In a recent interview with Scott Warren, Finn Balor spoke about his Jack ‘The Ripper’ entrance at NXT Takeover: London.
Balor revealed why the night was so special for him, besides lauding the WWE production team for their hard work and creativity.
Finn Balor defended his NXT Championship at the aforementioned event back in December of 2015 against Samoa Joe, and given the fact that said event went down in London, he chose to don the a Jack ‘The Ripper’-based look.
Recalling his NXT title-defense in London, Balor stated-
“I’ve always tried to keep the paint somehow geographically referenced to the building I was in. In Brooklyn we did a lot of the gargoyles, that was a historical reference to Brooklyn. We tried to do something a little different in London, and it was the first idea that came to my head. The office, they went with it. I didn’t realize how well the production team were gonna shoot, and the screens they put right behind me making it look like the street, and even like this one shot when the camera pans out – I can’t even explain it.”
Furthermore, Balor revealed why the night was so special to him and praised the WWE production team for their work, adding-
“It’s one of the coolest shots where it’s like a silhouette of me but then because of the light and the way the camera moves you can actually see the paint there – it was mind blowing. As much as I’d like to take all the credit for how cool that looked, it was none of my doing at all. It was all of the camera men, the production crew, and the lighting crew. But that night in London was definitely a special moment, not only for the fact that I defended my title and my parents were there, so many of my old friends were in the crowd, and just being back in London after not knowing when I’d be back. It was kind of like a re-coming together of a lot of aspects of my life that I wouldn’t have thought would align. So it was pretty cool man.”
Finn Balor will participate in a Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules on June 4th, in order to determine the number-1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship.
The matchup also features Samoa Joe, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, and will take place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
Finn Balor has truly broken through into the big leagues since the time he first debuted in NXT back in 2014. The 35-year old ‘Demon King’ is primed to ascend to superstardom and challenge Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship, should he emerge victorious at Extreme Rules.