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[Fit Finlay Gallery]
Wrestler: Fit Finlay
Real Name: Dave Findlay
Birthday: October 20, 1958
Hometown: Belfast, Ireland
Marital Status: Divorced from Princess Paula
Married (Mel) w/Child
Height & Weight: 5'10" - 230 lbs
Trained by:
Debut: 1978
Previous Gimmicks: Belfast Bruiser (WCW)
Dave Finlay (WCW)
Fit Finlay
Finishing Move: Tombstone Piledriver
Emerald Fusion (WWE)
Favorite Moves: Rolling Fireman's Carry Slam

Headlock Submission
Standing Leg Drop
Forward Roll
Notable Feuds: Steven Regal
The First Family
Brian Knobbs
Vampiro
Chris Benoit
Bobby Lashley

  • Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight title (June 9, 1982);
  • Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight title (September 14, 1982)
  • Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight title (November 15, 1982);
  • Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight title (December 2182);
  • Joint Promotions British Light Heavyweight title (February 24, 1983);
  • (Great Britain) World Mid-Heavyweight title (May 10, 1983)
  • (Great Britain) World Mid-Heavyweight title (November 2, 1983)
  • Joint Promotions British Light Heavyweight title (1983);
  • (Great Britain) World Mid-Heavyweight title (June 8, 1984);
  • Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight title (September 17, 1987);
  • All-Star Promotions British Heavyweight title (Febuary 5, 1990);
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) World Tag Team titles w/Marty Jones (June 23, 1990);
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) World Middleweight title (December 21, 1991);
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) World Middleweight title (December 19, 1992);
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) Intercontinental Heavyweight title (1993)
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) World Middleweight title (1993)
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) British Commonwealth title;
  • WCW World Television title (May 4, 1998);
  • WWE United States title defeating Bobby Lashley (July 14, 2006);


  • The European Superstar
  • June 1982: Fit Finlay won the British Heavy Middleweight title defeating Allan Kilby..
  • February 24, 1983: Fit Finlay defeated Ringo Rigby in the finals of a tournament to win the vacant British Light Heavyweight title..
  • 1983: Fit Finlay won the World Mid-Heavyweight title from Marty Jones..
  • Fit Finlay also won the British Light Heavyweight title from Marty Jones..
  • May 21, 1988: Fit Finlay defeated Johnny Saint..
  • February 5, 1990: Fit Finlay defeated Tony St. Clair to win the British Heavyweight Title..
  • ~~~Fit Finlay would defend the title for more than a year before losing it to Dave Taylor..
  • June 23, 1990: Fit Finlay & Marty Jones beat Tony Sr. Clair & Miles Zrno to win the CWA Tag Team titles..
  • Fit Finlay defeated Franz Schumann for the CWA (Catch Wrestling Associatio) Middleweight title...
  • December 21, 1991: Fit Finlay defeated Steven Wright for the CWA World Middleweight title in Brehem, Germany..
  • April 30, 1992: Fit Finlay & Pegasus Kid beat Negro Casas & Eddie Guerrero in Tokyo, Japan..
  • December 19, 1992: Fit Finlay defeated Eddie Gilbert to recature the CWA Middleweight title..
  • 1993: Fit Finlay captured the CWA Intercontinental title..
  • December 14, 1993: Fit Finlay beat Tony St. Clair to claim the CWA British Commonwealth title..
  • Fit Finlay held 16 major titles in Great Britain and Germany..

    World Championship Wrestling
  • 1995: The "Belfast Brawler" made his debut in World Championship Wrestling..
  • May 4, 1998 - Nitro: Fit Finlay pinned Booker T for the WCW Television title..
  • Slamboree 1998: Fit Finlay beat Chris Benoit to retain the Television title..
  • June 14, 1998: Booker T defeated Fit Finlay for the WCW Television title..
  • Bash at the Beach 1999: Fit Finlay won the first Hardcore Junkyard Invitational with help from Steve Regal & Dave Taylor..
