Finn Balor made his first appearance on NXT television towards the end of September to aid fellow International sensation Hideo Itami, taking out the team of Konnor and Viktor; The Ascension.
His highly anticipated in-ring debut ended in a victory, where he and Itami defeated the team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd. Fans who hadn’t seen the man compete on the independent circuit were left impressed with his first match, but the best is still yet to come.
PWInsider have provided an update on Finn Balor and just how long he is expected to remain on the NXT roster, and if the speculation surrounding his time in NXT is true, then you should expect to see Balor on the main roster sooner rather than later.
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Plans are now in motion for Hideo Itami and Finn Balor to continue their alliance well past their match against The Ascension at NXT Takeover: R Evolution. Balor and Itami are set to challenge for – and perhaps capture – the NXT Tag Team Championships which are currently held by The Lucha Dragons.
Currently the Vaudevillians are the number one contenders to the championships and there is a possibility that Simon Gotch and Aiden English could dethrone Sin Cara and Kalisto to avoid two face teams battling it out for the gold.
This is being set up so both Itami and Balor can then go on to make their own successful singles careers in developmental.
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MAIN ROSTER PUSH
They are both currently in NXT so they can ‘learn the style’ of the WWE and once they are comfortable with it they will be allowed more freedom. In Itami’s case, he is expected to stay on NXT longer than Finn Balor as he has an agreement with the WWE, that he doesn’t want to spend too much time on NXT but he still needs to be there to break into the company; setting up a situation where Balor could then make his main roster debut.
This means we could see a similar situation to what we saw with Rusev at the beginning of this year. During his time on NXT he made his official main roster in-ring debut at the Royal Rumble, and it seems as if one of the 30 spots available could belong to the Irish superstar.
The better option for Finn Balor would be to debut on the main roster the night after WrestleMania, the crowd are always wild during that time and he would receive a brilliant reaction and make an impact right away. This also gives Balor around six months to compete on NXT, get more familiar with the style, take part in storylines and potentially win a championship.
NXT TAKEOVER: R EVOLUTION
The next NXT special will take place on December 11, which will be live on the WWE Network – where Kevin Steen will also be appearing under his new persona, Kevin Owens.
On the night Itami and Balor will try to defeat The Ascension who themselves could be called up to the main roster after almost a year of speculation surrounding their call-up, it’s simply a matter of when and not if.
There is some time left for Balor to improve before his first live event, and there’s no doubt that he’ll handle the pressure as he is such an experienced superstar; and there looks to be exciting times ahead for Finn Balor as his main roster call-up will come up a lot sooner than expected.