Thanks to his impressive form since his return to action, Finn Balor should be granted a Universal Championship Match against the defending champion, Brock Lesnar, at the Royal Rumble.
In August 2016, and more specifically in WWE’s biggest event of the summer, Summerslam, Finn Balor shocked the world and beat Seth Rollins to become the inaugural Universal Champion.
However, one day later, he was forced to relinquish his newly-acquired title, due to a shoulder injury that sidelined him for eight months.
Since claiming the title, Brock Lesnar has successfully defended it by decimating every opponent he has faced.
For his part, Balor, who said he was waiting for a Universal Championship Match in order to take the title back, beat Bray Wyatt and was part of Raw Men’s Team at Survivor Series, which prevailed over Smackdown Live’s one.
Although he didn’t have a decisive role in the match, Balor created a new rivalry with Samoe Joe and it seems the WWE prefers to promote this fight right now, with the two superstars facing each other on the Nov.20 edition of Monday Night Raw.
But, I don’t think this bout can go any further than one or two more matches, so the question now is what is next for Balor, ahead of the 2018 Royal Rumble in January.
Given it still is too early for Lesnar’s opponent to be revealed, I think Finn Balor would be the perfect option.
Certainly, he is a great talker on the microphone, while he is one of WWE Universe favourites, with the crowd always chanting his name.
In addition, he is impressive inside the ring, having worked very hard to become one of the best in-ring performers, while a match against the current champion would officially make him one of the top guys in the WWE.
Given that Lesnar has faced most of the RAW roster’s top stars, like Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns, Balor probably is the best option right now and will have a great opportunity to become one of the company’s faces.
However, WWE CEO, Vince McMahon, may have different plans, as, according to the rumours, Roman Reigns will challenge and beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34, which means the former UFC Champion will have successfully defended his title at the Royal Rumble in January.
That said, and if that’s what the WWE is planning for the first pay-per-view of the year, then it may be wrong for Balor to face the “Beast”, as a potential defeat to the current champion may lead to the Irish wrestler losing his momentum.
Overall, Finn Balor has been in great shape in the past few months and undoubtedly deserves a title opportunity to reclaim what he lost, due to injury.
But, if the WWE has different plans, then it would be better for him to have a Universal Championship Match after Wrestlemania 34, either against Lesnar or Reigns, in order to become a champion.
Until then, he will be able to face other top superstars, like Strowman for instance, and further enhance his in-ring performance.