When Finn Balor became the inaugural Universal Champion by defeating Seth Rollins at Summerslam earlier this year, fans were very excited for the future product on Raw. Finally, Balor had been called up to the main roster, and he had won a world title in his PPV debut!
Unfortunately, Balor suffered a torn labrum during the match, and he is not expected to return to WWE TV until early 2017.
Whether he makes it back in time for Wrestlemania 33 or not is yet to be seen, but seeing as he was only just getting started on the main roster before his injury, there are a plethora of opponents that fans would love to see him face.
Assuming that Balor will make it back around early 2017, a Wrestlemania 33 match could be on the cards for the Demon King. Whether they are a babyface or a heel or whether they are on Raw or Smackdown Live, here are 5 Opponents for Finn Balor when he returns in 2017:
#5 Seth Rollins
Considering that Seth Rollins has recently undergone a character transformation into a babyface, this is a difficult one to book. Would Balor immediately turn heel upon returning to feud with ‘The Man’? Would it end up being a face vs face bout?
Either way, their first encounter at Summerslam did not live up to the potential classic that would be expected from the two men. While it was still a solid match, the horrendous Universal Title design distracted the crowd from the action, and the show had already been stolen by Styles vs Cena.
However, if WWE were to book the two in a rematch once Balor returns, they could wrestle the classic that they have the potential to perform. Given the right story/build, Balor and Rollins could outdo their previous bout with a show-stealer, possibly at Wrestlemania 33.
Whether the match occurs by Balor turning heel on Rollins and aligning with Gallows and Anderson, or as a face vs face bout based on mutual respect, Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins should be one of the potential feuds for Balor when he returns.