Finn Balor is the 34-year-old NXT rookie from Ireland but to his fans, he is a lot more than that.
Known as the demon of the ring, Balor is the current NXT Champion in his first reign. Not only is he the NXT Champion, he has broken another record to seal himself yet another accolade.
April 16 was the date in which Finn Balor tied Adrien Neville's 287-day record championship reign with the NXT Championship. This meant that if Balor was able to hold on for the title for just twenty-four more hours then he would be the longest reigning NXT Champion in the brand's history. On April 17, Balor managed to pull this off making him the longest reigning NXT Champion.
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There are two sides of the discussion as to what this actually means for Finn Balor. While a handful of fans are praising the accolade believing it is a complete positive, others are not so convinced that Balor becoming the longest reigning champion is such a good thing.
All this comes following NXT Takeover: Dallas in which many people predicted Samoa Joe would take the championship for Balor, but this was not the case.
Many fans have taken to social media to extend their congratulations to Balor. Quite a lot of people have looked at Balor's accolade and viewed it as WWE's way of showing that they have faith in him.
With many debuts usually taking place following WrestleMania, people questioned whether NXT can actually work without their major stars like Finn Balor. The argument can be made that giving this achievement to Balor is their way of showing their trust in Balor.
Something that WWE fans often do forget when discussing NXT is that although it is televised, it is still the development system for the company.
The NXT roster isn't valued as much as the main roster talents by high-ups such as CEO, Vince McMahon. For this reason, the fans wonder whether keeping Balor as the NXT Champion is simply a way of saying he's not ready for the main roster.
There have been seven NXT Champions, including Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins and former Intercontinental Champion, Kevin Owens.
The last champion, Kevin Owens, made his debut on the main WWE roster while still NXT Champion in a victorious effort against John Cena. It's possible that WWE do want Balor to come up to the main roster as the champion.
With NXT producing so many of its own stars, such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and Austin Aries, there are plenty of candidates to be able to take the championship away. People also view this as a way of knowing that WWE doesn't think Balor is doing badly as if he were, the belief is that he would have lost the championship by now.
With Balor's friends, AJ Styles, Luke 'Doc' Gallows and Karl Anderson now all on the main WWE roster, it seems only a matter of time before Finn Balor is brought up too.
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