|Finlay in August 2017|
David Stephen Finlay III (May 16, 1993) is a German-born Northern Irish professional wrestler known simply as David Finlay. He is currently signed and trained by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a former one-time NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion alongside Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima. David is the son of former WCW/WWE wrestler Fit Finlay.
Finlay was first trained by his father Fit Finlay making his debut with the age of 15. He would make his professional wrestling debut alongside his father. He would spent the most of 2013 without having a wrestling match, making his return to wrestling the following year. He would work extensively across Europe for promotions such as Power of Wrestling, All Star Wrestling and the European Wrestling Promotion, winning his first title in the same year. He would then enter in the NJPW dojo in 2015.
Professional Wrestling CareerEdit
On December 22 Finlay made his debut in professional wrestling at the European Wrestling Promotion when was against Big Van Walter. In the same day he and his father Dave Finlay defeated Danny Collins and Robbie Brookside in a Irish Street match. Then he compete in various independent promotions like Universal Independent Wrestling, All Star Wrestling and World of Unpredictable Wrestling. On October 10, 2014 Finlay won his first professional wrestling title the POW Junior Championship in a three-way match.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015-Present)Edit
On May 7, 2015 it was announced that Finlay was hired by the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling and it was announced that he would participate on the Best of the Super Jr. XXII and that he would be entring in the B block. At his debut match in njpw and his first match at the Best of the Super Juniors he lost to Alex Shelley he also had a personal attire. At end of the tournament Finaly lost all of his matches. Later he would competed as one of NJPW's "Young Lions" a class of rookie wrestlers who work mostly mostly against each other early on, wearing all black gear and with no particular ring character, all part of the structured learning process in NJPW. He would later compete with and some matches against fellow Young Lion Jay White some times with him had begun teaming together on a regular basis and with both men trading victories in both singles and tag team competition. On May 19 Finaly was called to replace Matt Jackson at the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors. On May 21 to June 7, 2016 Finaly participated at the tournament and only scored 2 points defeating the veteran Gedo. On September 1 Finlay was involved at the Lions Gate Project 3 where he debuted a new wild attire and new finisher named Prima Nocta and he also defeated GO Asakawa. After that Finlay was given a push at the company and he started to win more matches.
On September 25 Finlay won his first champion at NJPW when he, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima defeated Bullet Club (Adam Cole and Matt and Nick Jackson) to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship where he graduated form his "Young Lion" status. This led to a match on October 10 at King of Pro-Wrestling, where Finlay and Ricochet unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Finlay and Ricochet entered the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, defeating Gedo and Will Ospreay at the first round. Finlay and Ricochet lost at the semifinals to ACH and Taiji Ishimori. Finlay, Ricochet and Kojima lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL and Sanada) in a four-team gauntlet match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2017. Later in 2017 Finlay joined the Taguchi Japan stable. In the mid 2017 Finlay would later graduate to heavyweight division.
- Finishing moves
- Air Raid Crash (Running over the shoulder back to belly piledriver)
- European Uppercut
- Prima Nocta (Stunner)
- Signature moves
- Scarf hold
- Granby roll
- Kamikaze Shot
- German Suplex
- Mufler Hold
- "Celtic Prince"
- Entrance themes
- "Samurai Rock" by Yonosuke Kitamura (NJPW)
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Power Of Wrestling
- POW Junior Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #447 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015
- PWI ranked him #431 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
- PWI ranked him #431 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "David Finlay profile". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=12790. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "David Finlay profile". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/wrestlers/david-finlay-11615.html. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "David Finlay profile". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. https://www.njpw1972.com/profile/1420. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "David Finlay profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/d/david-finlay/. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- ↑ "『Super Jr.』メンバー＆全カード決定! 外道が3年ぶり出場! フィッシュ、オライリー、小松、カベルナリオ、フィンレーらが初出場!" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. May 7, 2015. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=13926. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
- ↑ "Best of the Super Jr.XXII" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=972. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
- ↑ "【緊急決定！】『Best of the Super Jr.』のAブロックにデビッド・フィンレー、Bブロックにチェーズ・オーエンズが代打出場！ 【SJ23】" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. May 19, 2016. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=16490. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
- ↑ "Best of the Super Jr.XXIII" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=1134. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
- ↑ "【“GK”金沢克彦氏が激筆！】闘魂三銃士、第三世代、「夢☆勝ちます」…、9.1『LION’S GATE』目前！ 新日本プロレス“ヤングライオンの系譜”とは？" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. September 01, 2016. http://www.njpw.co.jp/59619. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
- ↑ "Destruction in Kobe" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=1198. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
- ↑ Rose, Bryan (2016-10-09). "NJPW King of Pro Wrestling live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-king-pro-wrestling-live-results-kazuchika-okada-vs-naomichi-marufuji-222396. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- ↑ Rose, Bryan; Currier, Joseph (2017-01-03). "NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-wrestle-kingdom-11-live-results-kazuchika-okada-vs-kenny-omega-227626. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- ↑ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://profightdb.com/pwi-500/2016.html. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- David Finlay on Twitter
|NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions|
|The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) and Toru Yano • Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi) • The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin and Yoshitatsu • Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima • David Finlay, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima • BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA (current) • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi •|