Finn Balor was among the long list of Superstars and legends who appeared during the WWE SummerSlam 1992 Watch Party on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) earlier this week, and during his appearance on the live stream, "The Demon" explained the interesting origin story behind his face-and-body paint.
The WWE NXT Superstar told the story while talking with Renee Young, Booker T and CM Punk on the Watch Party special.
"The paint was kind of like a weird idea," Balor started. "It was just supposed — it was supposed to be a once-off. I had been working like babyface, straight squeaky clean babyface, for like six and a half years in Japan, and they asked me, ‘Do you want to turn heel?’ So I figured, okay, I’ll take everything away that they recognize from me as a babyface."
He continued, explaining how not wanting to wear a bodysuit contributed to the body paint idea, and what he was hoping to get over in the match with the fans by wearing the body-paint.
"So, [Jushin Thunder] Liger had already worn the bodysuit, and I didn’t really want to change my body too much so I thought, why don’t I just cover it all in black paint? The idea was that the babyface, [Kota] Ibushi, would be wrestling against this shadow in the ring."
So, there you have it straight from the horse's mouth. That is how the popular "Demon" face-and-body paint came about for Finn Balor.
Check out a complete video archive of the WWE SummerSlam 1992 Watch Party from earlier this week, which features Renee Young, Booker T and CM Punk being joined by a number of special guests, via the YouTube video embedded below.
(H/T to 411Mania.com for transcribing the above Finn Balor quotes.)
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