They needed a big moment. This week sees NXT going head to head with AEW for the first of many times in the future. That means both shows are going to need something big to top the other, which is a bit more difficult for NXT. AEW comes in with the natural advantage of having something fresh to start while NXT has to come up with something. They managed to figure that out on their first week.

During this week’s NXT, Finn Balor made his return to the promotion and declared that he is back in NXT. Balor came to the ring to confront NXT Champion Adam Cole after Cole successfully defended his title against Matt Riddle. This is Balor’s first time in NXT since his call up to the main roster in 2016. Balor is a former NXT Champion, having held the title in 2015-2016.

That’s how you start things off. Check out Balor’s staredown with the champ:

Opinion: Yeah that works. There are certain things that WWE can do because they have the roster depth to pull it off and this is one of them. Sending someone as popular as Balor down to NXT is a smart move as he hasn’t been doing anything in WWE. I don’t know if this is a permanent move or just a temporary one, but at least they did something special and that’s what is going to be memorable.

Do you like this move? How long do you see it lasting? Let us know in the comments below.

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