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#FinisherFriday (10/5/18): Hit the Switch


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing to you an analysis of Christian's killing move.

Dubbed the Impaler and Unprettier in its early days, the Killswitch was undoubtedly Christian's trump card, allowing him to collect victory after victory in every promotion he was in. As history tells us, he was the 23rd Triple Crown champion, and the 11th Grand Slam champion in WWE history—and the Killswitch played a key role in those accomplishments.


Leaving the introductions behind, let us now go onto the technical details of this move.

Technically, this move is an inverted version of a double underhook facebuster. If you're not familiar with that move, let me give you a HHHint.

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Now that you've got it, I will break down the move into small chunks:

  1. The wrestler stands behind his opponent
  2. He/she then hooks both of the opponent's arms
  3. Then presses his/head onto the opponent's back to serve as a fulcrum
  4. The wrestler now turns 180 degrees while dragging one of the opponent's arms in the same direction (over both of their heads), the final position being the wrestler now in front
  5. The wrestler drops back-first onto the canvas, driving the opponent down face first

Now that we have dissected the move process, let us now analyze how the Killswitch deals damage:

1. Unlike most facebusters in which the opponent's arms are free to move, the Killswitch (and its parent, the Pedigree) secure both arms. This ensures that the opponent cannot cushion the fall with his arms, allowing the face to receive the full extent of the damage.

2. Since the performer drops on his back, the weight of his/her upper torso is also added to the mass of the opponent's head, which greatly increases the average impact force. (Those who are well-versed in physics can calculate it for me, thank you very much. I'm just the anatomy guy.)


One small note to discuss about the Killswitch is that many people online dislike the move for its setup, which for them is unnecessarily long and boring. I would like to make a defense for that by saying if you don't like the Killswitch, then you should dislike the Vertebreaker too, given that it takes much longer to do.

So there you have it chaps, the Killswitch deconstructed. Want a move studied and analyzed on future FFs? Leave a suggestion in the comments section below!

Photo from WWE

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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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