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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/finn_balor.jpg]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:The ordinary man who does extraordinary things.\²[[labelnote:Click here to see Finn in his Demon King form]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/balor.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]²->''"This is Bálor Club, right here in TV Tropes Wiki!"''²²Trained by Andre Baker, Fergal Devitt (born July 25, 1981) is an Irish professional wrestler best known for his work in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling under the ring name Prince Devitt, where he was a former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and six-time IWGP Junior Heavywight Tag Team Champion. He was one of the major members of Wrestling/BulletClub before [[HeelFaceTurn re-turning face]] his last night in the promotion. He would then go on to sign into the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where he would wrestle in its developmental division [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] under his current ring name Finn Bálor and is the longest-reigning former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-nxt.html NXT Champion]] in history. He was selected to ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' during the 2016 draft and became the first ever WWE Universal Champion at ''[=SummerSlam=]'', defeating Wrestling/SethRollins. Following an injury that forced him to vacate the title the night after winning it, Balor would go on to have an unremarkable few years with the company before finally receiving another high-profile push in late 2018, culminating in his winning the Intercontinental Championship at ''Elimination Chamber 2019''.²²Among other the enterprises he earned title belts in are Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA UK Hammerlock, Revolution Pro Wrestling, Insane Championship Wrestling and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}.²²----²!! "I'm bringin' some tropes you've never seen before":²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder: General]]²* BashBrothers: With Paul Tracey in the NWA, as they worked together to win the British Common Wealth title belt and even started up and ran the NWA Ireland wrestling school together. When not with Minoru or Ryusuke he tended to team with Hirooki Goto or Karl Anderson afterwards, though he dropped Goto after the whole Bullet Club thing.²* BigEntrance: Is '''fond''' of this.²** As Prince Devitt he could often be seen either in a dark jacket with an RNR (Real Rock-N-Rolla) emblem on the back being walked down the ramp on Bad Luck Fale's shoulders before getting off at ringside, then getting off, standing in the center of the ring, and turning on the jacket's Jericho-esque neon lights as the arena goes dark in an impressive show worthy of a young rising BigBad, or using an elaborate paint job and/or costume along with unique theatrics to emulate the arrival of any number of famous fantastical characters as though said character had briefly possessed his body to wrestle as him. [[labelnote:Examples include]]a zombie limp as ComicBook/{{Carnage}}, a straightjacket as Franchise/HannibalLecter, a clown makeup and a purple suit as ComicBook/TheJoker, ''beating up charging crew members as ComicBook/{{Bane}}'', ominously flashing the blade claws as [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] and even ''keeping them on to use against his opponent!''[[/labelnote]]²** As Finn Bálor, his normal entrance is already predated by a heavy breathing sound transitioning into epic rock music, ominous red lighting with moments of bright pulsation, a constant switch between walking and creeping down the ramp and a crawl up the steel steps to get to the ring. When he puts on the demon paint, the whole thing gets turned UpToEleven. The true beginning of his entrance theme comes in the form of a loud pulse with dramatic chords reminiscent of a movie scene eventually leading to said heavy breathing transition. He outright crawls through fog and pulsating lights, at certain points seeming to break into an animalistic FlashStep. And the paint and wig ensemble is deliberately styled with gigantic monster teeth and RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver, creating the dramatic illusion that the ancient demon king who forms half his namesake is actually what's coming down to wrestle.²** Recently Finn's non-demon entrance has been tweaked to include a new dark techno-style intro, a Bálor Club graphic motif, and a leather jacket which he regularly opens to flash his abs and/or NXT Championship—all [[ShoutOut clear allusions to his Real Rock-N-Rolla run]], stealthily capitalizing off the popularity of Bullet Club. In early 2016, he started doing the gun point at live events, teasing certain buzz about his friends for all its worth. And then they appeared.