  • Nitro (The Next Night): Jimmy Hart and the First Family stole the Hardcore Trophy from Fit..
  • July 25, 1999 - House Show: Brian Knobbs threw Fit through a table, slicing his leg open badly lacerating a nerve in his knee..
  • ~~~Doctors immediately operated, but only gave him a 50% chance of walking again..

    World Championship Wrestling
  • Late 1999: Fit Finlay proved to the world that he was not through yet, returning during a WCW card to viciously assault Brian Knobbs..
  • Fit Finlay & Brian Knobbs feuded with eachother for a while before joining forces in mutual respect..
  • March 2000: Fit Finlay began a short feud with Vampiro..
  • Uncensored 2000: Fit Finlay lost a Falls Count Anywhere match to Vampiro..
  • April 2000: Bischoff & Russo took control of WCW, Fit Finlay was pretty much forgotten, fighting only in a few hardcore matches..
  • November 2000 Millenium Final in Germany: Fit Finlay lost a Battle Royal (won by Mike Awesome), then got beat by Norman Smiley..
  • Fit Finlay left WCW and started taking indy bookings..
  • Fit Finlay eventually headed back to Great Britian to wrestle again..

    World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
  • Fit Finlay signed with the WWF as a Road Agent after WCW was purchased..
  • September 2002: Fit Finlay and his wife, Mel, have a new born baby..
  • Fit is also responsible for working with WWE Divas and training them for their matches..
  • June 2003: WWE agent Dave 'Fit' Finlay returned to work recently after being stuck for two weeks in Northern Ireland..
  • ~~~Fit apparantly had some visa renewal problems when he tried to re-enter the United States..
  • March 21, 2004 - WWE Live Event in Glasgow, SCOTLAND: Fit Finlay defeated Jamie Noble..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - The Fighting Irishman!
  • December 30, 2005 - Smackdown!: A "Ireland Themed" vignette played hyping the return to action of Fit Finley to Smackdown!
  • ~~~The catch phrase Finley used was: "Some people call me an Irish Bastard, but NOT TO MY FACE!!!!"..
  • January 20, 2006 - Smackdown!: Matt Hardy defeated Fit Finlay (debut) by DQ when Finlay used violent force and got DQ'd..
  • ~~~Finlay said he would give the referee a better reason to DQ him and stomped on Matt Hardy's head while on the ring steps!
  • January 27, 2006 - Smackdown!: Fit Finlay pinned Sho Funaki but had the decision reversed when he wouldn't stop the assault!
  • January 29, 2006 - Royal Rumble: Fit Finlay defeated Brian Kendrick in a match shown on Free Sunday Night HEAT!
  • February 3, 2006 - Smackdown!: Chris Benoit defeated Fit Finlay (sub for Booker T) by DQ when Sharmell interfered..
  • February 17, 2006 - Smackdown!: Fit Finlay & John Bradshaw Layfield w/Jillian Hall defeated Chris Benoit & Bobby Lashley..
  • February 24, 2006 - Smackdown!: Chris Benoit & Rey Mysterio & Bobby Lashley beat Randy Orton & John Layfield & Fit Finlay..
  • March 3, 2006 - Smackdown!: Fit Finlay vs Bobby Lashley ended in a Double Disqualification..
  • March 10, 2006 - SmackDown!: Bobby Lashley vs Fit Finlay ended in a No Contest in a "Money in the Bank Qualifying Match"..
  • ~~~The brawl ended up outside in the parking lot where Lashley tipped a car over almost crushing Fit Finlay under it!
  • March 17, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Bobby Lashley in a "Money in the Bank 2 Qualifier" Lumberjack match!
  • March 24, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Rey Mysterio with help from Randy Orton RKOing Mysterio!
  • March 31, 2006 - SmackDown!: Matt Hardy & Bobby Lashley & Tatanka defeated Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro & Fit Finlay..
