Last night at Smackville, Finn Balor was scheduled to challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. However, he wasn’t cleared to compete because of an illness and Ali took his place on the show before Nakamura retained the IC Title.

There’s been some concern for Balor’s well being over the last twenty-four hours. The WWE Universe is waiting for Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam. That match is expected to be the last appearance for Finn because he’s taking a hiatus after the PPV.

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According to a report from on Sunday, a source revealed that WWE officials are hopeful that Finn will make a full recovery within 48 hours and there’s no cause for concern for SummerSlam. Finn Balor posted the following on Instragram:

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Obviously, Balor vs. Wyatt will be promoted this week on Raw and SmackDown Live but it may be on Wyatt to carry the week with promos or a “Firefly Fun House” segment. It’s been revealed that the match at Summerslam will only be the first of their new rivalry.

As of this writing, WWE officials plan for Balor vs. Wyatt continue after Finn is back on WWE programming in a few months. That will give the two a much bigger match with “The Demon” vs. “The Fiend” later this year, possibly even Survivor Series. However, a lot can happen over the coming months and creative plans can always change quickly.

Since Finn Balor is expected to take some time off after SummerSlam, the fans should be prepared for an angle to write Balor off WWE programming. That could give Wyatt’s “Fiend” a level of brutality and give Finn something to pursue once he makes his return.

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