Matt Riddle vs. Finn Balor lived up to expectations when they met inside of the squared circle at the WWE NXT TakeOver: WarGames III event.
As seen in the match, Balor beat Riddle in his first match back under the NXT banner in over three years.
WWE set up Balor vs. Riddle on the November 13th episode of NXT when Balor cut a promo that eventually led to Riddle attacking him. Riddle was slated to be part of the Men’s WarGames Match at TakeOver. However, Riddle had been replaced by Donovan Dijak in the contest.
The reason for that is due to WWE needing to find a replacement for Balor’s original opponent. Originally, Balor was expected to wrestle Johnny Gargano at this event but due to a neck injury that resulted in him being pulled from in-ring action, Gargano is now on the sidelines.
It’s been reported that Balor was supposed to be moved from RAW to SmackDown once he returned after taking time off.
When WWE NXT moved from the WWE Network to the USA Network starting in September and started to decline in viewership especially up against AEW Dynamite, Balor was moved to NXT with the idea that his star power could make more of a difference there.