July 16th was a HUGE day for wrestling fans around the world. On that night, for the first time in over a year and a half, WWE was going to be performed live in front of the WWE universe at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. And that wasn’t all.
For weeks leading up to the event, WWE had been teasing some massive returns for the big show. Names from John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Becky Lynch were teased to even, “The Great One,” himself The Rock. Unfortunately, none of those names were in the show but one unexpected name did get a big pop from the crowd. The Prince, Finn Balor.
Finn Balor? WHAT?!
Now, to the WWE fans who just watch the main brands of Raw and Smackdown, and just view NXT as purely, “Developmental,” like some well-known others, you probably forgot this guy even existed as he was buried there at the performance center in Florida for the last two years.
Before that though, he was the WWE’s first-ever Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins at Summerslam in 2016. Unfortunately during that next episode of Monday Night Raw, Finn Balor had to relinquish the championship after shoulder surgery had forced him on the shelf from the night before.
Two years of waiting
And that’s when things got interesting. From there WWE had sent Balor to NXT to rehab, get off his feet from traveling so much, and basically get a well-deserved break. All of it was supposed to be a three-month stint according to Balor himself. Well, that three months turned into two years of NXT dominance as he became a two-time NXT heavyweight champion; which, I applaud him for honestly.
Balor was on the pinnacle of success and at the highest point of his career, and in the blink of an eye, he was in NXT. He could’ve sulked, but he persevered and became a main event mainstay on the black and gold brand over the course of the next two years.
Get what’s yours
Which leads us to where we are today. The prince is back baby, and he’s made it clear he’s back for one thing and one thing only. The Universal Championship. The championship he never lost. He stated it on WWE’s The Bump in an interview with Kayla. He’s stated it in backstage interviews. Heck, he even went up to Roman Reigns himself and challenged him after he declined John Cena’s attempt at the title.
And look, John Cena vs Roman is a dream main event and literally the whole Summerslam promotion. But just think, Finn Balor possibly going back to where it all started to get the championship he never lost. Now that’s a story.
The Prince is back, so just let him get his, “Crown.”