Finn Balor has made the claim that WWE doesn’t need him but he doesn’t need the company either and says he’s just doing what he wants to do.
Balor came to WWE in 2014 after a spell in New Japan Pro Wrestling, notable for his part as a founding member of Bullet Club. ‘The Real Rock ‘N’ Rolla’ won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title three times before moving onto pastures new in NXT.
In his first spell on the black and gold brand, Balor claimed the NXT Title before being drafted to RAW in 2016. While on the red brand he became the first WWE Universal Champion in company history but held the title for less than 24 hours after suffering an injury during his title bout with Seth Rollins.
These days the Irishman has his sights set on the title again as he does battle with Roman Reigns for the championship on SmackDown. Speaking to DAZN, Finn Balor has pointed out what he believes are the differences in himself from his main roster debut in 2016 and 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.”
On SmackDown Roman Reigns defeated Finn Balor in their match for the WWE Universal Championship but after the match, there was a signal that Balor’s alter ego ‘The Demon’ may be set for a revival.