Wrestler Rating Series #5 - Finn Balor

How would you rate Finn as an overall wrestler on a scale 1-10?

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white crow

The Serbian Butcher
Rising Star
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Another one of wrestlers that have serious skills in one field and not so good ones in the other. Rating will probably vary considering which things you consider most important.

In my opinion, Finn is very good in-ring. His moveset is very exciting and perfectly fits his wrestling persona. He hardly ever botches and performs everything with style.Coup de Grace is an awesome move we got to see in WWE because of him. He’s currently in top 10 best purely in-ring wrestlers on the roster with a unique style WWE hasn’t seen in a long time. In general, Finn can always put on a 5 star ppv match with anybody, but the problem is that he doesn’t have main-eventer like charisma. In some aspects not appropriate one even for a mid-carder.

His character work is on average level, better than some wrestlers’ but still nothing special. The demon persona wouldn’t fit his presence full-time but it is fine occasionaly. His full time character, normal Balor, needs some more work. It’s not entertaining anymore especially because he lacks mic skills. With this kind of mic ability he would need something more interesting in his presence and character to make his matches more appealing to people. His charisma is even worse than his character work and he hasn’t built significant connection with the crowd yet. Again, in that field he’s also average, so not bad, but certainly not enough good to put him in a world title picture.

My overall grade would be 7/10 with a tendency towards 8. In-ring abilities are always #1 for me but he still needs to work on non-wrestling part.
What’s your take on Balor? Feel free to cast your vote in the poll and share your thoughts in a comment.
 
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Seto-san

The Homicidol
Legend
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Is this based solely on WWE or can I factor in his time Japan? I ask because the score will differ. Also, it is spelt Coup De Grace, if you want to change it.
 

Snowman

Chillin' with the snowmies.
The IIconics
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This one would be a weird one if you go by the letter grades... I used to really not like Balor. Though while I wonder if it's because he had my least favorite NXT title reign ever (there was no emotion to it like most NXT reigns, just the first "Look! That guy you liked there? He's now here!" guy), he always came across as just a guy to me. Like he's okay enough but there's a bunch of guys on the roster I'd be okay seeing ahead of him, even without storyline focus.

But now that I've seen Ricochet seem like a JAG, I've wanted to see more of his NJPW stuff. What's this guy actually capable of?
 
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baseballmm

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Technician
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7/10

Did he have any mic skills in New Japan and/or NXT? Because he leaves a lot to be desired in that department. His matches are enjoyable but he does rely on the slingblade and over-the-ropes suicide senton too much.
 

Seto-san

The Homicidol
Legend
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7/10

Did he have any mic skills in New Japan and/or NXT? Because he leaves a lot to be desired in that department. His matches are enjoyable but he does rely on the slingblade and over-the-ropes suicide senton too much.
In Japan, he never did a long promo just short and sweet ones. That is where he shines really because Finn to me is more about putting on a good match than talking about the match, if that makes sense. He began using The Sling Blade as a way to insult Tanahashi, the creator of the move, and has since used it in his everyday moveset.
 
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