Skip to main content

#FinisherFriday (12/21/2018): The F-5


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you an analysis of the Beast Incarnate's weapon of choice in the ring.

Let's all be honest here - the moment you hear Brock Lesnar's entrance theme on RAW, we all start having that feeling in our gut that there's gonna be carnage. Ever since he debuted on the main roster, he has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with. Heck, even Tazz considered him as the human personification of something we all tend to avoid; every time Brock comes to the ring Tazz shouts, "Here comes the pain!"

And after his recent excursions (I dare say "conquests" in a Paul Heyman voice) in the UFC, he just became bigger, stronger, and scarier. Climbing the top of the WWE, UFC, NJPW, IGF, and NCAA ladder throughout his career, Brock Lesnar is the only person in history to win a championship in each of those organizations.

As far as wrestling logic goes, a better move arsenal means a better chance at capturing championship gold. Excluding flippy lucha stuff (except for his infamous Shooting Star Press against Kurt Angle), many people would consider Brock to be the complete package in fighting, with his raw strength, striking, footwork, and grappling skills securing him victory after victory inside the squared circle.

But one maneuver stands out as the most fearsome of his moveset, and that is his F-5.



The thought of one man making a 500-pound athlete spin in mid-air and ragdolling smaller opponents with this move just alludes to the sheer destructive force of the F-5. And no one can do it better than the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, BU-ROOOOCK LESNARRRR!

But if you're asking how could your average Joe perform the F-5, I would be more than glad to lay out the details:

  1. The attacker lifts an opponent up in a fireman's carry across his shoulders
  2. The attacker throws the opponent's legs out in front of him to spin them
  3. The attacker simultaneously falls backwards, causing the opponent to land on his face and upper body



So given the mechanics of the move, how does the F-5 deal damage?

On a quick look, the F-5 ranks second with regards to elevation or height among facebusters (your standard flapjack still holds first place). But what exactly makes this stand out among other discussed variations on this series, like the RKO or the Big Ending?

The main factor is the spinning motion. When doing this, Brock achieves these goals:

1. He disorients the opponent. This is the same case with Pete Dunne's "Bitter End." Even though most victims know what they'll be put through, the swivel in mid-air confuses them as to what they will actually receive at the end of the move. Inside the victim's mind, it usually starts from "Okay, I'm gonna get my head banged against the canvas" to "Hey, why is my body spinning around" before they realize that statement number one was the right one all along.


2. He lessens the opponent's capability to mitigate damage. A person can brace for impact more readily when falling in a predictable course. But in the F-5's case, the percentage of the opponent protecting himself efficiently decreases. With the first goal achieved, most wrestlers would not have ample time to protect their face and upper body until it's too late. With lighter and smaller wrestlers, no amount of shielding would save them, as they would be flung around like crash test dummies without any regard for human safety.



3. He plays a subtle mind game with the opponent. With larger guys getting F-5ed, they receive the message "No matter how big you are, you are always going to fall victim to me and this move." With smaller guys, it's "You are just a stain on the underwear of life. I'd bet I can toss you around the ring using my left hand and still get the same result." This effect on the human mind is long-term, which usually leads to wrestlers fearing Brock, much more having a match with him in the future.



4. He places the feet higher than the face and chest. If the feet are higher than the face and upper body, this means that the full force of gravity (plus their own body weight) would fall on these areas, delivering greater damage than if both legs are on the same level.


Possible injuries received are the following:

  • Broken nose/facial bones
  • Cerebral concussion
  • Cerebral bleeding (should the impact be too forceful)
  • Broken cervical vertebrae (if the neck hyperextends upon landing, as in a complete faceplant)
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Fractured clavicle
  • Bruised/broken ribs
And there you have it chaps, the F-5 deconstructed! As per my senior editor's recommendation, I will be covering an unconventional finisher for next week's issue. Have any clue on what the finisher is? Let us know in the comment section below!

Photos from WWE

Comments

Trending This Week

#FinisherFriday (7/12/19): A Priest's New Weapon

SmackDown RunDown Live (7/16/18): Back And Better Than Ever

Smark Healthy: Come Back Like A Champ

How WWE Wrestling Rings Are Made

#ThemeSongTuesday: OH! WALK WITH ELIAS!