Finn Balor will face Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam in two weeks. He’s had a recent run of bad luck after losing the Intercontinental Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura on the Extreme Rules preshow. However, the reason for the title loss and surprising feud with “The Fiend” is that Balor will be taking some time off from WWE after SummerSlam.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Cultaholic, Balor requested two months off after SummerSlam and WWE officials have granted his wish. There are no plans for him after the event and his hiatus from the company will begin immediately after the biggest party of the summer. Based on his booking, that’s not the worst idea.
There’s been some speculation about Finn Balor feuding with AJ Styles and The OC, or even joining the group to turn heel. That could freshen up his character since he’s been a babyface his entire run with the company. He’s been a top babyface, but most people would argue that Balor is capable of more than he has accomplished thus far in WWE.
With Finn Balor taking a break after SummerSlam, the odds of him putting over Wyatt are extremely high. It’s possible Balor could suffer his first lost as “The Demon,” but the powers that be have intentionally spared him from losing as the character to save face.
A break will be good for Finn Balor. It gives him a chance to heal and return with a new perspective and opportunity to make an impact on WWE television. His shoulder injury after winning the WWE Universal Championship really hurt his top star status because he was forced to take a year off. Two months could be just enough to heal and regroup.
Would you turn Finn Balor heel when he returns to WWE?