When Prince Devitt signed with WWE in May 2014, he began appearing on the NXT brand, his new name Finn Bálor is a combination of two different Irish Celtic mythological figures, Fionn mac Cumhaill and Balor. With using Finn and Balor he is representing the duality within himself, being a good shining beacon of light and needing to summon the demon and darkness that is within him.
Fionn mac Cumhaill is a mythical hunter-warrior in Irish Mythology, the stories of Fionn and his followers, known as the Fianna, form the Fenian Cycle or Fhiannaíocht. The Fenian Cycle is a collection of proes based around the tales of Fionn mac Cumhaill and his band of small, semi-independent warrior’s.
Balor literally translated as “Demon King” is the last king of the Fomorians and is capable of killing and causing destruction with his deadly eye. Fomorians are a group of malevolent supernatural beings.
But the origins of The Demon King date back further than its first appearance in NXT. The demon first appeared in a New Japan ring after Finn Balor, known as Prince Devitt, turned heel on his tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi and created the Bullet Club with Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Machine Gun Karl Anderson.
Finn Balor is quoted as saying about the demon character and potential match in the Tokyo Dome “The paint was kind of like a weird idea it was just it was supposed to be a one solve. I’ve been working like Babyface, straight squeaky teen Babyface for like 6 and half years in Japan and they ask if I wanna turn heel so I figured ‘ok, I wanna take everything away from them that they recognized me as the Babyface”
“So like I had already worn the bodysuit and I didn’t really want to change my body too much much. I thought, ’Why don’t I just cover it all in black paint?”
“The idea was that the babyface Taguchi would be wrestling this shadow on the ring. So it was at Tokyo Dome, this big building so from far away it looks like the babyface is wrestling like a shadow,” explains Bálor. “That’s where like the concept of the idea came from and the more I played with it, I found a really good painter to kind of collaborate within Tokyo. We came up with the first demon character and it was supposed to be a one solve.”
Since returning to NXT in the October of 2019 the Demon King hasn’t made a single appearance but Finn Balor has turned Heel for the first time since being in WWE, returning to his Prince character that is more dark and vicious than the Finn Balor of old. It seems that he has finally embraced the Demon without having to physically change into him, it’s all physiological at this point, which makes him even more dangerous as the NXT World Champion, which he won on 8th September at NXT: Super Tuesday II.