Finn Balor Biography: Finn Balor is popularly known for his two-sided roles as himself and the Demon in the WWE. Balor has been trained under Johnny Moss, New Japan Inoki Dojo, and NWA UK Hammerlock. During the early phase of Balor’s career, he held several championships on his shoulder that includes IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, ICW Zero-G Championship, and one-time RPW British Cruiserweight Champion and a two-time NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion.
In the long history of World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Universe would have witnessed every inaugural champion regarding every respective title in the business. From Buddy Rogers as the first WWE Champion in 1963 to Triple H as first World Heavyweight champion in 2002, the glory of being the first champion has been undoubtedly the proudest moment for any wrestler in professional wrestling platform.
In the year 2013, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to unify the World Heavyweight Championship with the WWE Championship. The World Heavyweight Championship was retired and the WWE Championship became the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WWE has been involved in producing some of the biggest athletes to WWE in recent years. Beginning with a journey as a star inside the squared circle to superstar, WWE’s development system NXT played a very significant role in developing wrestlers like Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman and many more.
Fergal Devitt better known by the ring name Finn Balor from NXT created history to win a world title in his pay-per-view debut and became the quickest wrestler to win a world title following his main roster debut by becoming the inaugural Universal Champion at SummerSlam 2016 by defeating Seth Rollins.
Before becoming an inaugural Universal Champion, Finn Balor held a milestone at WWE NXT holding NXT title with his reign being the longest in the title’s history at 292 days.
Finn Balor Early Life
Finn Balor a.k.a. Fergal Devitt is an Irish and was born on 25 July 1981 in Bray, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland. He has three brothers and a sister. Balor made his professional wrestling debut in 2010 and began his own wrestling promotion as NWA Ireland in Ireland. He was trained at NWA UK Hammerlock. Balor spent 8 years at New Japan Pro Wrestling before heading to WWE. During that time, he formed a group named ‘Bullet Club stable’. As part of NWA Ireland, Devitt trained future WWE competitor Becky Lynch.
Finn Balor Personal Life
Finn Balor started his professional career at the age of 18 in 2000. After his training with NWA Hammerlock was concluded, he received the recognition by winning the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship. In mid-2002, Balor, along with Paul Tracey, opened NWA Ireland, his own wrestling promotion based in Ireland. Later, it became the sister group of NWA UK Hammerlock as both promoted under the NWA banner.
During the initial years of his wrestling career, Balor bagged several championships during his tenure with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) with a nickname Prince Devit. Balor became 3-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with Minoru and four times with Ryusuke Taguchi. He is also a two-time winner of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, won in 2010 and 2013.
In 2009, Devitt joined hands with Ryusuke Taguchi as Apollo 55 to defeat The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Balor also participated in 2009 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, however, he lost in the finals of the tournament by Koji Kanemoto. Devitt also entered 2009 Super J-Cup and later he and Taguchi successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Averno and Último Guerrero.
Devitt entered 2010 Best of the Super Juniors tournament Devitt first defeated Taiji Ishimori in the semifinals and then Kota Ibushi in the finals to win the tournament and earn a shot at Naomichi Marufuji’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Marufuji to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time.
In December 2010, Finn Balor defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Davey Richards, while and in January 2011, he battled against Kota Ibushi for the championship.
In 2011, Apollo 55 regained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, He continued to defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship successfully, till May 2011. However, he lost the championship to Kota Ibushi later.
After gaining and losing the championship several times over 2011 and 2012, Balor defeated Alex Shelley for his third successful defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. However, after two days, Apollo 55 unsuccessfully challenged Time Splitters for IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and lost the championship. After this, Balor ended the partnership with Taguchi.
Finn Balor formed ‘Bullet Club’ in May 2013, with American wrestler Karl Anderson and Tongan wrestlers Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale. The first match took place on May 2013, where Balor and Fale defeated Taguchi and Captain New Japan.
The year 2014 came in like a dream come true time for Balor as he joined WWE’s development wing NXT and received a title match against then NXT champion Kevin Owens at The Beast in the East in Tokyo, Japan and defeated Owens to win the NXT Championship. Later, Bálor defeated Owens in a ladder match to retain the title at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. Balor holds the record of longest-reigning NXT Champion in history with a period of 292 days.
Balor was drafted to Raw in July 2014 and received an opportunity to battle for inaugural WWE Universal championship. Bálor then defeated Seth Rollins at SummerSlam and enlisted himself as a first person to hold the WWE Universal Championship in WWE history.
- Ranked No. 3 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
- Male Competitor of the Year in 2015
- Overall Competitor of the Year in 2015
- NXT Year-End Award- 2 times
- Balor holds the record of longest reigning NXT champion with 292 days
- Balor is the inaugural Universal Champion at SummerSlam 2016
Finn Balor Achievements
- Balor is a one-time NXT Championship
- Balor is a one-time WWE Universal Champion
- Balor is a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion
- Balor is a one-time Wrestling. Ie Champion
- Balor is a one-time NWA World Historic Middleweight Champion
- Balor is a one-time Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) Zero-G Champion
- Balor is a 3-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
- Balor is a 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
- Balor won Best of the Super Juniors in 2010, 2013
- Balor won J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament in 2010, 2011 with Ryusuke Taguchi and Hirooki Goto
- Balor is a 2-time NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
- Balor is a one-time British Cruiserweight Champion
- Balor won Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in 2015 with Samoa Joe
Finn Balor Physical Measurements
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 86 kg = 190 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Black
Full Name: Fergal Devit
Age: 38 years
Date of Birth: 25 July 1981
Hometown: Bray, County Wicklow, Republic Of Ireland
Highest qualification: Graduate
School: Saint Cronan’s Boys’ National School
Finn Balor Favorite Celebrities
Favorite wrestler: Shawn Michaels
Favorite actor: Bradley Cooper
Favorite actress: Angelina Jolie
Finn Balor Other Favourites & Hobbies
Hobbies: Reading comic books, painting and playing football
Favorite Food: Raw foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables, fish and buts
Dream Holiday Destination: Switzerland
Favorite Color: Red
Finn Balor Net Worth
Finn Balor’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million. He reportedly earned $3,00,000 as an annual salary from WWE which put his net worth at $1.3 million, but it has constantly been on the rise and latest reports suggest he will earn a salary of $1 million in 2019.
Finn Balor Controversy
Finn Balor has not been involved in any controversy