SAN JOSE, Calif. – In front of a sold-out crowd on the WWE Payback Kickoff, Finn Bálor laid out The Miz with the Sling Blade after The A-Lister attempted to ridicule the first-ever Universal Champion.
It’s safe to say that since coming to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up, The Miz has not been having a very good time, whether it be experiencing the unhinged aggression of The Lunatic Fringe Dean Ambrose or suffering the brunt of Sister Abigail from surprise tag team partner Bray Wyatt in this past week’s Raw main event. However, perhaps messing with Bálor on a special Payback Kickoff edition of “Miz TV” was not the best way to change that trend.
From the beginning of the interview, The A-Lister was less than complimentary toward his guest, questioning whether the promising Superstar felt like a failure after being forced to relinquish his Universal Championship due to injury. The host went even further, casting doubt on whether the Irish Superstar can possibly reclaim the Universal Championship, especially against a tour de force like Brock Lesnar.
After Miz opted to use his wife Maryse as a shield for Bálor's imminent attack, the Irish Superstar decided to be the bigger man and leave “Miz TV” peacefully. However, The Miz's continued insults ultimately encouraged Bálor to lay out the A-Lister with the Sling Blade.
Will Miz seek vengeance on Bálor? Is The A-Lister playing with fire? Will this be the beginning of a “must-see” rivalry? Find out Monday night at 8/7 C on Raw.