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Finn Balor, who lead the NXT to new heights, Finn Balor, whom was the first ever Universal Champion, Finn Balor, who “Isn’t over enough” according to Vince McMahon. Yes, that is the Finn Balor I am talking about. The timing could not be better for Finn’s heel turn at WrestleMania. Will it happen? Probably not, cause the creative team at WWE is still writing with their Crayons. But, let me throw this idea out there and you can decide for yourself.

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A Horrible Run Thus Far

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Vince and his Idiotic creative team have given Finn Balor very little to do since his return from injury. He had a horrible run against Bray Wyatt, where we got Pumpkin face Finn (Seriously? WTF was that?), a match where he almost, (Thank God Bray got sick and we didn’t see this garbage) wrestled Bray in drag as Sister Abigail. Since then he has been floating around the Mid-Card not really doing anything.  We now have a crappy version of the stable Finn created (the Bullet Club) as the Balor Club. Which is just a name, because the Balor Club does nothing that tells me they are a faction that are together and are trying to accomplish anything, besides hanging out.  As Price Devitt, Finn’s best run in NJPW was when he was a Heel. With his run in WWE not currently going anywhere at the moment why not have him turn Heel?

Build up to WrestleMania

Allow me to paint the scene for you. If the past weeks are any indication, with The Miz pitting them off against each other, we are building to Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins match. The Rumor is that Seth Rollins will walk away at WrestleMania as IC Champ. So why not add some added spice to the mix? So, at Mania let’s have Seth win the Title. In doing so, he screwed Finn over (stealing the pin from him, something like that) Finn gets raging mad and goes off like a rocket and beats down Seth. Thus, Finn turns his back on his friendly competiveness with Seth, claiming it is now personal. The Miz and Seth go at it for a few weeks, with Finn constantly disrupting the match, trying to get Seth to lose the title. This leads to a number one contender match against The Miz, with Finn going over. What this leads to is a heated feud, building to the perfection of Seth vs. Finn. Raising the stock of everyone involved.

Final Thoughts

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Wouldn’t turning heel hurt Finn’s image? No, because he isn’t doing anything of great importance, and isn’t “over enough,” according to Vince.

Being a heel would hurt his merchandise sales. Yea, cause when he created The Bullet Club those shirts didn’t sell. (Eye Roll)

Wouldn’t Fans be upset? Yes, but that is the point of being a heel. Everyone that seen Finn do his thing in NJPW would breathe the fresh air, of him finally being a heel again.

For those of you who never seen him as a heel in NJPW, because let’s be honest Vince didn’t either. Allow me to pitch it to you. Finn with his cocky smile, being a smart ass, being able to back up what he says because he is damn good in the ring, having the good brothers behind him to back him up, and help him (cheat) to excel, sounds like a heel to me. Would he be hated at first? Most likely, but that is how heels work. But, once fans got through the initial shock phase, we would finally have a cool bad guy and a cool faction in the Balor Club. One that we haven’t seen in the WWE since the days of DX, we would all love to hate Finn and his crew’s antics, making him popular and cool as a renegade bad guy. Thus, making him “Over enough.”

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Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans

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Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’

The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.

I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.

WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.

Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.

Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.

Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!

For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?

WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.

Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.

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Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?

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Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE

After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!

After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum. 

With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield. 

Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud. 

So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored. 

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