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Earlier this week, rumors went around that WWE Champion would be making a return to WWE.

Some speculated that it was too soon, and when asked personally at this weekend’s Wizard World Convention in Pittsburgh, Finn Balor officially put those rumors to rest himself:

“So I believe a lot of rumors went around this week about Finn Balor possibly returning at roadblock, I think that was literally just a mistake that had been submitted before Summerslam, and that was the projected card, and it hasn’t been updated yet, so that was probably just an advertisement that slipped through the cracks. I can 100% guarantee – what date is roadblock? December 18th? I will 100% guarantee that I will be home with my family and friends at Christmas. I will be back in 2017.”

While that will probably come as a disappointment to fans expecting a return, it’s not really a surprise. It also means that the wrestler could return for Wrestlemania, but we’ll wait and see. It brings up the interesting question of who Balor could wrestle next. Could it be Hulk Hogan?

Probably not, but at the same panel, we asked the wrestler how he would feel about Hogan returning to the WWE, and he was 100% behind it:

“Obviously, the expression is [that] anything can happen in the WWE, and me as a fan, I would love Hulk Hogan to come back. I don’t know if that’s possible, but a lot stranger things have happened in the past, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility one bit – and I’d love it. If I got an opportunity to wrestle Hulk Hogan, that would be even better.”

With WWE trying to stack the Wrestlemania card as full as it can possibly be, that seems to be the most realistic return for Balor (if he is ready). It’s also been rumored that Hulk Hogan will return at the event, so as is the cast with every rumor – we’ll just have to wait and see.