Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels). Each month, this particular person will be awarded NXT Superstar of the Month and for the month of July, this title goes to Finn Balor.
Finn Balor has been one of the most popular and most loved NXT Superstars to ever grace the developmental promotion. Finn has defeated every Champion before him in the means of being the longest reigning NXT Champion at 292 days. Although he was unsuccessful of retaining the NXT Championship from Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, bigger things lied ahead. When questioning what was next for Balor at NXT, his longtime friend and fellow NXT Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura answered it for him: a match. It was not just a match, but a match between the two of them, a match NXT had been writing since Nakamura’s debut, a match that would resonate in NXT history, and a match that had the NXT Universe pleading for “The Icon of NXT” and “The King of Strong Style” to “fight forever.” Although Balor’s arm was not raised in victory, he ended his legacy at NXT on quite a high note. On July 19th, during the WWE Draft on the first ever Smackdown Live!, Finn Balor was drafted to Monday Night Raw as their third pick and was the first NXT Superstar out of six called up to the main roster. The following week on Monday Night Raw which happened to fall on his 35th birthday, he won The Fatal 4Way as well as his match against the winner of the second Fatal 4Way, Roman Reigns. This victory allows Finn to advance to SummerSlam to face Monday Night Raw’s first draft pick Seth Rollins to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion.
If Finn Balor is still wondering “What’s next?”, the answers are Championship gold, being in the main events on both Monday Night Raw and pay-per-views, WrestleMania moments, and many historic moments he’ll be creating as his legacy within WWE continues on.