Fergal Devitt is an Irish professional wrestler signed with WWE. He is best known as Prince Devitt and Finn Balor in NJPW and WWE, respectively. He is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight, NXT, Universal, Intercontinental and United States Champion.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Early Years (2001-2007)
In 2001, Devitt finished his training at NWA UK Hammerlock. Devitt quickly climbed the ranks and won several championships on the independent circuit. After spending a few years on the independent circuit and touring countries, Devitt went to NJPW.
In 2006, Devitt signed a contract with NJPW and went by Prince Devitt. A year later, he turned heel and joined Control Terrorism Unit. After his injury, Devitt and Minor joined RISE and won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They lost the title after 90 days to No Limit. In 2009, Devitt teamed with Ryusuke Taguchi and formed Apollo 55. At Circuit 2009 New Japan Soul, they won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
In April, they were stripped of the titles after not defending them for over 30 days. In June, Devitt defeated Marufuji to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. In July, they won the title for the second time. Devitt has won the WGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on three occasions and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on six occasions.
After 364 days, Devitt lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Kota Ibushi. Devitt has won two J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournaments. In 2011, Devitt defeated Kushida to win his second IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. In 2012, Devitt spent time in CMLL and NJPW, where he was defending his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
In 2013, Devitt joined forces with Tama Tonga and Karl Anderson to form Bullet Club. In May, he won the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors. After winning the tournament, he began feuding with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but failed to win. In 2014, he lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Kota Ibushi. Devitt's final match was with Taguchi before he left the company.
NXT and RAW (2014-2017)
In May, Devitt signed with WWE and began working for NXT. They changed his name to Finn Balor. By the end of the year, Balor became the number one contender for Kevin Owens' championship. At The Beast in The East event, Balor defeated Kevin Owens to win the NXT Championship. After 292 days and several TakeOver events, Balor lost the title to Samoa Joe. In 2016, Balor was the first NXT pick during the draft. They drafted Balor to RAW and quickly reached the finals for the vacant Universal Championship.
At SummerSlam, Balor defeated Seth Rollins to become the first Universal Champion. However, Balor got injured during the match and relinquished the title the next night on RAW. After WrestleMania 33, Balor returned to RAW and aided Seth Rollins. At Extreme Rules, Balor lost to Joe in a fatal five-way match to determine the number one contender. Balor spent the year feuding with Joe, Elias, and Bray Wyatt and was victorious. At TLC, Balor faced AJ Styles and won.
Intercontinental Champion (2018-2019)
Balor was the iron man of the match but couldn't win the rumble match. At WrestleMania 34, he faced The Miz and Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship and lost. At Money in the Bank, Balor entered the ladder match but failed to win. Balor began feuding with Baron Corbin. At SummerSlam, Balor brought his Demon person to defeat Constable Corbin. After failing to recapture the Universal Championship, Balor defeated Drew McIntyre at TLC.
At Royal Rumble, Balor faced Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, but lost. On RAW, Balor defeated Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush to win the Intercontinental Championship. In March, Lashley won the title back from Balor. At WrestleMania 35, Demon Balor defeated Lashley to win his second Intercontinental Championship. After Mania, Balor was drafted to SmackDown where he feuded with Andrade and won. At Extreme Rules, Balor lost the title to Shinsuke Nakamura. At SummerSlam, Balor lost to The Fiend Bray Wyatt.
NXT and Return to Main Roster (2019-Present)
In October, Balor returned to NXT. In the following weeks, Balor teased a feud with Adam Cole but turned heel by attacking Johnny Gargano. At TakeOver WarGames, Balor defeated Riddle. At TakeOver Portland, Balor defeated Johnny Gargano. In 2020, Balor spent several newcomers, such as Cameron Grimes, Damien Priest, Keith Lee, and Timothy Thatcher.
In September, Balor faced Adam Cole and won the vacant NXT Championship. Balor had a successful reign of over 200 days. It made Balor the longest reigning NXT Champion of all time. In April, Balor lost the title to Karrion Kross. In May, Balor faced Kross in a rematch and lost.
In July, Balor returned to SmackDown to challenge Roman Reigns. At Extreme Rules, he faced Reigns and lost. In October, he was drafted to RAW and lost to Xavier Woods in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament. In 2022, Balor challenged Damien Priest for the United States Championship and won. He lost it to Theory a few weeks later.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship||1|
|ICW Zero-G Championship||1|
|IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship||3|
|IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship||6|
|NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship||2|
|British Cruiserweight Championship||1|
|WWE Universal Championship||1|
|WWE Intercontinental Championship||2|
|WWE NXT Championship||2|
|WWE United States Championship||1|
Q. Who did Finn Balor marry?
Finn Balor is married to Vero Rodríguez.