Finn Balor will get a chance to challenge for the WWE Universal Title at the Royal Rumble event this Sunday. He held the Universal Title before for only one night, but he is no stranger to being a champion. It almost never happened for Balor in WWE though.
Finn Balor recently spoke to E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness where he discussed his entry into WWE. He never considered WWE, but they came calling. However, Balor didn’t want to leave NJPW and wanted a very long-term deal.
“I was kind of like thinking more long-term and I remember asking, I’m 33 at the time and New Japan offered me a two-year contract and I’m like, ‘That’s a cool contract, but can I have it for 10 years?'”
“It was something to do with New Japan was owned by a video game company and that contract was only for five years so they could only give me a five-year contract.”
Balor had already seen how NJPW treated some other foreign talents after they get to a certain age. He didn’t want to work less and then miss his chance with WWE. So he decided to roll the dice.
If NJPW would have jumped at the chance to keep Balor around for another decade, the Royal Rumble would be much different this year as would WWE history.
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