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  • Finn Balor, Prince Devitt, whatever you want to call him, this man can wrestle. Some regard

  • him as one of the best wrestlers in the world, and it doesn’t hurt that his character work

  • and appearance are also great. He’s currently in NXT, having previously been champion, but

  • his call up to the main roster seems imminent. I know a lot you have been waiting for this,

  • so here’s Wrestling Origins: Finn Balor! Fergal Devitt was born in Bray, a town in

  • County Wicklow, Ireland on July 25th 1981. As a young kid, around the age of four, Devitt

  • would spend the afternoons watching wrestling with his grandfather, and was a fan ever since.

  • He loved superstars like The Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude and Shawn Michaels,

  • but said he never even thought about becoming a wrestler as a kid because he was such a

  • small guy. Instead, Devitt would take up soccer and Gaelic

  • football all the way through childhood. See, wrestling isn’t the most viable career option,

  • so Devitt buried his passion in favour of other sports. However, as he neared the end

  • of his schooling, Devitt decided that despite being only 5 foot 11 and 180 pounds, he was

  • going to at least try to follow his dreams. Once he finished school, he went over to Kent,

  • England, where he joined the Hammerlock Wrestling Company. Here he would train under Andre Baker,

  • learning the art of catch wrestling. After training for a little while, Devitt debuted

  • in NWA UK Hammerlock in the year 2000 at the age of just 18, and would soon go on to win

  • the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship. Once he graduated the school, Fergal would

  • begin touring the UK, Ireland, and even the US. By mid-2002, after gaining a nice amount

  • of experience Devitt opened up NWA Ireland, his very own wrestling promotion. Here Devitt

  • would even start training other wrestlers, most notably current WWE wrestler Becky Lynch.

  • Like many others, despite working in some well known promotions, Devitt also worked

  • in a ton of smaller ones throughout his career, sometimes even for a single match. Since I

  • will mainly be covering the larger, more popular ones, I’m just going to list off a bunch

  • of the smaller ones he worked in: Canadian Wrestling Federation, All Pro Wrestling, Fighting

  • Spirit Federation, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Revolution Pro Wrestling, and Westside Xtreme

  • Wrestling to name a few. Moving to 2005, on October 8th in Nashville,

  • Tennessee, Devitt would defeat Dru Onyx for his second British Commonwealth title. After

  • this match, both Devitt and Onyx were invited to the New Japan Inoki Dojo to train, which

  • is ironically in Santa Monica, California. Anyways, he would train there while also working

  • mainly in Millennium Wrestling Federation. Here he would impress many promoters and trainers

  • with his abilities, and after was even invited to train in New Japan’s main dojo in Japan.

  • In early 2006, Devitt packed up and headed to Japan at the age of 24, where he would

  • begin training in the Japanese style of wrestling. Devitt said that he was still so young when

  • he got to Japan and it was a huge culture shock. However, at that point, Devitt was

  • willing to do anything to pursue his dreams, so he had no issue with moving to a new country

  • to learn new techniques and train.

  • In March of 2006, Devitt dropped his British Commonwealth Championship to Karl Anderson.

  • The day after losing his belt though, Fergal signed a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

  • Since he had already been training, it wasn’t long before he got in the ring. Fergal made

  • his debut in April 2006 against El Samurai, but under the new name of Prince Devitt, mainly

  • because the locals were flat out unable to pronounce his first name.

  • The next month however, Devitt began wrestling for New Japan’s Wrestle Land promotion.

  • This time he was wearing a mask and took on the name Pegasus Kid. Sound familiar? That’s

  • because Devitt was the second Pegasus Kid, as the original was Chris Benoit.

  • That run was relatively short lived, and soon Devitt once again began competing under his

  • real identity. Prince Devitt would even turn heel later that year and started teaming with

  • the Control Terrorism Unit, or CTU. During his time with the CTU, he would go on such

  • a bad losing streak that his stablemates wanted nothing to do with him. They gave him one

  • final chance to prove himself in October, where Devitt did just that. He won and impressed

  • his teammates, thus was allowed to stay with the CTU.

