While speaking to Al Arabiya, Finn Balor revealed that Karl Anderson (who worked with Balor in New Japan Pro Wrestling) once tried to talk him out of doing “The Demon” character prior to him using the gimmick in front of an audience.
“Honestly, the first time “The Demon” came, and it wasn’t referred to as “The Demon” at that point — I just wanted to use body paint,” Balor said. “The first time I did that, I said to my best friend Karl Anderson that I’m going to do this thing. I explained to him what I was doing and he said, ‘Do not do that, you’re going to be laughed out of the building.’”
Balor also went on to explain that the creative process for bringing “The Demon” to life is different every time.
“What happens is, on the morning — it’s like art. You can’t predict how you’re going to paint the painting in advance. If I’m going to draw something, I don’t know the day before what I’m going to draw. It’s just very much an interpretation of how I’m feeling that day, and what I think is the coolest thing in my brain at that very moment. I’ll have a couple concepts here and there, maybe I’ll do this, maybe I’ll do that, but the actual decision won’t come until about 6 o’clock when I sit down and start getting painted.”
You can check out the interview embedded in the video below: