WWE didn’t do Finn Balor any favors with the recent Superstar Shakeup. The former Universal Heavyweight Champion is right back where he started before the Royal Rumble, trying to climb a steep ladder with many WWE superstars in front of him.
The two-night event last week allowed NXT superstars Andrade “Cien” Almas, Ember Moon, Drew McIntyre, the Authors of Pain and No Way Jose to make their main roster debut. Also, with the additions of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre to the Raw roster, Balor is once again in wrestling purgatory.
The notion of a heel turn wouldn’t work either, as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows now compete on Tuesday nights. So what does WWE do with the ultra-popular star who has become a man without a program?
As much as I would love to see Rollins and Balor compete in one hour matches each week on Monday night, it’s not a feasible concept. The direction of WWE has turned. Rollins may get pushed towards the main event. And like Braun Strowman, Balor is searching for an identity again. Strowman will find his footing because of his size, his strength and his character. For everything that is solid about Balor’s skill and ability, he could find himself lost in the company shuffle.
The same could be said for other WWE stars, such as Bobby Roode, Tye Dillinger and Elias. The company must find a balance amongst its performers. While the main event picture on Monday night is settling, the mid-card is a bit more chaotic. Pushing The Miz over to Tuesday nights didn’t create space, rather it created more controversy.
WWE would have been better off sending Balor to SmackDown Live with Anderson and Gallows, forming a true Balor Club that would have helped tipped the scales in the blue brand’s favor. It would have also set up a potential feud with Daniel Bryan, which WWE fans would have devoured like grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.
Would WWE consider a Roode heel turn and a program with Balor? It could be interesting? Would a program with McIntyre or Ziggler do anything for the fan base? Not really? Is this a long and winding road Balor continues to travel? Yes.
Balor on Tuesday night could have also led to another feud with Samoa Joe, which never gets old. A change to face Shinsuke Nakamura and the potential of a heated rivalry with AJ Styles. I think I can honestly say WWE missed the boat on this one completely.
Also, any notion of a Balor/Brock Lesnar feud, as I have heard from a few friends, makes no sense. Balor’s lack of movement after WrestleMania 34 shows WWE’s willingness to move on from the former NXT great. At least for now.
A program with Strowman makes no sense, either.
The infusion of new talent on both brands will make it harder for Balor to get another push toward the main event. Suffering a shoulder injury once he became the company’s first ever Universal Champion was the worst thing that could have happened to him.
Another option may be the re-emergence of the “Demon King” persona, which could lead to a heel turn. If WWE can get mileage out of a Rollins-Balor feud, this might be the best way to go about it, with Balor turning on his “friend”.
While WWE must still determine what to do with Alicia Fox, Curt Hawkins, Dana Brooke, Goldust, and Mickie James, Balor is a cut above these superstars and deserves a better fate than the one he received on Monday night.
WWE does do in booking Balor in the coming weeks? Is this a chance for a revival of his career, or will he continue to travel that road of uncertainty – the one professional wrestlers hope to never walk through.