  • From there he would team up with the CTU leader Jushin Thunder Liger against Wataru Inoue

  • and Ryusuke Taguchi (forgive my pronunciate), where Devitt would pick up the pin fall for

  • the victory, cementing himself as a valuable member of the stable. However just as he was

  • starting to take off, Devitt suffered a knee injury which sidelined him until May of 2007.

  • When he returned to action Devitt competed in the Best of the Super Juniors’s Tournament,

  • though wasn’t able to score any points in the event, despite his stablemate Minoru claiming

  • Devitt would win it all. Just a quick tangent, Devitt was also competing

  • in other promotions as I mentioned earlier, and in June of 2007 he competed in the Reclaiming

  • the Glory tournament for National Wrestling Alliance. Devitt would lose in the second

  • round to Bryan Danielson in a match that is worth checking out.

  • Back to Japan, in August of 2007 CTU was disbanded and Devitt, along with Minoru, joined the

  • new RISE stable. If youve seen my Origins video on Shinsuke Nakamura, you know he was

  • the creator and leader of RISE. Devitt and Minoru would also become a tag team called

  • Prince Prince, combining Prince Devitt’s first name and the last part of Minoru’s

  • nickname, Black Prince. Very creative. The two would compete as a tag team when TNA

  • visited New Japan in November, but they would lose to Senshi and Christopher Daniels. However,

  • in early 2008 the team would be more successful, as Prince Prince won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight

  • Tag Team belts, which was Devitt’s first major title. They would however lose the belts

  • to Akira and Liger, but would regain them to reign for three months until losing them

  • again in October. Moving to 2009, Devitt entered the Best of

  • the Super Juniors tournament where he advanced to the finals, only to lose to Koji Kanemoto.

  • He would also later make it to the finals and lose the Super J-Cup as well. This year

  • Devitt also began teaming with Rysuke Taguchi as the team Apollo 55. The two would defeat

  • The Motor City Machine Guns to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships

  • in July of that year. The two would hold the titles and even defended them at Wrestle Kingdom

  • on January 4th, 2010, against Averno and Ultimo Guerrero. However, on April 21st of 2010 the

  • pair was stripped of their titles after they held the belts for 30 days without defending

  • them.

  • In May, Apollo 55 joined the Super J Tag Tournament in an attempt to regain the belts they never

  • lost, but were defeated in the finals by the team of El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto. Apollo

  • 55 would also enter the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament along with Hirooki Goto,

  • where the trio would win in the finals against the team of Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tajiri, and

  • Kushida. This would lead to a rematch for the Junior Heavyweight tag belts against El

  • Samurai and Kanemoto, which Apollo 55 won. Going back to June 2010 for a second, Devitt

  • earned a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title. Devitt would defeat the champion Naomichi

  • Marufuji (pardon my pronunciation) to win his first ever IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

  • He would successfully defend this title against Atsushi Aoki in July.

  • In August, Devitt entered the G1 Climax tournament, the biggest of the year. He would win four

  • of his seven matches in the round-robin stage, which included a win over the amazing Hiroshi

  • Tanahashi, but Devitt failed to qualify for the finals by just a single point.

  • On September 3rd, Devitt would successfully defend his singles belt for the second time

  • when he defeated Kenny Omega. Ironically, Omega would come back with his partner Kota

  • Ibushi, forming the team the Golden Lovers, in October to take the Tag Team belts from

  • Devitt and Taguchi. You heard me right, Golden Lovers. Don’t even get me started on their

  • signature move which is called the Golden Shower, but I digress.

  • Now without his tag belts, Prince Devitt focused on his Junior Heavyweight Championship, which

  • he defended against both Davey Richards and Kota Ibushi in 2011. This would be the start

  • of his long defence streak. Before that though, Apollo 55 would regain their tag team belts

  • from Omega and Ibushi, which made Devitt a double IWGP champion for the second time.

  • Devitt would continue defending his singles title regularly though, along with the Tag

  • Team belts. He would end his amazing run on June 18th at Dominion, where Devitt lost the

  • Junior Heavyweight Championship to Kota Ibushi after an exceptional reign of 364 days.