²* ContinuityNod / ShoutOut: Despite the way he left the Bullet Club he still seems to be on good terms with them, as he and the Club's new DragonInChief Wrestling/AJStyles have each adopted one of the other's {{signature move}}s—Bálor uses a variation of AJ's Pelé kick on NXT, while Styles has taken to using Devitt's Bloody Sunday DDT. He also has adopted Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi's Slingblade as a signature after moving to WWE. Confirmed via the WWE Network documentary ''Finn Bálor: The Demon Revealed'', segments of which were shown as a series of weekly short vignettes on NXT heading into his ''Beast in the East'' NXT title shot against [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]. Several parts of the documentary related to his time in New Japan as Prince Devitt and/or his then-upcoming return to Japan at ''Beast in the East'' include background photos of him and Karl Anderson, as well as couple quick clips of him showing off some Bullet Club gear and even a clip of him and Anderson reuniting and sharing a Too Sweet greeting. This eventually resulted in a one-on-one encounter with Styles which ended in a post-match Too Sweet and an official Bálor Club reunion with both Anderson and Luke Gallows, nearly two years after the three in question joined him in WWE. All four alumni would affirm their support for the BCOG/Firing Squad members in the wake of the faction's civil war, and in 2019 Bálor tweeted the name of Wrestling/JayWhite after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as the newest leader of Bullet Club.²* CoolTeacher: Back before Japan, he and his tag team partner Paul Tracey founded NWA Ireland and then opened a wrestling school for the promotion, in the process becoming this to a young Wrestling/BeckyLynch. She explicitly states in WWE's series of videos about his past that she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for him, all while tearing up, and expresses how immensely grateful she is to him for it. Even while he was in Japan, Fergal would still make trips back to Ireland and occasionally help out training at the same school (now renamed Fight Factory Pro Wrestling).²* DavidVersusGoliath:²** NJPW usually makes an effort to keep the Super Juniors away from the heavyweights, making Apollo 55 managing to tie for second place in their block and then qualify for the semi finals of the 2009 G1 Tag League over Great Bash Heel's Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma this trope. They'd go on to beat CHAOS members Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura and Toru Yano but it was averted with their loss in the finals to Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard).²** On NXT he's got his series against Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship, mainly because Owens, despite the girth, is [[{{Acrofatic}} just as athletic as he is]] and was dominant up to that point.²** This is also the case in his matches against Samoa Joe, Wrestling/BaronCorbin, Wrestling/BraunStrowman, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre and Wrestling/BobbyLashley.²* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Gallows and Anderson in New Japan. Recently, Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, who has rubbed Finn's abs and exhorted him to "for the love of God, eat a carb, man!".²* FightingIrish: Although as Finn Bálor the Irish is seemingly downplayed in favor of the fighting—that, or the Irish is used to '''accentuate''' the fighting.²* FacialMarkings: Is known for occasionally marking his face and upper body with elaborate paint jobs for big matches. As Prince Devitt these were usually homages to existing comic book characters, while on NXT as Finn Bálor it's a means of channeling the ancient Fomorian king that is his latter namesake.²* FinishingMove: Pre-WWE he had Bloody Sunday (a lifting single underhook DDT), Devitt's End (a high-angle Fujiwara armbar), Prince's Throne (a fireman's carry or Canadian backbreaker rack into a double knee gutbuster), and Reverse Bloody Sunday (a lifting inverted DDT which he now uses as a signature on NXT), and [[FinishingStomp a huge diving foot stomp]] from the top turnbuckle…[[IHaveTheHighGround and, man, does he get]] ''[[DeathFromAbove up]]''). Initially the only one that stuck as a finisher on NXT was the big foot stomp, now called Coup de Grace—though he did use both versions of Bloody Sunday as signature moves (the reverse shows up more regularly than the original, which is kept for specials). Recently the original Bloody Sunday is back to being a finisher again under the name 1916.²* GoshDangItToHeck: Had quite the potty mouth in his Bullet Club days, but due to WWE's PG rating, he's been trying to watch the profanity. He spent most of his WebVideo/UpUpDownDown FIFA 18 appearances [[LastSecondWordSwap yelling "OH SH-SUGAR"]].²* HappilyMarried: to Veronica Rodriguez in 2019.²* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Wrestling/KarlAnderson have been best friends since before NJPW and he will talk up Karl as his favorite wrestler the moment he gets a chance in any relevant context.