Corey Graves hosted NXT champion Finn Balor as a guest on the latest podcast “After The Bell”.
Here are some highlights:
Balor talks about Pete Dunn:
“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years and have been in the ring with all kinds of talented guys throughout my journey. I feel like Pete Dunn is right up there with the 5 best guys I’ve ever been in the ring with. He’s absolutely a special talent and at his age, his confidence in the ring, his ability, his skill, he’s one of the best I’ve ever been in the ring with, so hats off to Pete. I have a lot of respect for Pete.
Balor’s thoughts on returning to NXT:
“I didn’t know what to expect. I felt like this was going to be a three month contract and we were going to reboot Finn and reset and go back to RAW or go back to SmackDown and get back to business as usual. But it kind of evolved into something no one expected. I think it’s because of how NXT is also and really, really evolving its own brand now. I don’t know what to expect in the future. I don’t know how long this will last, but I have to say I’m super happy in NXT. There is 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 is something to change and that was the case in Europe. This was the case in Japan. This was the case when I was on RAW and SmackDown. I’m sure I’ll get to a point where I know this NXT has run its course and it’s time to make a change, but I don’t see it coming anytime soon. “
Balor was asked to compare NXT when he started there at NXT today:
“What’s different is in the past, it was us against the world. It was like we were all together. We are NXT and we are trying to prove ourselves together against the world. Now we have the impression that everyone is their own individual. Everyone is there to prove themselves and it’s competitive. It was not as competitive as it used to be. It was competitive against everyone, but as a group now it’s individually competitive. I know I’m the champion and everyone wants to challenge me. In the past, this was not necessarily the case. It was like Finn was the champion, but we are all working together for the same goal. Now I know everyone is looking at me saying, “I want to be the champion”. That’s the real difference in the mindset that being a team group has become a really individual goal for someone to be the champion, or to be the best, or to prove themselves.
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