  • April 2, 2006 - WrestleMania 22: RVD beat Benjamin & Flair & Finlay & Lashley & Hardy in a Money in the Bank Ladder match..
  • April 7, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finley defeated Psicosis in a match taped for Velocity..
  • April 21, 2006 - SmackDown!: Chris Benoit & Bobby Lashley defeated Orlando Jordan & Fit Finlay..
  • April 28, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Gunner Scott (Booker T chose Gunner Scott's opponent)..
  • May 5, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Chris Benoit in the 1st Round of the King of The Ring Tournament..
  • May 12, 2006 - SmackDown!: Bobby Lashley defeated Fit Finlay in the 2nd Round of the King of the Ring Tournament..
  • May 19, 2006 - SmackDown!: Chris Benoit & Gunner Scott defeated Fit Finlay & Booker T w/Sharmell..
  • May 21, 2005 - Judgment Day: Chris Benoit defeated Fit Finlay (Excellent MOTY Contender going 20+ minutes)..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Finlay & The Little Bastard
  • May 26, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Paul Birchall (After the match Finlay's Leprecaun attacked Birchall!)..
  • June 2, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Caden Matthews (After the match Finlay's Leprecaun attacked Matthews!)..
  • June 7, 2006 - WWE vs ECW: Fit Finlay was in a WWE vs ECW Battle Royal, won by The Big Show (who defected to ECW)..
  • June 9, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Rey Mysterio when ECW's Sabu interfered......
  • June 16, 2006 - SmackDown!: William Regal & Fit Finlay defeated Matt Hardy & Gunner Scott (Finlay's Leprecaun whacked Matt Hardy)..
  • June 23, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Gunner Scott after Finlay's "Little Bastard" got involved in the match..
  • June 30, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Matt Hardy after Finlay's "Little Bastard" got involved in the match..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - United States Champion
  • July 14, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Bobby Lashley to win the United States title!
  • July 15, 2006 - SNME: Rey Mysterio & Batista & Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker & & Fit Finlay & Mark Henry..
  • July 21, 2006 - SmackDown!: Bobby Lashley defeated Fit Finlay w/William Regal by DQ (Finlay retains U.S. Title)..
  • July 23, 2006 - Great American Bash: Fit Finlay defeated William Regal with help from the Little Bastard to retain the U.S. Title..
  • July 28, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated William Regal to retain the United States title with help from the Little Bastard..
  • August 4, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay vs William Regal ended in a No Contest (Lashley attacked both men afterwards)..
  • August 11, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista & Bobby Lashley defeated William Regal & Fit Finlay in the main event..
  • August 18, 2006 - SmackDown!: Bobby Lashley defeated US Champion Fit Finlay w/William Regal by Disqualification....
  • August 25, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista & Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker & Fit Finlay & William Regal...
  • August 28, 2006 - RAW: DX (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeated William Regal & Fit Finlay & Mr. Ken Kennedy (from SD!)..
  • September 1, 2006 - SmackDown!: Mr. Ken Kennedy defeated Fit Finlay (c) and Bobby Lashley to win the United States title!

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Fit Finlay vs Batista
  • September 8, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Rey Mysterio when Mysterio was "too distraught" over Vickie Guerrero..
  • ~~~Later that night, Fit Finlay viciously attacked Batista without warning and busted open his forehead with the sheleilei..
  • September 15, 2006 - SmackDown!: Bobby Lashley defeated Fit Finlay by Disqualification in a #1 Contenders match..
  • September 22, 2006 - SmackDown!: Bobby Lashley & Batista defeated Fit Finlay & William Regal..
  • September 25, 2006 - RAW: King Booker, Regal & Finlay showed up and beat up John Cena and forced him to kiss King Booker's feet!
  • September 29, 2006 - SmackDown!: John Cena & Batista & Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker & Fit Finlay & William Regal..
  • October 6, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay (chosen by Bobby Lashley) beat King Booker w/Queen Sharmell in a Non-title match..
