The Judgment Day’s Finn Balor has recalled his conversation with Vince McMahon before a big heel turn where he found out exactly what McMahon wanted to happen.
At Hell In A Cell 2022, The Judgment Day team of Edge, Damian Priest, and Rhea Ripley picked up a major win over the team of AJ Styles, Finn Balor, and Liv Morgan.
One night later on Raw, Balor stunned the world when he joined up with The Judgment Day, with himself Ripley, and Priest turning on the group’s previous leader, Edge.
“This was such a weird night (Balor joining The Judgment Day) because I remember, it was like 7:55 PM and we’re going live at eight o’clock and I knock on Vince McMahon’s office and I go there and I say, ‘Sir, have you got a minute?’ And he looks up from his papers and he goes, ‘Is it about tonight?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it’s about tonight. It’s about the heel turn.’ He goes, ‘Oh, come in.’”
“So I just wanted some direction as to, ‘Hey, am I going out there in the suit? In The Judgment Day colors or am I going out as Finn? Am I going out to music? What way are we doing it?’ And he said, ‘Oh, you just go out as Finn and then do the segment.’ I said, ‘Well, oh, okay. That’s cool.’”
“So there wasn’t really much thought or plan that went into it… but it definitely made an impact and I feel like this is the version of Finn I wanted to do in NXT, and we couldn’t do it because the crowd had been too attached to me from the previous run and then the crowd got completely taken out of it so there was no chance to even be a heel, to get a heel reaction. So, this is kind of what I went back to NXT to do and you know, three years later, I get to do it properly.”
Finn Balor also reflected on his very short-lived Universal Championship reign and how he had to vacate the title less than 24 hours after winning it.