Michael Cole opened Raw with even more bad news about Finn Bálor and his shoulder.
WWE.com’s article announcing his injury only stated that he might need surgery. Before Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley welcomed Finn down the ramp to relinquish the title he just won, becoming the first WWE Universal champion in history, lead announcer Cole delivered what many considered the worst case scenario.
Bálor has torn labrum, which will require surgery. Recovery time is estimated at six months.
The Irishman thanked the WWE, Seth Rollins (for the match of his life) and the fans. Obviously overcome with emotion, he hesitated as Foley reached for the belt which had just been affixed with his name plates. But he did, and Raw rolls on.
More on that in a bit...