Finn Balor was the inaugural Universal Champion, but a shoulder injury forced him to relinquish the title and miss eight months of action.
And when he returned to the ring, Balor was stuck as a mid-card performer and didn't get the main event push again. A report later came out that Vince McMahon didn't think Balor was "over enough."
That of course led to some salty posts from Balor on both Twitter and Instagram, where he poked fun at the notion of not being "over," in the boss's eyes.
But McMahon clearly sees that Balor is over with the crowd now, with the Demon King about to challenge Brock Lesnar for his Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble.
This week's episode of Monday Night Raw saw McMahon come out and explain how Balor was a major underdog (Davis vs. Goliath), while adding that the fans believed in "fairytales," if they think he can defeat Lesnar.
So are Balor and Vince finally on the same page? In an interview with Scott Fishman of TVInsider.com, The Demon King explained the relationship he shares with McMahon backstage.
"I got to be honest, I’m not sure what my relationship is with Vince McMahon. I’m not sure if he believes in me or not," Bálor said. "He can be a man of few words. When I show up to work, I find out what I need to do and go handle my business in the ring...I will say he has shown nothing but respect to me face-to-face, but that is as far as our relationship goes."
A lot of other superstars have said similar things about McMahon, with Ronda Rousey saying her relationship with the WWE chairman is strictly "professional." If anything else, the bulk of superstars seem to have a better working relationship with Triple H - who is working alongside his father-in-law to run the show.
Perhaps Vince wasn't completely sold on Balor as a main event star for some time, but things appear to have changed now. Balor is at least getting another crack at getting back the championship he never lost, which suggests Vince is a believer in him after all.
What This Means
Whether Balor has a close relationship with Vince or not, the only thing that matters is he continues to do his job and please the boss man. Balor has been over with the fans for some time, and it's nice to see his hard work being rewarded with a title match against Lesnar.