WWE's original plans for Finn Balor as Universal Champion


WWE fans were glad to see Finn Balor finally receiving the booking he deserves on Sunday at Elimination Chamber, as he captured the Intercontinental Championship.

The Intercontinental title is only the second championship Balor has won on the main roster, with his first being the Universal Championship, which he won at SummerSlam 2016.

The Extraordinary Man's Intercontinental title reign has already lasted longer than his Universal title reign, as he had to relinquish the title on Monday Night Raw the following day after picking up a shoulder injury on the night he won it.

This injury forced WWE to change their plans for Balor, and they ended up booking Kevin Owens to win the Universal Championship on Raw the following week.

On a recent Wrestling Observer Radio, via Still Real To Us, Dave Meltzer has revealed what WWE's original plans were for Balor as Universal Champion.

Huge push

Meltzer stated that The Extraordinary Man was planned to receive a huge push following his Universal title win which would have seen him reach incredible heights.

He went on to say that Balor likely wouldn’t have surpassed Roman Reigns as the top face in the WWE, but that the company wanted him to be close to that level.


Balor's future

While it's unclear if WWE will ever get behind Finn to that extent again, it's clear that the fact he's Intercontinental Champion shows the company hasn't completely given up on him as a potential top star.

Balor won the Intercontinental Championship on Sunday at Elimination Chamber after defeating former champion Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a handicap match.


We currently don't know which superstar will be his first challenger for the title, as he is yet to be booked in a match for Fastlane next month.

However, it will be interesting to see exactly how The Extraordinary Man is booked between now and WrestleMania as it could be an indication as to what WWE has planned for him throughout the rest of the year.

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