Wrestler Spotlight: Finn Bálor

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Photo credit David J. Wilson

Welcome to the Wrestler Spotlight. With Fear & Loathing X taking place next Sunday, we’re going to focus on one of last year’s guests and former ICW Zero-G Champion, Finn Bálor.

Alias – Finn Bálor, Prince Devitt, Fergal Devitt, Pegasus Kid, CTU Ranger Red

Nicknames – “The Demon”, “The Irish Captor”, “The Irish Young Gun”, “The Real Rock’n’Rolla”, “The Real Shooter”, “The Prince of Ireland”, “The Extraordinary Man”, “The Prince”

Debut – 2001

Companies Wrestled For –

  • 4 Front Wrestling
  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • All Pro Wrestling
  • Alternative Wrestling Show
  • American Wrestling Roadshow
  • British Championship Wrestling
  • Canadian Wrestling Federation
  • Chaotic Wrestling
  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
  • Dragon Gate
  • Dramatic Dream Team
  • Fight Club: PRO
  • Fight Factory Pro Wrestling
  • Fighting Spirit Wrestling
  • Independent Wrestling Federation
  • Infinite Promotions
  • Insane Championship Wrestling
  • International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom
  • Irish Whip Wrestling
  • KAIENTAI DOJO
  • National Wrestling Alliance Empire
  • National Wrestling Alliance United Kingdom Hammerlock
  • New England Championship Wrestling
  • New Japan Dojo
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • No Limit Wrestling
  • Premier British Wrestling
  • Preston City Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH
  • Pro Wrestling ZERO1
  • Pro Wrestling ZERO1 Ireland
  • PROGRESS Wrestling
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling
  • Riki Pro
  • Scottish School of Wrestling
  • Scottish Wrestling Alliance
  • SMASH
  • Source Wrestling
  • Southside Wrestling Entertainment
  • Superstars of Wrestling
  • Triple X Wrestling
  • westside Xtreme wrestling
  • World Wide Wrestling League
  • World Wresting Entertainment

Titles & Accomplishments – 

  • 1x American Wrestling Roadshow WRESTLING.IE Champion
  • 1x Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre World Historic Middleweight Champion
  • 1x Insane Championship Wrestling Zero-G Champion
  • 2x National Wrestling Alliance United Kingdom Hammerlock British Commonwealth Champion
  • 3x New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 6x New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion w/Minoru (2 times) and w/Ryusuke Taguchi (4 times)
  • 1x Revolution Pro Wrestling Undisputed British Cruiserweight Champion
  • 1x and first ever World Wrestling Entertainment Universal Champion
  • 1x World Wrestling Entertainment Intercontinental Champion
  • 1x World Wrestling Entertainment NXT Champion
  • 2010 Tokyo Sports Best Bout Award (w/Ryusuke Taguchi vs The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi))
  • 2010 KAIENTAI DOJO Best Tag Team Match (w/Ryusuke Taguchi vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi)
  • 2010 & 2011 New Japan Pro Wrestling J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Team Tournament Winner w/Ryusuke Taguchi & Hirooki Goto
  • 2010 & 2013 New Japan Pro Wrestling Best of the Super Juniors Winner
  • 2015 Rolling Stones NXT Star of the Year
  • 2015 World Wrestling Entertainment Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Winner w/Samoa Joe
  • 2015 World Wrestling Entertainment NXT Male Competitor of the Year
  • 2015 World Wrestling Entertainment NXT Overall Competitor of the Year
  • 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Most Underrated

Signature Moves –

  • Bloody Sunday/1916 (Lifting Single Underhook DDT)
  • Reverse Bloody Sunday/1916 (Lifting Reverse DDT)
  • Coup de Grâce (Diving Double Foot Stomp)
  • Devitt’s End (High-Angle Fujiwara Armbar)
  • Prince’s Throne (Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster)
  • Shingata Prince’s Throne (Canadian Backbreaker Rack dropped into a Double Knee Gutbuster)
  • Dreamcast (Corkscrew Roundhouse Kick)
  • Devitt Destroyer (Go to Sleep)
  • Black Hole Vacation (Wheelbarrow Double Knee Facebreaker w/Ryusuke Taguchi)

Alliances –

  • Apollo 55 w/Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Team Ireland w/Paul Tracey
  • BULLET CLUB w/Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
  • CTU w/Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Hirooki Goto, Katsushi Takemura, Dick Togo, TAKA Michinoku, Jado, Gedo and Minoru
  • RISE w/Shinsuke Nakamura, Hirooki Goto, Milano Collection AT, Giant Bernard, Travis Tomko and Minoru
  • w/Samoa Joe
  • w/Hideo Itami

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