Finn Balor should have been celebrating the greatest day of his life at SummerSlam, where he became the first WWE Universal Champion.
Instead, Balor spent it in a state of dread as he worried about just how bad the injury to his shoulder was. The diagnosis was a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder thanks to Seth Rollins' ill-advised Buckle Bomb to the barricade.
That injury required surgery which will keep Balor out for a large period of time. However, a new update on the situation doesn't sound very promising.
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John Cena made a superhuman comeback from a torn labrum, appearing at WrestleMania 32 earlier this year despite rehabbing for only three months.
While there was hope that Balor could do something similar, it seems incredibly unlikely that the Irishman will be back before four months, at the very least, according to an update from PW Insider.
"...We had heard 4-6 months but there was concern backstage that he could be out of action for even longer."
It seems like the WWE would love to have Balor back by the Royal Rumble, but that would only give him 3-4 months to make a big enough recovery to be able to take part in the Rumble match itself as a shock entrant.
WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida seems like a much more likely return for The Demon King. That would only be 6-7 months, however, which could still be pushing things close if the rehab doesn't go as well as expected.