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#FinisherFriday (8/17/18): This Will Get Pretty Gory

"Viva La Raza!"

Hola amigos, this is your resident analista de lucha libre, Wreddit_Regal for another ediciĆ³n of #FinisherFriday!

This week, we will talk about one of many finishers of the legendary patriarch of the Guerrero wrestling family, Gory Guerrero. As history tells us, Gory's career path was marked with numerous successes in different promotions. And along the way, he has innovated some of the most iconic maneuvers, such as the Camel Clutch (originally called El Caballo, or the horse) and the Gory Special.

This unique submission hold branches out to two possible additional moves:

a) The Widow's Peak

b) the subject of our article for today, the Gory Bomb.

Why did I choose the Gory Bomb over the Widow's Peak, you ask? Because I think it's underrated and seldom used (although this has become a staple of CCK in their "Inkbomb" maneuver). To better understand the mechanics of the Gory Bomb, let's break it down into small steps:

  1. Attacker stands behind the victim
  2. He then hooks his arms under the victim's arms
  3. By bending forward, the attacker lifts the victim up
  4. He then hooks the victim's feet on the insides of his thighs
  5. By pressing the victim's hooked arms towards the attacker's chest, he bends the victim's back, usually at the bottom of the thoracic spine to about 60 degrees
  6. The attacker releases the arms of the victim and gives a little backward push. The victim's back straightens, and the momentum now propels the victim's torso and head to the canvas
  7. Attacker finishes the move by: 
    1. standing
    2. dropping to a seated position, or
    3. falling backwards with the victim

Now that we have finished breaking down the move process, it's time to break down the damage output:

1. Bending the back backwards (sounds redundant, doesn't it) puts significant strain on the back muscles, primarily the latissimus dorsi and the bottom portion of the trapezius, affecting the ability to move the victim's upper limbs to defend themselves/break a pinfall.

2. Since the victim's arms are hooked, upon release he/she would not have ample time to cushion the fall, which results to their face receiving the brunt of the impact. Should the chin land first, this sends a shockwave to the brain which jostles it and causes a blackout (basically a concussion, chaps).

3. If by some fortunate chance the victim is able to avoid having his/her face hit the canvas by tilting their head backward, the sternum, ribcage, and epigastric region receive the impact instead. A force generated by the slingshot effect of the Gory Bomb is more than enough to break a rib or two and irritate the solar/celiac plexus for a "knockout blow." But thanks to the natural bounce of the canvas, breaking a rib is uncommon but the knockout blow prevails.

And there you have it chaps, the Gory Bomb deconstructed. Who has the best rendition of the Gory Bomb in the whole business? Let us know in the comment section!
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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