David Finlay Jr is a retired professional wrestler from Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, who is best known for his reign on WCW and WWE under the ring name “Dave Finlay” or “Finlay.”
Finlay is currently working as a producer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). During his entire career as a professional wrestler, he held over 20 championship title.
David also had been to several wrestling promotions like World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, All-Star Wrestling, etc. to extend his wrestling career.
Dave Finlay: Quick Facts
|Full Name||David Finlay, Jr.|
|Net Worth||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Date of Birth||October 20, 1958|
|Marital Status||Married to Melanie Duffin|
|Birthplace||Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Height||6 Feet 2 inches (188 cm)|
|Weight||106 Kg (233 pounds)|
Twitter: 70 K Followers
Early Life of Dave Finlay
David Finlay Jr was born on October 20, 1958, in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Finlay was the third generation wrestler from his family as his father and grandfather both were a former professional wrestler.
The family also owns a personal wrestling promotion where David used to train to become a successful wrestler. Completing his study, he soon began his career at his father’s promotion in Glynn.
How old is Dave Finlay? – Age, Height, and Measurements
It is sad to hear the people we knew once were now getting old and getting retired. Likewise, Dave Finlay is also a retired wrestler and has reached 61 years old.
He does have an average body height of 6 feet and 2 inches with a total body weight of 106 kg, i.e., 233 pounds. David has brown eyes with blonde hair color.
Dave Finlay Professional Wrestling Career
Finlay began his career from his father’s promotion in Glynn in 1974, where he had his first debut match. Before moving to England in 1978, Dave wrestled and trained in Northern Ireland for four years, improving his skills.
Dave won his first-ever title on June 9, 1982, defeating Alan Kilby for the Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight Championship. After that, he again was successful in winning the tournament to crown a new British Light Heavyweight Champion defeating Ringo Rigby.
During 1990, Dave Finlay had won All Star’s British Heavyweight Championship title. He traveled to Japan, Germany, and Austria for different wrestling promotions and extended his career.
World Championship Wrestling
David signed a contract with WCW and had his debut match in 1995 under the ring name “Belfast Bruiser.” Later he again renamed into Fit Finlay with a totally different persona. On May 4, 1998, he became the World Television Championship defeating Booker T and Chris Benoit.
Losing the title to Booker T at The Great American Bash, he competes on a Junkyard Invitational tournament at Bash at the Beach, which he won and became Hardcore Junkyard Invitational champion.
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
Finlay entered WWF/E as a trainer for new wrestlers. Some of the successful wrestlers he trained were John Cena and Randy Orton. He even transformed the WWE Divas training the wrestlers and acclaimed traditional wrestling from bra and panties.
Dave returned to WWE ring match with a gimmick of “A Proud Native Northern-Irishman who loves to Fight.” His first television WWE match was at the age of 47 against Matt Hardy, which ended with disqualification.
During that time, he used shillelagh as his weapon. Dave Finlay became the new United States Champion against his rival Bobby Lashley. Defending the title with many WWE superstars, he finally lost to Mr. Kennedy in a triple threat match, including Bobby Lashley.
Achievements and Championship of Dave Finlay
- British Heavyweight Championship
- World Middleweight Championship
Catch Wrestling Association
- CWA British Commonwealth Championship
- CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
- Four times the CWA World Middleweight Championship
- CWA World Tag Team Championship with Marty Jones
Fighting Spirit Magazine
- LL Cool J Award in 2006
- Four times the World Mid-Heavyweight Championship
- Six times the British Heavy Middleweight Championship
- Two times the British Light Heavyweight Championship
- Winner of World of Sport Top Tag Team Tournament 1982
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No.33 in the PWI 500 in 2007
- Ranked No. 278 in the PWI 500 in 2003
- Smash Championship
World Championship Wrestling
- WCW World Television Championship
- Hardcore Junkyard Invitational Tournament in 1999
World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE United States Championship
- Bragging Rights Trophy in 2009 with Team SmackDown
Personal Life of Dave Finlay
Dave Finlay is the third generation wrestler from his family as his father and grandfather both were former professional wrestlers. Also, his sister used to works as a professional referee during the wrestling match. He also has a brother who was a goalkeeper for Glentoran FC.
Dave has married twice in his life, where his first wife was a former manager, Princess Paula, and his recent wife is Melanie Duffin, with whom he has three children. All of his children are professional wrestlers, and the family resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dave Finlay Net Worth
After having a fantastic career as a professional wrestler and a trainer and now as a producer of WWE, Finlay, without a doubt, is a proud owner of his hefty earnings. The total estimated net worth of Dave Finlay is $1 Million – $5 Million.
Social Media Presence
Twitter: 70 K Followers