WWE likely had no idea that when they signed Finn Bálor (f.k.a. Price Devitt in New Japan Pro Wrestling) to a developmental deal in 2014 that they were getting an even bigger attraction in The Demon as well.
Bálor debuted his Demon persona at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution in December 2014, and in the last five years, he has donned the body paint in 14 matches on the black-and-gold brand and the main roster. Of course, some bouts have been better than others, but all of them featured that extra intensity that Bálor only brings to the table whenever he portrays The Demon King.
Although he'd compete as The Demon every few months on the quarterly TakeOver specials, it eventually became a much more rare occurrence once he joined Raw in 2016. Now (aside from Super ShowDown possibly because that was pretty random), it's way more meaningful whenever he makes his exciting entrance while wearing the unique getup and steps in the ring ready for war.
From Full Sail University to the grand stage of WrestleMania, The Demon has never ceased to feel special. It helps that he's largely had an outstanding array of opponents to work with while wrestling as his alter-go, yet only once has The Demon been defeated.
Which Superstar has given The Demon his best bout to date?
Graham Mirmina (aka Graham “GSM” Matthews) joined Hidden Remote in March 2015. Additionally, he has been a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report since May 2010 and also contributes work to WhatCulture. An Endicott College alumnus, he is currently pursuing his master's in Digital Journalism at Quinnipiac University, in addition to working as a freelance sports writer. His ultimate goal is to one day write for WWE.