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#FinisherFriday (7/20/18): For Whom The Bell Tolls


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFridays! Wreddit_Regal here with another move analysis. This week I'll be reviewing my first local wrestling finisher, which is none other than The Apocalypse's Death Bell.

Silent and vicious, The Apocalypse has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with, time and time again. Specializing in dishing out and receiving excruciating pain inside and outside of the ring, it is no wonder that he became the first PWR All Out War Champion before being ousted by Vlad Sinnsyk.

But as destructive as he might be in the ring, the Internet wrestling community found a bone to pick with him: his reportedly "non-convincing" finisher, the Death Bell. Upon receiving their request, I immediately asked for a description of the move (as I haven't been following PWR that much, and thus had no idea about the move). This was the description I was given:
  1. Apoc lifts the victim into a fireman's carry
  2. While the opponent is on his shoulders, he reaches back with one arm and tries to get the guy in a headlock or armlock. So now, the head is in a lower position than it was originally.
  3. He drops onto his ass, while releasing the opponent. But since he invented it himself and nobody knows what it is exactly, it's uncertain whether it's a driver or a slam.
And then they gave me video footage of the move:



Long story short, it looks very awkward; it doesn't really look like a finisher fitting for such an aggressive fellow. Add to that the ambiguity of what damage it deals to the opponent and you got yourself an entry for Wreddit's "31 Days of Worst Wrestling Moves" (yes, this actually exists on Wreddit).

Nevertheless, analysis is what was requested, and to them I toiled to grant, no matter how Herculean the task was on hand. I scoured my encyclopedia of slams done from the fireman's carry position, but none seemed to fit with the description given. Also, since it was hinted that The Apocalypse. invented the move himself, I could only assume that this move cannot be seen in other promotions. And so I thought to myself, "Does this move really not belong in the finest variations of the fireman's carry slam?"

And then it hit me—"finest." Frantically going to my laptop and browsing YouTube, I searched for a certain wrestler and his finisher. His name? "The Finest" Kona Reeves. His finisher? The Hawaiian Drop:



And the case was solved. The Death Bell is actually a modified Samoan drop facebuster. Only problem was The Apocalypse lacked some factors:


  1. Since he's only of average height, the elevation is greatly reduced, thereby reducing damage to a considerable degree
  2. Since he does a sitout version instead of falling on his back, the fundamentals of the Samoan drop were completely discarded; now it just looks like "I'ma just sit down and drop you. You better not kick out when I cover you."

We can only assume that Apocalypse has dealt enough damage to the opponent in the match to incapacitate him, and the finisher is just eye candy.

Examining Kona's finisher, what makes it effective is the inability of the recipient to use one side of his body in cushioning the damage, since Kona holds the arm and leg in place. With the recipient's head positioned lower than the body and legs, the face and neck take the bulk of the force generated by the drop—PLUS the recipient's body weight—PLUS Kona's upper body weight. Kaboom, 1-2-3.

And there you have it, my attempt in figuring out the Death Bell. On a side note, I was informed that Apoc has replaced his finisher in favor of a top-rope double foot stomp called Six Feet Under. Thank God.

So, what are your thoughts about the Death Bell/Hawaiian Drop in general? Let us know in the comment section below!

Photo from Hub Pacheco

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Wreddit_Regal is the resident sports kinesiologist of Reddit's wrestling forum, r/squaredcircle. From the most basic of punches to the most intricate double-team maneuvers, he can explain them within the realm of human anatomy and physics, because when doing absolutely nothing wrestling-related, he also happens to work as an operating room nurse.

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