Finn Balor Pitched Moving Over To NXT UK Instead Of SmackDown

Finn Balor says he wanted to go to NXT UK and still hopes to get there in the future.

Just before the pandemic, Finn Balor was building a major rivalry with WALTER of NXT UK. Before everything with COVID-19, NXT was scheduled to have a TakeOver in Ireland but sadly because of the pandemic, none of these plans ever came to fruition and Finn Balor is back on SmackDown and on the main roster.

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In an interview clip released by BT Sport on Twitter, Finn Balor opens up about his desires to go over to NXT UK after he was run in NXT.

"The surprise appearance at NXT UK about two years ago was something that I was really excited about. It wasn't going to be a one-off. It was going to be a regular thing. We were building towards a match with WALTER, it got taken away from us by the pandemic. It's something I'm still super invested in. Believe it or not, before I return to SmackDown, I could feel the run at NXT coming to an end and I'd kind of exhausted all the resources there too. The guys that I could wrestle against and that I actually pitched the idea of moving to NXT UK, and obviously him, that might've been a little bit of a bold move on maybe a bold pitch, but I felt like, you know, not only like challenge myself against guys like Ilja, WALTER, A-Kid, Jordan, but you know, help the brand the same way I tried to help NXT… But, the office had a different opinion on that. They wanted me on SmackDown.”

“Seeing that brand grow, it's incredible. Some of those guys are some of the best in the world on that, like you said, it's a more, I don't want to use the word ‘pure,’ but it's a more, definitely a raw or mat-wrestling based on that. Some of these guys are really talented that have a huge team. So, it's great to see the ground grow at the seat of breath and grow. And then, you know, hopefully, we'll get the funds back in the UK soon too, and that no offense to the BT studios, but if we can get, feel that having people will get us back in places like Blackpool, or Wembley and, you know, be incredible.”

On this week's episode of SmackDown, Finn Balor will try to win back the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns. Fightful will have live coverage beginning at 8 p.m. eastern time.

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