The October 23, 2017, episode of Raw appears to have caused quite a fuss among members of the WWE Universe. Not only are fans confused by the sudden alignment of SmackDown’s heels with the babyface members of the roster, but many are also questioning why Finn Balor lost in such brutal fashion to Kane.
The previous night at the TLC pay-per-view, the “Extraordinary Man Who Does Extra Ordinary Things” was victorious against AJ Styles in an encounter that WWE’s commentary team hyped up as a genuine contender for Match of the Year.
So, why have Balor lose to 50-year-old Kane the following night? Whatever the reason, it’s not the first time it’s happened in the Irishman’s short WWE career. In fact, since returning from injury in April, he has already lost clean to four different Superstars.
Has the former Universal champion had too many clean losses this year? Has he been a victim of bad booking? Or… look away now, Finn fans… is he just not as good as people think he is? In this article, we run through all four of his clean defeats on the main roster.
#1 Roman Reigns
On Balor’s first night in a WWE ring, he defeated Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Rusev in a Fatal 4-Way match on Raw to earn a spot in the main event of the show against Roman Reigns, which he won clean. It was a statement victory for the former NXT champion and a sign that he was going to be a major star on the main roster.
Of course, things didn’t quite go according to plan and, after going on to win the Universal Championship in a match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016, a serious shoulder injury forced Finn to relinquish the title.
Nine months later, the leader of "Balor Club" was back. He picked up wins over Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins and Samoa Joe, among others, but then he ran into Reigns, who defeated the Irishman on the May 15 episode of Raw with an almighty Spear.