7. David Finlay
Happy birthday to my role model, mentor, and my hero. Since I started wrestling we’ve gotten so much closer and I’ve really learned to appreciate the sacrifices you made for mom, Alanna, Brogan, and me so much more. I wish I was home to have a Guinness with you. Love you Dad! pic.twitter.com/ZXTtBi8tyt— David Finlay (@THEdavidfinlay) January 31, 2018
Parent: Fit Finlay
Grandparent: David Finlay Sr.
Great Grandparent: John Lidell
The heartwarming picture of a young David Finlay with famous Father Fit is one of those family portraits that only gets lovelier as generations pass.
Still making his way in New Japan Pro Wrestling after several years working on virtually every show's undercard as a solid tag team hand, Finlay secured the IWGP World Tag Team Championships alongside Juice Robinson at Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year. Though they lost the straps in short order, this marked a key moment for the man born in Germany as his father toured there.
As Fit Finlay in WCW and simply the surname in WWE, the Irish star enjoyed more than modest success working for both mainstream promotions, achieving more fame than his battle-worn British wrestler Grandparents. The family passion for wrestling rings true throughout every branch of the tree, and the tweet above is no birthday-based bluster either - Finlay has always stated that watching his father wrestle inspired him to want to do the same.