²* OddFriendship: His travel partner? ''[[Wrestling/EnzoAndCass Enzo Amore]]''.²* OlderThanTheyLook: It would be extremely tough to tell just by a glance that he's 37. Even with facial hair, he looks a full ten years younger than that.²* PaintItBlack: This was his initial idea behind the body paint. He mentions in a podcast how he initially was simply going to paint himself solid black, but after the airbrush artist put up a bit of a protest, he realized a simple solid black would be wasting the girl's talents, so the elaborate paint jobs were born.²* RedBaron: Devitt's been called the Irish Captor, the Real Rock-N-Rolla and the Real Shooter. As Bálor he gets referenced as the Demon King.²* SelfDeprecation: Engages in a lot of this in interviews. He once said that the reason that he thought he could make it as a wrestler is because he was an average athlete in school and below average at everything else. He also said that the primary motivation behind using the bodypaint was that he wanted to extend his career by covering up for the fact that he has 'one match'.²* StartMyOwn: His own NWA promotion in Ireland, which doubled as a wrestling school Devitt served as top trainer of for five years.²* TallDarkAndHandsome: Post-unmasking in New Japan he quickly became one of the most popular gaijins in Japanese wrestling simply for his promotional appearances. On NXT the most recent tweak to his entrance involves flashing his abs out of a leather jacket.²* TheRival:²** Dru Onyx, who like Devitt is known by a few different names, going by Son Of Wrestling/{{Abdullah|TheButcher}} when they were feuding over the British Common Wealth Title belt in Europe. It was Onyx whom he won the belt from the second time in the USA.²** A somewhat friendly case as a wrestler and promoter against fellow Irishman Joey Cabray's and No Limit Wrestling vs NWA Ireland.²** Not first but most definitely foremost are The World Class Tag Team, Gedo and Jado. He ran afoul of them almost from the start of his New Japan run, frequently teaming with their established foil Ryusuku Taguchi not helping matters, although he and Taguchi both teamed with them at Wrestle Land. Devitt then joined them officially as part of CTU but became their antagonist again in RISE. Then Apollo 55 went against Gedo and Jado's "Complete Players" stable, then Great Bash Heel, then CHAOS. Then Devitt was with Fale against them in Bullet Club against CHAOS again.²** Just behind Gedo and Jado in encouter frequency was Taichi Ishikari, who alternating between fighting wih and teaming Pegasus Kid #2 until Devitt unmasked and joined CTU. After Devitt's face turn, he and Ishikari ended up as frequent opponents in NJPW's junior heavyweight tag team division, Devitt with Taguchi, Ishikari in Unione with Devitt's former CTU and RISE stablemate Milano Collection AT.²** Samoa Joe in NXT and WWE proper.²* TournamentArc²** Came out of Block A to defeat Kota Ibushi in the 2010 "Best Of The Super Junior" final. Later that June he'd go on to win the "NJPW J Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Tournament" with Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi²** Devitt, Taguchi and Goto would repeat in the 2011 J Crown 6 Man Tournament.²** Defeated Alex Shelley on day ten to win "Best Of The Super Juniors XX" in 2013.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: As Prince Devitt]]²* BigBad: Was the first leader of the Wrestling/BulletClub.²* BigGuyLittleGuy: His most frequent partner after forming Bullet Club was Bad Luck Fale, who was nearly twice Devitt's size.²* {{Bookends}}: Devitt's HeelFaceTurn saw him leave the group in the exact reverse situation from the one that caused his initial FaceHeelTurn that started Bullet Club in the first place.²* CoolMask: When he became Pegasus Kid [[LegacyCharacter #2]].²* DarkIsEvil: As the first boss of the Bullet Club, whose favorite attire color was black and who reveled in being cool villains. When in a New Japan ring, he carried a twisted, sinister air about him fitting of a burgeoning despot.²* EvilIsPetty: Arguably a defining trait of Wrestling/BulletClub-era Devitt. He ''loved'' taunting his opponents in childish ways, especially during his 2013 G1 Climax run. ²** His EstablishingCharacterMoment right after [[FaceHeelTurn betraying Taguchi]] was him goading Alex Shelley and Kushida into a fight and yelling "come on, bitches!" right before Bad Luck Fale sneak-attacks them both.²** Often bullies reporters during post-match interviews with the rest of Bullet Club.²** Has mocked both Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi and Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger by stealing their entrance gear and copying their poses.²** Mocked Tanahashi's signature air guitar entrance in particular by bringing a ''real'' guitar to the ring, which he bashes Tanahashi in the head with later. (Though Tana does return the favor by mocking Devitt's "ride on Fale's shoulders" entrance with Captain New Japan.)