Jordan Devlin's attack before their match meant Travis Banks couldn't compete at NXT UK TakeOver. Luckily, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala had a backup plan.
The Superstars of NXT UK made history this past Saturday. For the first time ever, WWE's newest brand put on its very own TakeOver event in Blackpool's Empress Ballroom. The very building where WWE's UK division first began two years ago. On that night, Tyler Bate was crowned the very first WWE United Kingdom Champion.
One of the participants in that inaugural tournament was Jordan Devlin. The Irish Ace has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he failed to win. That was evident at TakeOver this weekend. Before his match with Travis Banks could even begin, Devlin attacked his opponent and rendered him unfit to compete. With that, Devlin grabbed a mic and labeled himself the best Irish wrestler in the world.
NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint and his assistant Sid Scala had a backup plan, though. The pair of them appeared on the stage and declared Devlin would still have a match. That's when the lights went out and Finn Balor's music began to echo out around The Empress Ballroom. It was probably at that point when Devlin started to regret labeling himself the best Irish wrestler in the world.
Not only are Balor and Devlin both Irish, they are both from the very same town in Ireland and the former actually helped train the latter. That's one of the things that made their match at TakeOver so fascinating. Similar styles clashing in what was effectively the student battling his teacher. In the end, the teacher shone through and Balor won the match after hitting his Coup de Grace.
By the time you read this, Balor will likely already be on his way back to the US. He does have Raw on Monday night after all. Even though he has been treading water for quite a while now, the future seems to be brightening for Balor. Here's hoping as the road to WrestleMania nears, WWE and more importantly Vince McMahon has something big planned for the first ever Universal Champion on the grandest stage of them all.