Finn Balor worked consistently for WWE for years and carried the NXT Title and Universal Title during that time. His Universal Title reign was far too short, but he was working hard even when he went of a action due to the injury that caused him to drop that title.
While recently speaking to Dan Matha’s Spark In The Dark podcast, Finn Balor revealed why he needed to take break from pro wrestling. He went nearly 20 years nonstop, and he admitted that it caused him to lose touch and he was becoming “a bitter dick.”
Balor also got married during that time away from WWE. He needed the time to refresh himself and get centered. Then he came back as a part of the NXT roster for a fresh start.
“I had been working from 2000 until last August, which is 19 years without taking a break unless it was an injury. Even with the shoulder injury, I worked harder when I was out than when I was fit because I was doing rehab three times a day to get back and get going. The stress of the injury and the pressure to come back, that felt harder than when you’re actually working. When you’re working, you’re in the zone and going and going. I had been going for 19 years straight and I came to a point where I needed a break, not just physically, it was more mentally to be by myself and be away from the boys.”
“I love the boys, but it gets to a point where it’s just too intense. When you’re around them all the time, you just need some space. I needed space from everything; the business, bookers, writers, schedules, everything. It had become too intense. I was turning into a different person that I didn’t like, I was snapping at people, I wasn’t giving people time in conversations. I was turning into a bitter dick and I could feel it building and building. Thankfully, the company gave me some time to get my head straight and get better. When I came back, the idea was pitched around to go to NXT.”
Finn Balor is set to face Timothy Thatcher at NXT TakeOver: XXX on Saturday. We will have full coverage right here at Ringside News. Finn Balor’s time away from WWE seemed to do him well. Now he can get back to wrestling as he re-entered the black and gold brand.
Thanks to Fightful for the quote