With three Bullet Club members already active on WWE’s main roster, Finn Bálor’s WWE RAW debut has been a hot topic of discussion among the WWE Universe and the Twitterverse. With WWE airing Samoa Joe defeating Balor on WWE NXT this week, it would make sense for AJ Styles to get an assist from his former Bullet Club partner in his WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match against Roman Reigns at WWE Payback this Sunday.
While they announced the winner of Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor on Monday Night RAW this week, what follows is a complete list of results and spoilers from the episode of WWE NXT that first aired on the WWE Network on April 27, 2016. The WWE NXT results are followed by a report on whether or not the former NXT Champion will reunite with Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows at Sunday night’s WWE Payback 2016.
WWE NXT results
The WWE only aired highlights of the Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe match on this week’s episode of WWE NXT. They packed five matches into the time remaining. The Bálor-Joe match took place at the NXT live event in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 21. The rest of the matches were recorded at WrestleMania Axxess in Dallas on Saturday, April 2, the day before WrestleMania 32.
- NXT Championship Match: Samoa Joe defeated Finn Bálor (c)
- NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Eva Marie — Nia Jax helped Eva to the back afterwards and had a stare-down with Asuka
- The Revival defeated Scott Parker and Shane Matthews — The Revival cut a promo after the match making it clear that they were still going after the NXT Tag Team Championships
- Carmella defeated Aliyah
- The Hype Bros defeated Blake & Murphy — The Revival attacked The Hype Bros after the match
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Elias Samson
No matches were announced for next week’s episode of NXT. The matches for next week’s episode (and several others) are being taped at Full Sail University on Thursday. Early reports from Wrestling Inc indicate that former TNA star Eric Young is backstage at the tapings, as well as former Tough Enough contestants Bronson Mathews and Patrick Clark. Finn Balor is also at the NXT tapings today.
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Will The Bullet Club reunite at WWE Payback?
WWE and NXT have given no reason to think that now-former NXT Champion Finn Balor will up and leave NXT after losing the title to Samoa Joe. It would only make sense for him to talk about a rematch while WWE NXT is being recorded, even if he does end up at WWE Payback on Sunday.
Also, the fact that WWE posted a video at their site in which they explicitly asked the question, “Is Finn Bálor leaving NXT for WWE?” would be a good sign that Finn won’t be leaving any time soon. WWE has a tendency to try pointing fans in the opposite direction of where they’re headed. If they wanted to surprise anyone with a Balor debut at WWE Payback, they wouldn’t give any clues. Just like there were no real clues about the debut of Luke Gallow and Karl Anderson, or even AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble.
Furthermore, as the video below shows, Balor has no intention of leaving NXT and his feud with Samoa Joe has at least a chapter or two left. But does that necessarily mean he couldn’t also debut on Sunday at Payback? Kevin Owens made the transition before he was finished in NXT, and all three members of The Shield pulled double-duty at first.
— Balor Club Guy (@BalorClubGuy) April 24, 2016
While nothing in the world of WWE is ever set in stone, the most recent and reliable rumors seem to point towards Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows turning on AJ Styles and aligning themselves with Finn Balor down the line. If that turns out to be true, it’s not clear how (or if at all) Styles would play into the rumored Bullet Club vs. The Shield War Games match at this year’s SummerSlam or Survivor Series event.
Where to Watch
WWE Payback airs live on the WWE Network on Sunday, May 1 at 8/7c and will be available to stream on-demand immediately. The WWE Payback 2016 kick-off show begins at 7/6c.
The WWE Network airs new episodes of WWE NXT on Wednesdays at 8/7c. It is available for streaming on-demand immediately. Additionally, on Thursdays, replays of WWE NXT are available to stream on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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