Finn Bálor, the shortest-reigning WWE Universal Champion of all time, has of course been on the shelf with a shoulder injury since just after SummerSlam in August. But he popped up again this weekend, getting involved in Insane Championship Wrestling’s Fear and Loathing IX iPPV in Scotland, and taking it to TNA’s Drew Galloway, who always seems to wind up in the middle of things involving WWE-contracted wrestlers appearing on indie shows.
Bálor had been advertised for the event as a “special guest enforcer.” Similar to people like William Regal and Sami Zayn appearing for EVOLVE in the past, Bálor cut a promo addressing the crowd that was not broadcast as part of the iPPV, but he did end up getting involved in the main event, and his appearance there was broadcast, as you can see below.
Bálor’s involvement directly led to the finish of the main event, as Team Dallas of Grado, Chris Renfrew, Sha Samuels and DCT gained control over ICW with their win over Team Black Label of Drew Galloway, Jack Jester, Kid Fite and Bram.
If Bálor is appearing at other companies’ events sans sling, healthy enough to swing a bat (or whatever), it might be time to officially put ourselves on Bálor Watch and get pumped for his return. He has already ruled out making a comeback in time for December’s Roadblock PPV, but January’s Royal Rumble makes a lot more sense for everyone, all around. (Yes, that was rampant speculation. Let me have it. It’s the only kind of speculation I’ve got.)