NXT Champion Finn Balor has revealed that he was only meant to return to the black and gold brand for three months in 2019.
Following his decisive destruction at the hands of ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt at the 2019 SummerSlam, Finn Balor found himself at a loose end creatively. With nowhere seemingly left to go on WWE’s main roster, ‘The Prince’ made the call to jump back to his old stomping ground of NXT where he rejuvenated his entire career.
Stepping back onto the stage where he first made his WWE name, Balor instantly turned heads when attacked Johnny Gargano and delved into the darker side of his character against ‘Johnny Wrestling’, Damian Priest, Matt Riddle and Cameron Grimes before history beckoned once again.
However, according to Finn Balor himself, his latest stint on the brand was only meant to be a three month vacation before he returned to Monday Night Raw. In an interview with WWE’s After The Bell, the star told of how his holiday turned into a permanent move:
“I didn’t know what to expect. I was under the impression that it was going to be a three-month deal and reboot Finn and reset and then go back to Raw or SmackDown. It’s evolved into something that I don’t think anyone expected. It speaks to how NXT is evolving and is truly its own brand. I don’t know what to expect going forward and don’t know how long it’s going to last, but I have to say I’m super happy in NXT and there is no reason for me to move anywhere in my career. I’m still growing. It’s one of the best things I’ve done in my career, I’ve known when to move and when to change. That was the case in Europe, Japan, and Raw and SmackDown. I’m sure I’ll get to a point where I’ll know NXT has run its course and we’ll need to make a change, but I don’t see that coming anytime soon.”
At NXT Super Tuesday II on September 8, 2020, Balor defeated Adam Cole to lift the NXT Championship for the second time, a match that the former leader of The Undisputed ERA hasn’t forgotten in the present. At the conclusion of NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day on February 14, 2021, Cole turned on Balor and Kyle O’Reilly with the lasting shot of the February 17 edition of NXT being the star standing tall over a fallen champion with the gold held aloft.
However, Adam Cole isn’t the only threat to his prize after ‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne pinned Balor in a 6-Man Tag Team Match after falling to ‘The Prince’ on Vengeance Day.
Credit for the interview: WWE’s The Bump
h/t for the transcription: Fightful