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#FinisherFriday (3/4/16): The Art of the Finisher

Heya Henrinites!

I’m back after an entire month of being away. And yes, I am aware that it’s not going to be Shane O’Mac 2016 return levels (although I wish I’d get that kind of a pop when I step into a room) but I am glad to be back!

Recently, I feel like I’ve been stuck in life’s blending mix of responsibilities, aspirations and all corresponding reality checks. And I have to admit, with all the swirls and twirls in my mind, it has been a struggle to come up with the usual dose of fun, fast #FinisherFridays. For the entire time that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve always treated the pro wrestling finisher as to how it has been treated: impactful and unforgettable.

Recall Stone Cold Steve Austin hitting his patented Stone Cold Stunner on Vince McMahon, The Undertaker hitting Kane with the Tombstone Piledriver to seal the deal, even Hulk Hogan’s legendary leg drop heard around the world on Macho Man Randy Savage.

All these memorable moments cemented by the legendary stars with their respective iconic moves. In the era of spotfests and multi-finisher movesets, there is still beauty in what a simple signature move can do in defining the wrestler and elevating the status of the match.

In Defining the Wrestler

Some moves just belong to certain wrestlers simply because they owned it. And owning it doesn’t just mean that they made it a part of their moveset. These are moves are integral into rounding out the wrestler’s persona. Aside from execution, what separates them from the pack is how these moves that have been used by others have defined them with their story arcs.

An effective finisher does not just mean it could knock a guy out cold or inflict an immense amount of pain; it also serves as the marrying factor of the wrestlers’ larger than life personalities and their in-ring legitimacy. Think of Eddie Guerrero’s Frog Splash, befitting a style that is fluid as well as it is powerful. A smooth and technical wrestler like Bret Hart has his Sharpshooter. And the methodical, smash-mouth style of Triple H with his Pedigree.

In Elevating the Status of the Match

Do you remember the first time you saw The Rock kick out of the Stunner? Or the time when Triple H kicked out of the Tombstone?

These moments instill a fleeting thought that despite all the odds and devastating moves done to them, you think that they still have a glimmer of hope for a chance at victory. With finishers mainly used to be punctuation marks to a match, it also serves as a good storytelling angle, as well as building up the gravitas of a match. For a move that has only been kicked out of only thrice in history, Hulk Hogan’s legdrop is one of the more respected moves despite it being a regular move these days. But can you imagine how that has rubbed The Ultimate Warrior, The Rock, and Goldberg over in their matches? It’s insane.

You can truly never discount anything in a wrestler’s package: ring gear, technical prowess, mic skills, and the charismatic presence. But it is also key to note their movesets and finishers. Ever wonder why Heath Slater could only amount to 3 Tag Team Championship reigns, all with the guy who was mainly known for his South African 450 splash?

Let’s look more into the art of the finisher, so please do stick around and keep posting about #FinisherFriday and we will try our best to feature and dissect it here, all with the relation to its wielder and victim, and to the audience and its recipients.



I’m so glad to be on here again, but somehow being back to writing about wrestling feels like hanging out with an old friend from high school.


You fumble around with saying the right words, getting re-acclimated with certain tonality and pace. As much as you would love to pull up history, you can only go as deep as you should without sounding superfluous. And then you get to the point where you get to the nitty-gritty of reality. What-could-have-beens and where-were-yous are thrown around and then it gets kind of sad.

Sad, since things aren’t what it used to be. Sad, because maturity and priorities are suddenly turned into reasons of letting go and judgments now come as easier than it should be. Sad, as this might simply be the final stroke to a relationship you once held dear.

A harsh reality, we look into, like our relationship with pro-wrestling, or at the very least, WWE.

This is a relationship in which the foundation that which our reality-bending impressions of life belong to, is being shaken to the core by our very own (and sometimes, others’) real-life logic and reason.

From 140-character critiques to long-form rants, everything that ranges from in-ring capabilities, business minded decisions, face-heel dichotomy, backstage politics, and the shifting booking must-dos and what-nots, you name it, everyone who says they’re wrestling fans has their say on the matter.

It’s a strange relationship, a one-sided affair where all we do is ask too much from the other end instead of just appreciating it for what it was and what it continues to be.

Vince lost his touch. But we have to admit, we lost touch too.

It begs to be asked, how badly do you want it? What it once was to you or are we here to change something ?


Lynch Imbat (@imbatlynch) has a few constant things going on in his life: his family, his comics and his wrestling. Through taking plastic chair head shots and Pedigrees on schoolyard concrete, Lynch's discovery of pro wrestling has altered his understanding of 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 waiting for the right crowd to do a suicide dive onto.

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