Former WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor was recently a guest on the “State Of Combat” podcast to talk about several professional wrestling topics. During the show, Balor compared NXT from his early days with the brand, to now.
Here’s what he had to say:
Of course they have it easy. It’s a joke how easy they have it. They get paid to train? You kidding me? I slept in a sleeping bag for four months. Got my ass beat in gyms in England for six years. I went to Japan and got my ass beat in the dojo for three years before I even got in any way a relevant match on TV in Japan. I didn’t make any money for the first seven years of my career.
Do you think I was getting paid to train? Getting physiotherapists, chiropractors, masseuses? These guys are pampered, man. They don’t know how lucky they have it. And some of them are complaining, ‘My back is sore.’ ‘Aw man, my knee is sore.’ I heard a good one last week, people taking shows off because they got a cold, ‘Aw, I don’t feel well.’ Or I don’t want to go to training today because I got a house show on Saturday night. I’m like, ‘What are you guys talking about? It’s time to work. You’re not at the top.’
H/T 411Mania for the transcriptions