Finn Balor is a former 2-time NXT Champion and was truly one of the most significant names in NXT. The allure of his ‘Demon’ character continues to be a well-discussed topic even now, but it appears Balor viewed this character as a crutch.
Finn Balor’s Demon character is also a fan-favorite in the company and every time he came out to the ring as that character, fans immediately took him more seriously for good reason.
For the most part, Demon Balor was undefeated in singles competition, but that all changed after he was defeated by Roman Reigns back in 2021. Afterwards, he also lost to Edge despite being Demon Balor.
While speaking on After the Bell, Finn Balor talked about his Demon persona and how it has been portrayed over the years. Balor admitted that it eventually became more of a crutch than anything.
“It became a crutch. I’ll hold my hand up and say I’m guilty of trying to please too many people and not please myself. The thing with that character, or even a lot of the stuff that I was doing in WWE in general, was a result of trying to please too many people, be it the creative team, the writing team, the merchandise team, the promotions team, the tickets team and not really pleasing myself.”
When the demon character was conceived in Japan, it was something that didn’t really have a rhyme or reason, but it was just something that I felt I could express myself and mold myself better in the moment when I needed to go into that zone. When you bring it into the WWE Universe, it has to become something or it has to have a reason why this happens, why this transformation happens, and I feel like the more you try and explain something, the less sense that actually makes and the more ridiculous it becomes.
For me, that was the crutch that I felt. It wasn’t necessarily the process of the paint or the creative part of trying to execute a different unique design every time, it was to try to keep so many people happy and not really staying true to myself and why I was doing it in the first place.”
Finn Balor will challenge Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Money In The Bank Premium Live Event on July 1st. We will have to wait and see how the match will turn out.
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