And the FIRST ever WWE Universal Champion is…Finn Balor! Finn will walk out of ‘SummerSlam’ and right into the history books, as he just defeated Seth in an unbelievable match to become the first superstar to hold the WWE’s brand new title.
Fans knew the match between Seth Rollins, 30, and Finn Balor, 35, had the potential to be both “Match of the Night” and possibly, “Match of the Year.” These two RAW superstars didn’t disappoint. Seth met Finn’s “Demon King,” his demonic incarnation, in the middle of the Barclays Center on Aug. 21, and what followed was a war!
Finn, decked out in some terrifying body paint, and Seth unloaded everything in their arsenal. Spike DDTs. Corner Powerbombs. Small package drivers! By the end of the match, most of the paint had been smeared off and each Superstar’s body was beaten red and sore.
Finn nailed a Coup de Grâce to the back of Seth’s head, but the ex-WWE champ recovered enough to hit the Pedigree! Finn, somehow, kicked out! Finn was finally able to hit the double stomp from the top rope and become the inaugural WWE Universal Champion!
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Finn has skyrocketed to the top of the WWE ever since he was plucked from WWE’s unofficial third brand, NXT, during the RAW/SmackDown draft on July 19. The Irish superstar and former NXT Champion, won a Fatal-Four-Way match with Cesaro, 35, Kevin Owens, 32 and Rusev, 30, during his debut on RAW. After putting away former World Heavyweight champ Roman Reins, Finn was named the No. 1 contender for the brand new WWE Universal title.
Standing in his way was Seth. Seth was the man who took the World title off of his former Shield teammate, beating Roman at Money In The Bank on June 19. He held it for just minutes before Dean Ambrose, 30, cashed in the Money In The Bank contract he had won earlier in the night. After nailing his finisher, Dirty Deeds, Dean was the new champ. With Ambrose getting drafted over to SmackDown, Raw was left without a top title. Thus: the WWE Universal Championship.
This is the second year in a row that Seth has competed for a major WWE title at SummerSlam. In 2015, it was a Champ versus Champ battle between then US Champion John Cena, 39, and then-WWE champ, Seth. Thanks to some shocking help from Seth’s nemesis, former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, 53, Seth sauntered out of the Barclays Center with both belts around his waist. Sadly, Seth will leave SummerSlam empty handed.
In other WWE news, check out what KFC did with WWE as they produced a fun stunt and commercial that will run in WWE Network broadcasts in 2016, concluding with Royal Rumble in 2017. The stunt plays off of KFC’s existing brand campaign where celebrities such as Jim Gaffigan, George Hamilton, and Darryl Hammond play the colonel. The colonel is played by WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler as he battles it out with a chicken played by The Miz! Check it out here!
What did you think about the Finn vs Seth match, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it was the best match of the night? Do you think it might win the Slammy for “Best Match of the Year?”