  • ~~~MAIN EVENT: Batista & Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker & Fit Finlay by Disqualification when William Regal interfered..
  • October 8, 2006 - No Mercy: King Booker defeated Fit Finlay and Bobby Lashley and Batista in a 4-WAY to retain the World title!
  • October 9, 2006 - RAW: Batista & Bobby Lashley & Rey Mysterio defeated William Regal & Fit Finlay & Chavo Guerrero..
  • October 13, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista defeated Bobby Lashley and Fit Finlay in a 3-WAY #1 Contenders match..
  • October 20, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay attacked Batista during his World Heavyweight title match with King Booker..
  • November 3, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista called out Fit Finlay and they had a huge pull-apart brawl to end the show.
  • November 10, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista defeated Fit Finlay in a Grudge match despite interference from King Booker...
  • November 17, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista & Bobby Lashley defeated Fit Finlay & King Booker w/Queen Sharmell..
  • November 24, 2006 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Chris Benoit (U.S. Champion) with help from Chavo Guerrero!
  • November 26, 2006 - Survivor Series: John Cena's Team defeated The Big Show's Team in a Survivor Series Elimination match..
  • ~~~John Cena & Bobby Lashley & Kane & Rob Van Dam & Sabu defeated The Big Show & Test & Fit Finlay & The MVP & Umaga..
  • December 1, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista defeated King Booker and Fit Finlay in a 3-WAY to retain the World title!
  • December 8, 2006 - SmackDown!: Batista defeated Fit Finlay by DQ in a Non-title match after King Booker interfered..
  • December 15, 2006 - SmackDown!: WWE Champion John Cena defeated Fit Finlay with an F-U in a Non-title match...
  • December 17, 2006 - Armageddon: Batista (World Champion) & John Cena (WWE Champion) defeated Fit Finlay & King Booker..
  • December 22, 2006 - SmackDown!: The Brothers of Destruction defeated Fit Finlay & King Booker w/Queen Sharmell..
  • Fit Finlay won Best Comeback and Best SmackDown! Wrestler in the 2006 Obsessedwithwrestling.com Awards...

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Fit Finlay
  • January 12, 2007 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay vs Matt Hardy failed to Beat the Clock in a SmackDown! Sprint match..
  • January 26, 2007 - SmackDown!: King Booker vs Fit Finlay ended in a No Contest (Fit Finlay might have lost by DQ)..
  • January 28, 2007 - Royal Rumble: Fit Finlay entered the Royal Rumble at #2 but was eliminated by Shawn Michaels after 30:00..
  • February 2, 2007 - SmackDown!: Chris Benoit defeated Fit Finlay to retain the U.S. title with distraction from The Boogeyman..
  • February 9, 2007 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated The Boogeyman (The Little Bastard interfered but was afraid of Boogeyman!)
  • February 16, 2007 - SmackDown!: The Boogeyman beat Fit Finlay (The Little Bastard showed up, followed by a Little Boogeyman!)
  • February 18, 2007 - No Way Out: Fit Finlay & The Little Bastard defeated The Boogeyman & The Little Boogeyman..
  • February 23, 2007 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay & The Little Bastard defeated The Boogeyman & The Little Boogeyman..
  • March 2, 2007 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay w/Hornswoggle defeated Chris Benoit and MVP in a Money in the Bank Qualifying match..
  • March 9, 2007 - SmackDown!: The Undertaker defeated Fit Finlay despite interference from Hornswoggle..
  • March 16, 2007 - SmackDown!: The Undertaker defeated King Booker w/Queen Sharmell by DQ when Fit Finlay interfered...
  • March 23, 2007 - SmackDown!: The Undertaker defeated Fit Finlay & King Booker by Disqualification in a Handicap match
  • March 26, 2007 - RAW: Edge hosted a Cutting Edge segment with all eight Money in the Bank Ladder match participants..
