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'He likes his dad to collect him from the airport' - WWE's heartwarming tribute to Ireland's Finn Balor

The 35-year-old Wicklow native, whose real name is Fergal Devitt, has forged a successful career in wrestling.

Updated at 10.20

Source: WWE/YouTube

WWE HAVE released a heartwarming tribute to superstar Finn Balor.

The 35-year-old Wicklow native, whose real name is Fergal Devitt, has forged a successful career in the WWE since joining the company in 2014.

The video, part of the organisation’s new digital series: ‘My Son/Daughter is a WWE Superstar,’ takes a look at Balor’s journey from growing up in Ireland to WWE stardom via an acclaimed eight-year stint with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

The story is told by Balor himself along with the people who know him best, giving an insight into the highs and lows of life as a professional wrestler.

And while wrestling often has a tough-guy, macho image, Balor shows his sensitive side in a moving description of his parents’ importance to him and their support following a recent injury sustained.

While winning the inaugural WWE Universal Champion at Summerslam, Balor suffered a labrum tear before ultimately undergoing successful surgery.

“It wasn’t until the surgery — that’s when I appreciated how much I needed them there,” he explains.

“The first two or three weeks after the surgery were really tough. I don’t think I would have got through it as well as I did without having them there.”

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