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Finn Balor to the main WWE roster post-Wrestlemania?

Finn Bálor has sent shock waves through the WWE universe since signing with the company last July. With his already noteworthy reputation around the world and the amazing buzz he has caused since joining the NXT roster, the only question is not will he be called up to the main roster, but when? Word getting around is that talks within WWE are to bring Bálor up shortly after Wrestlemania.

The post Wrestlemania story line rebuild is the favorite time for WWE to bring new developmental talent up to the main roster, and this year appears no different. Names being tossed around for the move are Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and Charlotte, all of which have spent their fair share of time with developmental. Bálor, even with his limited time with NXT (debuting at tapings last fall) is obviously just as ready for the move as the NXT veterans joining him on the rumored list. Fueling the rumor, he also worked a main roster live event last week in Anaheim defeating Tyler Breeze.

Since his arrival on the scene in NXT, Bálor has been a standout turning heads and impressing fans at every appearance. With his well crafted in ring style, grand entrance and special occasion body paint, he is bringing a much-needed fresh and exciting element to the WWE. You could see awe in the faces of the fans that had never experienced the body paint entrance of Bálor before at NXT Takeover: Evolution in December when he and Hideo Itami defeated The Ascension. The buzz has also slightly crossed into the mainstream media with TV Guide saying that he is “destined to be the organization’s next big superstar.”

With over fourteen years experience in the ring and an already endless list of achievements, the former Prince Devitt is no doubt ready for any plans the WWE will lay out for him. He has made a major name for himself with countless title victories around the world, his ability being a successful face or heel and the amazing run he had in New Japan Pro Wrestling forming the top faction in the wrestling world today, The Bullet Club.

Bálor’s age may also be a reason in WWE’s current decision-making. Turning 34 this July, he is not a young pup like many of the developmental hopefuls and that surely plays into wanting to pull the trigger on him sooner than later. Currently being at the prime of his career and athletic ability, it would be a win-win for both parties to make the move now.

Overall, if WWE does decide to go a head with this move, I see only positive reaction coming from the fan base and the boost of interest it will add to the main roster coming out of Wrestlemania season. There is always a fear of what Vince and his team will decide to do with new talent, but if they let Bálor continue on with his current success, he will be a major draw for the foreseeable future. WWE is coming off a rough year of poor fan reactions to the product and story lines they have provided. This new class of NXT talent ready to make the move to the main roster is the most exciting and intriguing yet. With Bálor leading the way, they will bring the refresh that’s needed to confidently move WWE forward in 2015.

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Drew Ortman

Drew Ortman is a writer, wrestling fan and guitarist who resides in Chillicothe, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio University and former pro wrestling newspaper reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or follow on Twitter @drewortman.

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