On the heels of the Superstar Shake-up, many big names switched brands, one of those being Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor. This move gives Finn many exciting potential feuds and a much needed change of scenery.
Read the potential feuds for Balor on SmackDown Live below.
#3 – Kofi Kingston
Kofi winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania is genuinely one of the best moments in wrestling history. I understand that he just won the title and Finn is already Intercontinental Champion, but I would love to see this feud for the WWE Championship in the near future. Finn always got left out of the main event scene on Raw, which I think is a huge missed opportunity because he could be massive. Now that he is on SmackDown, I am very confident that he will win the WWE Championship this year.
Then you look at the styles of Kofi and Finn, this would have Match of the Year written all over it. All of us want to see Kofi with a long reign, but when he drops it, I would love for it to be against Balor. Also if you wanted to bring out the idea of Demon Balor, that character against the fun-loving New Day could be a fantastic dynamic.
#2 – Kevin Owens
When I started watching NXT, this is one of the first feuds I remember: Owens vs Balor for the NXT Championship, and it was absolutely amazing. Their styles blend so well, this has potential to be a fantastic feud on the main roster. This can be for the Intercontinental Title, the WWE Title, or no title at all, and it could be a blockbuster feud with SmackDown heading into the Fox era. Owens mirrored Finn in a lot of ways on Raw because they both won the Universal Title, dropped it then did not sniff the main event scene again.
Give these guys a solid few weeks of build up and 15 minutes on a PPV and they could create absolute magic in the ring.
#1 – Daniel Bryan
Now as of this writing, Daniel Bryan might be hurt and we don’t really know what’s going on with him. However, for the sake of this article let’s pretend he’s fine and will pick up where he left off. I think angry New Daniel Bryan and smug, happy Finn Balor feuding (championship or not) would be an amazing feud. Balor is one of the best wrestlers in the world, and so is Bryan so the match would easily be a Match of the Year contender. If you look at both of their promo abilities and the promo’s leading up to it, they would be next level. I know WrestleMania has just passed but this is a WrestleMania-level feud and I honestly think it would give SmackDown a ton of buzz, which they are looking for with the move to Fox. This is #1 on my list simply because it is a dream match of mine and with Daniel Bryan’s new heel persona, I think it would just be one of the best things WWE could do if Bryan isn’t hurt. I can’t think of a better feud for Balor with his move to SmackDown, this is a rivalry that fits the show perfectly.
The surface has been scratched with the feuds available on SmackDown for Finn, and with the brand generally being better, this is one of the best moves they could have made in my opinion.