Finn Bálor, born on July 25, 1981, made his wrestling debut in 2001, winning a wrestling championship to cement his name in the sport. He toured and participated in competitions, and was affiliated with a Japan-based professional wrestling promotion too. He has won several accolades in his career. Let’s celebrate this sportsman’s special day, right here!
Finn Bálor is one of the biggest names in the wrestling world and he has earned it rightfully. The sportsman was born Fergal Devitt on July 25, 1981, in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. His zodiac sign is Leo and his ethnicity is Irish. Bálor is the son of Fintan and Leonie Devitt, and the second child of five siblings.
Bálor trained at the NWA UK Hammerlock before making his wrestling debut. He went on to win the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship and soon began touring Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He won the Commonwealth Championship for the second time in 2005, defeating Dru Onyx for the title. Later that year, he began wrestling for the Millennium Wrestling Federation (M.W.F.).
He made his T.V wrestling debut with the November edition of the M.W.F. television championship. In March 2006, Bálor signed a contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and made his debut with them a month later under the name Prince Devitt. He teamed up with fellow wrestlers in the same promotion and participated in competitions, winning the IGWP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in 2008. In 2009, he reached the finals of many tag team wrestling contests but lost most of them. He entered the 2010 Best of the Super Juniors Championship and won the tournament, earning a shot to participate in the IGWP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he also won in June that year.
He and Ryusuke Taguchi teamed up again to win the Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time and Bálor won the title seven more times with different partners. He also defended his solo heavyweight title and held it for 364 days in 2011. He participated in and won the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors Championship, making it his second victory in the competition. He signed a contract with W.W.E. in 2014 and joined NXT immediately. Teaming up with Hideo Itami, he defeated “The Ascension,” a tag team at the NXT Takeover: R Evolution. He also won the NXT Takeover: Rivals later that year.
In 2015, he was the longest-reigning NXT Champion. Bálor was picked as Raw’s fifth overall wrestler in the 2016 W.W.E. draft and defeated other players to win the right to compete in the W.W.E. Universal Championship. He defeated Seth Rollins and won his first world title, also becoming the first winner of the Universal Championship. After wrestling for Raw for three years and a brief television hiatus, Bálor returned to NXT in 2019 and continued participating in and winning championships.
The wrestler confirmed his relationship with sports journalist Vero Rodriguez in June 2019, and they were married in August that year. They currently reside in Orlando, Florida.
After a brief training period, he starts his career — he also wins the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship.
Bálor wins the championship again and begins touring around Ireland, the U.K., and the U.S.
He signs a contract with the New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and starts wrestling under the name Prince Devitt.
As part of the NJPW, Bálor wins his first IGWP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
The wrestler joins WW.E.’s NXT promotion and wins a tag team championship during the course of his first month there.
He is the champion of the inaugural season and it is also his first world title.
Why We Love Finn Bálor
Bálor is friendly
Wrestling is a sport where players hurt each other. Bálor has been described as friendly by many of his fellow wrestlers. After one of his matches, Bálor and his opponent showed respect for one another by doing a “too sweet” hand gesture.
He is a softie
He’s called the “Demon King” and many other names. However, beneath that tough exterior, Bálor is nothing but a big softie, who loves comics and legos!
He doesn’t let obstacles get in his way
Bálor has had to back out from championships a few times due to injuries. However, he has always bounced back stronger than ever, and won wrestling contests like the champion he is!
5 Surprising Facts
His father inspired his sports name
Finn is a shortened version of his father, Fintan Devitt’s first name.
When Bálor joined the NJPW, his name was meant to be King Devitt, however, people questioned why a 24-year-old who was new to wrestling would be called a king — he later changed it to Prince Devitt.
He used to be a footballer
Bálor played Gaelic football, which combines soccer, rugby, and American football, with a ball that looks like a volleyball.
Bálor loves comics
The wrestler loves reading comics, and a lot of his face paint during his fights has been inspired by famous comic characters.
A black belt in submission wrestling
Bálor has a first-degree black belt in I.B.F. submission wrestling, a form of sports where victory is determined by holding one’s opponent down until one submits.
Finn Bálor FAQs
How much does Finn Bálor make with the W.W.E.?
Bálor makes $1 million every year with the W.W.E. He has been with the W.W.E. for five years.
Is Finn Bálor still in NXT?
Yes. He was with Raw for some time and returned to NXT in 2019.
Are Jordan Devlin and Finn Bálor related?
They are not related, but Devlin was Bálor’s protégé for a while. Devlin was 12 when he met the wrestler, who was 21 at the time.
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