After being taken out by injury last August, having to relinquish his newly won Universal Championship, Finn Balor is advertised to be making his in-ring return tonight at the WWE Raw live event in Buffalo, New York. Wrestling News World reported yesterday that originally he was meant to make his return on Monday night’s episode, but because Undertaker’s appearance had been pushed back from Fastlane to Raw, Balor got bumped because they didn’t want two returns on the same show.
But that hasn’t stopped him training hard for his return, as his tweet with the original Too Sweeters the Kliq shows.
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) March 10, 2017
Sadly, cardboard Kevin Nash tore his quad shortly after that photo was taken.
Balor isn’t the only one making plans for his in-ring return.
This week’s Talking Smack was one of the show’s best ever episodes, with The Miz, Maryse and Daniel Bryan having a fierce war of words that delved into some very real source material: Nikki Bella going out with Dolph Ziggler before getting with John Cena, The Miz being a corporate stooge and how Bryan can’t wrestle anymore because of multiple concussions.
Bryan seemed genuinely provoked by The Miz’s last comment and replied: “I can’t, or they won’t let me? We’ll see in a year and a half and see what happens.” This is presumably in reference to WWE not medically clearing Bryan to wrestle again, despite many doctors agreeing that he can. The year and a half time period must be when his WWE contract is up, freeing him to go and wrestle elsewhere if he so chooses.
The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting just that, with Dave Meltzer revealing Bryan “has already mentally developed a new ring style that he believes will allow him to have interesting matches with lower risk...One of his bucket list goals has been to work in CMLL and build a program to do a hair vs. mask match on an anniversary show…he was rushed into that retirement speech by Vince McMahon that very well could have been premature.”
But a year and a half is a long time away, and a lot can change in between now and then. Most significantly, perhaps, being the birth of your baby child.
In an interview with E! News, where she referenced herself being a strong independent woman twice in a 30 second period, Brie Bella revealed that her and Bryan’s daughter will most likely be called ‘Birdie’. Weirdly, Brie will soon be launching a lingerie brand with her sister Nikki called Birdiebee – but apparently that played no part in the baby name discussions.
The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter is also reporting some interesting details on Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the ultimate thrill-ride Wrestlemania 33. As the Wrestling Observer has had an incredible track record of late, spoiler warning in 3…2…
Lesnar vs Goldberg has been pencilled in as Wrestlemania’s main event for months, so the last match of the show, and unless plans change, “Lesnar will win the title.” This fits in with WWE’s booking logic. Brock getting dispatched so quickly by Goldberg at both Survivor Series and in the Royal Rumble dictates he gets his win back.
CageSideSeats’ rumor section are reporting that the match isn’t expected to go very long, but it will be substantially longer than their Survivor Series and Royal Rumble encounters, so expect around 5-7 minutes.