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There are many smaller guys who are well liked like Shawn Michaels, Bryan, Styles etc. So why is Balor hated even though he puts on great matches consistently? People call him a midget yet 99% of his haters would kill to get a physique like him cos then girls would be all over them.

There might be people who legit don't like Balor but from what I have seen here and other forums its just mainly Roman fans who hate him. Remember he was well liked when he was in NXT. People turned on him after he pinned Roman clean and became champion. He became a threat to the status quo of the big dogs of WWE. For many people that was a deal breaker.

Its just human psychology basically. If AJ styles had pinned Roman clean during their feud, fans would have turned on him too. If Balor was a midcard jobber no one would hate on him. But he committed the offense of climbing too high and will continue to be hated until he is buried. After all send him to 205 Live is just a polite way of saying lets bury this dude.
 

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He doesn't seem hated to me, OP. :draper2
 
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OP makes no sense.

However, to be fair, Balor gets decent pops at shows and clearly the majority of fans/casuals like him. Its just some smarks and WF are starting to turn on him, and I suppose we only represent a grain of sand in the vast beach of WWE fans.
 

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I'm not a Balor fan because he makes homosexual looking gestures in his entrance.

But the reason people hate him on here is the neckbeard geeks here think they are being cool by hating on anyone from Roh/NJPW
 

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I'll admit, I marked hard for Balor when he first showed up in NXT. I was firmly on the hype train. Hell, I damn near creamed myself when he came out in his warpaint the first time. But when I started to realize the man had the most piss poor strikes in the industry, a moveset that doesn't even have a scoop slam in it, a "demon" persona that starts his matches in the same collar-and-elbow tie up, that's when I turned. Then he started to do that homoerotic crawl during his Demon entrance on the regular and I dove headfirst off the hype train :draper2


Don't get me started on his leather jacket





 

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Reigns and Balor are both shit.

I think you're way off, by the way. Those who like Reigns have literally no reason to dislike Balor, and vice versa, as they're liked for the exact same reason: the women who like them only do so because they want to fuck them, the men who like them only do so because they want to fuck them, and the kids only do so because WWE tells them to. Neither guy actually has the ability to entertain anyone based on their talent alone.
 

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I hate him because he bangs Cathy Kelley, lucky fucker :grin2:

He is getting good matches lately, I give him that; still think he is awkward on the mic and he is really bland overall, but I must admitt that WWE24 special made me like him a bit more
 

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I'll admit, I marked hard for Balor when he first showed up in NXT. I was firmly on the hype train. Hell, I damn near creamed myself when he came out in his warpaint the first time. But when I started to realize the man had the most piss poor strikes in the industry, a moveset that doesn't even have a scoop slam in it, a "demon" persona that starts his matches in the same collar-and-elbow tie up, that's when I turned. Then he started to do that homoerotic crawl during his Demon entrance on the regular and I dove headfirst off the hype train



Don't get me started on his leather jacket





I actually think Balor is good in the ring. But yeah, it was the homosexual entrance that turned me against him. If he gets rid of the leather jacket and just storms to the ring to beat people up instead of doing the homo crawl then I might be a fan again. But I'm afraid the damage has already been done and I can't respect him anymore.
 

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I've gotten deeply into this topic before but basically theres 3 reasons.

1-Wrestling fans are the type to want every part of the show to go to how they want it. So what happens is this guy, comes in and gets pushed to the moon really early on. This offends all these people who want their other favourites be it Rollins, Rusev, Owens, Cesaro etc who wanted them to win instead. The problem with Balor isn't because he is pushed, its because he was pushed over other people's favourites. Now these guys, who have already feel insulted by this guy getting pushed are less likely to be able to like him and they go pick apart everything about him. Devil's horn effect states that if a person doesn't like something about someone, they look at all his other aspects in a negative manner as well. So these guys basically dislike Balor early on, so what happens is they are unable to accept Balor as easily as other fans. Suddenly, everything about him seems to be horrible due to the devil's horn. This is a huge problem with wrestling in particular because so much of how good someone is, is opinion based. Now, they look at all his matches, his charisma, his mic work in a negative light. Of curse they are gonna think everything about him is horrible.

2-Hipster effect. People like to like things that are less popular. When something thats been indy (Balor) gets mainstream, suddenly it feels less appealing. It isn't really on the quality, its more because a huge part of its appeal is it being indy. Theres plenty of this shown in wrestling. This is part of the reason why so many NXT guys feel less entertaining on the main roster. Why the CWC became less entertaining on 205 live(what the hell are CWC style matches. They have always wrestled the same way). Why indy guys suddenly become less entertainig in WWE. Sure its not the only reason, but its actually pretty significant.

3-Backlash effect. Its a combination of the first two but its still different. When something gets popular, and people don't immidiately get why, people tend to dislike it. Leads to negative view and devil's horn which leads to people actively hating a guy. Think about it, if you see a wrestlet and don't see anything special about him the first time, but he is wildly popular you feel as if your tastes are challenged. So in a twisted way to protect your tastes, instead of liking the guy you turn on him.
 

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I've gotten deeply into this topic before but basically theres 3 reasons.

1-Wrestling fans are the type to want every part of the show to go to how they want it. So what happens is this guy, comes in and gets pushed to the moon really early on. This offends all these people who want their other favourites be it Rollins, Rusev, Owens, Cesaro etc who wanted them to win instead. The problem with Balor isn't because he is pushed, its because he was pushed over other people's favourites. Now these guys, who have already feel insulted by this guy getting pushed are less likely to be able to like him and they go pick apart everything about him. Devil's horn effect states that if a person doesn't like something about someone, they look at all his other aspects in a negative manner as well. So these guys basically dislike Balor early on, so what happens is they are unable to accept Balor as easily as other fans. Suddenly, everything about him seems to be horrible due to the devil's horn. This is a huge problem with wrestling in particular because so much of how good someone is, is opinion based. Now, they look at all his matches, his charisma, his mic work in a negative light. Of curse they are gonna think everything about him is horrible.

2-Hipster effect. People like to like things that are less popular. When something thats been indy (Balor) gets mainstream, suddenly it feels less appealing. It isn't really on the quality, its more because a huge part of its appeal is it being indy. Theres plenty of this shown in wrestling. This is part of the reason why so many NXT guys feel less entertaining on the main roster. Why the CWC became less entertaining on 205 live(what the hell are CWC style matches. They have always wrestled the same way). Why indy guys suddenly become less entertainig in WWE. Sure its not the only reason, but its actually pretty significant.

3-Backlash effect. Its a combination of the first two but its still different. When something gets popular, and people don't immidiately get why, people tend to dislike it. Leads to negative view and devil's horn which leads to people actively hating a guy. Think about it, if you see a wrestlet and don't see anything special about him the first time, but he is wildly popular you feel as if your tastes are challenged. So in a twisted way to protect your tastes, instead of liking the guy you turn on him.
I didn't have a horse in NXT and I thought Balor was a overrated and over pushed :draper2
 

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In the general audience he isn't hated at all. Here there are some increasingly vocal people who are disappointed with him, exactly the same as there are for any other wrestler being given a push. It's a wrestling forum, what the fuck do you expect? Everyone to hold hands and skip?
Personally, he bores me. I love a decent gimmick but his demon shit is like a kid playing dress up. I also have no problem with the smaller guys as long as they aren't being pushed as unbelievable giant killers. He just doesn't interest me, he's not even decent eye porn.
 

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The real reason is he's kinda boring and flat, can't talk and he's not an amazing wrestler to cover up the rest, he's just ok. And he's not even that hated anyway.
 
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