Finn Balor: Universal Championship Win Might Have Happened "Too Soon"

Cristina Cross
January 28, 2019

The 30-man, over-the-top-rope match with a world title shot up for grabs will go down as planned PLUS a second annual 30-woman Royal Rumble match.

Balor became the first-ever Universal Champion at SummerSlam 2016 when he defeated Seth Rollins.

According to WWE, Cena sustained the left ankle injury during the main event of the January 14 episode of Raw.

He will solidify that spot by winning the men's Royal Rumble match.

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Finn Balor made his entrance first making Royal Rumble the worldwide Balor Club. The punishment continued for Balor as he received another suplex on the floor.

Finn Balor will forever go down in the history books as the first Universal Championship, even if he had to relinquish the title nearly immediately due to injury. Lynch now has the opportunity to fight either SmackDown Women's Champion Asuka or Raw Women's Champion and voice of Sonya Blade Ronda Rousey.

If "The Philly Special" was Philadelphia's sporting zenith for this decade, then this maddening edition of the Royal Rumble is perhaps the nadir (partially because nobody remembers Battleground 2017).

The finish saw Balor hit his Coup De Grace for a two count, which was immediately turned into a Kimura Lock by Lesnar.

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Strowman was advertised to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship, but was replaced with Finn Balor following an angle where Strowman destroyed Vince McMahon's limousine.

"People talk about it took a long time", Balor told the New York Post.

The Road to WrestleMania 35 officially begins Sunday night at the 2019 Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Phoenix.

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