The timetable for Finn Balor to return from injury was always pegged as “sometime near WrestleMania.” And while the inaugural Universal Champion didn’t show up in Orlando for WrestleMania, he finally made his comeback the next night on Raw.
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SummerSlam is in the books, which means we’re basically at the halfway point in the wrestling year. That’s right, it’s all downhill to WrestleMania from here. Figuratively, and hopefully not literally, anyway. And even though WWE is in some form of semi-controlled chaos due to the brand extension and being forced to crown two Universal Champions within the first two weeks of the title’s existence, there are still some thing we’ve seen that have led us to make a reasonable assumptions about where things could go if WWE was currently being booked with WrestleMania in mind. And we can’t prove that it’s not, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (this time), and assemble a list of matches that we think could possibly happen at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.
When WWE revealed that Finn Balor had suffered a torn labrum and would be out 4-6 months, it turns out that was just the beginning, and Balor’s return to the ring will unfortunately not be taking place anytime soon. Balor provided an update on social media about his condition, and the results of his surgery. While everything went well, the full extent of Balor’s injuries were actually far worse than originally diagnosed.
It’s been no secret that legendary wrestler Bret “Hitman” Hart has a serious problem with wrestlers who cause injuries, and perhaps justifiably so, as his career was ended by a reckless move from a poorly trained opponent, while Hart can still lay claim to never injuring somebody in the ring during a match in his career. As a result, Hart has been quite vocal about Seth Rollins and his recent history, where several of his opponents have come away from matches with serious injuries. So, when Finn Balor went on the injured list as a result of a move taken during a match with Rollins, people wanted to know what Hart’s opinion was, and here it is:
Reports have surfaced which suggest that Roman Reigns’ suspension just before the Brand Extension changed more than a few long-term plans for WWE, so just for fun, we decided to see how many of their current issues they could blame on The Guy. According to the Wrestling Observer, the biggest change caused by Reigns’ suspension was the fact that it ended up sending the WWE World Heavyweight Title to Smackdown, with Dean Ambrose as champion, instead of Raw, which was allegedly the original plan. Reigns and Seth Rollins were expected to feud over that title, while the Universal Championship was supposed to be introduced as a Smackdown-exclusive title, and most importantly, won by AJ Styles, likely in the match against John Cena which happened at SummerSlam anyway. In addition, a planned undercard match for SummerSlam was supposed to see Finn Balor fight Chris Jericho, as the two were expected to have an extended feud for Balor’s initial period following his promotion from NXT. Instead, as Reigns was removed from the Universal title picture, Balor was inserted, and ended up winning the title at SummerSlam…and seriously injuring his shoulder, putting him out for roughly 4-6 months.
We’re not one day out from SummerSlam and there’s already a problem, as new WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor is injured and will have to relinquish the title. How will WWE address the newly-created vacancy for the Raw brand’s main title? We’ve got all the results from the first Raw after SummerSlam right here!
Winning the WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam was a huge first step for the main roster career of Finn Balor, but it’s possible the journey might have been delayed before it can even get underway. According to eyewitness reports and photos taken after SummerSlam, Balor was walking around with his right arm in a sling, leading to rumors he’d suffered some sort of injury. While Balor did make a scheduled appearance on Good Morning America on Monday morning with no sling in evidence, it has basically been confirmed that he did injure his shoulder in some way during him SummerSlam match. Balor is scheduled to be fully evaluated by doctors after Raw (so, he’s unlikely to actually wrestle tonight), and decisions will be made going forward depending on the final diagnosis.
We can say this much for WWE, they know how to put on a spectacle, and their powers were in full force for all of SummerSlam weekend. We saw the first Universal Champion crowned, absolutely glorious debuts, tearful farewells, and an ending that we still can’t quite believe, plus any number of other big moments. We’d love to go over every detail of what has been a very long SummerSlam weekend, but there is not enough time to explain, so we’ll have to sum up instead. Here’s everything that we though was worth talking about from an absolutely packed weekend of wrestling, starting with NXT TakeOver, and going all the way to the bitter end of what felt like a day-long SummerSlam event.
At SummerSlam, the Raw brand unveiled the new WWE Universal title, shortly before Finn Balor and Seth Rollins competed in a match for the chance to become the first Champion. To say that the design was met with less than completely positive support would probably be an understatement, as a rowdy Brooklyn crowd often interrupted the match with chants of “This belt sucks”. But what’s your opinion on the new title belt? Have a look at these photos from the show and tell us what you think!
This weekend was all about WWE’s biggest Pay Per View of the summer, and with 13 matches booked for the card and over six hours of time set aside for the show, it was definitely one of the longest WWE shows in recent memory. With so much to cover, let’s get right to the results of a very full night of wrestling!