Considered one of the most promising, young, yet seasoned veterans within the WWE system, Finn Balor is quickly making a name for himself before he’s even made his main roster debut. Currently the NXT champion, Balor is already learning the ropes of what it takes to be a main eventer in WWE.
In a recent interview with Channel Guide Mag Blog, Balor discussed his transition from being one of Japan’s biggest stars, the NXT atmosphere, his interactions with The Undertaker and more.
As Balor prepares to face Kevin Owens at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, he admits that he does not feel any added pressure. At the same time, he admits the ride from being one of Japan’s biggest draw to facing Owens in Japan and winning the NXT championship will culminate in a great moment for the NXT brand.
“For some reason, going into TakeOver, the match feels so much bigger this time. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that in Tokyo it was a WWE show where TakeOver is an NXT show. We sold more than 13,000 tickets in Brooklyn. It’s NXT. We don’t just have a match or an act on the show. We are the show. We are excited to be in Brooklyn as a team, and we have to deliver.”
His tremendous start within the WWE system has not come without rewards. Balor is currently set to make his WWE video game debut in WWE 2K16 later this year. He will don his “demon” body paint and can be controlled by members of the WWE Universe who want to deliver the Coup de Grace to the competition.
Balor admits that the ride and perks are starting to become worth the jump.
“There were some downs in the beginning and that swung around. I made my debut and got a little bit of my confidence back. Things have been on the up-and-up. Every child has played video games growing up and played WWE games. To be part of a video game, it’s an unbelievable experience. I got the opportunity to do all the motion capture with 2K. They were amazing. Then I’m shooting a game commercial with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I then get a call that I’m going to Comic-Con the next day.”
The demon persona has drawn comparisons to WWE legend and first-ballot Hall of Famer The Undertaker. The dark, eerie, yet compelling movements and crowd interaction of Balor’s crawl and walk to the ring have captured the audience.
There have also been talks among fans about the possibility of a dream match between Balor and Undertaker, something he says would be a “a dream match for me.”
Additionally, the “Deadman” has taken the liberty to talk to Balor about his entrance and give him some pointers. Whether joking or not, Balor even throws in some quips on how he’d handle Undertaker if the two were to square off.
“It really doesn’t need to be explained more than that. I’ve been very fortunate to talk to Undertaker when I first came in here. We talked about entrances. He gave me a lot of advice that helps me to this day. So I’m very grateful for that. Maybe I’d play a couple of mind games with the Deadman. It would be a little bit fun.”
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