When Finn Bálor’s shoulder was injured during a match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam, with a spot similar to the one which ended Sting’s career, everyone knew it was going to reignite the debate about whether or not the Architect was dangerous in the ring.
Bret Hart spoke on it again, Taz came to Rollins’ defense. WWE got in on it by making it a part of Seth’s gimmick, including having Sami Zayn get “hurt” while wrestling the former WWE champ on the very night Bálor relinquished the Universal title due to his upcoming shoulder surgery.
There’s one person who isn’t blaming Rollins. Finn is following Sting’s lead and telling folks his injury had nothing to do with Seth. Bálor did so on the latest episode of Jim Ross’ The Ross Report podcast (transcription via WrestleZone):
Well, people are entitled to their opinions, but as far as my opinion goes, I have been hurt a lot of time working, and it’s never been with Seth Rollins. Obviously, if you work a lot, you are going to get hurt. Occasionally, this just happened coincidently, and I just so happened to be working with Seth, so as far as I’m concerned Seth is one of, if not the best performer we have in this business. I feel that all the flack he gets is totally unwarranted. Any kind of slack he gets for being unsafe is really ridiculous.
Check out the whole podcast for more, including the Irishman saying he feels like smiling for the first time since his injury was diagnosed, his rehabilitation plans, whether he watches New Japan since leaving and more.
But don’t expect Bálor to bad-mouth Seth Rollins.