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Fit Finlay

  

Real Name - David John Finlay, Jr.

Birthdate - 10/28/58

5'10" 230 lbs. - Belfast, Northern Ireland


Athletic Background - Wrestling, Judo, Karate, Soccer, Rugby, Canoeing

Teacher(s) - David Finlay, Sr.; Ted Betley

Professional Background - Ireland(`74-`78), England(`78-`84), CWA(`90-`98), New Japan(`91-`94), WCW(`96-`01), WWF/WWE(`01-`11), Indies(`11-`12), Smash(`11), ROH(`12), WNC(`12), WWE(`12-)

AliasesYoung Apollo, Dave Finlay, Belfast Bruiser, Finlay

Groups - King Booker’s Court

Peak Years - `83-`94

TraineesKurt Angle, John Cena, Jillian Hall, Christy Hemme, Chris Hero, Molly Holly, Maria Kanellis, Gail Kim, Maryse, Ashley Massaro, Michelle McCool, Melina, Candice Michelle, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Trish Stratus, Eve Torres, Victoria, Torrie Wilson


Finisher(s) - 

- Tombstone

- Celtic Cross (Air Raid Crash)

- Celtic Knot (Modified Indian Deathlock

- Finlay Roll (Rolling Samoan Drop)


Favorites -

- Jumping Lariat

- Fireman's Carry Slam

- Bodyslam

- Soccer Kick

- Headbutt to Stomach


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set8
 Science8
 Aerial3
 Power8
 Strikes10


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment8
 Selling9
 Bumping9
 Carrying9
 Heat7
 Legacy6


Place in History - In 2006, at the age of 48, Dave Finlay returned to pro-wrestling after a lengthy layoff.  He had been one of the best workers in the world fifteen years prior and yet he looked just as good as before.  It is one of the greatest comebacks ever.  His style was a breath of fresh air for the WWE and over the next five years he was one of their most consistent and reliable performers.  The company paired him with young talent that he helped develop in the ring.  Finlay had built a reputation as the trainer of the company’s “divas.”  His influence over the talent roster during the aughts is undeniable.  Some might even forget about the wrestler he had been years ago, in the UK, in Germany and in Japan.  Dave Finlay was the son of a wrestler and promoter in Northern Ireland.  He started as a teenager and after some seasoning, he headed across the Irish Sea to work for Joint Promotions.  Being from Northern Ireland, Finlay was naturally hated by the British fans.  The wrath of the IRA was ongoing and he needed to do little more than wear his green tights emblazoned with shamrocks to get some jeers.  However, Dave Finlay played it up to the hilt.  His wife at the time, known as Princess Paula, accompanied him to the ring in her Indian headdress and badmouthed anyone and everyone.  Their act was unlike anything that British rings had seen and quickly became the most hated heels.  Finlay added weight and moved up the ranks and proved himself able to work convincingly with lighter wrestlers like Johnny Saint as well as heavyweights like Pete Roberts and he even worked with Super Heavyweight Big Daddy.  Finlay was the best all-around talent in Britain when the World of Sport era came to an end.  While some of his colleagues struggled, working on the small shows and getting the occasional tour overseas, Fit Finlay’s career flourished.  He worked for Otto Wanz and and thrived, he headed to New Japan and impressed there as well and eventually caught a break in the United States.  WCW brought him in, paired him up with Lord Steven Regal, Chris Benoit and Booker T in matches that played excellently in the undercards.  He later became involved in hardcore matches, which almost ended his career when a bad table break almost cost him his leg.  When the WWF bought out WCW, he was brought on as a road agent and trainer.  No matter what his role, Fit Finlay has always excelled.  He was, at one point, among the best in-ring wrestlers in the world.  He became a well-respected trainer and mentor.  To this day, Finlay is amongst the most versatile wrestlers of the World of Sport era and amongst the best Europeans to ever become a regular in the States.

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