While The Shield reunion was probably the match everyone was looking forward to, with the change and the unexpected addition of AJ Styles facing Finn Balor, that sentiment has probably now shifted to this match.
This is certainly a dream match between two of the most gifted wrestlers in the world today and an interesting match that pits two former leaders of the world-famous Bullet Club faction.
Balor, wrestling under the name of Prince Devitt, took over the leadership of the faction in 2013. It lasted around a year and eventually The Young Bucks – also part of the group – turned on Balor during a loser leaves town match against Taguchi. Balor lost, ending his association with the faction, and eventually NJPW as well.
AJ Styles took over the reigns of The Bullet Club for around two years after Balor left the promotion. At Wrestle Kingdom 10 in January 2016, The Bullet Club turned on Styles and Kenny Omega became the new leader.
“I think most people thought they’d see AJ Styles vs Finn Balor maybe at a different time, maybe in a different country. Maybe not so abruptly. But it’s happening,” Styles told WWE.COM when he was interviewed backstage in Buenos Aires while on tour with the Smackdown brand.
Styles said he had fought demons all his life and warned Balor that he’s about to meet the phenomenal one.