The status of WWE Superstar Finn Balor has been front and center in wrestling news over the past few days. No, he's not leaving WWE, and he doesn't seem upset with the company but somewhere along the lines, a source or a friend of a friend got word that Balor was once high up in terms of popularity among the main decision-makers in WWE and no longer is. Meaning, he was set for a huge push and something has happened to have the company sour on that idea.
Speculation is that Balor was set to face Brock Lesnar at the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January and receive a sizeable push heading into that show. Vince McMahon has since changed his tune and removed Balor from that match and not yet decided who Lesnar's opponent will be.
That speculation spread quickly, even to Finn Balor who decided to have a little fun with the rumors and post a couple social media posts doing regular things, but not being "over". Over is a term used to describe the popularity of a WWE Superstar with the audience and the rumor is that McMahon doesn't see Balor as "over" with the crowd as they'd hoped he would be.
Recent developments have come to light. Sports Illustrated‘s Justin Barrasso is reporting that Finn Balor was never, in fact, scheduled to be Brock Lesnar’s opponent at the WWE Royal Rumble because McMahon never deemed him worthy of that spot.
Barrasso notes a source said McMahon sees Balor as a different, but similar version of Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler has spent the better part of his WWE trying to get over as one of the WWE's better in-ring talents but just can't seem to stick with the audience. He's constantly booked to lose matches and rivalries and that treatment may be trickling down to a talent like Balor. McMahon is said to not be a fan of Finn Balor when he is not using his ‘Demon King’ persona.
It's bad enough that Ziggler is getting the shaft. If Balor begins to see the same mistreatment, it would be especially disappointing.