Balor is likely just one among top WWE stars who will be part of NXTmoving forward. And, his move will likely see him make less money.
According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Rajah.com), the 38-year-old's base contract is still guaranteed but he will be missing out on money earned from house shows and the big overseas PPVs.
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Balor, though, is understood to have been in support of the move and even pushed for it to happen as he prefers NXT's schedule over WWE's much busier program.
Balor is one of NXT's best products, holding the promotion's Championship belt for a record 292 days during his first run. His return to the brand last week was indeed shocking and he described it as being "a huge honor."
"I've been out of the ring for about two months and out of NXT for much longer," he told Newsweek. "To get the opportunity to return to Full Sail live on USA is a huge honor for me.
"Right now that's what it means. I'm going to wrestle whenever, whoever I want," Bálor said. "That's something I've been chasing for quite some time in my career. I don't believe in any boundaries be it weight class, country, promotion... And I want to break those boundaries. I'm here at NXT to do that."
He would also admit that it's going to be a huge challenge, given how much NXT has changed since he was last there.
"It's gotta be a challenge for myself in and out of the ring, and personally, to see if I can still go," he added. "It's been a while since I've been here, and the NXT style has evolved incredibly. When I was here it was me and [Samoa] Joe, and back then, I don't want to say it was a slower pace, but it was definitely more rugged here and there. They are going fast, and it's going to be a test for me and I'm looking forward to it."
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It appears that Finn has prioritized time over money with this move. WWE's schedule hardly allows for much personal or family time as the grind is non-stop.
That NXT is always recorded in the same location and is only on once a week makes it much easier for the brand's stars to have more time to themselves. The Irishman is apparently looking to take full advantage.