The WWE taped their next three weeks of NXT television taping at Full Sail on Wednesday night and an injured WWE superstar made his big return. Wrestling Inc reported that the long awaited Finn Balor injury return occurred at the event. In the main event of the March 22 show, Shinsuke Nakamura battled former cruiserweight champion TJ Perkins in what was said to be a fun match.
After the match ended, Bobby Roode came out and told Shinsuke to get out of the ring or else. When Nakamura didn’t leave the ring, Andrade “Cien” Almas ran in and the two heels began to beat down Shinsuke. It was former NXT champion Finn Balor who ran in for the big save.
Finn Balor hit the Slingblade onto Roode while Shinsuke hit his Kinshasa to Almas. After that, the heels ran and Finn Balor cut a promo about his return for what is his – meaning the WWE Universal Championship title. He then wished Nakamura a happy birthday and saying “we are NXT.”
Finn Balor tore his labrum in the match against Seth Rollins that he won the WWE Universal Championship, the first man to ever hold the title that was created after the WWE brand split. The injury was worse than expected with a 180-degree tear, a torn pectoral tendon and bicep, a fracture to his neck, and cartilage damage.
While there was no exact date the Finn Balor injury return, the former champion said that he wanted to come back in time for WrestleMania. With the card closing in, there seems little time to put him into any kind of angle for his return in time for the big show.
That has to be disappointing since Finn Balor was shot to the top of the WWE when he arrived from NXT. He beat both Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins clean in singles matches on his way to the title. The WWE went all in on Finn Balor and had to change course after his injury.