Finn Balor has his sights set on a major goal in the WWE.
Balor has taken the WWE by storm since joining them a few years ago.
Balor is widely known for his tenure with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) as Prince Devitt, where he is a three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Balor signed with WWE in 2014 and was placed in NXT.
Balor became a one-time NXT Champion with his reign being the longest in the title's history at 292 days (although WWE recognizes it at 293).
He was then called up to the main roster and beat Seth Rollins at SummerSlam last year to win the WWE Universal Title. Balor became the first wrestler in WWE history to win a world title in their pay-per-view debut.
This marked the quickest wrestler in WWE history to win a world title at 27 days following his main roster debut by becoming the Universal Title. However, he relinquished the championship a day later due to suffering a legitimate shoulder injury during the match.
On the WWE Network's Table For 3, The Hardy Boyz, Matt and Jeff, sat down for a meal with Balor.
When the subject of face/body paint came about, Finn indicated that his demon persona helps him manage insecurities.
"It's very hard to explain, but it's almost like putting on a mask protects you from people's judgments and lets you completely flow freely, like, with all your aggression and our animosity against anything. And I think everyone, deep down, has insecurities issues, especially in this business. And I find that maybe getting to hide behind the paint, so to speak, kind of protects you from those insecurities and helps me channel a different side of my personality that isn't always available to me."
"I didn't realize how much the paint was going to affect how I moved and how I walked. And it wasn't something that consciously happened. It was because the first time I'd done it was a Tokyo Dome show, I want to say in 2013-14, and I walked out there and I was a completely different person. I hadn't rehearsed anything, planned anything, but I remember walking to the ring almost in a limp and I was like, 'why the hell am I limping?' It was almost as though the paint took control and it changes the direction your mind moves in."
In terms of future goals Finn claimed that he would like to continue to evolve his character. He stated that his main goal is to create another alter ego for himself.
"Obviously, seeing [the Hardys] continue to evolve the last 25 years, that inspires me to keep evolving my character. And I'm quite happy with how I'm doing at the moment, but I'm always trying to push myself to create something new and I think my main goal going forward over the next five, 10 years would be maybe create another alter ego like you guys have."