After signing with WWE's developmental system, NXT, and adopting his current ring name, Finn Bálor became a one-time NXT Champion, with his reign being the longest in the title's history at 292 days (although WWE recognizes it at 293).
Also during his time in NXT, Bálor became the first co-winner of the inaugural Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with Samoa Joe. Shortly after arriving on the main roster, Bálor became the first wrestler in WWE history to win a world title in their pay-per-view debut, as well as becoming the quickest wrestler in WWE history to win a world title at 27 days following his main roster debut by becoming the inaugural Universal Champion at SummerSlam 2016.
In a recent interview with Corey Graves, Balor spoke about his move to NXT: “It came to be a couple months ago. You know, things weren’t kind of going as smoothly or really – I don’t want to say ‘as smoothly,’ but I just wasn’t happy with where I was at at Raw and Smackdown.
Had a conversation with Hunter, we pinged some ideas back and forth. I took a little time off, came back at NXT and it’s all been awesome since. I’m a team player. I’m gonna do whatever it is, toe the company line."