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May 2, 2015

Afterbuzz recently spoke to Finn Bálor on their NXT Aftershow. You can listen to the interview below and read some highlights:

AfterBuzz TV: Which NXT talent do you think is underrated and people should look out for?


Finn Balor: There’s a lot of guys you know, obviously for different reasons. One guy you know I think doesn’t get the credit he deserves is Scott Dawson. He’s a tremendous, tremendous competitor and I would love to get in there one-on-one with him. I’m also a big fan of Enzo and Cass. I don’t know how that would work with teaming up with them in a six man tag team, but I’m a big fan of their work too.


ABTV: We recently had CJP (CJ Parker) on the show, he’s planning to work the indies and wrestle in Japan. Did you give him any advice?


Finn Balor: We spoke about it….CJ was someone I was fortunate enough to get to work with when he was still here. He’s a tremendous competitor…The indie circuit is a tough circuit, but you know there’s a lot of good people out there. There is a lot of places you can learn. There’s a lot of people you can learn from and I’m sure that he’ll spend a year or two there growing himself not only personally, but as a performer and I’m sure he’ll be back in the future even better.


ABTV: Is there anyone on the indie scene you think WWE should have their eye on?


Finn Balor: I’m a little bit biased because this fella, he started in the same gym as me in England…and hopefully he’ll be able to make the transition some day into WWE, Zack Sabre Jr. He’s doing tremendous in the independents, not only in Europe but in America you know, but he’s holding his own in Japan.


ABTV: You recently traveled with WWE overseas. How was it wrestling with your home crowd?


Finn Balor: It was quite surreal. It was only less than a year ago that I said goodbye to everyone back home in Ireland and within 10 months to be returning with the WWE main roster. Going to the 3Arena in Dublin which was an arena I used to go and watch WWE when I was a kid. To walk up through the curtain and hear the roar of the hometown crowd, that was incredible.


ABTV: There have been many rumors that you will soon accept John Cena’s open challenge for the US Title. Do you see that happening in the near future?


Finn Balor: Well, Believe it or not, in London when John was in the ring making the open challenge, I was actually putting my gear on trying to get into the ring…but I just got beat to the punch.


ABTV: Where do you see yourself in 10 years and do you have a plan after wrestling?


Finn Balor: I live by the motto “Take one step at a time.” Obviously, there are a lot of short-term goals that I want to achieve, both at NXT and WWE. In 10 years time, maybe I’ll be Triple H’s right hand man, pulling the strings up in the office and helping coordinate this incredible company.



(interview begins at 4:50)

Filed under: Interview
Apr 30, 2015


Three of NXT’s brightest Superstars will battle for the opportunity to challenge for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Unstoppable, as Finn Bálor, Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze will meet in a No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match. Each Superstar is more than worthy of a title match, but they’ll have to prove it inside the ring during the live broadcast on WWE Network.


Bálor emerged victorious from an eight-Superstar tournament earlier this year to win the No. 1 Contendership, defeating Curtis Axel and Itami en route to a showdown with Neville in the finals at TakeOver: Rival. Donning his demonic war paint, Bálor defeated the high-flyer with the Coup de Grace to earn a title match. The Irish Superstar came up short against NXT Champion Kevin Owens, but is eager for another crack at the title.


At last May’s TakeOver, Breeze defeated Sami Zayn to become the No. 1 Contender to the NXT Championship. Prince Pretty’s only one-on-one title match came in August 2014, when he challenged Adrian Neville, only for Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd to interfere, setting the stage for the Fatal 4-Way scramble that placed among the best of the year. Since then, Breeze has been immersed in a rivalry with Itami, defeating the Japanese sensation in a grueling 2-Out-of-3 Falls Match. He recently set his sights on Bálor, making this Triple Threat Match a bit undesirable for Prince Pretty.


Itami may be the wild card in the equation. Since arriving in NXT, he has made his presence felt in high-profile bouts against The Ascension and Breeze, in addition to appearing on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. However, the Japanese star has yet to challenge for a title in NXT. Hideo Itami is on quite a roll as of late. Could this be his golden opportunity?


Who will become the No. 1 Contender to the NXT Championship? Find out at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, live on the award-winning WWE Network on Wednesday, May 20, at 8 ET/5 PT!

Filed under: Previews, WWE NXT
Apr 24, 2015

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Finn Bálor comes out in a suit to do commentary for the next match, Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze. Itami gets the win with a Shotgun kick. After the match, Breeze jumps Itami but Balor makes the save. Breeze then takes them both out with a superkick on Bálor and a Beauty Shot to Itami.

Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami vs. Adam Rose and Tyler Breeze is next. Breeze gets the pin on Itami. Bálor and Hideo weren’t on the same page. Tyler kicks Rose post-match. It appears they were building to a three-way

Filed under: Spoilers, WWE NXT
Apr 23, 2015


Finn Bálor vs. Tye Dillinger


Finn wins the first lock-up and drops him with a running dropkick, but runs into a hard elbow. Dillinger goes to work briefly with a beatdown in the corner, but Finn comes back with a Pele kick and the Slingblade. He connects with a corner dropkick and the double foot stomp off the top rope for an easy win.


