WWE acknowledged the fact on WWE Raw that Finn Balor was dealing with a concussion. They did not reveal the extent or exact location of the injury. But it is now officials that he would not be performing on tomorrow night’s episode of Mixed Match Challenge. Next up in this tournament is the semi-finale that will take place immediately after Smackdown Live.
Finn Balor and Bayley were one of the two teams that were representing WWE Raw. But in his absence, there is a new man to team up with Bayley. He is Apollo Crews whom we saw on last night’s WWE Raw, as well. Bayley has gone up against Alicia Fox in a singles capacity. Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers were distracting her for the entire time of the match until Apollo Crews shows up.
He played a pivotal role in Bayley’s victory over Fox on WWE Raw. Thereafter, WWE.com confirmed that Apollo Crews and Bayley will be the newest team of WWE Mixed Match Challenge,
“In the wake of the news that Finn Bálor suffered an injury and won’t be able to compete in the WWE Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, Apollo Crews has been named as his replacement. Together, Crews & Bayley will battle Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox in a high-stakes playoff showdown, tomorrow at 10 ET/7 PT on Facebook Watch. Will Crews help Bayley emerge victorious en route to the finals of WWE Mixed Match Challenge Playoffs at WWE TLC? Find of when MMC streams LIVE exclusively on Facebook Watch immediately after SmackDown.”
Finn Balor and Bayley were the favorites to win the Mixed Match challenge, this year. In their absence, a new team should become the new favorites. It is not likely that Apollo Crews will be a suitable replacement for a talent like Finn Balor.
Meanwhile, the good news is that Finn Balor is still available for WWE TLC. WWE has not removed him from the official match card of the TLC match card. He will go one-on-one against Drew McIntyre in a huge match. We did not see much progress of this particular storyline since Finn Balor was not present on the show. But we expect him to show up to compete on the PPV night.
Drew McIntyre delivered a huge ambush on WWE Raw to Finn Balor, last week. He was left lying on the floor as the officials ran down to make the save. WWE used this storyline angle as the reason behind Balor’s injury. We hope that he is not dealing with a much severe injury that would prevent him from performing at WWE TLC.