In terms of who he is in real life, Balor felt like the current iteration of his WWE character was the closest the two had ever been.
“Finn Balor’s current character is most true to my personality in real life, as I play him now,” Balor said. “I think in the past it was a little different, but I feel like that’s what brings me the closest to playing as myself in my career.
“When you come to WWE, it’s such a well-oiled machine that has different departments that kind of help you reach your potential. I tried to keep a lot of those departments happy, but maybe I lost sight of who and what was true for myself or my character.
After being away from WWE TV for two months, Balor returned to NXT in October 2019 where he faced NXT Champion Adam Cole. Balor said the WWE office gave him some time to refocus his gadget in NXT – and did so without giving him an exact deadline.
“The office came up to me and said, ‘Hey, we know you need a little time to regroup and refocus, and we could use your help in NXT. Would you be open to the possibility of going back there for a little while? Maybe it’s three months. Maybe it’s six months. But you recalibrate your character and then go back to RAW or SmackDown, ”recalls Balor.
“Three months turned into six months, turned into winning the title, turned into a year and a half now. I wouldn’t change anything for the world. It has been a great learning experience for me.
Ultimately, Balor noted that he was not thrilled with this final race on the main roster and wanted to give it another shot in the near future.
“I grew up as a wrestling fan watching WWE, and that’s basically where I want to play,” Balor said. “I feel like in my last race there, I wasn’t doing myself justice. I needed to change something, and the change came with NXT about who I was again. I’ve managed to do that on some level, and I really hope a return to RAW or SmackDown happens in the future.
Balor faced and lost NXT champion Karrion Kross on last night’s episode of NXT.