  • ~~~King Booker, Fit Finlay, Mr. Kennedy, Randy Orton, C.M. Punk & The Hardyz started to fight as Edge ducked out laughing..
  • March 27, 2007--ECW: Mr. Kennedy & Randy Orton & Fit Finlay & King Booker defeated The Hardy Boyz & C.M. Punk & Edge..
  • March 30, 2007 - SmackDown!: Fit Finlay defeated Mr. Kennedy (Hornswoggle did a Leprecaun-bomb off a two-foot step ladder)..
  • April 1, 2007 - WrestleMania 23: Mr. Kennedy defeated seven other wrestlers to win the Money in the Bank Ladder match..
  • ~~~Mr. Kennedy beat Jeff Hardy and King Booker and Fit Finlay and C.M. Punk and Matt Hardy and Randy Orton and Edge..
  • April 2, 2007 - RAW: King Booker & Fit Finlay participated in a 10-Team Battle Royal...
  • ~~~This match was won by Shawn Michaels & John Cena...
  • April 6, 2007 - SmackDown: Fit Finlay attacked Mr. Kennedy and told him to never lay a hand on Hornswoggle...
  • April 13, 2007 - SmackDown: The Undertaker & Batista defeated Mr. Kennedy & Fit Finlay...
  • April 20, 2007 - SmackDown: Batista defeated Fit Finlay by DQ after Mr. Kennedy interfered...
  • ~~~THE MAIN EVENT: The Undertaker defeated Mr. Kennedy by DQ when Fit Finlay interfered...
  • April 27, 2007 - SmackDown: The Undertaker & Batista defeated Mr. Kennedy & Fit Finlay...
  • May 4, 2007 - SmackDown: Fit Finlay defeated Mike "The Miz" Mizanin by Countout...
  • May 11, 2007 - SmackDown: Chris Benoit & Matt Hardy defeated Montel Vontavious Porter & Fit Finlay...
  • May 18, 2007 - SmackDown: Chris Benoit defeated Fit Finlay by DQ when Montel Vontavious Porter interfered...
  • May 25, 2007 - SmackDown: Batista defeated Fit Finlay, Mark Henry and Kane in a #1 Contenders 4-WAY match...
  • June 1, 2007 - SmackDown: Hornswoggle w/Fit Finley defeated Little Boogeyman w/The Boogeyman with help from Fit Finlay...
  • June 2, 2007 - Saturday Night's Main Event: Fit Finlay & Hornswoggle defeated The Boogeyman & The Little Boogeyman..
  • June 22, 2007 - SmackDown: Matt Hardy defeated Fit Finlay...
  • July 6, 2007 - SmackDown: Fit Finlay defeated Ric Flair with help from Hornswoggle...
  • July 13, 2007 - SmackDown: Fit Finlay defeated Jimmy Wang Yang...
  • July 20, 2007 - SmackDown: Fit Finlay participated in a Battle Royal for the vacant World Heavyweight Title...
  • ~~~This match was won by The Great Khali...
  • August 10, 2007 - SmackDown: Matt Hardy defeated Fit Finlay by Countout...
  • ~~~Interference from Jamie Noble & Hornswoggle was the main cause of Finley being counted out...
  • ~~~Backstage, Finlay accidentally slapped someone's drink all over Kane...
  • ~~~Kane gave Finlay a choke slam on the floor...
  • ~~~Kane went on to defeat Sylvan Grenier, after the match Fit Finlay attacked Kane...
  • August 17, 2007 - SmackDown: Fit Finlay vs. Jamie Noble ended in a No Contest after Kane and Hornswoggle interfered...
  • ~~~Later that Night, Fit Finlay attacked Kane's already injured ribs...
  • August 18, 2007 - Saturday Night's Main Event: Batista & Kane defeated The Great Khali & Fit Finlay...
  • August 24, 2007 - Smackdown: Batista and Fit Finley ended in a No Contest due to The Great Khali interfering...