Current NXT Champion Finn Balor is known for his elaborate entrances at NXT’s Takeover events. Usually, he enters the ring in his “Demon” persona, but he’s changed it up a bit lately, as he came out as Jack the Ripper in London, and as Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Dallas. But, the Leatherface idea wasn’t exactly Balor’s first choice for the Dallas event.
The NXT Champion recently did an interview with Sirius XM’s Sam Roberts, and he revealed that he wanted to come out on a horse at NXT Takeover: Dallas, event though he has no idea how to ride a horse. But, unfortunately, WWE nixed the idea, and Balor ended up coming out with a chainsaw instead.
“Actually, with NXT Takeover being in Texas, I had this idea that I wanted to come out on a horse. Like, I can’t ride a horse at all. But, of course, in the spur of the moment, I googled if anybody had ever tried to enter on a horse, and apparently Triple H had attempted it one time, but they couldn’t calm the horse down during the rehearsal, so they canned the idea.”
There is footage of SmackDown color-commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler coming out on a horse back in the 1970s. But, since then, it hasn’t been done.
Will Finn Balor still have the creative freedom that he does in NXT when he makes it up to WWE’s main roster? Well, that remains to be seen. But typically, the answer to that question with most NXT call-ups has been no.
It’s also unclear when Balor will be heading to the main roster. Many believed that he was going to make his debut on the Raw following WrestleMania 32. But he didn’t, and WWE decided to bring up Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews, Enzo Amore, and Colin Cassady instead.
It also looks like Balor won’t be teaming with The Bullet Club (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) in the near-future, as both Gallows and Anderson have made their debut without Balor, and it looks like they’re going to be teaming with AJ Styles, who, of course, replaced Balor as the leader of The Bullet Club in 2015.
There’s a good possibility that Anderson, Gallows, and Styles form the first Bullet Club faction on the main-roster, and then at some point, Styles will be replaced by Finn Balor.
It does seem like Finn Balor is the one holding off his main roster call-up, because he’s said in the past that he loves being the face of NXT, and, in his opinion, being called-up to the main roster would be a step down for him.
Balor explained his reasoning for wanting to stay in NXT during his interview with Sam Roberts, saying that the environment in NXT is very positive, and the producers give the wrestlers a ton of creative freedom. He also believes that he’ll be more prepared for the main roster if he stays down in NXT for just a little while longer.
“People say, ‘it would’ve been nice if you went straight to Raw or SmackDown when you left New Japan.’ But I’d say I’m three-times the athlete, probably ten-times the brain that I was when I came here, and that’s because of NXT.”
Finn Balor is expected to be called-up to the main roster at some point this year. But, no one really knows exactly when that will be.
There are rumors going around that both Balor and Bayley will be called-up to the main roster after SummerSlam this coming August. So, if the rumors are true, then we’ll have to wait another four months to see the current NXT Champ on WWE’s main roster.
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