Finn Balor is set to go up against Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship on SmackDown this week. Prior to the big match, the inaugural Universal Champion had a lot to say about his opponent.
While speaking to DAZN, Balor stated that he’s a different person now compared to when he fought Roman Reigns for the first time in 2016 and he added that he doesn’t need WWE anymore and they don’t need him either.
“In 2016, I was too eager to please. Right now, I don’t really care what people think, what people say, or what people want from me. I just want to do what I want to do. I think the real difference in the point where I’m at now my career is that in 2016, I needed WWE. I needed the limelight, and I needed to prove myself on the biggest stage. I feel right now in 2021, no offense, but I don’t need WWE. They don’t need me, that’s for sure.”
“But I don’t need them. I’m doing this for me now. I’m performing for myself. I don’t care if I have the weight of the world on my shoulders, which I may have had in 2016. That might have been too much pressure, too much stress, or too much for me to fully comprehend. Right now, there’s no pressure because I don’t need it. I want it. I’m doing this to not prove to anybody else but to prove to myself that this is where I belong.”
Finn Balor was originally supposed to challenge the Tribal Chief for the coveted title at SummerSlam last month but he was removed from the match after getting attacked from behind by Baron Corbin before he could proceed with signing the contract to make the bout official.
Reigns ended up clashing with John Cena at the Biggest Party of the Summer which he won. He was then confronted by the returning Brock Lesnar after the match. With Cena out of the picture, Finn Balor is ready to reclaim the opportunity that was stolen from him.