While a lot of people were thrilled to see NXT call-up Finn Balor defeat Roman Reigns for a spot in the WWE Universal Championship match at SummerSlam, a few outspoken people had a different opinion. Most notable would be the words of Ric Flair on the MLW Podcast, who doesn’t appear to be a far of Balor. Flair said that he felt Roman should have won that match, and after some equivocation about how good as a competitor Balor is, Flair then said that he felt Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler is a bigger match than Balor vs Seth Rollins, and he wouldn’t pay to see the second one. He then made the statement “I don’t think we’ll ever see the day, and I could be wrong, where a cruiserweight will main event WrestleMania.”
Well, it’s a good thing he said he could be wrong, because cruiserweights essentially already have main-evented WrestleMania. While the current definition of “cruiserweight” in WWE is set at wrestlers who weight 205 pounds or less, Seth Rollins (who Flair called “a true heavyweight”) is listed at 217, Dolph Ziggler (who, remember, is a bigger deal in Flair’s eyes than Balor) is 218, and Daniel Bryan, who you might recall was both the main event of WrestleMania XXX and arguably the man around whom the entire show was built, is listed at a svelte 210. And even though they wouldn’t fit under the current definition, in their day, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were far smaller than the typical Superstar. Let’s also not forget that while Rey Mysterio wasn’t in the last match of the evening, he was in the World Heavyweight title match at WrestleMania 22 (and if anyone should be willing to acknowledge that Mania could have multiple main events, it’d be the guy who was in a “main event” WWE Title match midway through WrestleMania VIII). While it’s true that Finn is an admittedly light 190, and we don’t have 16 World titles to our name to back up our crazy statements, we’d suggest that he has a better chance of main-eventing a WrestleMania than many other, bigger, Superstars on the roster.
Man, we hope nobody told Ric about his daughter’s desires to main event a WrestleMania someday. If he thinks Finn Balor is too small, the prospect of a woman might kill him.
You can listen to the pertinent part of the interview right here: