Former WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor recently spoke with ESPN about Will Ospreay and more. Here are the highlights.
On Will Ospreay:
“Will Ospreay has obviously done incredible things. He’s out in New Japan now and that’s gonna really make him brush up on his fundamentals,” Balor told ESPN. “The fundamentals are literally the foundation for everything we do. Without those, there are just holes in your work that you can see from the back of the building.”
On the WWE UK tournament:
“Just remember that when I went to New Japan, nobody knew who I was. And I’ve done okay,” Balor said. “So don’t be fooled by the fact you don’t know their names. The reason you don’t know their names or you’ve never seen them before, is because they’ve never had this exposure. This is gonna shine a light on all of these guys. The fact they may not be big names or used on a lot of big independent promotions, I don’t think that has any bearing on their ability,” Balor continued. “I think there’s gonna be a lot of standouts.”
“This tournament, obviously it’s great for WWE to build a new brand, but more importantly, it’s gonna stimulate growth in the grassroots of local wrestling and independent wrestling,” Balor said. “When kids tune in and see Jordan Devlin, Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Wolfgang on the WWE Network, and then they see a poster at the town hall for their local wrestling show, they’re gonna say, ‘Oh my God, that’s Pete Dunne, I wanna go see him.’ How crazy is the idea of a WWE champion wrestling at a local independent show? And that’s really what we’re doing here Basically we’re just throwing oil on the fire of independent wrestling. It’s gonna stimulate it from the grass roots, everyone can benefit, not just WWE but all the local promotions.”