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#FinisherFriday (11/29/19): GrabCamus's Helluva Kick



Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of a big kick used by a big man with a big heart in a big match.

Last Sunday, I gave myself a post-birthday gift in the form of attending PWR Vendetta, which was the promotion's final event of the year (and technically, the whole decade). It was a complete banger from start to finish: the crowd was engaged in every match, storylines were easy to follow even if you weren't able to watch previous live events, there was healthy patriotism in the main event, and emotions ran high in my favorite match.

The first Ubusan ng Lahi match (similar to the traditional Survivor Series five-on-five elimination match) consisted of The Naughty Boys versus a group quickly put up by the NB defector, Kapitan Tutan. 

This arc was your classic shounen manga storyline: a group which relied on the bonds of friendship to overcome obstacles experienced betrayal from their enforcer, ended up in a mess, managed to get their heads clear and regroup, and fought with the defector (and his new posse). 

Tensions ran high, eliminations were aplenty, and at the end it was two-on-one in favor of the bad guys. But through his sheer willpower, strength, and the power of friendship aiding him, the lone survivor managed to defy all odds and got the victory for his team.


But who was this guy? It was none other than arguably the lowest in the Naughty Boys' hierarchy. It was the group's designated driver, the guy who was constantly berated as a benchwarmer, the guy who was tested for his loyalty by the promotion's most powerful faction—but this was also the same guy who simply gritted his teeth, took all that negative feedback, and turned it into motivation, day and night training inside the squared circle, and it all paid out at Vendetta. Let's give a round of applause for The Naughty Boys' GrabCamus.



I'll leave the full review to Lance; let's move on with the article's main focus: Camus's kick that ended Tutan's reign of terror once and for all.

Finally, the power of friendship prevails. GrabCamus pins Kapitan Tutan and wins #UbusanNgLahi for the Naughty Boys! #PWRVendetta
Posted by Philippine Wrestling Revolution - PWR on Sunday, November 24, 2019



Now that's one Helluva kick. (As of this writing, GrabCamus still hasn't come up with a name to his finisher, but I do hope it's a badass name.)

This would've been in my previous article's list of devastating kicks, but this deserves a write-up of its own. In Regal theory, the Camus Kick rivals Sheamus' Brogue Kick in the top spot because of the following reasons:

  • The opponent is dazed in the corner, contributing more to accuracy 
  • Camus directly faces his opponent
  • He doesn't fling himself in the air (think of the Claymore and Trouble in Paradise)
  • His kicking leg is bent at the knee, to prevent sudden stretching of the hamstring/quadriceps/groin in case the opponent moves away and his foot hits the top turnbuckle instead
The only downside to this move is that it is very telegraphed (think of the Spear and Sweet Chin Music). An opponent who's not yet disoriented can very well see a big man running towards him , and save his chin from being caved in by a boot.


Using my Regal Rating, I would give it:

Accuracy: 10/10
Damage: 10/10
Risk to self: 1/10 (but accounted for)

Power of Friendship: 12/10

And there you have it chaps, the Camus Kick deconstructed! What was your favorite moment of this Ubusan ng Lahi match? Let us know in the comment section below!

Photos from Wrestling PH


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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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