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Finn Balor was not originally planned for the title match at SummerSlam

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Just as quickly as Finn Balor arrived on Monday Night Raw and turned the WWE's flagship show upside down, he's gone.

For the time being, anyway. The Irishman suffered a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum during his WWE Universal title match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam and he is likely to be on the shelf for about six months.

It's a shame the former NXT champion's momentum has to be halted so quickly, especially after winning the belt at one of the company's biggest pay-per-views.


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However, according to Dave Melzer on Wrestling Observer Radio earlier this week, things could have been very different for the 35-year-old.

Meltzer noted that the original plan at SummerSlam was for Balor to face Jericho before Vince McMahon decided to go all the way with the NXT call-up.

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Jericho has been used in such a position before and he is a well-respected veteran in the WWE locker room. Of course, it was only this year's WrestleMania where Y2J gave AJ Styles his first big feud in the company, and look how well he's doing for himself now.

Instead, Balor was thrust into a championship match and suffered the consequences of Rollins' ever-dangerous turnbuckle-bomb. The same move effectively retired Sting, and now that Balor is out of action, how long will it be allowed to remain?

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Jericho now finds himself a part of an entertaining tag team with Kevin Owens aptly named 'JeriKO'. Balor, conversely, is rehabbing and will be on the outside looking in for the near future.

On this occasion, it's a gamble that hasn't paid off for Vince McMahon. In the short-term, anyway.

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