During a recent interview with Sportskeeda’s Rick Ucchino, Finn Balor has described facing Brock Lesnar as “very, very serious” and “life and death.”
Balor came face to face with Lesnar at the 2019 Royal Rumble in a bid to recapture the Universal Championship which he famously had to relinquish on an episode of Raw back in 2016. The County Wicklow native had become the first ever Universal Champion by pinning Seth Rollins at that year’s SummerSlam, however, Balor sustained a tear to his labrum in the process forcing him to give up the newly won title.
While Balor failed in his first attempt to win back the title he never lost against Roman Reigns, by the 2019 Royal Rumble, the Irishman had earned another shot at the gold, this time against Brock Lesnar. In a typically hard-hitting contest, Balor and The Beast went back and forth with Lesnar eventually emerging victorious after forcing Balor to submit to a kimura lock.
Despite the result, the match is one that Balor looks back upon fondly.
“That was a great night. Obviously Brock’s reputation proceeds himself. It’s very rare that you get feeling that he brings into the arena. The one thing I remember is that, you know, I’ve done my entrance, his music hits, he gets in the ring and it’s not an act and it’s not playtime. It’s very, very serious and it’s life or death.
And it’s a moment where you feel completely lost in what’s happening around you. You’re not acting, you’re not pretending, you’re not performing, you’re living in this moment. And you’re living in Brock Lesnar’s a world. It was that it was a very, very rare moment where you’re fully absorbed in what’s happening in the ring.”
The match against Lesnar was the last time that Balor fought for the Universal Title, while Lesnar has held the championship on more occasions and for longer than anyone else.
Finn Balor returned to NXT in late 2019, and is the current NXT Champion, recently defending his championship against Kyle O’Reilly at NXT New Years Evil.
Meanwhile Brock Lesnar has not been seen on WWE television since losing the Universal Title to Drew McIntyre on the 2nd night of Wrestlemania 36.