Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) and Jimmy Korderas (@JimmyKorderas) of Right After Wrestling Radio recently spoke with Dave "Fit" Finlay. Here are some highlights:
Finlay is now available for independent bookings
Speaking about his WWE release:
"The job I had – with responsibility comes accountability. It was a simple mistake. I don’t have any hard feelings. Would I still love to be there, yes! I would love to be there. I loved my job. My ego was hurt I guess, but accountability sucks sometimes. I believe there were National Guard members in attendance so I don’t have any hard feelings about being released."
Was he surprised by his release given that the decision to have the national anthem interrupted seemed like a typical "heel move" to get heat from the crowd?
On training younger talent and the Divas:
"I think it was a bit of a joke (being the trainer of the Divas). I have a reputation of being very tough and working with the girls is like dealing with a bunch of personalities. And working with these girls to work in ‘lingerie matches’ or ‘Thanksgiving gravy matches’ was a little embarrassing for both me and those girls sometimes. But you make the best of it and it really worked and later took off."
His transition from wrestling in the WCW to entering the WWE as a trainer and once again actively competing again
His thoughts on ring psychology:
"I like psychology in wrestling. I liked working a body part. The little things mean so much and sometimes that’s not the truth. But less really is more. You know, guys will go over the top and do 35 backflips and a suplex off the top and then start running around and pin someone with a small-package. That’s fine and might get a great reaction every now-and-then but are they gonna come back next week and watch it again? People need to be emotionally involved in wrestling and not just the performance of a back-flip or suplex"
His reputation of being a ‘snug-worker’ with the likes of William Regal
He explains and recalls fond memories of playing a game called the "spoon" game in hotel lobbies and lounges with several young up and coming WWE superstars