NXT Champion, Finn Balor, has his reservations about defending the coveted prize at WrestleMania 37 after rumours circulated that the strap may obtain a spot on April 10 or April 11.
When the announcement came that WrestleMania 37 would move from WWE’s current home of Tropicana Field and back to the WrestleMania 36 location of Raymond James Stadium over two nights with fans in attendance, speculation began to run rife about whether history would repeat itself with NXT appearing on the card.
At WrestleMania 36, Rhea Ripley became the first person to defend an NXT title – the NXT Women’s Championship – on ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All’ and fans have clamoured for the winner of Finn Balor vs. Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day to be the second.
Joining the New York Post, the Irish champion talked about going to the Super bowl of wrestling to showcase the gold but was hesitant of doing so citing that the black and gold brand have the exposure they need over the course of WrestleMania weekend:
“Ehh, it would be very cool but I feel NXT is something that is very close to my heart and NXT TakeOver at WrestleMania weekend is a huge event and a huge kind of flag bearer for NXT. And not having the NXT title match on TakeOver, if that’s gonna in any way damage the NXT brand, it’s something I’d rather stay away from. Once we’re protecting the NXT brand without having it diluted by the big show at WrestleMania it’s something I’d be willing to do. If there’s the possibility of defending the title back to back nights, TakeOver and WrestleMania, then I’m all for it.”
On February 14, Finn Balor will defend the NXT Championship against ‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne in his toughest challenge yet at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day.
Credit for the interview and transcription: The New York Post