Balor informs that the only time in his life that he considered not becoming a wrestler was after his first day of wrestling training. He woke up the next morning battered and bruised, and he had to think about whether this line of work was worth it. Thankfully he stuck with it.
He notes that after some time training in Ireland, he was flown to L.A. so he could train at the Dojo in L.A. The President of NJPW saw him training there one day and wanted to give him a chance in Tokyo, and that’s how his career in Japan began.
He started to train as a Young Boy at the Dojo in Tokyo. He was 24 years old at the time and it was quite a culture shock. He wasn’t getting paid; he was provided food and training for free, and would do all the laundry/cleaning. He wasn’t supposed to do any matches during that first 3-month period, but he began wrestling after 5 weeks.
For a 3-year period he stayed in Tokyo, only flying home for a few days once every 6 months or so. He changed his wrestling goals, and all of a sudden WWE wasn’t really on his mind. He was learning from some of the NJPW greats and it became his goal to climb the ladder in Japan.