Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Taz spoke with current NXT Champion Finn Bálor on The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond. During the interview, Bálor claimed that facing current WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens in Tokyo, Japan at WWE's The Beast in the East event has been the pinnacle of his professional wrestling career thus far. Also, Bálor talked about his countryman, Sheamus, winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Bálor told Taz that facing Owens at The Beast in the East live special was a high point for him because he was able to see his career come full circle.
"I've had a lot of matches and the match with Kevin Owens really is one of probably the highest points in my career just for so many reasons. Obviously, the history in Japan and having been there, that building [Ry?goku Kokugikan, also referred to as Sumo Arena]. I went to my first New Japan [Pro-Wrestling Co.] show there. I had my last New Japan match there. Then, to make that move, uncertain move to NXT, arriving in NXT with Kevin Owens, go through the same kind of struggles with adapting to everything together over the year. And then, within a year, return back to Sumo Arena, Tokyo to face someone who I became very close friends with, Kevin Owens, for the NXT title on a WWE Network special, it was kind of a very full circle moment."
Bálor was quick to put over Owens, calling him a "genius". Also, Bálor said that being in that match with Owens was an "honor".
"To be in [The Beast in the East match] with someone who I consider an absolute genius in the ring, a genius on the microphone, a genius in the ring, the way he looks at the [professional wrestling] business is very different than most people, and to be in there and share that moment with him was a real honor for me.
On the subject of Sheamus winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Survivor Series, Bálor implied that he should be in line for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against the 'Celtic Warrior'.
"I just perked up a little bit, I [have] got to say, when I [saw] Sheamus coming out [after Roman Reigns beat Dean Ambrose in the finals of the World Heavyweight Championship tournament]. I always have a bit of a soft spot for a fellow Irishman," Bálor continued, "Finn beat Sheamus six times on the U.K. tour last week, so where does that leave me?"
In addition to these topics, Bálor talked about making the transition to the United States and NXT and much more. To check out the rest of the show, click here.
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Source: The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond