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#FinisherFriday (11/23/18): The Bubba Bomb

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Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing to you an analysis of one of Bubba Bully Ray Dudley's many forgotten moves.

Recognized as one of the most prolific tag teams in professional wrestling history, the Dudley Boyz are the only tag team to have held the ECW, IWGP, NWA, TNA, WCW, WWF and WWE Tag Team Championships. In total they have won 23 major tag team championships—more than any other team in history. They are also Hall of Famers twice over; they're already in the WWE Hall of Fame, and they're the first tag team inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Being one-half of the iconic collective, Bubba's has brought his unique mix of wit, heat, and violence from his ECW days to WWE and other notable promotions to great success.

Although notorious for their trademark usage of tables in executing their world-famous 3D, Bubba Ray also has much to offer by himself. He has found success as a singles wrestler having held 12 championships in including the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WWF/E Hardcore Championship on ten occasions, and since joining ROH, he has an ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship reign to his credit as well. All totaled, he has won 36 championships between, WWE, TNA, ECW, ROH, and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).

With a man of such calibre, Bubba Ray definitely has an array of unique weapons at his disposal. One of those, as you probably already guessed, is his Bubba Bomb:


As shown in the clip, this move is a seated full nelson version of an atomic drop. Enumerating the sequence of moves, the maneuver is done as follows:

1. The attacker applies a full nelson hold on the opponent
2. The attacker lifts the opponent up
3. The attacker falls into a seated position, driving the opponent tailbone-first onto the mat

"An atomic drop? How can that finish a match?", you may ask. To be honest, since we have seen too many iterations of an atomic drop being used as a setup move for another destructive maneuver, we have conditioned our minds to think that an atomic drop cannot be used as a standalone finisher. But that's where we stop in our tracks and carefully assess the situation:

If you think outside the box, the atomic drop is actually a piledriver in reverse. But since the head isn't obviously the target, it is not as damaging as an actual piledriver. But the damage taken could be substantial enough to garner a pinfall.

Since the body (and spine) is in a vertical position from start to finish, the force from the impact travels from the tailbone straight to the head. A rather strong drop can produce enough force to jar the brain to cause a minor concussion. Since Bubba Ray falls to a seated position, the opponent is falling from a greater distance than when doing the standard atomic drop, which in turn generates greater force and damage.


The full nelson hold is also one thing to consider. A full nelson properly applied would bend the head of the receiver forward because of the downward motion of the attacker's locked hands. After completion of the move, only a fraction of the force would travel to the head, and instead stop at the neck bend and travel downwards again. This compresses the spine and spinal cord, and if done with great force, a compression fracture of the spine can occur, which can greatly impede a person's ability to stand, walk, and even sit straight by irritating the spinal nerves and the spinal cord itself. Also, the full nelson mitigates any possibility of a counterattack by the opponent using his arms in particular.


Add to that the excruciating pain felt when landing on your tailbone, and you're good to go:


And there you have it chaps, the Bubba Bomb deconstructed. If you have suggestions on what finisher to cover for next week, kindly leave it 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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