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#FinisherFriday: Sixth Move of... Doom?


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving a not so well-thought critique of John Cena's newest move.

The Prototype, Doctor of Thuganomics, Leader of the Chain Gang, President of Cenation, The Marine—whatever you remember him being when you were young, John Cena undoubtedly has one of the longest and most decorated tenures in the WWE. As a currently active "free agent," he is tied with Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns in WWE history at 16, while also being a five-time United States Champion and a four-time Tag Team Champion, a Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner (2012), a two-time Royal Rumble Winner (2008, 2013), and a three-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009, 2010, 2012). He has also headlined WWE's flagship event, WrestleMania on five occasions (2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2013), as well as many other WWE pay-per-views. Today he is considered one of the most polarizing professional wrestlers ever, inside and outside the squared circle.

But despite his in-ring accomplishments, he has become notorious in the internet wrestling community (shortened to IWC for this article) for being formulaic and repetitive in his matches. His trademark string of moves (two flying shoulder blocks, one spinning side-release sitout powerbomb, falling knuckle, and his finisher) has been dubbed "The Five Moves of Doom. " Cena has since tried to increase his arsenal of moves by doing dropkicks, the legendary springboard stunner (known in dank wrestling memeology as "He Didn't Get All Of It"), and his Avalanche AA. And with 2018 came a revolutionary change to his game:

Cena talked about practicing a new sixth move on September 1st, which left the WWE Universe excited:



He then gave Chinese fans a first-hand view at a WWE live event in Shanghai:


And then he formally debuted it at WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne last Saturday.


And then he demonstrated the move to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show last October 9.


And at the back of my mind, I was like,


Sorry, John, but I think you just played too much Tekken in between your gym sessions. (Jump to 1:27 and 3:03)


But since it is still a finishing move, so let's take a look at its mechanics.

The sixth move, named as "Lightning Fist," is technically a step-in backfist to a dazed opponent. So what makes this strike unique from the usual punches? The key here is where the opponent is hit. Looking at the available videos, the opponent is either hit on the temple or in the mastoid process. Let's take a look what happens when the average person gets hit on those areas:

1. Anatomically, the temple is one of the weakest parts of the skull and can easily be broken. It is covered by the temporalis muscle, which gives it some protection. The danger lies on the inner surface of the temporal bone. Here are the branches of the middle meningeal artery and vein. If the bone is fractured, it could sever one of these vessels. This causes bleeding between the brain and the skull and can lead to death. This is one of the main reasons why a backfist punch is disallowed in boxing.


2. As with the mastoid process, this is also regarded as an area that can cause rapid brain compression when struck with enough force among martial arts practitioners. And since John Cena does it, you better expect that it's a pretty strong strike.


So, yeah, the Lightning Fist analyzed. For me it's just a case of Cena having fun and abusing his ungodly strength in the ring; but I expected a grittier move than that.

What move do you want to be analyzed in the next article? Let us know in the comment section below!

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