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Fit Finlay explains WWE firing, working with the Divas


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Hi folks,

 

I hope no-one minds a new topic for this. The Sun's website currently has selected quotes from Fighting Spirit Magazine's in-depth interview with Fit Finlay, which will be available as of July 14. In the full interview, we talked about his entire career, including working in the UK, Germany, Austria, Japan, and North America.

 

Here's the link to The Sun's article: http://tinyurl.com/fsmjuly14

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No desire to generate hits for The Sun. Here's the article:

 

NORTHERN IRISH wrestling legend Finlay has spoken out for the first time about his WWE dismissal.

 

The star was let go in March after he was in control of a house show in which America's national anthem was disrespected by bad guy The Miz, while military personnel were in attendance.

 

Recounting the story to Fighting Spirit Magazine, Finlay said: "I was given a lot of leeway and a lot of power in WWE, and that comes with a lot of responsibility. I made a call that caused a storm and I paid for it.

 

"They play the American national anthem over here before every event. We had Miz going out first and, because it was just before WrestleMania, we were trying to get as much heat on him as possible.

 

"So my spur-of-the-moment call, as I sat right by the technician, was to tell him to hit Miz's music while they were half-way through the national anthem.

 

"Of course, people were up in arms about it, but it was a good reaction as a heel. But there were National Guard people in the building that took exception to it, and I understand that fully.

 

"It wasn't intended to insult anybody in that way

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"So my spur-of-the-moment call, as I sat right by the technician, was to tell him to hit Miz's music while they were half-way through the national anthem.

 

"Of course, people were up in arms about it, but it was a good reaction as a heel. But there were National Guard people in the building that took exception to it, and I understand that fully.

I'm so glad that we don't have this kind of pathetic nationalist bullshit over here.

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I'm so glad that we don't have this kind of pathetic nationalist bullshit over here.

 

There is a million things wrong with what you just said.

 

Back on topic, it's good to see Fit take it on the chin - nice to see someone taking responsibility.

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I'm so glad that we don't have this kind of pathetic nationalist bullshit over here.

If someone started playing Cheryl Cole's new song halfway through the national Anthem prior to an England match, I'm sure the reaction would be the same. I think we take this shit as serious as they do, we just don't take wrestling seriously.

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If someone started playing Cheryl Cole's new song halfway through the national Anthem prior to an England match, I'm sure the reaction would be the same. I think we take this shit as serious as they do, we just don't take wrestling seriously.

 

That's not quite the same situation though is it. If WWE did it for The Miz over here, it wouldn't get the same reaction. People would probably say it was a good way of getting heat.

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It irks me that someone gets fired for having a storyline in an entertainment product where a person potrayed to be a bad guy interupts the playing of the national anthem of that country.

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I don't think we are as patriotic on the scale the Americans are. We've got a small chunk of ultras, then a bigger chunk of patriots, but for the most part, we're one of the most apathetic bunches of people in the world, I'd say.

 

As Lister once said, concerning the American general election that put Obama in the Oval Office, "the American attitude is 'Yes, we can'. The British attitude in the same situation would be 'Might as well.'"

 

And let's be honest here: the Americans love their national anthem because it speaks to every single one of them and is about their country, the values it claims to represent, and everyone in it. Our anthem is about saving the Queen. Even if you want to include the Royal Family, or even the entire British aristocracy, in that, that comes to no more than even half a percent of the country's population, and says fuck-all about anything that we purport our nation to stand for, especially in an era when the entire British aristocratic institution frequently comes under fire for being out of touch with the average citizen.

 

You interrupt the American national anthem, you're symbolically insulting everyone in the US. You interrupt the British national anthem, you're insulting the Queen - big deal. The Sex Pistols were there before you. And Kid Kash.

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You interrupt the American national anthem, you're symbolically insulting everyone in the US.

Which makes it the most inclusive dick move a heel could perform. It's brilliant. Also, Vince is being a little hypocritical here (assuming he was involved in the firing) as according to an interview with Sgt Slaughter, Vince wanted him to burn an American flag during his early 90's heel turn where he ended up burning Hogans shirt instead.

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Nobody should be "proud" of the piece of land that their parents happened to fuck on, and taking pride in your nations past achievements is as ludicrous as an acne ridden fifteen year old football fan in 2011 attempting to take credit for England's 1966 World Cup victory. In my opinion, and I'm sure many will disagree even though I'm right, the world needs less "my country is better than yours" and more "let's make the world a better place for everyone".

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