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#FinisherFriday x Shoot Henry (3/15/19): Is Becky Lynch's Finisher Really "Fake" Like Ronda Rousey Claims?


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving my take on one of Twitter's hottest wars in the past weeks.

Ever since her transition from "The Lasskicker" into "The Man," Becky Lynch turned from a sweet but fierce fighter who loves to use puns, into a totally badass fighter who has her own way with words, not mincing them in any sort of way and delivering her thoughts to her mouth without any filter. As logic would soundly tell us, a wrestler with a sharp tongue will encounter argument after argument on her career path. True enough, she has had many arguments on the Twitter platform with other WWE wrestlers, the recent Twitter feud with none other than the current RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey.

Ronda lashed back, pointing out something that shouldn't be pretty much pointed out on social media:

Of course Becky rebutted it in a way that further infuriated Ronda, but the statement already caused many to doubt about how legit Becky's move is as an actual MMA submission hold.

But since Ronda already put out the statement, let's delve into the question: Is Becky Lynch's Disarm-Her as fake as Ronda claims it to be? I consulted Smark Henry's resident MMA analyst, George Carlos Pastor of the #ShootHenry series, and did some analyses of our own. Here are the results of our short collaboration:

The Disarm-Her is classified as a seated Fujiwara armbar. This is what a standard Fujiwara armbar looks like...


...the obvious difference being that Becky sits on the opponent's scapula while pulling back. Now let's take a look at Becky's variations of the Disarm-Her:


This is supposedly the version of the Disarm-Her that Ronda sees as fake, because of the way the opponent's arm is pulled backward. But Ronda seems to forget one important note about the Fujiwara armbar: it was designed not to primarily deal damage to the elbow, but to deal damage to the shoulder, triceps, and pectoral muscles by stretching them as far back as anatomically possible. Becky sitting on top of the opponent just makes it easier for her to pull the opponent's arm backwards—if she liked she could probably do it like this:


But if we were to be more skeptical about the Disarm-Her's legitimacy, let's take a look at another example:


Here we see Becky putting her grip above Alexa Bliss' elbow, and pulling away from there. To be fair, Alexa has hypermobile elbows (or what we colloquially call "double-jointed") so it's a little bit exaggerated in this GIF. But pulling this near a distance from the elbow increases the pressure dealt on the elbow, even if the fulcrum (point of bending) is on the shoulder. It's roughly similar to a belly-down armbar (sans the belly-down position) if you take a second look, but significantly weaker.

George suggests that instead of sitting entirely on the scapula, Becky can put her weight on the opponent's upper arm (maybe lean a little bit more to the left so that the right thigh would rest on the opponent's triceps), with the opponent's thumb pointing away to make it more effective.


But if Ronda wants to really know if the Disarm-Her can be utilized like a standard armbar, let's take a look at this third example:


We can clearly see that Becky is pulling the opponent's forearm backward with her left arm, and pushing the upper arm forward with her right wrist. This setup bends the elbow significantly like what a "true" armbar should do, although on a weaker scale since she is only using one arm to do the pulling.

So the final verdict for Ronda's claim? It's not fake for me and George, but definitely targets different areas depending on how and where she holds her opponent's arm. Maybe Ronda can try being the recipient of the Disarm-Her at WrestleMania for a first-hand (or arm) experience.

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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 manoeuvres, 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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