Get to know the Demon, Finn Balor!
He is a Multiple-Time Champion All Over the World
Fergal Devitt aka Finn Balor or Prince Devitt as he is known in the independent circuit, has wrestled and claimed many championships all over the world.
He was three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion in Japan; a two-time winner of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament; one-time NWA World Historic Middleweight Champion; British Cruiserweight Champion, and a two-time NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
He also was the NXT Champion when he beat Kevin Owens in the Beast in the East Live event, which was aptly set in Japan, and became the longest reigning NXT Champion in the title’s history at 292 days.
Speaking of the land of the rising sun…
He is One of The Founders of Bullet Club
Balor is also one of the founding members and original Leader of the massively popular Bullet Club stable, that made a name for itself in the Independent Circuit, Ring of Honor and most notably, New Japan Pro Wrestling. The original members of were Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale. They were later joined by The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), Luke Gallows and much later on AJ Styles, who took Balor’s spot when the latter was signed to the WWE’s NXT developmental territory.
And Yes, WWE’s The Club is an off-shoot of the Bullet Club.
Fan speculation also dictates that since Gallows, Anderson and Balor are all on Monday Night Raw, they all might reunite and form Balor Club.
He Trained Becky Lynch
Balor also helped train another fast-rising star in the WWE, Becky Lynch. Lynch was part of Balor’s wrestling camp in their native Ireland and have been close friends ever since. Lynch has attributed much of her success to Balor having guided her through some tough times and even goes so far to suggest that he and wrestling “saved her life”
He’s a Geek at Heart
Despite his serious demeanor and incredible dedication to his craft, Balor is a geek at heart. He is an excellent painter and artist, loves reading comicbooks and playing with Legos.
In an interview with Austin Creed for his UpUpDownDown Youtube Channel (which is fantastic BTW)), Finn is literally gushing about his love for LEGO. It’s adorable. Check out the link below:
In NXT, he frequently transforms himself into the sinister Demon but even before that, in the Indies, Balor dressed up as various fictional characters such as the Joker, Carnage, Venom, Spiderman 2099 and Darth Maul just to name a few.
He is a Notorious Troll
Also despite seemingly having a serious personality, Balor is a notorious goofball outside the ring and especially on social media. Taking one look at his Instagram account shows you all you need to know about his sense of humour.
Here he is teasing fans about his debut waaay back in Payback in May:
While in a feud with current NXT champion Samoa Joe, Balor fired off these gems:
Raffy Leynes is a geek of all trades (master of fun).He loves videogames, comicbooks, movies, cartoons, wrestling, science and art. Lately, he’s been liking his geekery with a dash of “Indie”. He doesn’t know what the f*ck musings are but he is told he does them on his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.