Sunday 25 February 2018

'I was told I could never be a wrestler'

Ireland's latest world champion, Finn Balor, talks to MICHAEL VERNEY about his incredible journey

Living the dream: Finn Balor from Bray
Living the dream: Finn Balor from Bray

Michael Verney

Ever since a young Fergal Devitt laid eyes on behemoths like The Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy on ITV World of Sport some 30 years ago, professional wrestling was the only one career he wanted to dedicate his life to.

Growing up in Bray is far removed from the glitz and glamour of the Vince McMahon-owned World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the realm of sports entertainment. And at 5ft 11in and just shy of 200lbs, Devitt bares no resemblance to those giants of the squared circle.

But the 35-year-old, who wrestles under the name Finn Balor (Demon King in Gaelic), repeatedly refused to take no for an answer in his chosen craft and the culmination of his globetrotting 16-year career was reached in the early hours of Monday morning.

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