Finn Balor Injured at Summerslam, Relinquishes WWE Universal Title
UPDATE: On Monday Night Raw, Finn Balor relinquished the WWE Universal championship due to injury. A new champion will be crowned in a fatal four-way match next week on Raw. Earlier report below.
At WWE Summerslam 2016, Finn Balor was crowned the first-ever Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins. However, Balor’s reign could be over before it begins, if reports of his injury at the pay-per-view are to be believed.
According to the Wrestling Observer, Balor was injured after Rollins powerbombed him into the barricade. Although the severity of the injury has not been disclosed, his arm was in a sling after the show. However, Balor appeared on Good Morning America with Women’s Champion Charlotte, and he wasn’t wearing a sling, so perhaps the injury isn’t as severe as expected. Internally, there was a concern that Balor might need surgery.
For now, we know that Balor is going to be evaluated by doctors at tonight’s Raw taping. Presumably, if Balor isn’t cleared, this could lead to a complete rehaul of creative plans, considering much of the brand was due to be built around him as Universal Champion.
Regardless of how severe the injury is, I think the big takeaway here is that Seth Rollins really needs to stop powerbombing people into things. He ended Sting’s career with a turnbuckle powerbomb, and then put himself on the shelf for seven months trying to give Kane an unnecessary sunset flip powerbomb. And now this. It’s not that Seth isn’t a great worker, but it’s hard to really protect anyone on a powerbomb, especially if you’re launching them into a turnbuckle or the barricade. If nothing else, Seth is a good enough worker that he shouldn’t have to use moves like that. Hell, he’s one of the best guys WWE has right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the brand were built around him, in the event of Balor’s injury. But something has got to change with his style. Yes, accidents happen, but how many people need to get hurt with the buckle bomb before it gets taken out of the repertoire?
What do you think about the Finn Balor injury, and the safety of the Seth Rollins powerbomb? Sound off in the comments!
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