WWE’s Finn Balor happy to ‘forget about’ babyface role to play bad guy

Finn Balor says he’s loving life as a heel in WWE and admits he’s happy to ‘forget about’ his time playing the good guy on screen.

As the de facto leader of The Judgement Day, Balor plays the role of a bitter and angry man on Monday Night Raw.

He brings that persona to Cardiff today (Saturday, September 3) for WWE’s Clash at the Castle event with a crowd of up to 70,000 expected.

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That’s a platform he’s relishing, the 41-year old telling Daily Star that he feels far better suited to this version of himself.

It’s not even much of a stretch, he says, as he happily banishes his time as a fan-favourite babyface to the past in favour of something far nastier.

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“I’m certainly invigorated in the ring and feeling fresh,” said Balor of his current run.

“This heel version of Finn is something that I have wanted to play for a long time.

“I certainly more comfortable being a true heel in the classic sense [and] we didn’t get chance to do that in NXT.

“When the crowd got taken out of the equation due to COVID we had to switch the trajectory and move it to more of a tweener character.

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“[I’m now] a true heel for the first time in eight years and it feels great as I’m more of a natural heel and more of a p***** off person anyway, so I don’t have to channel too much!

“I really learnt how to be a babyface in WWE, so I can forget all that s**** now and go back to being a heel!”

Balor’s current run as part of Judgement Day alongside Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest has seen him firmly back as a regular presence on WWE’s main weekly programmes.

It’s arguably the most we’ve seen of the Irishman on a solid, consistent basis for quite some time, so is a run back to the top title scene in his mind?

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“The titles will come,” he added. "The most important thing now is to be consistent.

“I have had a good run over the last couple of weeks, but a couple of weeks doesn’t mean anything, you have to do it over months.

“I’m just started to get to grips with this version of the character and hopefully it will continue to grow.”

WWE Clash at the Castle airs on Saturday, 3 September from Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Tickets remain available via Ticketmaster while the show also airs in the UK on BT Sport.

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