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#FinisherFriday (8/23/19): Stormbreaker


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you an analysis of Will Ospreay's awesome-as-hell finisher.

The Aerial Assassin moniker wasn't given to Will Ospreay just because it sounds good, it's what he really is. This British lad is the embodiment of "flippy shit"—everything Randy Orton/Drew Gulak/The Revival hates doing. To name a few tricks, he has done:

720 kicks


No-hand springboard flips


Corkscrew moonsaults to the outside


Corkscrew shooting star presses


Double moonsaults


And that famous Kota Ibushi counter that you may have seen online


Even his finisher reeks of flippy stuff (in a good way). Take a look at his match-ending move, the Stormbreaker:


Bah gawd Maggle, that British lad straight up murdered his opponent with that!

Before analyzing the mechanics, let's break down the move into small steps:

  1. Ospreay starts off with the double underhook position (like the Pedigree)
  2. He then lifts the opponent up and places their back onto his left shoulder (now think of a crucifix powerbomb but with the double underhook still intact)
  3. Ospreay lets his right arm free, and turns the opponent's entire body to the left
  4. In a quick motion, he catches the opponent's head with his right arm, his left arm pulling the opponent's right arm in an attempt to give the body more spin (to which he succeeds)
  5. They both land in the standard neckbreaker position



Now that we have understood the move's mechanics, it's time to answer the question: How does this move deal damage?

Think of this move as a Bizzaro version of the rolling cutter.



The rolling cutter's main source of misdirection is the body matching the timing of the spin to the head, in order to prevent the hyper-rotation of the cervical spine. But in Stormbreaker's case, there is nothing to be matched—Ospreay spins the whole body instead of the head! Ospreay grabbing the opponent's head AFTER the whole body is spun means that the head will decelerate while the body will not, resulting in hyper-rotation and suffering cervical fractures/torn neck muscles.

Except for this kid. Eek.
Also, having the opponent spun while airborne completely eliminates all chances of decelerating the spin, which means that the moment your body starts spinning, it's too late for praying.


Using my trusty Regal Rating, I'd give it:

10/10 for aesthetics. Like I said before in my Bitter End analysis, I'm a sucker for any move that involves spinning an opponent around. It's like your opponent is a fidget spinner that you'd spend all your strength so that you get the highest RPM possible, but you slam it to the ground because you still hate fidget spinners.

7/10 for practicality. The setup is definitely the longest part of the move (more or less three seconds), which can buy precious time for an opponent to counter. The long setup time also means that he can't always complete this move when using this against bigger and heavier guys since they can just swing their legs like crazy, and Ospreay would then lose balance.

And that's it chaps, my analysis for the Stormbreaker! Do you like this more than his standard OsCutter? Let us know 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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