Finn Balor was a recent guest on the State Of Combat podcast where he discussed what led to him returning to WWE NXT and bringing back the ‘Prince’ gimmick. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On returning to WWE NXT:
“Everybody keeps talking about the return to NXT, but really it wasn’t a return to NXT but a return to being me and obviously there’s a lot of factors that played a part in this move. I took some time away, revaluated some of myself, revaluated my career, my goals, took a hard look at myself and realized that I wasn’t being true to who I was and realized that it was starting to be real,” admitted Balor. “It’s easy to get caught up in the WWE bubble of what they want you to be and what is expected of you, but I just got tired of playing ball and I just want to be me so the Prince is back.”
Bringing back the ‘Prince’ character:
“I’m going to draw the 19-year career in the ring that I have had. We are going to get elements of Fergal Devitt on the indies in the United Kingdom. We’re going to get elements of Prince Devitt the babyface from New Japan. We’re going to get elements of Prince Devitt the babyface in Mexico. We’re going to get elements of the leader of The Bullet Club from New Japan. We’re going to get elements of The Demon’s debut from NXT. We’re going to get elements of the guy who beat Roman Reigns his first night on Raw. We’re going to get a combination of everything that you have ever seen associated with Fergal Devitt/Prince Devitt/Finn Balor/Demon King/Demon on Wednesday nights,” said Balor.
On if his light-up jacket will return:
“You know, there seems to be a lot of dispute as to who started the light-up jacket trend. The way I see it, and I don’t know the dates but my inspiration came from the movie Tron,” revealed Balor. “In my view, I’d never seen the Chris Jericho light-up jacket until I had done it. Now, I don’t know who had done it first. I don’t know who had done it better, but I’ll be better. I am not going to go back to what I had done six years ago. I am moving forward and I am going to create a new version of what you are going to see.
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