37 year veteran and former WWE producer/agent Dave “Fit” Finlay appeared on Right After Wrestling last night with Arda Ocal & Jimmy Korderas. Finlay was famous for being the man responsible for training the Divas during the period when they moved from mostly bra & panties matches to actual competent wrestling matches.
When asked about being the Divas trainer, Finlay admitted “I think it was a bit of a joke”. He noted that “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.”
It’s not the first time that Finlay has spoken with some pride about the work he did with the likes of Trish, Victoria, Mickie James and Lita. Earlier in the year, speaking to Fighting Spirit Magazine (and quoted online by The Sun), he said “I got all the girls together one time, and said, ‘Girls, I’m embarrassed doing this stuff, but what I would like to do is teach you how to wrestle, and bring you higher up the totem pole wrestling-wise.”
So well regarded was Finlay by the women, that when news broke of his release earlier this year (as a fall guy for an ill-conceived booking decision), two of his former pupils were quick to tweet their support for the Irishman. Seven time champion Trish Stratus tweeted “Just thinking how sad I am Fit and I won’t be together to create our in-ring magic : ( ~T“, while Four time champion Michelle McCool replied “The ONLY thing that I’d EVER agree on w @trishstratuscom on is that Fit is THE man…”
With the current crop of Divas struggling badly to make any sort of impression, how much do we wish Finlay was back in his old role? In the meantime, Finlay is out and about on the independent circuit. If he’s coming to your town, make an effort to go check out one of the great wrestlers still working today – or you could even go and have a word with him at the upcoming K&S Wrestlefest “Hot Summer Night” convention at Philadelphia’s Ramada Hotel on August 27th. Finlay will be the (so far) only male guest at a women’s wrestling themed convention featuring the likes of Madusa, Wendi Richter, Torrie Wilson, Shelly Martinez and many more.