Finn Balor is an under-utilized superstar on the WWE roster.
Whether you know him as Prince Devitt, a co-founder of the Bullet Club, The Demon, Fergal, or Finn Bálor; the inaugural WWE Universal Champion is considered to be one of the best wrestlers in the world today. Moreover, he’s one of the few superstars who can stake the claim of being a hot commodity outside of WWE before ever setting foot in the company.
After a successful stint in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Bálor would go on to sign with the WWE in 2014. Initially, he’d establish himself as one of NXT’s top prospects.
Then, 2016 happened.
This was the year that Finn Bálor “graduated” from the black and gold brand to the main roster. It was also the year that he’d become the company’s first Universal Champion when he defeated Seth Rollins at that year’s SummerSlam event.
Standing at about 5’9 and weighing in at a little less than 200 pounds, Bálor’s success in WWE isn’t exactly what you’d call a common thing. The company has been described as “the land of the giants” in the past and while the former Universal Champion is a lot of things, a giant isn’t one of them.
So, when a guy his size was given the opportunity to become the top man in the promotion, it was refreshing.
Unfortunately, we never got a chance to see what direction Bálor was headed in with his newly won Universal Title, as he suffered a shoulder injury during the match. Consequently, he was forced to relinquish the title less than 24 hours after he won it.
Since then, the extraordinary man who can do extraordinary things has healed up and made his return to WWE.
Placing Finn Balor at the top of the card would be the right decision.
He’s won championships, returned to NXT, lost championships, returned to the main roster, and been involved in some pretty screwy finishes. To sum things up, he’s done just about everything there is to do in WWE.
While Bálor has still been able to find success since his main roster breakout year in 2016, things just aren’t the same anymore. These days, it just seems like he’s more of a supporting cast superstar as opposed to his peak a few years prior.
At the end of the day, the odds of him becoming a major player in WWE were limited due to his size, yet he beat those odds in 2016. Can he beat the odds again in 2021/2022? Sure, he’s 40 years old and that’s still more than enough time to climb back to main event status in WWE. But, at his age, he isn’t considered a spring chicken anymore, either.
Alas, what’s next for Finn Bálor?
What direction is WWE planning on going in regards to his stint with the company?