In the 34 year history of the Showcase of the Immortals, many superstars have graced the biggest stage in wrestling, WrestleMania. There have been legends like Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, and Bret Hart to name a few. Countless big championship main events too. However, every year since his debut at WrestleMania 7 in 1991, there has been one presence that a majority of the time overshadowed the main event, that man being The Undertaker.
While wrestling is very much about the actual wrestling, a large part is also character work and presence. Nobody had a bigger presence on the biggest show of the year than The Deadman. He looked different and his entrances were always dark, eerie, and due to the larger-than-life packaging, he had a presence that was unmatched. However, with Undertaker retiring, who could possibly take “The Undertaker” role at WrestleManias to come?
The only answer to that question is Finn Balor but not just regular Finn Balor, Demon Finn.
Demon Finn made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 35 against Bobby Lashley, where he reclaimed the Intercontinental Championship. I think the Demon taking that role is almost a given and if done right, is absolutely possible. The character is very much like an Undertaker, with a dark kind of feel. Also if you’ve watched his work in NXT, his TakeOver entrances were always fantastic. If you take that and put it on a stage like WrestleMania, he will quickly develop that persona. On top of that, with the Demon character only coming out on occasions, if they only make it a WrestleMania thing, it has the potential to feel even bigger. Undertaker was Undertaker every time he wrestled, but Finn only pulls the Demon out on special occasions and that would immediately give him presence.
Undertaker never needed to be an amazing wrestler because his character was so good, but I believe Finn has the presentation and a high level wrestling ability. I don’t think they would do an undefeated streak as long as Undertaker’s since Balor and WWE would have to work very hard to make him a bigger character than Taker, but I think he can certainly fill that dark, supernatural void.
When you look at the level of presentation that comes with The Undertaker’s character, Demon Balor is the best candidate to replicate that level of presentation and presence on the biggest stage of the year.