Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Coup de Grâce; 1916
Finn Bálor: Bio
Meet Finn Bálor: Athletic, charismatic, occasionally demonic, and a bona fide worldwide sensation.
The WWE Universe may know Bálor for being the first-ever Universal Champion, but the mysterious Irishman’s legend spanned across countries and continents long before he ever stepped onto the WWE stage. After competing in his first match at 18 and achieving success in his homeland, Bálor relocated to Japan to hone his skills in the notorious dojo system of the Far East. Unsurprisingly, he thrived, winning multiple championships and leading several foot soldiers to support him. He soon relocated to America to ply his trade in NXT, where he achieved a record-setting run with the NXT Championship, among other accolades.
The combination of his quiet, accurate precision and his periodic transformation into the terrifying "Demon" made Bálor one of the hottest WWE commodities in more than a decade, so it came as little surprise when he was the first NXT graduate to be taken in the 2016 WWE Brand Extension Draft, going fifth overall to Raw.
Soon after that, Bálor reached his greatest achievement to date when he pinned Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016 to become the first-ever Universal Champion. He even took Brock Lesnar to the limit in a thrilling Universal Title Match at Royal Rumble 2019.
In 2019, he returned to WWE NXT on the first-ever two-hour live episode on USA. Seemingly out of nowhere, Finn viciously attacked Johnny Gargano, dropping him head-first onto the steel ramp with a thunderous 1916 and continuing to target Johnny Wrestling in the weeks and months that followed.
Then, The Prince once again conquered the black-and-gold brand, edging Adam Cole in an epic bout for the vacant NXT Title.
Then, as the WWE Universe returned home to SmackDown on the July 16, 2021, The Prince also hit the blue brand and immediately took down Sami Zayn. He'll be looking for similar success after heading to Raw in the 2021 WWE Draft.
Bálor is an extraordinary man who can do extraordinary things … and his track record proves that doubting him on accomplishing the extraordinary would just be foolish.