Newly crowned WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin was recently in conversation with Scott Fishman of TV Insider and during the interview, ‘The Irish Ace’ opened up on the influence of his mentor Finn Balor.
Having trained under Balor during the initial stages of his career, Devlin claimed that it’s almost surreal for him to work in the same company as Balor. He revealed that he has been connected with the former WWE Universal Champion ever since he met him at the age of 12.
“He was the best wrestler in Ireland then and probably now. He was the person I most aspired to be like. He was always the guy I wanted to measure up to and up with. He went from Ireland to Japan to train, as did I. He went to New Japan Pro Wrestling. I went to Zero-One. He went to the States and WWE. I was a couple of years behind him when WWE signed me. We’ve been running the same path for a long time.”- said Devlin in regards to Balor.
Devlin, who was defeated by Balor at last year’s NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool event, has always been inspired by the former leader of the Bullet Club and the pair certainly enjoyed sharing the ring together in Blackpool.