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Digital Sky interview with Finn Bálor: ‘We consider N...

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Finn recently spoke to Digital Sky about NXT’s growth, his debut and much more!

Finn Bálor has said that many NXT wrestlers already consider the brand to be part of the main WWE roster.

Bálor told Digital Spy ahead of WrestleMania 31 that he was in no hurry to move from Full Sail to Stanford.

“I really feel like as part of NXT we’re really on the cusp of something very special. There’s a feeling in the locker room that we’re really starting,” he said.

“There’s that history and that respect and that passion that we all have coming from the indies, willing to be the best – that drive.”

He continued: “It’s a very special time down there. They say, ‘When are you going to get the call-up to the main roster?’ and all that stuff, but for a lot of us at NXT, we do consider NXT now the main roster.”

“I’m glad to be a part of it and I’m not in any hurry to move anywhere. I want NXT to grow and I want to be one of the people that’s helping it grow.”

Of whether NXT was in competition with Monday Night Raw, Bálor said: “There’s definitely a certain amount of connection the fans feel with NXT, like it’s their brand.”
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The Sun: Finn Bálor says joining WWE was “greatest de...

IRISH SUPERSTAR Finn Balor has revealed joining WWE has proved ‘the greatest decision of his life’.

The highly-acclaimed NXT talent — who made his debut on the developmental brand in late September of last year — said fears his innovative in-ring style could be shackled could not be further from the truth.

Balor, 33, from Bray in County Wicklow, told The Sun he is constantly amazed at the scale of the sports entertainment juggernaut’s infrastructure.

“Every day I come into work and I’m continuously blown away by the size of the company and how helpful they are and how willing they are to meet me about any ideas I have,” said Balor.

“Everything that I’ve done before here was literally on my own back and they were all my own ideas with no help from anyone.

“I’ve come to WWE and a lot of people — I’ll be honest — said: ‘You know, you shouldn’t maybe go there.’

“I can honestly say it was the greatest decision of my life coming to WWE.

“It is an incredible company — incredible staff work behind the scenes helping everyone here, not only myself.”

Balor, who stunned fans with his elaborate, body-painted entrance at last month’s NXT Takeover: R Evolution special added: “A lot of people said: ‘They might curb your creativity.’ But with hindsight it has been the complete opposite.

“They’ve gathered it and pushed it forward and lifted it up and put their little shine on it.”

Technical marvel Finn also said he was in no rush to be called up to the main roster to claim a spot on Raw or SmackDown.

He laughed: “It has taken me fourteen years to get here so I’m not in any rush to move anywhere!

“I’m happy here, to be part of NXT. As the saying goes: ‘The future is now.’

“Hopefully we — myself and the lads — can help NXT reach a new level.”

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MTV UK: Finn Bálor says he wants to face John Cena at Wrest...

    

Super-talented NXT star Finn Balor has singled out John Cena as his dream Wrestlemania opponent.

Balor, 33, is currently plying his trade between the ropes of WWE’s highly-acclaimed developmental brand NXT and is considered one of the very finest talents in the world.

Speaking exclusively to MTV at the Performance Center in Florida, he reasoned that 15-time champ Cena had “proven over the last 10-14 years to be the absolute hardest worker in all of pro wrestling – and I want to be the guy standing opposite him.”

When MTV expressed surprised he didn’t select Daniel Bryan, Balor responded: “I’ve a lot of respect for Daniel Bryan.

“We’ve wrestled a couple of times on the indies before and we keep in touch.

“There’s a lot of dream matches, but I think John Cena would be at the top.”

Balor, who has frequently teamed with Hideo Itami in Florida, also picked a classic Wrestlemania bout as his favourite match of all time.

“[Wrestlemania 18], Hogan vs Rock,” he said.

“Just pure electricity in the air, two of the greatest of all time.

“What a story and what emotions… so Just off the charts.

“If I can try and recreate half the magic they created that night, I’ll be happy.”

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TheScore.IE: The Irish wrestler who’s living the dream in ...

IT STARTED AT the age of “about four or five”.

A young Fergal Devitt would spend afternoons watching wrestling with his grandfather.

The Bray native worshipped stars such as The Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels, but he didn’t dare dream that he would be emulating their incredible feats of athleticism some day.

“Growing up in Bray, being 5 foot 11 and 180 pounds, you never really think you’re going to work for WWE,” he tells TheScore.ie.

Indeed, save for the occasional exception, wrestling was scarcely a viable career option for an Irish person until recently.

With no wrestling schools set up in his country at the time, as a youngster Devitt had to make do with competing in sports such as soccer and Gaelic football, before eventually getting the chance to pursue his dream aged 18.
Once he finished school, he travelled to Kent in England and joined the Hammerlock wrestling company, training under the late Andre Baker. His subsequent exploits would later lead him to be considered the school’s most successful graduate.

And after six years spent honing his catch-as-catch-can style of wrestling, Devitt began what would turn out to be an eight-year career in Japan.

He eventually made the move to Asia for what was initially intended to be a three-month apprenticeship, but Devitt took little time to adapt to his surroundings, despite initially feeling somewhat intimidated by this unique experience.

“I was 24 when I arrived in Japan, which I guess is pretty young and it was a huge culture shock,” he recalls. “But at that age, I was willing to welcome any change in my life to pursue this dream. I was a proverbial sponge, willing to soak up the culture and all the different techniques that I’d learn.”

The young Irishman soon made his debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling in October 2006 under the moniker ‘Prince Devitt,’ primarily refraining from using his first name because the locals had such difficulty pronouncing it.

“After six weeks, they chucked me in the ring with El Samurai for my first match in Tokyo,” he adds.
Devitt seldom looked back from there, winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship three times and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship six times among other notable achievements.

Consequently, when WWE eventually came calling earlier this year, it was hardly a surprise. Devitt had established himself as a world-renowned star, occasionally delighting crowds on tours of Europe and Mexico as well as in Japan, and garnering acclaim for his acrobatic style.

At the relatively late age of 33 (10 years older than his hero Shawn Michaels was when he began with the company), Devitt officially joined WWE last July and despite its ostensible inevitability, he is in no way blasé about becoming part of the world’s biggest and most famous wrestling promotion.

“It’s kind of like the culmination of 14 years hard work,” he says.
“At the beginning, I just wanted to have a wrestling match, and I did that in England. I just took it step by step and to be here in WWE — it’s a real feeling of achievement. But now that I’m here, I want to achieve more. So this is the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.

“It’s been an incredible experience so far and I’m just looking forward to seeing what happens in the future.
“WWE is the biggest wrestling company in the world, and it is that for a reason.”

Devitt has signed with NXT, WWE’s developmental branch, located in Winter Park, Florida and the Irish athlete has been highly impressed by the company in the short time that he’s spent there.

“The coaches here include Billy Gunn, Matt Bloom, Norman Smiley and Terry Taylor… So there’s just a wealth of experience to learn from.

“It’s really been like the floodgates have opened for me. The amount I’ve learned in the last three or four months here has surpassed what I learned in the past three or four years before that.”

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