Why the 'Demon' gimmick wasn't used by Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34

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One of the many reasons why Finn Balor appeals to wrestling fans is because of the fantastic body paint he has used throughout the years.

Going through various characters on the independent scene, ranging from Venom to The Joker, there was evidently some worry when Balor jumped ship to WWE regarding his chances of keeping the body paint or ditching it entirely.


It looks like there was a compromise of some sort, as it wasn't long before Balor debuted the Demon persona on NXT, suggesting that the character was going to be appearing solely in pay-per-view matches and not on regular television.

On the main roster, though, we've only seen the Demon on a handful of occasions.

Balor introduced Seth Rollins to the character before SummerSlam - as well as the event itself where the Irishman became the first-ever Universal Champion. He also brought it back for the underwhelming feud against Bray Wyatt, only for AJ Styles to step in as the last-minute opponent and lose at TLC.

Obviously, it's only the inclusion of body paint, and the gimmick doesn't make any difference whatsoever. However, it's still an essential part of Balor's character and his appeal; something the fans have wanted to see on during the significant events.

WrestleMania 34 would have been the perfect night for Balor to bring it back in New Orleans, despite losing to The Kingslayer in a triple threat match - also featuring The Miz - with the former Shield member walking away with the Intercontinental Championship.


However, when speaking to Sports Illustrated, he revealed that the Demon gimmick was never in discussion to return at the Grandest Stage of Them All, as he had been planning to show support for the LGBTQ community for six months.

According to Wrestling Inc, he said: "A lot of people maybe thought going into WrestleMania, 'Well, if Finn's not gonna be the Demon, it's gonna suck.'

"I think what we did at WrestleMania is a lot more important than any Demon could have been.

"I felt like - not that they were excluded, but sometimes, they felt like they weren't included. That's something I felt a responsibility for, to use the platform that I have for good and to help maybe a small amount of people for the right reasons.

"It's crazy, because it was kind of a couple months of me talking, then as soon as the right people [Stephanie McMahon] heard it, it was almost instantaneously, 'We gotta have this shirt out next week and we gotta talk to GLAAD ASAP and we're gonna roll with it.'"

In the end, Balor's entrance at WrestleMania 34 went down a great success.

Plus, with WWE being shined in a favourable light because of it, it perhaps made more sense for them to gain some mainstream attention for that, as opposed to just pleasing the hardcore wrestling fans with the Demon gimmick.

What did you make of Finn Balor not using the Demon gimmick at WrestleMania 34? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.


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