NJPW's David Finlay Talks How FinJuice's IMPACT Appearances Occurred
The duo won the IMPACT Tag Titles in early 2021
2021 has been the year of crossovers and ‘forbidden doors’ in spite of a global pandemic. We’ve seen talent come and go between NJPW, IMPACT, AEW, and others, including New Japan’s FinJuice working several stints in IMPACT.
"So I got a text from Rocky [Romero] one day like, Hey, man, do you and juice want to do IMPACT?” Said David Finlay on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast “So of course then I text Juice real quick. I'm like, we're obviously gonna do IMPACT, right? Like, there's no way we're saying no to this, especially with like COVID restrictions in Japan and just travel restrictions all that were kind of like - we spent the last year sitting on our ass, kinda. I like staying busy. I love wrestling. When I don't get to do it, I'm not as happy. So it was just it was an opportunity to just get back in the ring. So I was like, Yeah, let's do it and we were kind of off to the races and we've loved every minute of it.”
Despite knowing some of IMPACT’s roster, Finlay compared the experience to a first day in a new school: “That's a very good way of phrasing is the first day of school feeling because we knew a couple - or at least I knew a couple of people. I knew Sami Callihan because he had a tour over in Japan and like a handful of other guys, Sabin is another one that comes to mind. But yeah, for the most part, it was like very much the first day of school, like, ‘Hey, what's up, I'm David,’ trying to figure out where you fit in. Then it was a nice surprise. Everyone was super cool. Like everyone's good people there. To my pleasant surprise, I found out IMPACT actually has a lot of talent, which made me very happy. It's something I wasn't aware of more talent than I realised. So that's been a nice discovery,”
Going from live events in Japan to a sound stage in Nashville was a big adjustment for the team, but they soon found their feet:
"I think it was just learning a new style of wrestling, because in Japan, it's not TV wrestling. It's a live event, so just adapting from that into like TV wrestling, I think too - I've never done it. Then, Juice hadn't done it since he left NXT. So I think he was rusty. I was just inexperienced at it. So we're kind of learning on the go with all this. So yeah, it was just like a new experience for us and just trying to figure out like, Alright, well, what works, what doesn't, you know? What works better, what do we stay away from? So yeah, it's just like a learning curve for us."