Sex­i­est male wrestler

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Tv - By SHARON LEE

EQUALLY adored by male and fe­male fans due to his ex­plo­sive wrestling style and charm­ing good looks, WWE wrestler Finn Balor (pic) has a trump card which is his al­ter-ego, the fear­some De­mon King.

It is an in­tri­cate look which re­quires Balor to be cov­ered with elab­o­rate face and body paint, a process that can take up to four hours.

With grey eyes and an easy­go­ing na­ture, the 35-year-old Ir­ish­man whose real name is Fer­gal De­vitt, laughed when told he was voted the sex­i­est male wrestler of the year by read­ers of Pro Wrestling Il­lus­trated.

He said: “I’m ob­vi­ously ex­tremely flat­tered. But wrestling is not a beauty con­test, it’s a lot more than that.”

Once a scrawny kid train­ing in the do­jos of Ja­pan, Balor has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar pro­fes­sional wrestlers in the world.

He re­counted his wrestling ori­gins: “I ar­rived in Ja­pan when I was 24. I was just a boy with no ex­pe­ri­ence of the world, out­side of Ire­land. Through my eight years, I de­vel­oped into a cul­tured hu­man be­ing and kept my­self on an even keel with ev­ery­thing I’m do­ing now in WWE.

“I trained in the UK orig­i­nally and when I went to Ja­pan, I got re­trained in the Ja­panese style. There’s a lot of at­ten­tion to de­tail. It’s al­most like I was trained twice. I re­ally be­lieve that the at­ten­tion to de­tail in the do­jos and the Ja­panese fight­ing spirit to never give up, was in­stilled in me at an early point.”

This is some­thing that has stuck with him in WWE. But it has been a while since the De­mon King made his last ap­pear­ance.

Balor con­tin­ued: “That’s the mil­lion dol­lar ques­tion, isn’t it? The De­mon King is some­thing that I only chan­nel on cer­tain oc­ca­sions.

“I can’t re­ally con­trol my­self. I have to be boxed into a cor­ner. It has to be brought out. In re­cent times, I haven’t been put in a sit­u­a­tion whereby I needed to draw on that power. I’m sure in the fu­ture that will be some­thing that will be needed.”

The long­est reign­ing NXT cham­pion at 292 days, Balor cre­ated his­tory by de­feat­ing Seth Rollins, be­com­ing the in­au­gu­ral WWE Univer­sal Cham­pion at Sum­mer­slam last year.

But he sus­tained a se­ri­ous arm in­jury and was forced to re­lin­quish the ti­tle the next day.

“Grow­ing up, I never imag­ined be­ing em­ployed by WWE, let alone be­com­ing a WWE cham­pion.

“I’ve far ex­ceeded my dreams so right now, I just hope to con­tinue to grow as a per­former and help to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of wrestlers.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

Photo: The Straits Times

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