Finn Balor’s career in the WWE has gotten off to a very strong start – despite missing eight months with a shoulder injury and company chairman Vince McMahon believing he isn’t “over enough” to re-enter the main event picture.
Balor was the very first WWE Universal Champion, but the aforementioned shoulder surgery forced him to relinquish the title. Since returning to the company last April, Balor has been stuck as mid-card wrestler, and has had to work extensively at proving his boss that he is “over.”
“There are some guys who you wouldn’t have thought in a million years would get a push like Finn Balor, but his entrance alone makes him a star. He’s just cut right; the lighting, his pose, he just has that. Of course we are old school and going to sit in our recliners where we say, ‘slow down kid.'”
Balor exemplifies most of the key qualities in being a top-notch superstar. The strong presentation of character, in-ring ability and microphone skills are there for Balor. Though he receives some of the loudest crowd cheers, The Demon King still doesn’t have his boss convinced.
Reports recently surfaced that Balor was supposed to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at this year’s Royal Rumble. However, it was Vince who decided to pull the match – adding two monsters in Kane and Braun Strowman to the match instead.
Balor recently reformed an alliance with Anderson and Gallows, now called “The Balor Club,” which is a clear knock-off of their old Bullet Club faction. It could be one of Vince’s ways to get Balor over, or just another way of telling the WWE Universe he’s not giving The Demon King another main event push any time soon.
Balor has the fans and Kevin Nash on his side. We’ll find out soon enough if he can win back Vince’s trust.
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