Finn Balor has discussed his second run on the NXT brand and how he wanted to turn it into a stint on NXT UK and why that never happened.
Bullet Club’s Prince became NXT’s Demon when Finn Balor appeared on the black and gold brand back in 2014. As part of the brand, he captured the NXT Championship before graduating to WWE’s main roster in 2016.
Just weeks after debuting on Raw, Balor became the first ever Universal Champion at SummerSlam by defeating Seth Rollins but his reign lasted less than 24 hours as a shoulder injury put him on the shelf.
Finn Balor had a stellar run on the main roster but made a return to the NXT brand in late 2019, re-debuting on the same night that AEW Dynamite premiered on TNT. That run saw more success come Balor’s way as he again captured the NXT Championship before making his return to the main roster in July 2021.
Speaking on the Out of Character podcast, Finn Balor explained why at the time his second stint in NXT was winding down, he wanted to branch out to NXT UK rather than return to the main roster:
“I wasn’t super excited about the idea of returning to the main roster. I felt there was potential for me to perform in NXT UK and work with those guys and that was something I was super interested in. I pitched the idea to Hunter [Triple H] at the time.”
“They were interested in it, but they were going to have to renegotiate my contract all because of budget restrictions. It was going to prove too difficult and maybe wasn’t a smart move career-wise at this age. I’ve become very aware of that and there might be a clock starting to tick right now.”