Is Finn Balor's WWE future indecisive?
A look back on Balor's path and his possible future in the WWE.
How it all began
Finn Balor needs no introduction to the wrestling community. He made his WWE debut a little over a year back. and on the night of his debut, Balor came out victorious in two matches: a fatal four-way match and a singles match against Roman Reigns. Balor then made his way to Summerslam to become the inaugural WWE Universal champion.
The Demon King made it evident that he was going to add the WWE to his list of conquests. But sadly, Balor had to relinquish his title the following night due to an injury sustained in his battle with Rollins at Summerslam. If Balor wasn't seriously injured post-Summerslam, things may have been different for him today.
The present-day scenario
Balor was sidelined for about six months. and on his return, he faced off against the likes of Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins and Elias Samson. None of them were a match for someone of Balor's calibre, and the only significant feud that Balor has been a part of since his return till date is with Bray Wyatt.
This feud seemed amusing at first but turned redundant and almost never-ending even though Balor's alter ego played a role in it. Wyatt and Balor faced off against each other on several occasions.
The feud was rightly called off, only due to Wyatt's medical issues. Wyatt's absence from the ring gave the WWE Universe a chance to witness Finn Balor take on the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles, at TLC, where Styles stepped in to take Wyatt's place. It was the first time these two great competitors faced off in a WWE ring. In spite of Balor getting the better of Styles that night, he lost to Kane the following night on Raw.
Finn Balor is nowhere near a title opportunity. Being a part of team Raw in the main event of Survivor Series has been the highlight of his career since his return from injury. However, he soon fell prey to The Viper without making much of a mark in that match.
On this week's episode of Raw, we witnessed Balor losing clean to Samoa Joe. Joe is an amazing in-ring performer, but that match encapsulated where Balor's career has come to - neither in the main event picture nor close to a title shot.
The WWE needs to bring Balor back into the limelight, and there's speculation about Balor being the next No. 1 contender to Lesnar's Universal title, which although is mouth-watering, is far-fetched.
What does the future hold for Balor?
With the Royal Rumble PPV approaching, there have been rumours of Roman Reigns winning the Rumble and clinching the Universal title from the paws of The Beast Incarnate at Wrestlemania.
The WWE should consider Reigns dropping the Intercontinental title to Balor before Reigns goes on to main-event Wrestlemania. This will reinstate Balor as a major Superstar in the WWE.
Given his historic debut in the WWE, Balor needs to be pushed. No ordinary wrestler makes it to the WWE main roster, picks up two major victories in one night and wins an inaugural title in less than a month. The Balor Club is hungry to see the Demon King rule Monday nights once again.