It always looked like a long shot, and former WWE Universal champion Finn Bálor confirmed as much at a recent Wizard World appearance - he won’t be cleared to return in time for the December Raw pay-per-view (PPV) Roadblock.
In fact, the reason for his appearing on the advertisements at the venue seems to be exactly what my boss, Geno, guessed when he wrote that story up... it’s info which was submitted to PG Paints Arena prior to SummerSlam, where Finn was injured:
So I believe a lot of rumors went around this week about Finn Balor possibly returning at Roadblock, I think that was literally just a mistake that had been submitted before Summerslam, and that was the projected card, and it hasn’t been updated yet, so that was probably just an advertisement that slipped through the cracks. I can 100% guarantee – what date is Roadblock? December 18th? I will 100% guarantee that I will be home with my family and friends at Christmas. I will be back in 2017.
Bit of a bummer, but no major surprise. Leaves more room for the Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns Universal title feud the Pittsburgh venue leaked already, too.
Check out the full write-up of his appearance over at ScreenGeek.net, which also features a gruesome story about a shin injury which almost led to Bálor needing to have his leg amputated in Japan!