Vince McMahon Not Convinced by Finn Balor, Universal Title Match at the Rumble Reportedly Changed

Plans for Finn Balor to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at The Royal Rumble have been changed.

Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline received word that WWE changed plans Monday morning and were talking about it on Sunday as well. Vince McMahon apparently doesn’t feel that Balor is over enough to have a match with Lesnar at The Rumble and that is the reason Balor was recently put in matches against Strowman, Kane and Samoa Joe and didn’t come out on top.

Meltzer indicated that WWE could book Lesnar to face Braun again at The Royal Rumble but the problem is that we have already seen that match and the company doesn’t want to make Strowman look weak with another loss to Lesnar. Meltzer said that WWE is “scrambling” for an opponent for Lesnar and plans are “up in the air” right now.

“So the Royal Rumble Main Event was scheduled to be Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor for the Universal Championship. And obviously, if you watched the show last night, you probably would come to the conclusion that’s probably not the direction they were going to go. And if you watched RAW tonight, I think that you would empathetically realize that had to have changed. So what I was told was that the official change was actually made this morning. But it was definitely talked about yesterday. Vince McMahon felt that Finn Balor wasn’t over enough. I think obviously he decided even before, with how that match was laid out. Finn Balor wasn’t put in that match to shine.”


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