WWE NXT Champion Finn Balor has been in the news a lot lately. Not only due to his stellar work in NXT, but also due to some certain news involving his former promotion, New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Members of the infamous Bullet Club, which Balor both started and led, are now headed to WWE. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are set to come into WWE within the next few months, potentially by March.
AJ Styles and Japanese legend Shinsuke Nakamura are set to follow Anderson and Gallows to WWE, as well. In NJPW, the Bullet Club literally kicked AJ Styles out of the group, as Kenny Omega took over leadership of the group at NJPW’s New Years Dash event. This was AJ’s last date with the company. However, he was done with his deal well before this time and really only stayed on to work Wrestle Kingdom 10, where he had a fantastic match with Nakamura.
Like NJPW, WWE’s plan for AJ Styles is to use him separate from the Bullet Club members. While Anderson and Gallows will not go by the Bullet Club on TV, as WWE does not own the rights to this name, they very well could be under the Balor Club banner eventually. This is, of course, all depending on how WWE wants to go with things as they always could come up with another name for Finn Balor’s potential group.
We all know Anderson and Gallows are coming, but what does this really mean for Finn Balor? It means that WWE will force the heel turn.
It has been rumored for months that WWE was going to turn Balor heel. The problem was that injuries kept occurring on the NXT roster just as much as they were happening on the main roster. Both Hideo Itami and Sami Zayn went down, which forced WWE to keep Balor a babyface as they had enough heels to sustain them. If they needed to turn someone heel at any point during this time, it was not going to be Balor, who was immensely over as a babyface. This also led to having WWE keep Kevin Owens on NXT programming months after he debuted. Now Zayn has returned, and Itami is soon to follow.
It appears that WWE is looking to turn Finn Balor heel now, due to this and the fact that his BC friends are arriving. It makes the most sense to pair him up with them. In fact, in a sign of things to come from this, he worked the main event against Sami Zayn in the NXT Chicago show as a full heel.
A faction like this only makes sense to be heel, and the team could do a lot on the main roster similar to The Wyatt Family. The Wyatt faction was always about elevating Bray Wyatt, while the other members did their own thing but always held to the mission of helping Bray. This group would do the same as it would always be about elevating Finn Balor to a high position instantly upon their arrival.
In NJPW, this worked wonders for Finn Balor known as Prince Devitt then. NJPW put the Junior Heavyweight Title on him three times when he was part of the club. Two times he held the title nearly a year or past it. He has the second longest time as champion with the title only behind Japanese legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger, who has eleven reigns with the title.
He held the title so long not just due to his own impressive ability in matches but because Gallows and Anderson helped him win. The same sort of things could happen with Balor and the NXT Title. The plan as of now is to have Finn Balor vs Sami Zayn at the big NXT special the night before WrestleMania 32. Could his friends come to help him then to betray Sami, but also allow Zayn to jump to the main roster a night or two later? Probably so.
Of course, this only makes us wonder how long Finn Balor will hold the title and who will take it off of him. On top of this, it makes us wonder if he’ll jump to the main roster with it. There are a ton of unanswered questions which will most likely get answered in the coming months.
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