In July of last year we brought you an article about an Irishman by the name of Finn Balor who was taking the wrestling world by storm. Now we bring you a follow up to that article as Balor continued to take the world of wrestling by storm, and hit the ground running on the main roster.
A quick recap to those who may not have caught the first article, it can be found here, Finn Balor real name Fergal Devitt is from Bray Co. Wicklow Ireland, and started his journey into the world of professional in 2000 at the age of 18 and hasn’t stopped since then. After years of owning his craft throughout Europe, Balor signed a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2006 where he would enjoy 8 very successful years with the company. On July 28th 2014 he signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and quickly became the face of their developmental brand NXT where he would become the longest reigning champion in NXT history at 292 days.
Balor was never going to stay in NXT forever, he was slowly becoming to big a name for the brand and the goal of anyone that starts in NXT is to get to the main roster, and Balor’s call up to the main roster finally happened. On July 19th 2017 Finn Balor was draft to Monday Night Raw as the third draft pick for Monday Night Raw and the fifth overall draft pick. For an NXT superstar to be drafted so early in the draft shows that the company had big plans for him, and oh boy did they. Balor made his main roster debut on the July 26th 2017 edition of Monday Night Raw and immediately took the main roster by storm.
Balor was immediately put into a fatal four way match with Rusev, Kevin Owens and Cesaro, where the winner of that would go on to main event Monday Night Raw against the winner of a second fatal four way. The winner of that match would go on to face Seth Rollins at SummerSlam to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion. Balor would win his fatal four match then go on to beat Roman Reigns in the main event earning the right to face Rollins for the world title. Come SummerSlam of this years all eyes where on Balor Vs Rollins, on paper Rollins would have been considered the favorite heading into the match, what transpired at SummerSlam was the stuff of dreams. Balor would defeat Seth Rollins to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion, to say it was a proud moment would be an understatement. To see a man from a small town in the east of Ireland, a small country in itself raise the WWE Universal Title above his head and be able to say he was the first one was eye watering, especially to his family, friends and to anyone that knows him personally.
Unfortunately Balor suffered a serious injury during the match, in a spot that seen Seth Rollins powerbomb into the barricade outside of the ring, Balor suffered a 180* labrum tear, a thorn bicep and pectoral tendon, cartilage damage and a fracture to the glenoid neck socket. He was told he would be out for a minimum of 6 months. While this is disappointing for Balor as it halts his momentum, his fans and anyone that hoped to see him embark on a lengthy title run, it is not all bad. He can still say that he was the first ever WWE Universal Champion, when he comes back and regains the title, he will be a 2 time champion without ever having lost the title, the ovation he will receive upon his return will be deafening, and he will hopefully be back for WrestleMania.
The questions that are being asked now are, when will he return? A lot of fans are hoping that he returns as a surprise entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble which is due to take place on January 29th, I myself am one of those fans and hope it does. However, if he does return at the Royal Rumble the plan should be for him to win it, given how over Balor was with the fans before his injury and given how much fans want to see him return, having him return as a surprise entrant and not win the Royal Rumble would be bad for business, there is to much to lose if Balor doesn’t win it. Another question being asked is, if he doesn’t return for the Rumble, and is back for WrestleMania 33, who will he wrestle at the showcase of the immortals? That is a tough question, but an inter-promotional match Smackdown’s AJ Styles (if he isn’t part of a big match) would be fantastic, or perhaps he could win a number one contenders match on Raw and put in a Universal title match.
Regardless of when Balor returns (the sooner the better of course) or who he faces at WrestleMania fans will cheer him, they will be glad to have him back, and they once again help the Balor Club spread worldwide. From humbling begins in Bray Co Wicklow Ireland to concurring the WWE title seen, we here at Nerd Lowdown couldn’t be prouder of our fellow Irishman, representing Ireland on such a big platform, we wish him a speedy recovery and can’t wait for the Demon King to return. #toosweet.