SK's Take: Finn Balor possibly turning heel in the foreseeable future
Ever since making his return from a gruesome shoulder injury in early 2017, things have definitely not been going on a formidable way for former WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor.
Much to his agony once again failed to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship last night at The Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia and as of right now, it seems like he is in a desperate need of a potential change of direction.
Upon his initial call-up to the main roster in 2016, former NXT Champion Balor was seemingly considered as one of the brightest stars of the company with a potentially bright future.
The WWE creative team immediately decided to put the Irishman into World Championship contention right from the get-go.
And in the lead-up to the 2016 SummerSlam pay-per-view, Balor would go on to pull-off a huge upset win over Roman Reigns in what was his first singles match on the main roster and in doing so kicked started his journey on the main roster in a truly impressive manner.
At SummerSlam 2016, Balor once again shocked the entire WWE Universe when he defeated Seth Rollins to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion in history.
However, the next night on Raw, Balor’s dream start in the so-called ‘Big Leagues’ came to an abrupt and disappointing halt when the Irishman was forced to relinquish the Universal Championship on the very first night of his reign as World Champion (due to the shoulder injury caused by a Rollins Bucklebomb during SummerSlam ’16).
Ever since his unfortunate injury in 2016, Balor’s journey on the main roster has been fairly disappointing, to say the least.
Balor, who as aforementioned, had to relinquish the Universal Championship due to an unfortunate injury, never actually received a proper one-on-one rematch for the championship belt and throughout the entirety of 2017, the former NXT Champion was stuck in the mid-card with the likes of Elias, Jinder Mahal, Bray Wyatt and even Curt Hawkins.
Come 2018, Balor slowly and steadily made a rise to the Intercontinental Championship picture as he engaged in a feud with former champion The Miz and current champion Rollins, however, in his pursuit towards the IC Title, Balor has already failed on two different occasions within the short space of one month and with his very recent upset loss taking place at The GRR.
It is indeed time for a much-anticipated heel turn for the leader of The Balor Club.
In the past, there has been plenty of talk regarding a potential heel turn for Balor, but the WWE creative seems to be much more interested into the goofy, smiling character of the former Prince Devitt.
He was one of the most brilliant heel superstars on the planet during his tenure with NJPW and as the leader of The Bullet Club.
As noted, during his time with The BC, Balor was indeed one of the most charismatic superstars on the entire planet.
And with the likes of Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, The Young Bucks, and Karl Anderson beside him, the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion elevated his career to the very next level and took the Bullet Club to new heights as its first leader.
With the lack of opportunities in the WWE and after being stuck on the mid-card for almost one and a half year, it is finally time for Balor to make the biggest possible move of his WWE career and turn into the evil heel villain he previously used to be in NJPW.
As of right now, veteran journalist Bryan Alvarez of The Wrestling Observer Radio also has weighed in his thoughts on a potential heel turn for Balor, as he recently speculated that the only thing that makes sense from here onwards is a potential change of direction—via a heel turn—for the first ever Universal Champion, that is, Balor.
Alvarez recently noted in the latest installment of The Wrestling Observer Radio:
“The only thing that I can figure is that Finn Balor is going to turn heel. That’s the only thing that makes sense here. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, we’ll find out. But that is what I have determined after seeing what a geek they made that guy look like in that match.”
The Balor Club reunion might’ve been cut short by the WWE, due to both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson jumping ship to Smackdown Live and reuniting with AJ Styles instead, but a heel Balor could surely recruit some new members for The Balor Club and the certain pairing of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler definitely pops up into our minds.
Nevertheless, with Balor occasionally channelling his inner demon character, we could only imagine how awesome and mean a heel demon Balor could potentially turn out to be.