Finn Balor has revealed that he currently has no plans to leave NXT to join the main WWE roster, amid rumors linking him to a SummerSlam debut as the latest Paul Heyman guy.
Appearing on the PodNasty Wrestling Podcast to promote NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, where Balor will defend his NXT Championship against Kevin Owens in a ladder match, the Irishman stated that the Demon is happy in his current surroundings in the developmental roster.
Balor believes that the work being done in NXT is revolutionary and leading a renaissance in the way professional wrestling functions. As its current champion, he stated that he wants to be part of this revolution, comparing it to the original ECW promotion.
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"What we're doing at NXT right now is groundbreaking. It's revolutionary. For me, it's like a Renaissance period in wrestling, and I want to be involved in NXT, I don't want to go to the quote-unquote main roster.
"I don't want to get called up, so to speak, because I believe that we at NXT are building something together that is going to be looked back on in 10 years the same way that we looked back on the ECW period as being revolutionary at that time, and this is something that I want to be involved in."
The next "Paul Heyman Guy"?
Balor also commented on his recent revelations of wanting to be the next "Paul Heyman guy", saying "I'm a big admirer of Paul, and I've had a lot of conversations with Paul about what we could do potentially in the future but it's all hypothetical at the moment. That was some incredible, incredible fan art that I'm very fortunate that people send me all the time and I like to publicize some of their work and that's literally all that was.
"A lot of people read into it their own way, and I apologize for that. But who knows, I will be in Brooklyn for NXT Takeover, I believe SummerSlam is in Brooklyn the next night, I believe Raw is in Brooklyn the next night so I'll be in Brooklyn. Who knows?"
Balor was referring to a picture he posted on Instagram which displays him behind Heyman in a promotional poster for SummerSlam, which the caption "The Demon Rises".
The NXT Champion would also discuss smashing through the ceiling at a recent NXT Live Event against Solomon Crowe.
He said: "I've been seeing stars, but I think they were actual stars after going through the ceiling. When I walked into the building, I looked at the ceiling and said 'that ceiling looks a little low, I better be careful later on.' But of course in the heat of the moment, that's the last thing I'm thinking about when I'm looking below on Solomon Crowe laying on the mat.
"So I jumped up, I was lucky it was a drop ceiling—it wasn't solid and I kind of popped through it—a little bit of dust went in my hair, I came crashing down. I think it looked a lot worse than it was, no one was hurt seriously and we all lived to fight another day."
Whilst this might disappoint fans who are anxious to see the Demon unleashed on RAW and SmackDown against main roster opponents, with NXT going through a flux in recent months it is important stars like Finn Balor stay to support.
The developmental has already lost Kevin Owens, Neville and three NXT Divas since WrestleMania, damaging their resources, so to lose Balor as well would be another dire blow to the quality of NXT's programs.