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Friday, August 26, 2016

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EOTR Fantasy Booking: Finn Balor vs The Undertaker

By @SteveSignore 

I'm going to come out and say this right off the bat, the idea of a Finn Balor vs. The Undertaker doesn't excite me if it was going to take place during the deep Twilight of the Undertaker's career. If you told me the WWE was planning on a Balor/Undertaker confrontation at next year's WrestleMania, I'd most likely be disappointed.

But, if you told me we can put the Undertaker in his prime, I'm more than interested. There's something about that supernatural aura that's gone away in my opinion, in regards to the Undertaker. I see a man who doesn't really need to be there at this point. The streak is over. I'm the guy that whines when Undertaker's name shows up on the Wrestlemania card these days. I'm sure I'm in the minority!
Whoops, I'm straying from the subject, which is the dream match of the Demon King (no, not the Demon "Kane) and "The Phenom" The Undertaker.

At the conclusion of Sunday's SummerSlam, Balor was seemingly about to take that ride to as the first ever Universal Champion of the WWE. Of course, and really as no surprise, Balor was injured much like a number of WWE superstars over the past year.

There's one thing Balor did accomplish in his sample size on the RAW roster, he got the Demon King over at the snap of a finger. I'm not counting his run as champ in NXT because it's, for the most part, a different fanbase. While I thought it was a mistake to bring out the Demon King the RAW before SummerSlam, it received a thunderous ovation. The WWE crowds, filled with children and casual fans love those supernatural entrances, which have been extremely rare throughout the history of the WWE. Bray Wyatt's entrance was, maybe, a very distant second to Undertaker's before Balor came into the picture. Mordecai? Glacier? Well, maybe not those guys. Obviously, the king of the mountain is the Undertaker.

Do I believe Balor would have a chance if we sent him back in a time machine to face The Phenom? Not really. If we brought mid-nineties Undertaker to this day in age, Balor's chances go through the roof, especially in the age of 50/50 booking. The match is predictable in the sense that Balor would have to chip away with every move in the book after capitalizing on an opening. He'd have to rely on a relentless attack with his aerial moves and quick strikes. Thinking about a finish, it would probably take four or five Coup De Graces for Balor to get the win. I'm sure you'd see Balor escape a Tombstone or two, before Undertaker planted one after catching a poor Pele' kick. Seems farfetched, but it's a fantasy scenario!



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