Finn Balor was one of many men who stepped to Brock Lesnar during his one of his reigns as WWE Universal Champion. And though things didn't go Balor's way at Royal Rumble 2019, he'll never forget the feeling he had that night in Phoenix.
Speaking to Ryan Satin on Out of Character, Balor reflected on his one meeting with The Beast.
"Then there's Brock Lesnar, which was one of my favorite matches, but it was a short match. The feeling in the ring that night felt like....you go through all these days of hard work, pressure, the grind, and traveling to get to a moment where you're completely free and at ease. That was one of those nights in there with Brock. If I could bottle that feeling, I could sip it for the rest of my life and be happy," he said.
When asked about how the bout came together, Balor replied, "We had a brief encounter in New Japan when I was a young boy and he was heavyweight champion. I had a good relationship, and still do, with Paul Heyman so I'm sure there was something between the two of them, but I can't say he requested it. I showed up one day and they were like, 'I think you're doing a program with Brock' and I said, 'Awesome, sounds great.' It was a weird feeling. The feelings I had in big matches in Japan, I had the same feeling in that match at Royal Rumble with Brock. I don't know if it had to do with the fact that we were in a baseball stadium and I was so used to wrestling in baseball stadiums in Japan and that's what felt familiar, but it was definitely a sense of 'I've been in this environment before and this is what I'm been missing.'"
Lesnar was victorious over Balor in less than nine minutes at Royal Rumble 2019.
Balor was unsuccessful in capturing the WWE Universal Title on that night and he was unsuccessful in capturing the NXT Championship on Tuesday, falling to Karrion Kross. If you missed anything from Tuesday's NXT, check out Fightful's full report on the show by clicking here.
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