²** Mocked Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura with his own "good vibrations" taunt, complete with crotch grab.²** Made fun of Togi Makabe's RedBaron [[note]]"The Unchained Gorilla"[[/note]] by coming into the ring wearing a gorilla mask.²** In one of his funniest heel moments, he showed up to his match against former MMA fighter Wrestling/KatsuyoriShibata armed with ''boxing gloves.''²-->'''Referee:''' No boxing, no boxing!²-->'''Devitt:''' I'm gonna fooking knock him out!²** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTpCVhggPJQ His entire pre-match interview]] right before challenging Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. "[[Wrestling/KarlAnderson Machine Gun]]! Show me the Rainmaker!"²* FaceHeelTurn: He'd been a face for a long time in New Japan before losing a champion vs. champion match to Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi[[note]]Devitt was the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion while Tanahashi was ''the'' IWGP Heavyweight Champion[[/note]], which gave him a combination of ego and frustration that eventually led to him turning on Ryusuke Taguchi, who wouldn't turn heel with him, ending Apollo 55 and forming the Bullet Club.²* HeelFaceTurn: After Ryusuke finally came back after him for revenge, the grudge match would take place at NJPW Invasion Attack 2014. During it, Bullet Club members the Young Bucks repeatedly tried to interfere on Devitt's behalf, but during this he had a change of heart, [[LeaveHimToMe refusing their aid]] to the point that they attacked him. Renouncing his evil ways, he continued the match with Ryusuke and ended up on the losing end, resigning from both NJPW and the Bullet Club the next day.²* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: How his matches with Wrestling/LowKi tended to play out, likely on account of both being in RISE.²* JapaneseRanguage: He was the British Commonwealth Champion as Fergal Devitt. The origin of "Prince Devitt" comes from the fact it only has one r in it. Fergal Devitt has an r and an l in it, which made it difficult for Japanese speakers to pronounce (even though it's rarely stopped them before).²* LastNameBasis: In Japan, as elaborated on above.²* PowerStable: Has been in a few.²** Control Terrorism Unit (CTU)²** RISE²** His final year in New Japan was kicked off with the genesis of the Wrestling/BulletClub, with Karl Anderson, Bad Luck Fale, and Tama Tonga.²* SmallRoleBigImpact: Despite his run with Bullet Club lasting less than a year before he left NJPW for WWE, his influence on the course of the stable's and the company's history can be felt nearly five years following his departure. The foundation he created for Bullet Club with its Kliq-style covenant motif enabled Wrestling/AJStyles to seamlessly step into the front seat the same night he departed and complete the dream of BC winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on its official one-year anniversary. The camaraderie, cool T-shirt, and general badass antics of the Club, all of which were established by Devitt and his friends, combined with the high-profile presence of Styles in his stead, made them a worldwide phenomenon so powerful that taking the name of Bullet Club as a cash cow became a central part of Wrestling/KennyOmega and Wrestling/TheYoungBucks' "world-changing" agenda when it was time for Styles and The Good Brothers to leave; and even after The Elite's antics became too much to be sustainable within the group's core values, rather than dying out or letting them fully absorb the title of Bullet Club, the core members he started with were able to band together and hatch a successful plan to take The Club back. The biggest seed of Devitt's influence, however, would come where Wrestling/JayWhite, the young man who tagged with Devitt once in the United Kingdom and impressed him so much that The Prince got Jay in touch with Bad Luck Fale to bring him into NJPW, would step forward and take his place at the front of Bullet Club as the culmination of both the BCOG/Firing Squad scheme and White's personal mission to sabotage rival faction CHAOS. White would then bring the same IWGP Heavyweight Championship back to Bullet Club in short order, winning it from Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi just over a month after Tanahashi claimed the title from a departing Omega, validating his ascent as The Club's true weapon of choice to succeed Devitt after Styles. And Devitt responded by Tweeting his name and wearing the same color ring gear as him. This has only strengthened with the addition of KENTA at the end of the 2019 G1 tour; see the Finn Bálor folder for the significance of that.²* TagTeam: [[RepetitiveName Prince Prince]] with Minoru Tanaka as a heel in RISE. Apollo 55 with Ryusuke Taguchi as a face in New Japan.