During the Summerslam 1992 Watch Party, Finn Balor revealed that the idea to paint himself for the Demon character stemmed from his days as a wrestler for NJPW. Here’s what he had to say:
The paint was kind of like a weird idea. 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. 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.
You can watch the clip below:
Credit: Fox. H/T 411Mania.