E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness Recap w/ Finn Balor – Royal Rumble Predictions, Balor’s Road Back to the Main Event, Shoulder Injury, More!
After several years Balor began receiving offers from WWE but the timing never seemed right. He received another offer at age 33, and he realized that if he didn’t take the chance then, he might be too old for WWE’s liking when his next NJPW contract expired.
Balor informs that he had no issue with starting in NXT before joining WWE’s main roster. He admits that it was weird to go from wrestling in front of 30,000 people at the Tokyo Dome to doing training drills in a factory, but he knew that if he stuck with it he’d eventually rise to the top.
He also understood that there’d be a huge transition to working the WWE style as well as moving back to North America and getting used to a new lifestyle, so maybe it was beneficial for him to not have to debut on RAW in front of millions of people as well.
Balor says he felt like he started to hit his stride in NXT after working with Neville, and by the time he started to work with Samoa Joe he felt quite comfortable with the WWE style. Edge thinks it was around that time that NXT started to receive more mainstream attention.
Balor talks about the devastating shoulder injury he suffered during the match when he won the Universal Title. He knew his shoulder was hurt as soon as it happened, but he didn’t know how bad it was. He popped his shoulder back in place 3 or 4 times during that match, and as it continued to slip back out of place he began to realize that he wouldn’t be wrestling for a while.