Winner: Finn Bálor


Tyler Breeze cuts a backstage promo and calls Balor the “flavor of the month”, whereas he’s been dominating the NXT landscape since the start.

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Apr 16, 2015

WWE’s annual April European tour is one of the most eagerly awaited stages of the professional wrestling calendar, and the 2015 edition has been a major success with many sellouts across the United Kingdom and Ireland. In Dublin last week, Ireland’s own Finn Balor competed in his home country for the very first time as a WWE Superstar, while Preston’s Bad News Barrett has enjoyed a heroes reception across every English arena.


Balor made his in-ring debut in 2000, and spent many years as one of the top stars in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the second biggest wrestling organisation in the world. Frequently touted as one of the best talents in the world, he signed with WWE in May 2014 and made his NXT debut four months later.


Wade Barrett has been a member of WWE’s main roster since 2010 after winning the inaugural season of NXT, later becoming a five-time Intercontinental Champion and one of the most successful British competitors in the history of the company.


The Independent caught up with both Superstars at London’s O2 Arena, and caused a little mischief when asking Barrett if he and Balor had ever competed against each other before. With smiles on their faces, the two men reminisced over their first meeting.

Filed under: Interview
Apr 9, 2015

Finn Bálor vs. Tyler Breeze in a Semi Final Match to determine who gets into the Andre the Giant Battle Royal

Breeze retreats into the ropes to keep Balor from setting the pace of the match. Breeze with an arm drag and he goes onto his perch on the turnbuckles again. They lock up and Breeze with a side head lock. Breeze with a shoulder tackle but Balor with a drop kick. Balor goes to the turnbuckles to mock Breeze. Breeze misses a splash and Balor with a near fall. Balor with a chop and Irish whip followed by a running chop.

Breeze with knees to the midsection and then he Irish whips Balor into the corner. Breeze misses a splash and lands on the turnbuckles. Balor with kicks to Breeze but Breeze with a kick and clothesline. Breeze gets a near fall. Breeze with kicks in the corner and then he chokes Balor in the corner. Breeze argues with the referee and then he snap mares Balor and hits a leg drop and gets a near fall.

Breeze with a reverse chin lock on Balor. Breeze wants the referee to ask the referee if he wants to quit. Breeze with an elbow to the chest and he tries for a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Balor with a running forearm or two. Balor runs into a boot from Breeze but Balor with an enzuigiri to Breeze on the turnbuckles and Balor gets a near fall.

Breeze with a back heel kick and punch. Breeze with a running forearm into the corner and he hits a second one. Breeze goes into the corner a third time but Balor with Slingblade followed by a running drop kick that sends Breeze into the turnbuckles and Balor with the double stomp for the three count.

Winner: Finn Bálor

Hideo Itami vs. Finn Bálor in the NXT Wrestlemania AXXESS Tournament to determine who gets to participate in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Itami with a waist lock but Balor with a hammer lock. Itami with a reversal and they go back and forth until Itami gets a near fall. Balor with a side head lock and Itami with a head scissors. Itami with a side head lock and Balor with a head scissors and Itami escapes. They lock up and Itami with a wrist lock. Balor with a reversal and a hip lock take down into an arm bar. Balor works on the wrist before returning to the arm bar.

Balor has a kick blocked and Itami with a leg sweep. Balor with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Itami with an Irish whip and Balor floats over and Itami with a knee to the midsection and he connects with a kick to the chest and he gets a near fall. Itami with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Itami turns it into a rear face lock and then he connects with a knee. Itami with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and he hits a drop kick. Balor with a clothesline and forearm followed by a running chop into the corner.

Balor with an Irish whip but Itami with a boot and he goes for the tornado DDT to the apron but Balor holds on and puts Itami on the turnbuckles and hits an enzuigiri for a near fall. Itami with a flying clothesline and both men are down. Itami with a running knee into the corner and he sets for the tornado DDT onto the top rope. Itami with a flying clothesline for a near fall.

Itami gets Balor on his shoulders but Balor escapes. Itami with kicks but Balor with a Pele kick and both men are down. Itami gets to his feet first. Balor with a forearm but Itami with a forearm of his own. They go back and forth but Balor with the advantage. Itami with chops and kicks and he sends Balor into the turnbuckles. Itami with the hesitation drop kick into the corner and then he sets for the flying boot but Balor with Slingblade. Itami with a running drop kick into the corner and Balor goes up top for the Double Stomp.

Itami crotches Balor and he gets Finn on his shoulders but Finn escapes and he rolls up Itami but can only get a two count. Itami with the flying boot and he gets the three count.

Winner: Hideo Itami

After the match, Itami and Balor shake hands and hug.

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