The Judgment Day’s Finn Balor has reflected on his whirlwind Universal Championship win and how he had to give up his title.
On the 25th of July 2016 edition of Raw, Finn Balor made his debut on the brand one week after he was drafted from NXT and became one of the number one contenders that would do battle at SummerSlam for the newly created Universal Championship.
At SummerSlam, Balor defeated Seth Rollins to win the championship but his joy was short-lived. Finn Balor suffered a shoulder injury during the bout that kept him out of action for around seven months. That meant the Irish star had to relinquish his Universal Championship less than 24 hours after he won it.
Speaking in an interview with BT Sport, Finn Balor reflected on the night he handed over his title to Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon – then the respective General Manager and Commissioner of Raw – and says it was all a blur:
“I don’t really have much memory from this at all (the night I relinquished the WWE Universal Title) and there wasn’t any planning that went into it. Obviously, I had a couple of lines I wanted to get out but, I even remember Mick Foley lifting my arm and I’m thinking, oh, that’s weird. We haven’t even spoken about this or anything and I didn’t know Stephanie [McMahon] was gonna be in the ring, like when I went out there, Stephanie was in the ring. ”
“But, this day was such a blur because I went from the night before at SummerSlam, straight from the hotel and we had to get up at 6 AM to go and do media so I hadn’t really slept because of the adrenaline and the media and everything so at 6 AM, went in to do media, Good Morning America and from there, we went straight to the hospital and straight from the hospital, we went straight to the show so I hadn’t really been to bed since the Saturday night so, that was kind of a blur.”