²* TheLoad: After his FaceHeelTurn which saw him join Control Terrorism Unit, Devitt went on a losing streak that gave the rest of CTU second thoughts about picking him up. However, [[Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger Jushin Liger]] gave him a chance to redeem himself in a TagTeam match and considered Devitt worthy after scored the winning pin fall on Wataru Inoue.²* TheWorfEffect: Purposefully applied it to himself in NWA Ireland and UK Hammerlock to put over his student, Adam Abz.²* WeUsedToBeFriends: Turned on his tag partner, Ryusuke Taguchi. Came back full circle on his last night with New Japan.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: As Finn Bálor]]²* {{Adorkable}}: ²** The primary purpose of the series of NXT's videos about his past seem to be for the deliberate purpose of getting Finn over as this. The man spends his free time making Lego structures.²** Also, whenever he interacts with Wrestling/{{Bayley}}.²* ArchEnemy: ²** On NXT, he has Wrestling/SamoaJoe, they have main evented two NXT Takeover shows in a row in brutal matches over the NXT Championship after Joe turned heel on Finn.²** Wrestling/BrayWyatt in summer 2017. Their continued the feud in summer 2019 after Wyatt brings the new gimmick The Fiend. ²** Wrestling/BaronCorbin after becoming Constable on RAW.²** Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre in fall 2018.²** Wrestling/BobbyLashley post Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2019.²* AwesomeMcCoolName: Kayfabe has GM Wrestling/WilliamRegal claiming that the Finn Bálor name is Gaelic for "''demon king''". This is really a shorthand allusion to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJwLrarYTJ0 the actual origin which is at least as cool]][[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bálor Bálor]] being the king of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomorians a race of supernatural beings]], while the mythical hunter-warrior [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fionn_mac_Cumhaill Finn McCool]] was the namesake of the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology[[/note]]. It may also be a subtle nod to his advancement from his past as ''Prince'' Devitt.²* BashBrothers: Joined NXT to help Hideo Itami against the Ascension. The two tagged together and wrestled as singles until Itami was injured.²* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: The Ascension's entire gimmick revolves around being an unstoppable force of violence that physically and mentally destroy everyone placed in front of them. Starting from the moment he debuted, Finn not only overmatched their physical aggression, but thoroughly freaked them out with his epic entrance at ''[=TakeOver=] 3: R-Evolution''.²* BigDamnHeroes: He made his debut saving Hideo Itami from a two-on-one assault by The Ascension. ²* ChainsawGood: Made his entrance at NXT Takeover in Dallas in his usual Demon get-up...wielding a chainsaw! ²* CoupDeGrace: The name of his DeathFromAbove FinishingStomp. It's aptly named, as it's only utilized after Finn beats the tar out of his opponent and they can't dodge it (which they often do early in the match).²* CurbStompCushion: Had two such championship matches at big-four PPV events in 2019, where one man beat the other in a fairly short match but not without absorbing some vicious offense and knowing he was in a fight. The first time at ''Royal Rumble'' against Wrestling/BrockLesnar for the Universal Championship Finn targeted Brock's ribs due to his history with diverticulitis, but Brock ultimately recovered and beat him after an F5 in under ten minutes. The second time at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' against Wrestling/BobbyLashley for the Intercontinental Championship it was Lashley wearing yellow-eyed demon contacts who ferociously assaulted Demon King Bálor only to go down in a short match following a powerbomb from Bálor and a Coup de Grace.²* DarkIsNotEvil: Pretty firmly a face at this point, despite the fact that his Demon King entrance makes him look and act like something spawned from the deepest depths of Hell and his non-demon entrance borrows a lot from his time as the pioneer of the very much villainous Bullet Club.²* EstablishingCharacterMoment:²** In his NXT debut, he and [[Wrestling/KentaKobayashi Hideo Itami]] [[CurbStompBattle demolished]] The Ascension. And that was only the beginning.²** In his WWE Raw debut, he managed to win a four-man match and pin ''Wrestling/RomanReigns'' '''''clean''''', instantly becoming a #1 Contender for the WWE Universal Championship.²* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Upon returning to NXT he attacks Wrestling/JohnnyGargano, leaving Wrestling/TommasoCiampa defenseless against Wrestling/TheUndisputedEra. Then as he leaves, he gives his old Bullet Club gun taunt. His past has become his future indeed.]]²* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At first the Bloody Sunday went unnamed, because obviously that name is never getting on TV. After a good 18 months, it was finally named as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising 1916]]", which may be an even worse reference.