Finn Balor was the first-ever WWE Universal Champion, has headlined premium live events, and has been a featured performer in WWE and NXT since joining the company in 2014.
Despite being a staple on television, Balor hasn't competed in front of a live crowd at WrestleMania since WrestleMania 34. The fact that WrestleMania has been two nights in front of a live audience the past two years has only made the hurt worse for Balor.
"Obviously, it's something I absolutely want to be involved in," Balor said in an interview with Cheap Heat when asked about potentially competing at WWE Clash at the Castle. "Last year, I wasn't involved in Mania and I'll be honest, that deeply hurt. Deeply hurt. The fact that I show up for every TV, every house show, every overseas tour, every media appearance. Then, to be left off two nights of WrestleMania, that hurt. I definitely want to be involved with Clash at the Castle. I only found out about SummerSlam on Monday. There's no real, 'Hey, you're going to be in this match in three months. You're going to be in this match in six weeks.' It's literally, you find out the week before sometimes. Sometimes, you guys find out before I do because you see it on the TV and I'm in the locker room. Absolutely, I want to be involved in whatever way I can. To have a singles match would be incredible. Having spent six years at the start of my career in the United Kingdom, to get to go back and wrestle in a stadium would be incredible."
When asked if he has a chip on his shoulder having not been part of WrestleMania and what he would like to do at Clash at the Castle, Balor replied, "I feel like I do have a little bit more of a chip on my shoulder than I have in the past. I definitely want to be involved with that show. If, for any reason, we can get a singles match with Rey Mysterio, that is something I'd be interested in."
Balor and The Judgment Day have been feuding with Rey & Dominik Mysterio in recent months. The feud continued at WWE SummerSlam when Balor & Damian Priest battled The Mysterios in a No DQ match.
The Mysterios were victorious thanks to some help from Edge. You can learn more about Edge's return at WWE SummerSlam by clicking here.
WWE Clash at the Castle is scheduled for September 3. Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship is set to headline the event.
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