Finn Balor has had a unique path to the WWE since moving up from the NXT roster two years ago. The Demon King became the very first Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016, but a shoulder injury sidelined him for eight months.
Ever since Balor's return, he's been stuck in mid-card matches and hasn't re-entered the main event picture. Vince McMahon apparently thinks Balor "isn't over enough," and scrapped a title match against Brock Lesnar at the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Though Balor hasn't gotten back into the main event picture, a number of retired wrestlers and veterans are high on him. Mark Henry recently did an interview with Busted Open Radio, and has an idea on how Balor can reach the next level:
“As far as somebody that I really wanna watch what’s gonna happens next, Finn Balor. I’d like to see him take a more prominent role, but that’s up to him. Some people float along, you gotta be ambitious.
I think me and you [Bully Ray] may need to have a sit down and tell him who he really is…Believing in yourself to the point to where it’s real. Our fans, it’s real to them. There’s no ‘Hey, is wrestling real?’ No. Wrestling is real. But to him, he doesn’t know yet, he doesn’t know how real it could be.”
Balor has continuously worked hard and put on clinical matches, but went through a month of posting salty tweets and Instagram photos about not being over enough:
Balor recently formed 'The Balor Club' with Gallows and Anderson, who were once his Bullet club counterparts in New Japan Pro Wrestling. His group has since feuded with Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
There is still plenty of time for Balor to develop and re-enter the main event status. For all we know, he could wind up as the Royal Rumble winner this Sunday. If not, he can still be involved in a major match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.
That is, if Balor follows Henry's by being ambitious and believing in himself.