Why Finn Balor Should Go Back To NJPW

July 30, 2018


It's been just over 4 years now since Finn Balor left NJPW, known back then as Prince Devitt and the first leader of The Bullet Club, Balor jumped ship to WWE to embark on the next chapter of his wrestling career, signing to NXT. His time in NXT was a massive success, and many people started watching the show purely because of Balor and his Demon gimmick which was something new to most casual WWE fans. He had amazing matches with the likes of Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens, and it was clear that Balor was going to become a Superstar on the main roster. 



Once he made his debut on the Raw main roster, it seemed as though that Vince McMahon had some pretty big plans for Finn, after he defeated Roman Reigns clean to become the number one contender for the Universal Title. But unfortunately, Balor would suffer a serious shoulder injury in his match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016, which would lead to Balor being out of action for over 8 months. Once he made his return, it seemed as though the hype and the interest towards Balor had died off, and perhaps Vince McMahon had second thoughts for this push. Balor would instead go to the mid-card and wrestle in random tag team matches and chase the Intercontinental title here and there. In a strange turn of events, Kane would return to television and absolute bury Balor, making him look rather weak and quite frankly taking away all credibility he had as a potential main event attraction. 



It seemed as thought that Finn Balor would eventually experience as similar run as Bobby Roode, who would also be stuck in the mid-card, just standing around with a big goofy smile on his face. The most exciting thing that happened during this period was a brief reunion with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, former members of The Bullet Club. But it was cut short after the Good Brothers were sent over to Smackdown Live. Since his arrival to the main roster Finn Balor has yet to be booked in a standout feud as much as the roster in WWE do too. Despite having great matches against the likes of Seth Rollins, he still can't seem to catch a break. Something else that isn't helping how he continually reminds us that he is owed a rematch for the WWE Universal Championship which he had to relinquish last year after WWE Summerslam. But it's obvious that this will not happen for quite some time, if at all.



So, if Balor does end up deciding to go back to NJPW where he has a magnificent heel and a complete star, perhaps it would be best for his career. He could have some potentially great matches with Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Okada, Sanada and more, and maybe even have another run with the IWGP championship, which he never got to win while he was there. He would also be a great addition to the current Bullet Club/Firing Squad angle, old leader versus new leader. Or perhaps he's happy where he is and doesn't want to go back to Japan, maybe he's happy settling for the current spot he's in with WWE, it's comfortable and the money is good, so it's likely he'll stay put. 



At the end of the day, it's up to Balor and what makes him happy. Him going back to NJPW is mostly just a little bit of fantasy booking and probably won't ever happen. But this is wrestling, and you can never say never. I never thought I would see Chris Jericho back in a NJPW ring as their current IWGP Intercontinental champion, but hey, that happened. I guess if Balor continues his current run where he's being made to look like a joke, hiding in a little cubby house, or Finn's Fun House as they've now coined it, maybe he'll get sick of it and say farewell. Who knows? Maybe WWE will eventually pull the trigger and give Balor the push that he deserves, he's not getting any younger. Plus we haven't seen the Demon gimmick for almost a year now, one of the things that made his character so unique and interesting. It's just so damn cool as well. Or maybe he needs a heel turn, something fresh and different for him to sink his teeth into, but if he's current involvement with the LGBTQ community is anything to go by, then that probably won't happen either. Let's see how long it takes before Balor eventually loses that smile. 




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