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#FinisherFridays: NXT Level Tap-Outs


The past month of WWE has been a whirling dervish of head-scratching and Attitude Era-reminiscent storylines littered with misleading Authority figures, revenge of the undead, cold fishes and showoff dogs, among others. But if there is one thing that stood out and caught more attention than most, it would have to be the so-called #DivaRevolution.



Yes, there may have been some storyline inconsistencies—a consistency, of course by WWE Creative—but the sheer beauty of these ladies gracing not just the main roster, but ample segments of WWE Raw programming, has won the hearts of even the most casual of viewers.

But even more than the representation of excellent women’s wrestling, these NXT alums brought an array of nasty and gracious submission maneuvers meant to break the Bella twins' hold on the division. And as the Smark Henry tradition goes, let’s take a look into these execution moves.

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Becky Lynch's Dis-Arm-Her

Busting out of the scene as one of the most exciting women’s wrestlers in NXT, this red-haired vixen should be renamed Breaky Lynch, simply because when she latches on the Dis-Arm-Her, one can only expect a quick tap out or a nasty way to a broken arm.


Her version of the modified Fujiwara armbar allows her to apply immense pain on the forearms, elbows, biceps and pectoral muscles of her opponent, while pinning her down to avoid potential escape. A literal one woman lynchmob.

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Sasha Banks' Bank Statement


Neck cranks have been done all throughout the years with different variations, although it was not as popular as when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named strangled his opponents' necks. And many have tried to reclaim this cursed move, but none more successful than the Bo$$ herself, Sasha Banks.

With a bridging variation of the neck crank, Sasha pulls back with her hands clasped on her opponent’s face to put an increasing pressure on the neck. And with Sasha bridging over her opponent’s back for added leverage, the only real way out is to tap. Now that is legit money in your bank.




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Charlotte's Figure 8

One of the most popular and painful submission holds ever imagined gave one man 16 World Championship reigns and a magic that only a true natural can ever possess. But with genetically superior traits and a legacy of greatness running through her veins, Charlotte is set to live up to her father’s success in the squared circle and is even taking it up a notch by spearheading this Divas Revolution that she started in NXT.



And as she channels her father’s Figure 4, Charlotte then bridges to apply extended pressure on the knees of her opponent. Really a flair like no other, as she says that her Figure 8 is twice as good as her predecessor’s finisher just with the sheer torque of her bridging. With a body of work that Charlotte has amassed in her young career, she exemplifies that to be the woman, you have to beat the woman.

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Now one cannot really help but feel that this is a legit revolution, despite story direction, but if there’s one or three things that cannot be denied, it’s that along with their limb-breaking finishers, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, and Sasha Banks are here to battle for the revolution and are taking no prisoners with them.

Let us know if we missed on anything! Should we have included NXT alum herself, Paige for her PTO? What can you say about the #DivaRevolution? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Lynch Imbat (@imbatlynchis a marketing guy by profession. He has a few constant things in his life: his family, his comics and his wrestling. Unsure if it were the plastic chair shots to the head, pro wrestling has altered his ways of understanding the intricacies of the world through finely crafted storylines and savagely fought feuds. Now that he has found a community of wrestling marks, he continues to learn and understand more while sharing his own views about wrestling.

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