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#FinisherFriday (8/3/18): The Much-Maligned Overdrive


TGIFF! Thank God it’s #FinisherFriday! Wreddit_Regal here presenting to you chaps another move analysis. This time it’s the Overdrive.

O-Zone, Playmaker, whatever they may call it across the globe – this move has also gained the reputation of being one of the most ridiculous and bland finishers out there. Not even high-level wrestlers like Randy Orton or James Storm could make the Overdrive look credible in a match (Randy discarded it for the RKO, and James replaced it with the Last Call), despite achieving victories with it.



But as vanilla as it may look, what makes the Overdrive a devastating move? Let’s break it down into chunks:
  1. The Overdrive is a variation of the classic swinging neckbreaker, the mechanics of which are as follows:
  2. The recipient bends forward (either he/she’s dealt a blow to the gut or the attacker intentionally drops a coin on the canvas to which the recipient immediately “grabs those dimes”)
  3. The attacker rests his thigh on the recipient’s nape
  4. The attacker grabs the arm nearest to him/her, and uses it as a lever
  5. The attacker pushers the “lever” forward with great force, spinning the recipient’s whole body as a result
  6. The recipient’s neck lands on the inside of the attacker’s knee
There also exists a variation which is called the Inverted Overdrive, the mechanics of which are as follows:
  1. The recipient bends forward (either he/she’s dealt a blow to the gut or the attacker intentionally drops a coin on the canvas to which the recipient immediately “grabs those dimes”)
  2. The attacker rests his knee on the recipient’s nape
  3. The attacker grabs the arm farthest to him/her, and uses it as a lever
  4. The attacker falls back-first to the canvas while still holding onto the “lever,” spinning the recipient’s whole body as a result
  5. The recipient’s neck lands on the attacker’s knee

Relatively easy to do, with little strength needed to perform the move. But what exactly makes this an effective finisher?

The key lies in the body parts manipulated by the attacker. Number one is the arm: with the Overdrive and its variation, a sudden and forceful jolt of the arm can cause a significant amount of strain to the rotator cuff muscles, which hinder that arm’s ability to rise up and beat the 3-count.


Next, the sudden spinning of the upper body brings strain to the back muscles, namely the trapezius and the latissimus dorsi. Furthermore, as the neck is the last to spin (as it is held down by the attacker’s thigh/knee), this creates a crankingor wringing motion that strains the levator scapulae and the rhomboids. With these muscles weakened, upper-body strength is diminished, thus greatly reducing the possibility of a successful kick-out.


Last, as the neck lands on the attacker’s knee/back of the knee, the short distance from the limb to the canvas allows the recipient’s head to bounce, creating a whiplash effect: the neck hyperextends and suddenly hyperflexes, which deals a significant amount of damage to the neck muscles and the cervical vertrbrae (C1-C7) and jolts the brain, resulting in what we call a concussion. 1-2-3, match over.

And there you have it chaps, the Overdrive analyzed. If you’re still not a believer after this article, don’t worry–other people share the same sentiments! Who do you think can use the Overdrive to its fullest potential? Can the Overdrive beat wrestlers like Brock Lesnar/Michael Elgin/Matanza/Brian Cage? Let us know in the comment section below!

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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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