Finn Balor has a big match on WWE NXT tonight as he challenges for the NXT Championship that he lost last month to Karrion Kross. It’s Balor getting a rematch against Kross for the NXT Title. Heading into that match, Balor did an interview with Fox Sports talking about his life and career. Here are some highlights.
Balor spoke about facing Karrion Kross for the NXT Title.
“I really had no idea what to expect when I stepped in the ring with him. I knew he was strong. I knew he was talented. I knew he had a lot of potential. When I was in the ring with him, when we locked up, I knew this guy has it. On every level.”
“I’m eagerly looking forward to the rematch on NXT. And I’m looking forward to it for a lot more reasons than I was the first one. The first one I knew there was gonna be a big match aura, obviously. Two entrances, the similar stories of relinquished titles, came back, now fighting over the same title, and it had a built-in story. Now I’m just looking forward to the fact that I just get to wrestle him again because I think he’s got all the tools. He’s gonna be a huge star in the future.”
Balor commented on how his current Finn Balor character is the closest to how he is in real life.
“The current Finn Balor character is the most accurate to my personality in real life, the way I’m performing it now. I think in the past, it was a little different, but I feel like this is the closest I am to actually performing as myself in my career. When you come to WWE, it’s such a well-oiled machine that has different departments that kinda help you reach your potential. I tried to keep a lot of those departments happy, but maybe I lost sight a little of who and what was true to myself or my character.”
Balor talked about going back to NXT in October 2019 and how the original plans ended up changing.
“The office came to me and said, ‘Hey, we know you need a little time to regroup and refocus, and we could use your help in NXT. Would you be open to the option of returning there for a little while? Maybe it’s three months. Maybe it’s six months. But you recalibrate your character and then go back to Raw or SmackDown. Three months turned into six months, turned into winning the title, turned to a year and a half now. I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s been a great learning experience for me.”
As for the future, Balor seems confident that he’ll be back on Raw or Smackdown again because he has unfinished business.
“I grew up as a wrestling fan watching WWE, and that’s, essentially, where I want to be performing. I feel like in my last run there, I wasn’t doing myself justice. I needed to change something, and the change came with NXT to kinda figure out who I was again. I’ve managed to do that to some level, and I’m definitely hopeful that a return to Raw or SmackDown will happen in the future.”
You can watch the full Finn Balor interview below.