Finn Balor reflects on 2021 Extreme Rules finish, says there was a different direction before Brock Lesnar returned

Finn Balor states that there was a different direction he was going to be heading in prior to Brock Lesnar's return in 2021

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Balor dives into the ending of Extreme Rules 2021.

During the summer of 2021, Finn Balor made his return to SmackDown after wrapping up his run with the NXT brand. Balor had been around the Universal Championship picture in the weeks following as Roman Reigns and John Cena were building to their match at SummerSlam.

Balor would end up getting his title match in the main event of Extreme Rules 2021. He wrestled as the ‘Demon King’ and the finish of that match saw Balor go up for the Coup de Grâce but the top rope collapsed which led to Balor being speared and losing the bout.

After Balor, the next opponent for Roman Reigns was Brock Lesnar who returned at SummerSlam. Finn sat down with Josh Martinez for a new interview and shared that prior to Lesnar’s return, there was a different direction planned pertaining to the finish at Extreme Rules. Balor does want to revisit the program with Reigns and address what happened last year.

I feel like it’s just been left open-ended [finish to Balor versus Reigns at Extreme Rules 2021] and the finish hasn’t been addressed and there was an idea to go a different direction, but then Brock [Lesnar] returned and the direction changed so, that’s something you kind of have to come to terms with and understand in WWE. There’s always gonna be a — if one piece of the jigsaw changes, the whole landscape changes and if someone gets hurt or someone returns, there’s always gonna be different ideas and plans put in place. So you just gotta be able to adapt to the ever-evolving situation and that’s what we had to do but, I feel like the finish of that match has definitely caused some watercooler talk so to speak and the fact that we’re still talking about it a year later is evidence of that and I feel like, you know, perhaps the next couple of months, we should really revisit that and address what happened that night.

At the conclusion of the interview, the guest prior to Balor, ROH World Champion Chris Jericho presented a question to the next guest and asked them what they thought of him.

Balor answered and expressed his thought that Jericho is a treasure of the wrestling business and credited him for adapting to different generations.

Chris Jericho is not only an AEW legend, he’s not only a WWE legend or a Japanese wrestling legend, he’s a legend of this business, he’s an incredible performer. He’s been able to adapt and change his character to suit multiple generations and I feel like he is a treasure of this industry.

At this year’s Extreme Rules event, Balor is set for action and he’ll be taking on Edge in an ‘I Quit’ match.

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit ‘Superstar Crossover’ with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions. 

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