May 8, 2021

FINN BALOR

Fergal Devitt is a 39-year-old professional wrestler from Ireland. He is currently signed to WWE’s NXT brand and wrestles under the ring name, Finn Bálor.

At the age of 18, Devitt started his professional wrestling career for the promotion, NWA UK Hammerlock. Shortly after joining the promotion, he won the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship. He won the title a second time in 2005.

Fergal Devitt’s Early Career

After graduating from high school, Fergal’s wrestling career took off. He began touring Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2002, with Paul Tracey,  opened NWA Ireland, his own wrestling promotion based in Ireland. 

From 2000 to 2006, Devitt competed in various independent promotions including Millennium Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Alliance. In March 2006, he signed a contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The next month, he made his NJPW debut against El Samurai, using the ring name Prince Devitt.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

On January 27, 2008, Devitt and his tag team partner, Minoru, won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They lost the championship to Akira and Jyushin Thunder Liger in February, before regaining the title in July. After almost a three month reign, they lost the championship to No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro) in October.

In 2009, Devitt teamed with Ryusuke Taguchi to form Apollo 55 and in July, at Circuit 2009 New Japan Soul, they defeated The Motor City Machine Guns to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Devitt and Taguchi were stripped of the title, after not defending them for 30 days in April.

Devitt entered the Best of the Super Juniors tournament in 2010 and defeated all of his opponents to advance to the finals where he defeated Marufuji to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time. A few weeks later, Devitt and Taguchi defeated Koji Kanemoto and El Samurai to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time as a team. Devitt defended his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for 364 days before losing it to Kota Ibushi.

The Bullet Club

In May 2013, he formed the stable, The Bullet Club, with Karl Anderson, Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga. In June, Devitt challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi for his IWGP Heavyweight Championship but failed to capture the title from Tanahashi in July.

Devitt continued wrestling for New Japan Pro-Wrestling until 2014. He won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship a total of three times and held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship six times in total.

Finn Bálor’s WWE Contract & Debut

Devitt signed with the WWE in May 2014 and in July, WWE announced Devitt’s signing with the company once he obtained a visa. He was assigned to NXT’s roster and given the name, Finn Bálor.

Finn Bálor made his debut match on October 23 where he and Itami defeated Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd. After feuding with The Ascension, Bálor and Itami defeated them at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution in December where he also debuted his signature body paint as his alter persona, The Demon.

In January 2015, Bálor entered an NXT Championship number one contender’s tournament, defeating Curtis Axel in the first round, Itami in the semi-finals and Adrian Neville in the finals at NXT TakeOver: Rival. Bálor received his title match against Kevin Owens in March but was unsuccessful.

Finn Bálor Wins NXT Championship

After defeating Tyler Breeze at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bálor received another title shot against Owens at the Beast in the East in Japan. Finn Bálor defeated Kevin Owens to become the NXT Champion. He also won the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament tying with Samoa Joe. Bálor’s reign lasted 292 days.

In 2016, Finn Bálor was moved to Monday Night RAW during the 2016 WWE Draft. On his first night on RAW, he defeated Rusev, Cesaro, and Kevin Owens in a fatal four-way match. Later that night, he beat Roman Reigns for the opportunity to become the first ever Universal Champion at Summerslam 2016.

Inaugural WWE Universal Champion

At SummerSlam, Bálor defeated Seth Rollins to become the first WWE Universal Champion. The following night he had to vacate his title due to a shoulder injury that would require surgery and four to six months to heal.

Finn Bálor made his return to in-ring action in March 2017 and in 2018, he became the Intercontinental Champion twice but lost it to Shinsuke Nakamura at Extreme Rules.

Finn Bálor’s Return to NXT

After a two month television absence, Bálor made his NXT return in October 2019 and the following month he began a feud with Matt Riddle leading to a match between the two being scheduled for NXT TakeOver: WarGames, where Bálor emerged victorious.

Since then, Bálor has been on a winning streak defeating Damian Priest at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, and then he defeated Timothy Hatcher at NXT TakeOver: XXX. On September 8, Bálor defeated Adam Cole to win the vacant NXT Championship for the second time.

At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Finn Balor lost the NXT Championship title to Karrion Kross.

Finn Bálor
Finn Bálor

Stats

Birth name: Fergal Devitt
Born: July 25, 1981, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Spouse: Verónica Rodríguez
Ring Name(s): C.T.U Ranger Red, Fergal Devitt, Finn Bálor, Pegasus Kid, Prince Devitt
Current Roster: WWE NXT
Finishing Move(s): Coup de Grace, 1916

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Career Championships and Accomplishments

  • American Wrestling Roadshow
    • Wrestling.Ie Championship (1 time)
  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship (1 time)
  • Insane Championship Wrestling
    • ICW Zero-G Championship (1 time)
  • Kaientai Dojo
    • Best Tag Team Match (2010)
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (6 times)
    • Best of the Super Juniors (2010, 2013)
    • J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament (2010, 2011)
  • NWA UK Hammerlock
    • NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling
    • British Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
    • WWE Universal Championship (1 time, inaugural)
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
    • NXT Championship (2 times)
    • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (2015)
    • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament
    • NXT Year-End Award (2 times)