Cash for Questions with Finlay
This month, Finlay spars with the mailbag and answers your questions about Irish beer, streetfights, The Duke and Notre Dame football.
Other than yourself, who would you say is the toughest person in WWE?
STEVE Z., MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Bobby Lashley. He's got it all: speed, wrestling ability, strength and youth. I wrestled Lashley a lot and I've seen him develop quite a bit. He's gained a lot more confidence in himself and has really stepped up his game. Lashley's all business and goes full throttle 100 percent of the time.
My family is Irish and my grandmother makes the best corned beef and cabbage. What's your favorite Irish dish?
BRIAN_LOVES_TWINKIES, VIA E-MAIL
I don't particularly like Irish food all that much, to be honest. In fact, my favorite food is Indian food. I enjoy a hot curry like Madras or Vindaloo. I've traveled all over the world, and after tasting so many other foods, Irish food seems very bland to me. I've gotten hooked on lots of different spices and have expanded my palate. Irish food doesn't really have much spice at all.
I'm heading to Ireland soon. What are some of the best beers your home country has to offer?
STAN D., CHICAGO, IL
Guinness, Guinness and Guinness. But if you're looking for something else, you should try Murphy's or Beamish. All three of these are great dark Irish beers.
My girlfriend wears a Celtic ring. What's the story behind it?
MEL_THE_PELICAN, VIA E-MAIL
If it's a Claddagh ring—with the hands, crown and the heart—it means, "I hold your heart in my hands and I crown it with my love." Usually the crown is pointed toward the top knuckle, but for some reason, American girls turn them upside down if they happen to be taken. That's an American thing, not Irish.
How did it feel to be partnered with the WWE Cruiserweight Champ?
FRANCO G., MIAMI, FL
It was a very surreal experience. I didn't know Hornswoggle was going to do that, so it was a shock. He was thrilled about it, though. I'm very proud of what he's done. Irish eyes are smiling everywhere. All the little people are dancing over the rocks and daisies.
What's been your greatest match in WWE so far?
RANDY D., CHEBOYGAN, MI
That's hard to say. I try to take every match as it comes. I've had some great matches with Batista and Bobby Lashley and with Rey Mysterio and Mr. Kennedy, too. I wouldn't be able to name just one.
How often do punks on the street challenge you to fight?
GINGER F., STATEN ISLAND, NY
Not so much now, because a lot of the times I'll be with my family. But in the past guys have tried to prove themselves both verbally and physically. I've broken some peoples' thumbs and watched them squirm for my own entertainment. They made the mistake of being an inconvenience to me.
Other than fighting, are there any other things you love to do?
CHRISTOPHER K., KANSAS CITY, KS.
I love to be with my kids, and I love being on the lake on my boat. I don't fish or anything—unless you count fishing my kids out of the lake when they need me to. My wife and I take the kids on the boat, soak up the sun. It's just always great to spend time with my family.
Bono—jerk or borderline saint?
KIRK W., CHARLOTTE, NC
I don't think Bono's either one; he's somewhere in between. He may be a mixture of both, but as an Irishman, I respect what he's done. I'm a U2 fan, but I'm way more into Elvis than anything else. I've got everything The King has ever done.
I'm stuck visiting my grandmother in a small town in Kentucky this St. Patty's Day. Any recommendations on how to celebrate the holiday in the sticks?
HARROLD_THE_BEAR, VIA E-MAIL
Being a WWE Superstar, I usually find myself in many different places on St. Patrick's Day. I don't think I've ever spent one in the same place. I'm usually traveling around parts of the world where they've never heard of St. Patrick's Day, but I've always found a way to celebrate it regardless of where I am. I try to find a pub, get some Guinness and enjoy the holiday with whomever is around me. I suggest you do the same.
How do you wind down after a long match?
GREG C., VIA E-MAIL
I don't. I stay wound up. I haven't slept since 1974. I'm Irish. Irish people don't wind down; they stay up. Remember that.
More answers from the Belfast Bruiser can be found in the November 2007 edition of WWE Magazine. Pick up your copy on newsstands today. Or subscribe to WWE Magazine.