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WWE News: Finn Balor is coming for the Universal Championship

5.15K   //    08 May 2018, 14:13 IST

The first ever Universal Champion

What's the story?

This past week on Raw, GM Kurt Angle announced three Money in the Bank qualifying matches which saw Braun Strowman, EMber Moon and Finn Balor qualify for the MITB Ladder Match next month. In a backstage interview, Balor spoke of his future plans for the Universal Title.

In case you didn’t know…

Finn Balor became the first ever WWE Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016. However, due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the match, Balor would have to relinquish the Title the very next night on Raw.

After successfully undergoing surgery for his torn labrum, the Demon King made his TV return on the Raw after WrestleMania 33, teaming up with Seth Rollins to take on the team of Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. However, he has not been in the Universal Title picture since his return.

The heart of the matter

The inaugural Universal Champion defeated Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn this past week on Raw to earn a spot on the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Now, Braun Strowman and Finn Balor have been confirmed for the men's MITB match while Ember Moon qualified for the Women's MITB match

Post his victory, Mike Rome caught up with Balor backstage. The Demon King said that though fans keep saying he is already entitled to a rematch for the Universal Title, he would prefer to earn his way to the Championship the hard way. He asserted that after winning the MITB contract next month, he would go straight for the Universal Championship next.

You can watch the segment here:

What's next?

The subsequent weeks of Raw and SmackDown will see more Superstars book their spot in MITB Ladder Match. The pay-per-view will take place on June 17th at the Allstate Arena in Chicago.

Author's take

Storyline-wise it made no sense that Finn Balor did not get his contractual rematch for the Universal Title. This is a pity, as a feud between Brock Lesnar and the Demon King would've been great!

But better late than never, as Balor is one of the clear favourites heading into the MITB match next month.

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