Father of Fit Finlay, Dave Finlay Sr., to be awarded MBE in King’s New Year Honors List

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WWE producer Fit Finlay announced that his father, Dave Finlay Sr., will be receiving a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the King’s New Year Honors List for his incredible services to Olympic wrestling.

The 87-year-old Finlay Sr. took up freestyle wrestling after losing an eye in childhood. He is one of 10 recipients from Northern Ireland to receive the prestigious award.

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Finlay Sr. thought he got a speeding ticket when he received the letter in the mail, noting, “I looked at the letter and said to my daughter Wendy, ‘it looks like I’ve got a notice for speeding.”

Finlay Sr. further said, “My son David is in America now and he’s a big coach with the WWE. My two grandsons wrestle in Japan and America. My granddaughter was champion at high school in America, so I must have been doing something right.”

Fit Finlay tweeted, “My Dad has been appointed MBE in the 2024 New Years Honors list for his dedication to Wrestling, to be awarded by the King. Proud of you Dad. Well deserved!!” 

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WWE producer Fit Finlay recently announced that his father, Dave Finlay Sr., will be receiving a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the King’s New Year Honors List for his outstanding contributions to Olympic wrestling. At 87 years old, Finlay Sr. has dedicated his life to the sport and is one of 10 recipients from Northern Ireland to receive this prestigious award.

Finlay Sr. began his journey in freestyle wrestling after losing an eye during his childhood. Despite this setback, he persevered and became a formidable force in the wrestling world. His passion and dedication to the sport have been recognized through this honor.

When Finlay Sr. received the letter notifying him of the MBE, he initially thought it was a speeding ticket. He humorously shared, “I looked at the letter and said to my daughter Wendy, ‘it looks like I’ve got a notice for speeding.'” Little did he know that it was an invitation to receive one of the highest honors in the United Kingdom.

Reflecting on his family’s involvement in wrestling, Finlay Sr. expressed pride in his son David, who is a prominent coach with the WWE. He also mentioned that his two grandsons are wrestlers in Japan and America, and his granddaughter was a champion in high school in America. Finlay Sr. believes that his recognition is a testament to his successful contributions to the sport.

Fit Finlay, proud of his father’s achievements, took to Twitter to share the news. He tweeted, “My Dad has been appointed MBE in the 2024 New Years Honors list for his dedication to Wrestling, to be awarded by the King. Proud of you Dad. Well deserved!!”

This recognition not only celebrates Finlay Sr.’s individual accomplishments but also highlights the importance of wrestling as a sport. It serves as a reminder of the hard work and dedication that athletes and coaches put into their craft.

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