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Finn Balor Vows He'll Be Champion For Much Longer This Time, Takes Shot At Sam Roberts

New Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor has declared that he will be holding on to his belt longer than he did the Universal Title.

The 37-year-old, who won the latter in 2016, was forced to relinquish it less than a day after his victory over Seth Rollins due to a labrum tear. But, having defeated both Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a 2 on 1 handicap match at Elimination Chamber on Sunday night, he plans to keep it a bit longer.

"Yeah, obviously very happy," he said backstage, following his impressive victory. "Last time I won a title was over two years ago and I couldn't really enjoy the moment, couldn't really soak it in. Obviously, there were a lot of other issues at hand. But thankfully, I'm feeling pretty good, body's good.

"I don't know if you seen but I could raise the title over my head out there in Houston. So, I'm feeling good, I'm pretty sure that this title reign is going to last longer than, what? 22 hours?"

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Asked if the odds being stacked against him going into Sunday's fight felt like too much, Finn revealed that he enjoyed being the underdog.

"Listen, the odds have been stacked against me my whole career. I like it that way," he claimed. "Being the underdog suits me. People seem to underestimate Finn Balor every time, but every time I step into the ring, I deliver. And I am the new Intercontinental Champion."

There was also a shot at panelist Sam Roberts, who said that Balor can't win big matches without The Demon during the buildup to the event.

"Unlike Sam Roberts, I like to do my talking in the ring," the new champ said with a laugh. "And you know, I know Sam Roberts has a face for radio, so maybe he should stay on it."

What This Means

This is only Balor's second title since his step up from NXT, and hopefully, it's a sign of things to come.

One of the best talents in the business at the moment, the Irishman was unfortunate to see his Universal Title snatched from his grasp as the result of an injured shoulder in 2016. He has fallen just short on many occasions since his return, but things are certainly looking up.

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