Fit Finlay is denying rumours that he's been rehired by WWE despite being backstage at WrestleMania weekend. Photo via upload.wikimedia.org.
It seems like everyone is coming out of the woodwork for WrestleMania 28. Not only have Batista and Brock Lesnar turned up in Miami for WWE, but Fit Finlay and Terry Taylor are in town too, likely for much more than just a social visit and catching up with old friends.
Dave Meltzer is reporting that both those men have been rehired by WWE for management positions and started work over WrestleMania weekend.
Finlay is believed to be back in his old job as a hands on road agent / producer for the company, a job he excelled in from March 2001 - March 2011, especially in improving the quality of matches in the WWE's Women's division. He was thought to have had a lifelong position with WWE, but was fired just before WrestleMania 27 to appease the United States Army National Guard who were disgusted at The Miz for interrupting a recording of The Star Spangled Banner at a house show they were in attendance for. Finlay took the fall because he was the agent responsible for scripting the segment. On the same show, Sheamus won a match with Daniel Bryan after he blocked Bryan's attempted tope with a chair shot to the head, something strictly prohibited by the WWE Wellness policy, which also called Finlay's judgement into question.
Given his exemplary performance before these unfortunate mistakes, Finlay was always expected to be rehired after the heat with the National Guard had died down. Since his firing, the veteran wrestler had worked a number of high profile independent dates, including Evolve and PWG in the United States, Stampede Wrestling in Canada, Tajiri's Smash promotion in Japan, wXw in Germany and IPW:UK in England.
Complicating matters is that in an interview with John Pollock at WrestleReunion, Finlay denied the many online reports that he had been rehired:
That's all it is rumours, you know I've not been re-hired. That's all speculation. There's nothing being said. Just because you see my face on TV or see me around, I guess people jump to conclusions that I've been re-hired, but that's not the truth.
Personally, I'd take his denials with a pinch of salt, given the number of times people publicly deny WWE returns, when a deal has already been signed or agreed to.
Meanwhile, Terry Taylor is expected to have a key role in running WWE's revamped developmental system, whose future is still very much up in the air, with rumours persisting that Triple H may shut down Florida Championship Wrestling and relocate the territory to another part of the US. The hiring is not too surprising, as Taylor is a good friend of Hunter's and has vast experience of working within pro wrestling management. However, in his past runs as a senior script writer in 1999 and a road agent in 2002 / 2003 for WWE, The Red Rooster was rumoured to have butted heads with Vince McMahon before jumping ship to their main rivals at the time, WCW and TNA, respectively. So this marks a remarkable turnaround in fortune for Taylor, who was fired as TNA's Head of Talent Relations last May in a strange exit that has never been fully explained, but was rumoured to have been due to being named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company.