The Irish star has undergone quite the remarkable heel turn since his return to the black and yellow - the first of his WWE career - and he's absolutely talking the talk.
Speaking on the State of Combat podcast recently, Balor recalled his own ordeals when getting started in the industry, also stating that NXT stars have it easy as they're getting paid to train.
“Of course they have it easy,” he declared. “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.'”
NXT's A Chill Place
This is all from the same interview in which Finn says he returned to NXT so he could get some more rest so it must mean that he feels that the brand allows for more personal time and recovery.
Source: State of Combat (h/t 411Mania)