Bray, County Wicklow, Irland
Coup de Grace
NXT Champion; Sieger des 2015 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Finn Bálor: Bio
Finn Bálor has arrived in NXT, which can only mean one thing for his foes: pain.
A star in his homeland of Ireland, the United Kingdom and beyond, Bálor came up through the notoriously tough Japanese dojo systems, where he mastered hard, lightning-quick kicks and vicious submission holds.
Upon arriving in NXT, the proud Irishman chose to honor his heritage by taking on the names of two enduring Irish myths — the warrior Finn McCool and Balor, the king of the Fomorians who could cause wanton destruction simply by opening his fearsome eye.
Bálor caused destruction of another kind when he and Hideo Itami took on The Ascension at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. Entering the contest wearing awe-inspiring body paint, Bálor showed off a more intense side of himself as he and his partner dismantled the dominant former NXT Tag Team Champions. Bálor won the NXT Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament, which concluded at NXT TakeOver: Rival, with his victory over former titleholder Adrian Neville!
The enigmatic Irishman finally got his crack at NXT Champion Kevin Owens on the March 25 edition of NXT. After an evenly matched, back-and-forth fight in which Bálor pushed the champion to his limit, Owens eventually scored the pinfall victory.
The story would not be the same months later on July 4 when, from Japan at Brock Lesnar: Beast in The East: Live from Tokyo, Bálor returned to where he first became a star and caught the attention of WWE, defeating Kevin Owens on WWE Network to win his first NXT Championship.
The intense rivalry continued at the historic NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn event. In front of a sold-out Barclays Center, Bálor embraced his inner demon and survived everything Owens threw at him in a Ladder Match, including a devastating powerbomb into the ring apron. The Demon vanquished his challenger with a Coup de Grace from a ladder before scaling back up to retrieve the NXT Championship.
In the first Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, the NXT Champion joined forces with Samoa Joe to take down The Lucha Dragons in the opening round, followed by a victory over Dash & Dawson at NXT TakeOver: Respect. Then in the Finals Match, the pair defeated Baron Corbin & Rhyno to take home the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Cup.
On the Oct. 14 edition of NXT, the champion found out his next challenger will be when undefeated newcomer Apollo Crews won a No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal. The Demon followed that up with an impressive victory over Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: London.
How Finn Bálor's title reign will play out remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: The future starts with him.