Originally published at Finn Bálor was always reluctant to get in another group because of his success with BULLET CLUB
Bálor mentioned that when the chance to work with Priest was presented, he didn’t think twice.
Present day, WWE’s Judgment Day faction (Finn Bálor, Rhea Ripley, Dominik Mysterio & Damian Priest) is in possession of the men’s Money in the Bank briefcase, the WWE Women’s World and NXT North American Championships.
This weekend at SummerSlam, Bálor will have the opportunity to become World Heavyweight Champion when he takes on Seth Rollins. Looking at Judgment Day as a whole, Bálor told Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated that he was always hesitant to get in another group because of the success he found in BULLET CLUB.
He knew there would always be comparisons. When the opportunity came up to work with Damian Priest, Bálor did not hesitate. He knew something had to change in his career and said Judgment Day came along at the perfect time.
Having had success with BULLET CLUB, I knew there was going to be comparisons made had I been involved in another group, so I was always reluctant to go that direction. However, when the chance to work with Damian (Priest) was presented, I didn’t hesitate for a second. Damian and I have always had a very good relationship since we met at NXT, and I felt that this group could be something completely different. For me personally, I was at a point in my career where I knew that something had to change. So the timing of this was perfect, and very similar to my NJPW turn. Finally, I could channel my real frustrations I was feeling into the character, and I had no doubt that this was the right move.
With SummerSlam being several days away, here’s the current match card for the event:
- Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar
- MMA Rules: Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Finn Bálor
- WWE Women’s Championship — Triple Threat Match: Asuka (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Bianca Belair
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship — Tribal Combat: Roman Reigns (c) (w/ Paul Heyman & Solo Sikoa) vs. Jey Uso
- Logan Paul vs. Ricochet
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
- SummerSlam 20-Man Battle Royal: Sheamus, L.A. Knight, Tommaso Ciampa, Shinsuke Nakamura, Otis, Chad Gable, TBA