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Finn Balor Is Ready To “redefine And Recreate” His Legacy With Nxt

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Finn Bálor was NXT Champion for 292 days, the longest in the promotion’s history, during his two-year stint with the brand, but it only took 30 seconds to turn the entire company on its head.

The first Universal Champion surprised the Full Sail crowd when he confronted NXT Champion Adam Cole on Wednesday, signifying his return to the black and gold brand.

“I’ve been out of the ring for about two months and out of NXT for much longer,” Balor told Newsweek exclusively. “To get the opportunity to return to Full Sail live on USA is a huge honor for me.”

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Bálor understands that with the evolution of NXT he will have to do the same. The 18-year veteran has wrestled all over the world for various promotions against all sorts of opponents, but he realizes complacency can be dangerous.

“I just want to continue to evolve,” Bálor said. “Been doing this for a long time, and sometimes when you stay in the same place for too long you get a little stagnant, you rely on your old tricks and old ways and you kind of just skate past. But there’s no skating here in NXT. I have to swim for sure, because It’s going to be a fight.”

Bálor’s return to NXT was not only a surprise, but a possible sign of true blending of the three WWE brands. Finn was quick to point out that NXT doesn’t need elevating, and that’s not what his return is about.”NXT is its own brand. It’s been built by many people. Not one individual is responsible for NXT,” Bálor said. “You can say Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Nakamura going on to this new generation with guys like Cole, [Johnny] Gargano… All these guys built NXT, not just one guy. It definitely wasn’t built by me. It’s an exciting time, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

The names Bálor dropped all made their marks on the brand, but, when it comes to his own legacy and what the NXT faithful can expect from this run, Finn says, “I’m about to redefine and recreate my legacy. And continue to evolve and produce as much quality performances as possible.”

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