Corey Graves welcomed NXT Champion Finn Balor as his guest on the latest “After The Bell” podcast..
Here are some highlights:
Balor talking about Pete Dunn:
“I’ve been doing this 20+ years and I’ve been in the ring with all sorts of talented guys throughout my journey. I feel like Pete Dunn is right up there with the top 5 guys I’ve ever been in the ring with. He’s absolutely a special talent and at his age, his confidence that he has in the ring, his ability, his skill, he’s one of the absolute best I’ve ever been in the ring with, so, hats off to Pete. I have a lot of respect for Pete.”
Balor thoughts on going back to NXT:
“I didn’t know what to expect. I was under the impression it was going to be a three month deal and we would reboot Finn and reset and go back to RAW or go back to SmackDown and go back to things as normal. But, it’s kind of evolved into something I don’t think anyone expected. I think it’s thanks to how NXT is also evolving and really, truly its own brand now. I don’t know what to expect going forward. I don’t know how long it’s going to last, but I have to say I’m super happy in NXT. There’s no reason for me to want to move anywhere in my career at this point. I feel like I’m still growing. I think one of the best things I’ve done in my career is knowing when to move and knowing when there’s something to change and that was the case in Europe. That was the case in Japan. That was the case when I was on RAW and SmackDown. I’m sure I will get to a point where I know this NXT has run its course and it will be time to make a change, but, I don’t see that coming anytime soon.”
Balor was asked to compare NXT when he started first started there to NXT today:
“What’s different is in the past, it was us against the world. It was like, we’re all together. We are NXT and we are trying to prove ourselves together against the world. Now, it feels very much like everyone is their own individual. Everyone is out there to prove themselves and it’s competitive. It wasn’t as competitive as it was in the past. It was competitive against everyone else, but as a group now, it’s individually competitive. I know I’m the champion and everyone wants to challenge me. In the past, that wasn’t necessarily the case. It was like, Finn’s the champ, but we’re all working together for the same goal. Now I know everyone’s looking at me saying, ‘I want to be the champ.’ That’s the real difference in the mindset that it’s gone from being a team group to being very much an individual goal for someone to be the champ, or be the best, or to prove themselves.”