Fergal Devitt debuted in NXT as Finn Bálor in late 2014, and although he was only in his early 30’s, Devitt was already a 14-year veteran of the sports entertainment industry at the time of his signing. He’s the longest reigning NXT Champion in the brief history of the promotion, and his charisma and abilities in the ring have many people predicting he could be one of the biggest stars in WWE today as soon as he makes the jump to the main roster. WWE will no doubt find a bombastic and noteworthy way to introduce The Demon to the masses, but there are plenty of things they won’t tell you about Bálor, too.
Bálor has wrestled all over the world, and already has a great deal of experience in nearly all areas of wrestling. His personal style is influenced by Mexican, Japanese, European, and American wrestling, and he’s spent enough time behind the scenes he could be considered a full-time promoter and trainer in addition to his time in the ring. For fans curious about where he came from, though, keep reading to learn 10 things WWE won’t tell you about Finn Bálor.
10 He Loves Comic Books
9 He Started NWA: Ireland
8 He Trained Becky Lynch
7 He Was A Prince In Japan
6 He Named One Of His Characters After Chris Benoit
5 Prior To NXT He Was A Super Junior
4 He Was In A Stable With Shinsuke Nakamura
3 He Formed A Tag Team Called Apollo 55
2 He Is A Two Time Best of the Super Juniors
1 He Founded The Bullet Club
After his successes in the tag and junior divisions, Devitt turned on his partner Ryusuke Taguchi and joined with American wrestler Karl Anderson to team with Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga in a group they named The Bullet Club. WWE fans no doubt are familiar with the fact Anderson would bring that group to Monday Night Raw in early 2016, but Devitt was notably absent from the ensuing WWE version of The Club. Despite being thus far blackballed from the WWE version, Devitt was actually the leader of the group for the first two years of its existence. His time with Bullet Club came to an end when he left NJPW for NXT, at which point his leadership position was taken over by another wrestler who is slowly becoming a huge name in WWE: A.J. Styles.
Sources: WWE, Wrestling Observer
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