Finn Balor is one of the top stars on the WWE Smackdown brand, but the former Universal Champion is as honest as ever while noting he doesn’t need WWE. Don’t worry, though. Balor isn’t saying he is leaving. In fact, he is driven to prove he belongs.
The 40-year-old Balor has been wrestling for over 20 years while spending the last seven years in WWE. Balor initially started on the NXT brand where he became one of the biggest stars of NXT while also capturing the NXT Championship. When he was moved to Raw in 2016, he became the first Universal Champion in WWE history when he beat Seth Rollins for the new championship at SummerSlam 2016. Sadly, Balor injured his shoulder during the match when taking a Powerbomb into the barricade, so he never got to defend the title since he was out of action for about six months. Balor has gone on to have more success in WWE by holding the Intercontinental Title and then he went back to NXT to win the NXT Title again.
Balor is one of the top babyfaces on Smackdown that got to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship last night on Smackdown in Jacksonville. Even though Balor came up short thanks in part to an undetected low blow by Reigns, the rivalry may not be over.
Balor recently spoke to DAZN noting that he has changed a lot since he started on the main roster in 2016 compared to where he is as a person now:
“In 2016, I was too eager to please. Right now, I don’t really care what people think, what people say, or what people want from me. I just want to do what I want to do. I think the real difference in the point where I’m at now my career is that in 2016, I needed WWE. I needed the limelight, and I needed to prove myself on the biggest stage. I feel right now in 2021, no offense, but I don’t need WWE. They don’t need me, that’s for sure. But I don’t need them.”
“I’m doing this for me now. I’m performing for myself. I don’t care if I have the weight of the world on my shoulders, which I may have had in 2016. That might have been too much pressure, too much stress, or too much for me to fully comprehend. Right now, there’s no pressure because I don’t need it. I want it. I’m doing this to not prove to anybody else but to prove to myself that this is where I belong.”
— WWE (@WWE) September 4, 2021
The reason that Balor may not be done with Reigns is because of the red light and heartbeat sound that appeared after their match on Smackdown. That’s a sign of the “Demon” Finn Balor, who may be returning to WWE soon. If he does, we know we’ll get a different side of Balor once again.