Finn Balor delighted fans with The Demon character in WWE, but he hasn’t donned that makeup for a while. He is now The Prince once again, and NXT Champion. The Demon King persona seems to be tucked away for now.
Balor’s return to NXT last year brought a change to his demeanor. He was essentially written off the main roster after a tough loss to Bray Wyatt’s debuting Fiend. Then he re-emerged with a new attitude in the black and gold brand.
While speaking to Digital Spy, Finn Balor brought up the Demon character. It’s not likely that we’ll see him again for a while. He referred to the Demon as a crutch. It’s not dead and buried, but right now he’s doing something else.
“I feel like The Demon was supposed to be a one-off in Tokyo Dome, Japan and it grew into this completely separate entity that for some time I had control over and then eventually it just kind of spun out of control. I was trying to please too many people and not pleasing myself. I feel like I lost a grip on what the character was and what I was utilizing it for. I feel like the main element that The Demon had was the element of surprise and I feel like we lost that in a sense and it became more like a crutch for Finn.”
“It’s definitely not dead and buried. I feel like there’s a time and place for everything but right now I feel like The Demon character is something that would maybe be a step in the wrong direction for what I’ve done over the last 11 months in NXT. So there will be a time and a place where we get The Demon versus Bray Wyatt, where we get The Demon versus Braun Strowman, where we get The Demon versus Brock Lesnar, but right now I’m interested in defending the NXT Championship.”
Finn Balor is now NXT Champion, and looking for his first challenger. The Demon persona lends itself to a babyface role, and that is not Balor’s current spot on the roster.
You can never say never in WWE, and the company has made a lot of money off that Demon look. Odds are we’ll see the Demon King come back, but right now Finn Balor is only interested in remaining NXT Champion.