Finn Balor spent the last 19 months of his career at NXT. He is now ready to face Karrion Kross in the episode of the yellow show that airs this week, with the title of NXT champion up for grabs. Host of the 'Out of Character' podcast hosted by Ryan Satin, the first Universal champion in WWE history recalled his last main roster match against The Fiend Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam 2019.
In the penultimate match of the pay-per-view, The Fiend took a no-appeal victory against Balor, who stunned both fans and insiders. Before the showdown, the Irishman had been teasing Bray for several months on Raw in 2017 and had also managed to beat him at both SummerSlam 2017 and No Mercy that same year.
The two should have crossed paths at TLC as well, but in the end, AJ Styles took over from a Wyatt not in top condition.
Finn Balor returned to NXT in October 2019
"I thought it was an exceptional choice" - began Finn Balor.
“I felt it was the right thing to do at that point in his career. It was The Fiend's debut and he needed to be presented as a strong character. It was clear that Wyatt was evolving, indeed I think his path has been one of the most fascinating in recent times.
I hope he still has a lot to give in the next few years. I also hope to be able to meet him again in the ring one day," he added. Finn also analyzed his future in WWE: “I grew up as a wrestling fan watching WWE, so it's always been my dream to join this federation.
I decided to move to NXT because I had the feeling that a change was needed, my last stint on the main roster did not satisfy me. I needed to rediscover myself and I'm glad I made it. I very much hope to be able to return to Raw or SmackDown in the future”.
One month after debuting on RAW, Finn Balor defeated Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016 to win the newly introduced Universal Championship. The Irishman suffered a serious shoulder during the match, meaning he had to relinquish the title after just one day.
Balor’s only other title reigns on WWE’s main roster came in 2019 when he won the Intercontinental Championship twice from Bobby Lashley. Speaking on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Balor said he is “very happy” performing as The Prince right now.
However, he is not ruling out the return of The Demon in the future. “It was just kind of an evolution,” Balor said. “I’m not really sure if, looking back, that’s how I wanted it [The Demon] to be handled, if it got too far away from what it was, or if it made it better.
I don’t really know. I think maybe in 10 years’ time we’ll look back and go, ‘We done it right,’ or, ‘We messed it up.’ I don’t know yet.