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4 Likely return matches for Finn Balor after Johnny Gargano's injury

Ali Akber
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:01 IST

'Johnny Wrestling' will not be medically cleared to battle Balor at WarGames

Finn Balor shocked the entire WWE Universe when he made his return to NXT after a hiatus. His last match was at SummerSlam 2019 against ‘The Fiend” Bray Wyatt where he took the fall to put the masked man over.

After his return, Balor has done several things to shock the WWE Universe. Balor turned heel, blindsided the beloved Johnny Gargano, attacked Matt Riddle, and showed his respect to the invading AJ Styles and The OC.

The build-up since his return suggested that he’d be battling against Gargano at the NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but it seems like Balor’s Bloody Sunday to Gargano a few weeks ago did much more damage than we’d initially expected, and he won’t be fit enough to battle at the event.

In such a case, the company will be looking for alternatives to take Gargano’s place and give Balor a fitting return match on the Black & Gold Brand.

In this article, we will look at the four possible returns matches for 'The Prince' Finn Balor.

#4 vs. Tyler Bate

Tyler Bate may be the strongest pound for pound wrestler out there.
Tyler Bate may be the strongest pound for pound wrestler out there.

Tyler Bate has proven to be one of NXT UK’s best exports, and as the former NXT United Kingdom Champion, the babyface has made a huge name for himself in the wrestling industry.

Bate recently started appearing on NXT again and took on Cameron Grimes before being attacked by Killian Dain. As Dain’s eyes are firmly set on Bate’s friend from the UK, Pete Dunne, we could see Bate being freed up to start an angle with Balor.


Balor and Bate are both lightweight Superstars who have done extremely well against Superstars of all sizes. Their technical style of fighting can provide NXT fans with a match to remember. This could result in Balor picking on Bate next before moving back to Gargano, once he returns from injury.

The company could immediately book an angle between these two men leading up to NXT TakeOver: WarGames, where Balor could fight his first match back in NXT against the former NXT UK Champion.

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Published 13 Nov 2019, 19:00 IST
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