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#FinisherFriday (8/9/19): The Bitter End


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving some love to my second-favorite reverse STO.

The Bruiserweight isn't one to talk much inside the ring, but he makes his opponents scream out in pain to compensate for it. Armed with an arsenal guaranteed to dish out damage in some of the most gruesome ways possible, Pete Dunne has amassed a lot of championship gold in the British professional wrestling scene.



As awesome as his moveset is, the one move that he is known worldwide for is his tendency to bite his opponent his finisher, the Bitter End.


via Gfycat

I mean, look at that. The way the opponent is put in the pumphandle position against their will, stretching the right lats like an old-school abdominal stretch, and seemingly defying the laws of physics as they are lifted, spun around in midair and landing on their face is a thing of absolute beauty. If Baron Corbin's End of Days is a raging typhoon, then the Bitter End is a small ocean wave which quickly rises and becomes a great tsunami, destroying everything in its path.

To spare you the redundancy of explaining how a reverse STO works and deals damage, you can check out my article about the End of Days, so I can immediately go to my Regal Rating.

10/10 for aesthetics. I'm a sucker for any move that involves spinning an opponent around. (Stormbreaker, you're next.) It's not sloppy, the opponent's feet are higher than their head to ensure that the lower limbs can't cushion the fall, Dunne doesn't need to slam his back hard onto the mat to deal more damage—those are the makings of an excellent reverse STO.

7/10 for practicality. I doubt that he can do this move on wrestlers bigger than him, so there's that. Also, if an opponent is tired enough that they'd let you tuck one of their arms between their legs, then theoretically you can do any simpler finishing move and still get the pinfall victory. The almost two seconds it takes before the actual move takes place could be a window for escape.

And that's it chaps, my appreciation article for the Bitter End! With his addition on the NXT North American Title match between Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong, do you think Pete Dunne could hang the NA belt from his mouth as the new champion at NXT TakeOver: Toronto? 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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