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On Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, Smackdown goes live with a WWE Brand Extension Draft. Unable to resist, the Three Man Tag is posting their predictions for how this is going to go down! See below for our predictions:
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This month's first entry comes from an associate of the #ThreeManTag; MsRhaine. An avid fan of the wrestling scene, and Twitter personality, she gives her account of that fateful night. It was a night we all knew was coming, but not one that we were ready for. We knew one night The Demon would be called to newer, more mainstream haunts.
Was I at an episode of WWE NXT or a Backstreet Boys concert in 1999? Screaming …crying… stretching over railings for a chance to touch someone and almost falling over… The emotional rollercoaster was running at full speed.
Being the socially active WWE fan that I am, I had been mentally preparing myself for Finn Balor’s departure from NXT for several months. I did my best to get ringside seats, started to only wear my Balor tees to shows, and had my camera ready to capture those final moments. This time, however, was different -- this time was real. Based on the fact that Finn versus Shinsuke -- a Takeover worthy match -- was happening at a regular live taping, that happened to be airing the week before the WWE Draft, we knew this was it. Finn was leaving us.
Now, I know I am supposed to be proud and happy for him. I am. Yet, Finn was NXT, and NXT was Finn. He had captured the hearts of fans of all ages and connected with the crowd in ways no one else had -- at least in my opinion. And yes, I am a female who found him attractive, but it was more than that. His athleticism, unique move set, and “demon” persona made him someone new and fresh. From that very first night at Full Sail, I was hooked-we were all hooked.
As it goes, all good things must come to an end. This was the end. Finn was just too awesome for us and would be promoted to the Main Roster. This night was the last time we would see him live at Full Sail. I was ready… I think.
Finn and Shinsuke would of course be the main event, so we had to sit and wait in anticipation of what was to come. The other matches were great; we saw the return of Rhyno, a great Bayley/Nia match, and a 2-out of-3 falls tag title match. However, the inevitable was coming, and I wasn’t ready.
Finn’s music hit, two heartbeats and the crowd went nuts. I turned to my friend and said “you are in charge of entrance pictures; I am just going to enjoy this moment.” I had sat in that very spot on the ramp several times, but I was always fumbling between my camera, screaming, and “too-sweeting” to really appreciate it. So I sat back and just allowed myself to be absorbed in the moment. He walks by, we make eye contact, and my heart melts. I knew this was it.
Then Shinsuke’s music echoes through the arena, and the crowd goes even more wild. Except me. (I don’t get it, but that’s the story for another time.) Instead, I kept my focus on the ring, snapping pictures of the waiting Balor. He was trying to be serious, but he cracked smiles and watched Shinsuke’s entrance like a fan.
The match was epic, as expected. “This is AWESOME” and “Fight Forever” chants rang through Full Sail. If you were not cheering, you were still standing, mouth hung open in awe, or covering your face in your hands. I did not want it to end, but it did. One “strong kick” and Balor was down. I stood there silent, head in my hands, tears beginning to form. As Shinsuke celebrated, Finn rolled out and walked up the ramp, disappearing behind the curtain.
WAIT! Did Balor just leave? Was this not the end? Or did he not want a curtain call? What is going on? I panicked! No “Too-Sweets”? No pictures?
Then, as quickly as he left, Balor reappears, with water bottles for him and Shinsuke. They cheers and chugged the water Stone-Cold-Style and chucked the bottles out of the ring. (Miraculously Finn’s bottle ended up on the ground next to me and Ref Drake was nice enough to toss it to me.) They spent the next 5 minutes celebrating together – Too-Sweets, Shinsuke rope fall, Balor arm’s up on the ropes. I could feel my heart racing faster.
Then Balor jumped down from the ring, approaching the crowd. This is it, time to get ready to say goodbye. I had never been lucky enough to get a picture with Balor so it was now or never. My best friend and I squeezed into my railing spot. I had my phone in my hand, selfie mode on, thumb in the perfect spot. Please do not drop it was all I kept saying. He was giving “Too-Sweets” and stopping for select fan pictures. Would I be one? The crowd was getting antsy and some elbows may have been thrown, but I had my spot and no one could take it from me.
Here he comes… here he comes… this is it… HE STOPPED! I got my picture! And it actually turned out! I turned to my friend who got hers too, and lost it. I squealed like a fangirl, I jumped around, and shook like a scared Chihuahua.
He finished his rounds with the fans and stood at the top of the ramp. Then, with that goofy Fergal grin, he waved goodbye, and was gone. Tears… Tears… On the side of my face.
Like Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.
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