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As most of you know, Prince Devitt finally won the NXT Championship yesterday in a thrilling match against Kevin Owens. To honor the newest NXT Champion, this little entry is dedicated to showing you Fergal Devitt, as he was known before he became a demon.

Devitt started wrestling in 2000 for NWA UK Hammerlock, soon capturing the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship. In 2002, he opened NWA Ireland along with Paul Tracey, as a sister brand of their British counterpart. Here, he was responsible for training a number of wrestlers, the most popular of which is now known as Becky Lynch.

We totally ship Becky and Fergal. <3
Photo from Becky Lynch's Instagram
He debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2006, initially as the second Pegasus Kid. He then spent some time in the Control Terrorism Unit (CTU) stable, learning from greats such as Jushin Thunder Liger. In 2009 he began teaming up with Ryusuke Taguchi to form the tag team Apollo 55. This would prove to be a big step for Devitt's career, as with Taguchi he won the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship 4 times. They won their first tag team championship in July 2009, defeating the Motor City Machine Guns.



Devitt would go on to win the tag team titles another two times with Minoru Tanaka. He also won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship three times. At Wrestle Kingdom 7, Prince Devitt defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship successfully against Low Ki and Kota Ibushi—a rare three-way title defense in NJPW.



If you're looking for another Devitt match from his pre-Bullet Club days, then you better check out his Best of the Super Juniors match against PAC (now known as "The Man That Gravity Forgot" Neville) from 2012. It's worth noting that the following match is what eventually got both men signed to WWE, even though Neville would sign with WWE in 2012, while Devitt would move to Florida after another two years.



Of course, any Prince Devitt fan would be the first to tell you that he's best known for being the founder and the leader of the Bullet Club. The foreign faction would go on to take NJPW by storm, and it still does, and it all started with Prince Devitt, "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga, and Bad Luck Fale. The Bullet Club's raison d'être? To take over NJPW and to take down any NJPW stalwarts who get in their way. This led to Devitt's acclaimed rivalry with the Ace of New Japan, Hiroshi Tanahashi, which culminated in a Lumberjack Deathmatch at NJPW Destruction in September 2013.



Devitt's run as the leader of Bullet Club would last until his resignation from New Japan in April 2014. At that year's Invasion Attack—also the one-year anniversary of the Apollo 55 break-up— Devitt would face his old partner, Ryusuke Taguchi, in a singles grudge match. Prior to the match, he instructed the newest Bullet Club members at the time, Matt and Nick Jackson, a.k.a. The Young Bucks, not to interfere in the match. They eventually did anyway, having turned on Devitt and costing him his final NJPW match in the process.

Prince Devitt, would go on to debut in NXT later in 2014, and the rest, as they say, is history. We now lovingly join him from wherever we are as he makes his entrance, and we celebrate his crowning moment in WWE as the new NXT Champion.

Congratulations, Finn Bálor!


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