NXT Champion Finn Bálor sat down with Corey Graves on After the Bell recently, where the two talked about Bálor’s latest run in NXT.
After a highly successful run in NXT from 2014 to 2016, Bálor returned in 2019 in what was originally meant to be a short three month run. However, The Prince of NXT’s second run has grown and grown in stature, with Finn becoming only the third person to have more than one reign with the NXT Championship.
While speaking with Graves, Bálor revealed how in the past he was trying to please people by wrestling ‘WWE’s style’, but now he’s wrestling for himself on NXT:
"I was guilty of trying to please way too many people, you know, and not please myself in, you know, past versions of the Finn character and what I was doing in the ring. And I feel like I’ve gone back to pleasing myself, you know, inside and outside the ring and kinda trying to you know, deliver a style of wrestling that I enjoy to watch, and also I enjoy to execute and something that I feel that I’m better at than the classic, traditional WWE style.
“And I tried to, maybe for too long, fit into a box that I didn’t really fit, and now [I] just try to go out there and express myself truly as how I feel wrestling should be expressed.”
Bálor successfully defended the NXT Championship against Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day on February 14.