During a recent interview with Denise Salcedo of Instant Culture, NJPW wrestler David Finlay revealed that he’s not interested in WWE and explained why.
Finlay admitted that he thought about WWE, but he’s happy with his schedule: “From time to time, the thought pops into my head. Honestly, it’s never really been somewhere where I have been dying to go. If the opportunity presents itself, we’ll see, but I am happy where I am at. I am not on the road 24/7 and I actually have off time. There’s pros and cons with it, but right now I am happy and content. I love wrestling for New Japan. I love the schedule that I have and the freedom I have, so I currently have no desire to go anywhere else.”
His father Fit Finlay also suggested him to develop on his own, away from WWE’s “cookie cutter” system: “My dad was like, ‘This is what you’re gonna do. Don’t go to the PC right away. Don’t go to developmental. It’s a cookie cutter system. You’re gonna come out and there’s not gonna be much difference to you.’ So the plan was to go wrestle in England for a little bit, go wrestle in Japan for a little bit, and then go to the United States if I wanted to. It’s also what I wanted to do. It sounded cool, it was different. I am a bit of a free spirit. I like to do things a different way than everyone else, so that was right up my alley. I did not fully understand how difficult it is for someone to get into New Japan until after that I was already in New Japan. I feel like I am still on that journey. The answer for that is still New Japan. I love it here.”
In NJPW, Finlay started from the bottom as a Young Lion and formed a tag team with Juice Robinson, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the World Tag League in 2019. He’s working for Impact Wrestling too, where he won a World Tag Team Championship with Robinson.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.