It has been over a year now since Finn Balor was forced to relinquish the Universal Championship, yet he still hasn't been awarded a rematch.
At SummerSlam 2016, Balor made his WWE pay-per-view debut. The Irishman went one on one with Seth Rollins and managed to emerge victorious, making him the company's first ever Universal Champion. Unfortunately, the feel-good moment was short-lived. Balor suffered a shoulder injury during the match and just 24 hours later had to hand over his newly won title, before being sidelined from in-ring competition for eight months.
When Balor finally did return following WrestleMania 33, it was assumed that he would be slotted straight back into the Universal Title picture. He never really lost the championship after all, so at the very least, he deserved a chance to win it back. That looked to be the plan at first, but following his failure to win in a Fatal 5-Way match at Extreme Rules, Balor hasn't had a look in when it comes to the title scene.
According to Jason Solomon of Solomonster Sounds Off, there's a good reason why WWE is keeping Balor away from the title scene, and that's because of the man currently holding the belt. Solomon claims that WWE doesn't want Balor squaring off with Brock Lesnar because they wouldn't want to have The Demon lose to the Beast. Seemingly, the plan at the moment is to have Brock remain champion until WrestleMania 34 where he will likely lose the title to Roman Reigns. With that in mind, it'll be unlikely that Balor gets his title match until well into 2018.
Balor isn't the only one patiently awaiting a rematch for the Universal Championship either. Since the title was created in the summer of 2016, nobody who lost the belt has been awarded a rematch. Kevin Owens became embroiled in a feud with Chris Jerich0 immediately after his loss to Goldberg, then KO's slayer appears to have retired from in-ring competition after dropping to the title to Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Since Lesnar won the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33, his only challengers have been men a lot bigger than Finn Balor. Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman are all men who personify Vince McMahon's idyllic image of what a WWE Superstar should look like. Balor's lack of rematch may be a case of McMahon not liking the size mismatch of Finn vs Lesnar, or as above, there is simply already a plan in place and it doesn't involve the longest reigning NXT Champion.