Bleacher Report acknowledges rumors that Finn Balor, who emerged as the first-ever winner of the WWE Universal Championship but is currently on a hiatus due to an injury, could return to the ring at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 33. But the website cites Cageside Seats’ Randall Ortman, who insists that it is unlikely fans will see Balor at the Royal Rumble next month. Fans will have to wait for WrestleMania 33, or even later next year, to see Balor in action once again.
At any rate, Balor may still be working on his comeback trail. His appearances show him in high spirits. But realistically, the earliest is WrestleMania 33 and not the Royal Rumble taking place next month, Bleacher Report reported.
While nothing has been made official, it is likely that he will immediately set his sights on the Universal title. Kevin Owens is the current champion, but there are rumblings that Roman Reigns could eventually become Universal champion.
Seeing a Reigns vs Balor title-match could be fitting seeing how these two met before. Recall that it was Balor who cost the “Big Dog” the title opportunity at SummerSlam so there is a bit of beef there.
Against Owens, it remains to be seen how the creative team works this one out. Two former NXT stars going at it could be everything will still boil down to the script.