Quite a bit has changed for Balrog. In general I think everyone's favourite boxer (screw you Dudley/Steve/Ippo) went up a little bit in the general tier list. And I believe his matchups reflect that.
A couple of notable changes
Akuma got a bit easier to play against, mostly due to Balrog U1 now always landing even on max spacing. Akuma st.hp can be a pain though and delayed wake up is not very strong versus him.
Seths overall nerfs (stun, dmg, j.hk etc) really helped out in the matchup. I haven't had a lot of practice against some of the stronger Seth players yet, but I believe it should be a lot easier to play against him now. Before this matchup was almost unplayable in my opinion so i'm really glad he got nerfed.
Abel got buffed quite a bit with some nice changes to his change of direction special move and some nice hitbox improvements. This matchup was kinda even in 2012 so I have him at a slight advantage versus Balrog now.
Now what I would love to do is go really in depth about some matchups in the near future so my question to you is, which would you like me to discuss? I've made a discussion thread HERE so please let me know what you think about my list, and which matchups you would like me to adress.
Thanks for reading and I cant wait to hear your questions and or suggestion!