star the likes of Drew, he is a former NXT champion (like McIntyre), and is the first man to hold the Universal title.
Even though they’re part of the lackluster top story on Monday nights, when the bell rings tonight, they should put on quite the show. Just do your best to forget all the Corbin stuff that got us there.
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