“Unfinished Business” – Finn Balor Is Back on SmackDown for Roman Reigns’ WWE Universal Championship

Published 07/23/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Former WWE Universal Champion and two-time NXT Champion Finn Balor shocked the world as he came back to WWE SmackDown last week. He interrupted Sami Zayn’s segment and hit The Great Liberator with Coup de Grace.

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Balor returned to WWE programming after a two-month-long hiatus. He also returned to the main roster after two years. In his last main roster match, he lost to Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam 2019.

In the latest episode of WWE’s The Bump, ‘The Prince‘ revealed why he was back on the main roster after an acclaimed run in NXT. The hosts asked him which championship gold he is targeting.

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Obviously, you know, myself and the Intercontinental Championship, I’ve had a lot of association recently, but I think me personally, I have a lot of unfinished business with the Universal Championship,” Balor replied.

It’s something that gets brought up all the time: What if I hadn’t gotten hurt? What if things had been different? For me, it was the journey and what made me the man today.”

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 15: Michael Conlon and Finn Balor pose at the Final Press Conference for the Jose Ramirez vs Amir Imam Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

While Finn is grateful for his career so far, he can’t change the past. “But I feel like there has to be something revisited with the Universal Championship, and that’s why I’m back on SmackDown,” Balor confessed.

Balor became the inaugural Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins. But he had to relinquish the title soon because he sustained a shoulder injury. Since then, Balor is yet to win a World Title.

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Finn Balor reveals why he went to WWE NXT

After his loss at SummerSlam 2019, Balor went back to the Black and Gold brand. The reason for this was to “give Finn Balor a break from RAW and a break from SmackDown,” and “reset the character.”

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“It wasn’t supposed to be anything more than three months. It was to give me a little rest off TV, rest off the road, and to kind of give me a reboot and revamp. Obviously, things folded a lot differently than we expected; it turned into a two-year run almost in NXT,” Finn said.

He defeated Adam Cole to win the NXT Championship at NXT: Super Tuesday II. Balor thinks his recent run in NXT was the best work in his career so far.

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Balor is looking forward to channeling the same energy as he returns to The Blue Brand. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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