Contrary to popular belief Vince McMahon did not OK AJ Styles and Finn Balor to use the "Too Sweet" gesture at TLC on Sunday night.
Finn Balor vs AJ Styles was likely a match that was on most wrestling fans' lists of potential dream matches. Well, last Friday WWE revealed that we would be getting that bout completely out of the blue at TLC. The Demon needed an opponent for the pay-per-view on Sunday night and WWE deemed The Phenomenal One to be the best man for the job.
The match did not disappoint either. Despite there being absolutely no build to the battle between the former Bullet Club leaders, it was easily the match of the night. Balor picked up the win in a match that could have gone either way and then the two showed their respect for one another in a unique way. Both Styles and Balor threw up the "Too Sweet" hand gesture, a symbol indicative of the aforementioned Bullet Club.
The "Too Sweet" has been the center of controversy recently. In pro wrestling, the gesture was first used by the nWo during the 1990s. With that in mind, WWE believes that they own the symbol and issued Bullet Club's Young Bucks with a cease and desist to stop them using it. Because of that, many fans thought that Balor and Styles using it on a WWE pay-per-view at the weekend was a slap in the face to Matt and Nick Jackson.
AJ Styles was quick to point out on Twitter that the use of the "Too Sweet" was not at the behest of Vince McMahon at all. The former WWE Champion responded to a fan earlier this week explaining that it was the decision of himself and Balor to do that once their match had reached its conclusion. Styles explained that it was "two men showing the world that we haven't forgotten where we came from."
This news just goes to show that many fans believe Vince McMahon to be more bitter and vindictive than he actually is. Aside from the original cease and desist the WWE chairman likely hasn't given the Bullet Club a second thought. He especially wouldn't use his own pay-per-view time just to take a shot at a group of wrestlers he doesn't employ.
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