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#FinisherFriday: The Big Ending


It's a new Friday, yes it is!

Wreddit_Regal here for this week's grand return of #FinisherFriday, chaps. So who am I? Well, I'm the resident sports kinesiologist of Reddit's wrestling forum, r/squaredcircle, now in my new home here at the Smark Henry Offices. From the most basic of punches to the most intricate double-team maneuvers, I can explain them within the realm of human anatomy and physics—because when I'm doing absolutely nothing wrestling-related, I also happen to work as an operating room nurse.

To get things kicking again, I decided to make an analysis of a big wrestler's big finisher (and no, it isn't Big Show, Big Cass, or Big Daddy V). If you didn't get my subtle clue(s), it's Big E, 1/3 of the beloved horn-wearing, Booty-O popping, pancake-munching stable, The New Day!

The Big Ending: What Is It?


Simply looking at his physique, the average person can tell that Big E is a force to be reckoned with.


But what about his finisher, the Big Ending? Join me as we CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD-FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS, AND FEEL THE POWAAAAAAHHH! (Sorry about that, I mean "join me as we make a dedicated analysis of this move.")

Technically, the Big Ending is listed as an "over-the-shoulder facebuster." To make a crude image in your noggin, Big E lifts the unfortunate recipient on prone on his shoulder with the upper body facing front, much like Braun Strowman does for his running powerslam. He then falls back-first onto the canvas with the recipient's face smashing into the canvas as well. Boom, 1-2-3, the majestic trumpet sounds, signaling victory for their comrade.


The edgy fan inside you might think, "Oh, it's like the RKO without the 3/4 facelock. Boo, what a ripoff." You may be right, chaps, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is another, more complicated process happening at the moment of impact apart from the facebuster aspect of it.

The Science Behind The Big Ending


Upon landing, Big E's shoulder deals a concentrated blow to the recipient's stomach area, affecting the solar plexus in the process. The solar plexus (or celiac plexus) is a complex network of nerves located in the abdomen. A punch/kick/any forceful move dealt to the stomach can trigger and irritate the solar plexus, which causes great pain and spasm of the diaphragm, resulting in difficulty in breathing—which often results in fainting, while potentially sending associated organs into shock.


So basically: Big E is dropping the full 200+ pound weight of his opponent directly onto a point of impact focused on one of the densest nerve centers of the body. Take that, science!

But if that wasn't enough, add in the jarring of the brain caused by the face's impact on the canvas, and you have a deadly combination which garners the pinfall victory.

Now the flashy, violence-loving fan inside you (and admit it, most wrestling fans have a couple of personalities inside 'em) might remark, "E is a strong guy. Why doesnt he go for more destructive finishers? This one looks no more painful than D-Von's flapjack."

I, for one, am a firm believer of the saying, "Don't fear the man who knows 1,000 techniques. Fear the man that has practiced one technique 1,000 times." This one is a no-brainer: Big E has developed his finisher to the extent that he can deliver maximum damage with minimum effort and aesthetics.


With the over-the-shoulder setup, this allows for other moves to be done—a backbreaker transition, Snake Eyes, or a powerslam—should E hesitate to perform the finisher. Beat that D-Von! Moreover, ever since building The New Day, E can now mix up his finisher with a top-rope bulldog/legdrop/DDT/double stomp from either Kofi or Xavier, a double-team named "The Midnight Hour." Now that's some versatility!


Other notable users of the over-the-shoulder facebuster are: Tanga Roa (who has a snap variation), Shuji Kondo (who has a running variation), and Mercedes Martinez.

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With The New Day's latest SFV battle with The Elite on E3, do you want to see them in a cross-promotional Trios match, ending in your favorite superkick and pancake party? Let us know in the comment section below!

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