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Written By: Mark Armstrong
Running Time: 73 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: April 17 2017
(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)
The Iconic Matches series continues with Finn Balor. It’s a cheap and cheerful series of WWE compilations, featuring just a couple of bouts at a bargain price. It’s also debatable as to whether the matches in question are truly “iconic”. However, all three showdowns included on the Finn DVD are worth watching, and the timing of its release is clever since Balor has just returned from a long injury lay-off (although he may now be looking at more time off following a concussion suffered at the hands, or the forearm, of Jinder Mahal on Raw this past Monday).
The first match pits Balor against (Adrian) Neville from NXT Takeover: Rival from February 2015, which is a superb encounter, and Neville’s last major scrap before departing the NXT brand. Next up is Balor vs. Tyler Breeze from NXT Takeover: Unstoppable from May 2015, a clash which is a fine start to what was a(nother) exceptional Takeover event, and a demonstration as to what Breeze can do if given the opportunity (which he rarely is on the main roster). Finally, it’s Finn challenging Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship at Beast In The East from July 2015, and in the intimate surroundings of Tokyo’s Budokan Hall, a venue synonymous with Balor while he competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling as Prince Devitt, there’s a big-fight feel to what is another strong battle. Incidentally, Balor is the Demon for all three of these bouts, so if you’re a fan of the Demon persona (and who isn’t?), this is an added treat to the action on offer.
Considering the budget-friendly nature of this DVD, this is as good a mini-collection of Finn Balor as one can expect. All three matches are either really good or excellent, and the Demon entrances are worth reliving too. Finn Balor fans will obviously be interested in this, but other WWE fans should pay the fiver or so to get this one, since it’s a perfect retrospective of Balor’s early days in NXT, as well as a glimmer of what we can expect from Finn on the main roster over the next few years in WWE.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good