WWE superstar and former Universal champion Finn Balor was a guest on today’s edition of the Bump to hype up tomorrow’s Crown Jewel pay per view, where the Prince will be battling Xavier Woods in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament. Highlights from the interview are below.
Says he’s feeling physically at 100 percent going into his finals match with Xavier Woods:
[Im] physically 100 percent. Obviously, [I won] two very important matches: Cesaro and Sami Zayn, two incredible competitors [whove] proven it [in the] ring time and time again. But for me, Ive kind of made my career on this side of the tournament. In Japan, I was very successful in these types of knockout tournaments, and Im hoping to continue that run here in WWE and become King of the Ring.
How he feels about Xavier Woods being the fan-favorite going into their match:
It doesnt bother me at all. Of course, its a big deal for Woods, and its a big deal for me, too. It should be; its the King of the Ring. Its a tournament thats hugely prestigious in the history of WWE. It was probably one of the turning points of Stone Cold Steve Austins career. It sent him off with incredible momentum, and thats what I hope to do tomorrow before I switch to the Raw brand.
Recalls beating Woods when he was NXT champion:
Let me tell you this story. Im the NXT Champion. Im at Raw because were going on a European tour the next day. And Im going to represent NXT. Im sitting in the locker room, in my biz-cas (business casual attire), and its 7:20, and they need a dark match to go on at 7:40. Somebody comes into the locker room and says, Hey, Finn, youre up at 7:40. Youve got a dark match. I think its a joke, so I throw my gear on. I dont even tie my laces. I say Im going to play along with this little rib that theyre playing on me. When I got to Gorilla, my music started playing, and Woods was there. They were like, Oh, yeah, youre wrestling Woods. Who won in three minutes? Finn Balor.
(H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)