Following being sent home from a tour of South America recently due to illness, there was some worry among fans that Finn Balor's status for WWE TLC tonight could be in jeopardy.
Luckily, that will not be the case. Balor returned to action on Saturday night at a WWE live event in Bakersfield, California. He wrestled in a triple threat match against Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler.
Balor will take on McIntyre tonight at TLC in San Jose, California. With McIntyre a man on the rise in recent months, the match should be interesting to see how Balor is used in that story. Still undoubtedly one of the most popular stars on the roster, fans have been clamoring for WWE's writing team to use Balor in a more important way than he has been of late. The first-ever WWE Universal Champion has never regained his throne.
Balor spoke recently on the Not Sam Wrestling Podcast about his match with McIntyre.
"The idea is never to steal the show, it is to go out there and have a good time. I am still trying to process the fact that I have a match against Drew McIntyre at TLC because I just found out through social media. It's crazy because we kind of come from the same general area on planet earth and we have had similar career paths, but we have never had a singles match on TV."
With WWE hyping the match against McIntyre today on their official Twitter feed, there should be no doubt that Balor will be ready to go tonight.
The rest of the card for tonight's WWE TLC is below. Be sure to check out our preview and predictions for the event as well.
- WWE Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
- TLC Triple Threat for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair
- WWE RAW Women's Championship Match
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nia Jax
- Triple Threat for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Bar (c) vs. The Usos vs. The New Day
- TLC Match
Braun Strowman vs. General Manager-Elect Baron Corbin
Stipulation: Strowman earns a Royal Rumble title shot from WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar if he wins. Corbin will be the permanent RAW General Manager if he wins but will lose all authority if he loses.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
- Chairs Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton
- Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 Finals
TBA vs. TBA
- Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
- Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
- Tables Match
Natalya vs. Ruby Riott