After a near two-month absence from television, Finn Bálor made his return to WWE programming on the October 2 episode of NXT, confronting NXT Champion Adam Cole following the latter's title defense against Matt Riddle and officially announced his return to NXT (as it has grown from a developmental territory in Bálor's first stint into a third global brand within WWE).
On the October 23 episode of NXT, Bálor turned heel for the first time in his WWE career, when he aided The Undisputed Era in attacking Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. In a long interview with Corey Graves on the latest After the Bell, Balor reflected on not finding the level of success on the main roster: “I don’t know, people gauge success differently, you know? Not everyone can be champion, but for me, I was having a great time on Raw.
I was going out there, I was learning, I was adapting. And sometimes you just gotta make the best of what you’re given in those situations. And you know, I feel like I always made the best of anything that I was given.
I don’t think there was anything that was a failure, so to speak. I just feel like maybe I’m guilty of not, kinda being a squeaky wheel sometimes with regards, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do that. Hey, I don’t think that’s a good idea.’”