  • From there, Devitt would defend his tag belts and would break the record for the most consecutive

  • title defences during a single reign with seven. Shortly after, Devitt would also win

  • the vacant Junior Heavyweight singles belt for the second time in September of 2011.

  • However just a month later, Apollo 55 would drop the tag belts to the No Remorse Corps,

  • only to win them back and lose them once again. That would be Devitt’s sixth reign as a

  • tag team champion. Skipping to March of 2012, Devitt went down

  • to Mexico for his first tour of the country and would work in CMLL. Here he would quickly

  • challenge Volador Jr. for the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship, which he won. However,

  • Devitt would drop his IWGP belt to Low Ki, ending his second reign at 227 days. He would

  • also lose the NWA title after almost exactly 6 months.

  • In November of 2012, Devitt defeated Low Ki to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

  • for the third time. He would successfully defend this belt against Low Ki as well as

  • his partner Taguchi, but after Prince Devitt lost a non-title match to Tanahashi, everything

  • changed. Devitt became cocky and arrogant, and eventually made a crazy heel turn when

  • he attacked his long-time partner Taguchi in April 2013.

  • Now the part a lot of you have been waiting for. On May 3rd, 2013, Prince Devitt and his

  • newbouncernamed Bad Luck Fale defeated the team of Taguchi and Captain New Japan.

  • Later that night, the duo, as well as Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga, attacked Hiroshi

  • Tanahashi. This new group was later named Bullet Club.

  • From here, Devitt would enjoy a ton of success though mostly due to outside help from Bullet

  • Club teammates. He would go on to win that year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament,

  • and following that win challenged Tanahashi. With help from the Bullet Club, Devitt defeated

  • Tanahashi. He would then get a shot at the Heavyweight Champion, Okada. Despite interference

  • from his stablemates, Okada would retain his title.

  • After wrapping up his rivalry with Tanahashi, Devitt focused on his Junior Heavyweight belt.

  • Though he had only defended it a handful of times, Devitt had held it for quite a while.

  • This however ended when he lost the title to Kota Ibushi in his fifth title defence,

  • ending his reign at 419 days. One good thing did come of this match though, as it was when

  • Devitt decided to wrestle in full body and face paint, which he continued to do for big

  • matches. Later in 2014, Taguchi returned after an injury

  • to attack Devitt, re-igniting the rivalry. The two would have a match on April 6th, where

  • everything changed for Devitt. He told Bullet Club members Matt and Nick Jackson not to

  • interfere in the match, which resulted in them turning on him. In the end, Taguchi defeated

  • Devitt. Despite the heated feud, the two would shake hands to end the rivalry after the match.

  • The very next day, New Japan announced that Prince Devitt had resigned from the promotion.

  • On May 15th, 2014, it was reported that WWE had signed Fergal Devitt and he would be joining

  • the NXT promotion. This was confirmed by WWE in late July, and Devitt would debut in late

  • September as Finn Balor. The name was derived from Irish mythology, with Balor being Gaelic

  • forDemon King”. He made his debut by coming to Hideo Itami’s aid, and would have

  • his first WWE match in October with Itami against Justin Gabriel and Tysonn Kid.

  • Balor would soon win a shot at the NXT Championship, but was unsuccessful in his match against

  • Kevin Owens in March. He would get another shot in July, this time in Tokyo, where he

  • would defeat Owens for the NXT Championship. Balor would soon be paired with Samoa Joe

  • for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and won, though Joe would turn on him soon after.

  • This led to a title match where Balor defeated Joe to retain his belt. He would also retain

  • in a rematch on April 1st, 2016, but finally lost it to Joe after 292 days, a record reign.

  • Most recently, Finn Balor squared off with Shinsuke Nakamura, and despite losing, both

  • were given a standing ovation as fans chantedThank You Finn”, as it may have been

  • his very last match on NXT. And that’s it, Wrestling Origins: Finn Balor.

  • I hope you enjoyed the video. If you did I’d appreciate you giving it a like and subscribing

  • to make sure you catch another episode of Wrestling Origins next Friday. As always,

  • thanks for watching!

Finn Balor, Prince Devitt, whatever you want to call him, this man can wrestle. Some regard

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