A loss and humiliation at the hands of Bray Wyatt on Raw proved enough for Finn Balor to promise the return of The Demon at SummerSlam.
The WWE Universe was of the belief that we would have to wait until Aug. 20, 2017, the night of SummerSlam to see Balor go head-to-head with Bray Wyatt. Well, it turns out the two Raw Superstars simply couldn’t keep their hands off of each other until then, so after Kurt Angle had them pried apart he announced that the match would happen that night on Raw.
With the match still taking place on Sunday, it was fair not to expect much from the preview we got on Raw, but we got more than we bargained for. We were not only treated to a competitive match, but also got a clean finish. On the second time of asking Wyatt managed to connect with a Sister Abigail on his opponent and pick up the 1-2-3. Then after his win, Bray celebrated in a rather strange way, choosing to pour red paint over a prone Balor.
A clean win in a match that wasn’t supposed to have happened for another six days seemed pretty odd, to say the least, but that was not the end. Later in the evening, Balor was shown leaving Angle’s office, and he had news. The Raw General Manager had confirmed to him that on Sunday at SummerSlam he would get another shot at Wyatt. It would appear that it’ll be a whole different ball game for the rematch, however, as Balor told interviewer Charly Caruso that Wyatt may have demons, but he has some demons of his own.
Later in the evening, it was confirmed that Balor will be donning the body paint and re-introducing us to The Demon at SummerSlam. It will be almost a year to the day since we last saw Balor’s alter ego as the last time he felt the need to utilize it was when he defeated Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2016. This comes after an interview with IGN where Balor said he felt the match didn’t require him to break out his paint.
An appearance from The Demon on Sunday night will go a long way in justifying why Balor has been floundering somewhat since his return from injury. The return to his alter ego hasn’t been rushed, and a stage like SummerSlam seems the perfect place to resurrect the gimmick, especially considering the significance of the event to Balor after his title win last year.
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