NXT Champion Finn Balor addressed rumors of Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson negotiating with WWE during an interview with WWE.com. The following are the highlights of the interview.
On the rumors: “I think I was more excited than anyone to read the news about what’s been going on. I have had the guys at Bullet Club, especially Karl Anderson, who’s my best friend outside the ring, give me a couple nuggets of information that leads me to be very confident about the future at NXT and WWE. For me, I think having some friends around would definitely be better for me. But whether I can say for 100% certainty that it’s going to happen …”
On whether he would be okay with his friends showing up on Raw in stead of NXT: “Well, I am happy in NXT. And I am proud to be the champion and proud to be the standard-bearer at the Performance Center and proud of the growth that NXT has experienced in the last year. But make no mistake about it: I am very ambitious. And I want to be in the place that is causing the most controversy and the most dirt and getting the most media attention and getting the most focus put on it. I did that in New Japan, I did that in NXT. And perhaps, in the future, if Bullet Club were to arrive on Monday Night Raw, there would be no better way for Finn Bálor to make his debut than with his best friends by his side.”
Powell’s POV: There’s no way WWE would be giving this much attention to another non-contracted talent if they were not confident that the wrestlers will soon be under WWE contract. I assume they were hoping this would be kept quiet, but I like the way they have embraced the news and are capitalizing off the buzz. Balor also addressed the formation of the Bullet Club and his history with Shinsuke Nakamura.