²* GoodIsNotSoft: Oh, Bálor can be a gentleman when he's not fighting, but that hellish face paint job? It's on purpose. He's deliberately tapping into the darkest depths of his mind to be as battle-minded as possible in big matches.²* HeterosexualLifePartners [=/=] HoYay: Bálor is very good friends with fellow NXT wrestler, Wrestling/SamiZayn. So much so, many fans have fun {{Shipping}} the two of them together. But not only does Balor [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BBIoxFBtxhJ/ approve]] of fan-made images but even [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BByJZQANxk8/ indulges]] in it himself.²** He seems to have traded in Sami for Wrestling/SethRollins. The two of them have reblogged [[PortmanteauCoupleName Ballins]] fanart and, due to their shared interest in Crossfit, frequently take sweaty post-workout pics together.²* MarkedChange: Finn uses elaborate body paint to transform himself into a weird, pseudo-demonic monster thing. He only breaks it out for special shows and has only lost once when in demon form, against Samoa Joe in a steel cage match at NXT [=TakeOver=]: The End.²* TheMentor: The fact that he had a hand in training Wrestling/BeckyLynch is usually referenced in WWE television, being portrayed as LikeBrotherAndSister and having them sometimes exchange ideas in segments backstage.²** Also taught NXT UK's Jordan Devlin. The two had a well-received match at the first NXT UK Takeover event in Blackpool and this was referenced on commentary.²* MrFanservice: There's no getting around it — the man is unbelievably pretty. His NXT and main roster entrance (when not painted) has him coming out in a leather jacket and flashing it open in time to his music. Ostensibly it's to show off the title belt; realistically, everyone's just staring at his abs.²* NoPronunciationGuide: For a while, the NXT announcers couldn't seem to figure out whether his last name rhymes with "valor", or "sailor", or "collar." Even people that [[http://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/2hhs57/its_finn_b%C3%A1lor/ would know their Gaelic]] aren't exactly sure. Eventually Bálor's own pronunciation caught on: it rhymes with 'valor'. Ironically, the official spelling of Bálor does contain a sort of pronunciation guide, as the letter "A/a" comes with an acute accent and thus reads as "Á/á". The announcers simply lacked the knowledge to understand it.²* PlatonicLifePartners: He and Bayley have a lot of ShipTease moments since NXT to the point they are portrayed as SickeninglySweethearts when they are partnered together in ''Mixed Match Challenge'' season 2.²* PowerStable: [[Wrestling/BulletClub Of course]], it's Bálor Club.²* RememberTheNewGuy: Unlike what happened to Hideo Itami (FKA KENTA), the announcers at NXT talked at length about Prince Devitt's indy credentials without ever recognizing that he had once been known as Prince Devitt... up until they did a retrospective of his career in the lead-up to WWE's tour to Japan, where he is of course famous as Prince Devitt.²* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun[=/=]UrExample: Whatever his position on the card might have turned into later, he was the very first WWE Universal Champion. No amount of rollercoaster booking can take that away from him, and for what it's worth, the RAW commentary team won't let anyone forget it, either.²* SplitPersonality: He himself describes the normal Finn Bálor and demon-paint Finn Bálor (or simply "the Demon") as being two different people.²* SuperMode: Though it certainly resembles a OneWingedAngel. {{Fanon}} dictates that he partially transforms into a demon or is calling upon hell directly for strength.²* ThisMeansWarPaint: When it comes time for a big match, Bálor paints his body, giving him a demonic appearance.²* TooAwesomeToUse: Apparently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTHWfslUQFw this is the reason Finn hasn't used his Demon bodypaint in so long]]; Vince [=McMahon=] thinks it needs to be saved for only the most special occasions (Finn didn't even pull it out at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 34'') to make it all the more special when he does, with the implication that it will actually make him almost unbeatable. Most fans have agreed that this is the right decision.²* WorthyOpponent: ²** Wrestling/SethRollins has become one for him after their match at ''Summerslam 2016''. Finn doesn't hold a grudge against Rollins for putting him on the shelf for 9 months, instead looking forward to each bout they have. Their matches/teamups against the Miz leading up to Wrestlemania 34 made this fairly explicit.²** Wrestling/BraunStrowman seems to see him as one following their match on Raw 21st May 2018. After Finn loss to the Monster Among Men, Braun lifts Finn up before putting him at the corner of the ring, allowing Finn to catch his breath.²[[/folder]]²----

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