After months of speculation, Finn Balor finally made his highly-anticipated debut on Monday Night Raw following a successful stint on NXT over the past two years.
Despite appearing on stage in the quietest of fashions, Balor’s debut probably had the biggest impact than any NXT call-up in history.
Kevin Owens attacked John Cena; Sami Zayn also gave him a great match, but none made an impact quite like Balor. He won a Fatal 4 Way match, then defeated Roman Reigns clean in the middle of the ring and is now battling Seth Rollins at SummerSlam for the new WWE Universal Championship.
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In the space of a few hours, Balor went from an NXT call-up to a main event superstar. It’s obviously too early to judge how he will fare in the big leagues, but he’s already being called the face of the future in the WWE.
That’s quite a statement to give to someone that has only appeared on Monday Night Raw once, despite being a decorated wrestler in Japan and the longest reigning NXT Champion in history. However, speaking to WWE.com, Balor didn’t get ahead of himself when that topic was brought up.
He said: “People can label me as the face of the future, but I’ve been doing this for 16 years. For me, this is nothing new.
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“I’m very assured of my ability when I’m in the ring. In the ring, I consider myself quite capable.
“I can handle myself. That’s a very flattering moniker, to be called the face of the future, and hopefully, I can live up to that.”
That does add a lot more pressure on Balor to impress, which many expect he will. This comes as quite a surprise as rumours over the past month suggested Vince McMahon would sour on Balor, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
He now has a few more episodes of Raw to impress and prove he belongs in the big time, and the emergence of The Demon at SummerSlam – and perhaps a win – could cement his status as a main event star on Monday Night Raw.
Is Finn Balor the face of the future in the WWE? Or is it too soon to say that? Have your say in the comments section below.