NJPW star David Finlay recently spoke with the NJPW press to stage his IWGP US title match with Will Ospreay on the promotion’s upcoming Burning Spirit Tour. Finlay, who took tag team gold for NJPW, is ready to finally prove himself as a singles wrestler and become the next owner of the snakebitten title. Highlights from the interview are below.
On wrestling with Adam Page in AEW and how he wants to face the Hangman again:
I really enjoyed it, it was really cool. It was the first time I did wrestling as a major American TV. So uh, it was cool to get the chance to do that. I got the call from the office three days earlier: “Hey, there’s an offer for you to wrestle Hangman Page, will you do it?” And I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ No hesitation. He defeated me sadly, but I would gladly walk that back with him.
How the IWGP US title got bitten by a snake but says he’s healthy enough to have decent reign:
I mean you say that, but I have a feeling we’re still at risk, because Ospreay’s kidneys gave out on him a few months ago. Anything can happen, it feels like that title is a bit snakebite. But don’t worry, I’m in perfect health, don’t worry about that. I will defend it every time. As for the pedigree, I hope Ospreay is 100 percent. I know I said I hope he lights the candle on both sides but I want the Ospreay who was against Okada in the G1 Climax final. That’s the man I want to beat. I don’t want a medical problem to show up and get a game against someone who didn’t deserve a title shot and say, ‘Oh, well, who’s going to be the champion?’ No. I want to beat the champion. I feel like I want it to be undeniable, final, I’m the champion.