Finn Balor NXT: WWE Superstar Back in NXT After Apparent Wedding to Fox Sports Host

Former WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor made a surprise return to WWE television Wednesday night—on USA Network's WWE NXT.

Balor appeared on the show to confront reigning NXT Champion Adam Cole and confirmed that he is back on the NXT brand, where he began his WWE career five years ago.

Balor, a former NXT Champion, graduated to WWE's flagship Raw brand in 2016 and quickly became the first-ever Universal Champion.

"As of now, Finn Balor is NXT," Balor said, crashing Cole's victory lap after he successfully defended the NXT Championship against Matt Riddle.

Balor commented on his return to NXT on Twitter, writing: "Finn's back. This is real."

FINN’s back...
this is REAL #wwenxt https://t.co/AmgD47g6lk pic.twitter.com/QjGC9klbsp

— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) October 3, 2019

WWE's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative Paul Levesque a.k.a. Triple H—who oversees the NXT brand—commented on Balor's return, too.

August 1, 2014. October 2nd, 2019. #WelcomeHome @FinnBalor #WWENXT #WeAreNXT #NXTonUSA pic.twitter.com/bSPggPDGqh

— Triple H (@TripleH) October 3, 2019

"August 1, 2014. October 2nd, 2019. #WelcomeHome@FinnBalor," wrote Triple H.

Balor's return to the WWE NXT program follows its move from WWE Network to a primetime two-hour slot Wednesdays on USA. The show is going to head-to-head with start-up professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on TNT in the 8 p.m. Wednesday time slot.

Triple H recently told Sports Illustrated that he thrives off the challenge of competing against another wrestling show. "That's a challenge, but I love creating the competition amongst ourselves. I want Wednesday to be the best NXT no matter what, whether there is another show on against us or not. I want to put on the absolute best show every time we're on the air," he said.

Finn Balor returns on WWE NXT

Balor's return on NXT Wednesday night is his first appearance on WWE television in nearly two months. His last match was a losing effort to "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt at the SummerSlam pay-per-view event in early August.

During his hiatus, Balor apparently got married to Fox Sports Mexico host Veronica Rodriguez.

Balor—real name Fergal Devitt—posted what appear to be wedding pictures on his Instagram account in late August.

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Balor confirmed his relationship with Rodriguez in June in an on-air interview from the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid.

Balor was interviewed by his partner for Fox Sports and asked which team he thought would win the game, Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur. The wrestler replied: "Well, I think the big question is, on everyone's lip is, Finn Balor and Verorockstar are actually dating for a long time. Is that true?"

Rodriguez responded: "Is that true? Yeah, it's for a long time, actually."

"So, does it really matter who is winning the championship? You got to think that I've already won in life," Balor then added.