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    Friday, July 29, 2016

    #FinisherFriday (7/29/16): Finished by Finn

    Happy Friday Henrinites, it’s Gene here with another entry for #FinisherFriday and guess whose finisher we’ll be tackling today? None other than the number five overall pick of RAW and one of the newest additions to WWE’s main roster, Mr. Finn Bálor.

    Casual fans might have been surprised to see the fresh face of Mr. Bálor, but let’s admit it, he’s been ripe for primetime ever since debuting on WWE’s NXT. In fact, Finn Balor has been around the wrestling circuit long enough that just like "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, most fans were just waiting for him to conquer WWE.

    Enter RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manage Mick Foley to introduce the new roster to the WWE Universe and set up an interesting way to crown a challenger for Seth Rollins in the inaugural WWE Universal Championship match come SummerSlam.

    In a sea of such top-shelf talent as Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Rusev, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Cesaro, all of whom had been selected to beat each other up for the other slot in the WWE Universal Championship match opposite Seth Rollins, it was the newcomer Bálor getting the push.


    In his RAW debut just this week, Finn Bálor won two matches—two huge matches I may add—both finished off by his signature finisher, the Coup de Grace.

    Technically speaking, the move is a diving double foot stomp delivered to the abdomen up to the chest area of a fallen opponent. Unlike ordinary top-rope finishers, this finisher ultimately involves just your feet as opposed to most body-on-body high-risk maneuvers. Delivered properly, it looks devastating, but don’t be jumping on anyone just yet as so much could go wrong.

    Let me state first that Finn is no lightweight, Finn was introduced at 190 pounds, and that’s 190 pounds all focused on Finn’s feet that another wrestler has to brace for while Finn comes of the top rope, which is around five feet from the mat, with maybe an additional three feet from Finn’s leap. We're no physics experts, but multiply Finn's mass by the height of his dive, all concentrated into two square feet of impact, and the numbers spell disaster for his unfortunate foe.

    The Coup de Grace would at the very least knock the wind out of anyone. However, some fans are not impressed by this finisher because they say it the "it-factor" and in my head I think what they mean is they want that loud thud from slams or kicks which this does not deliver. I don’t think that’s fair for the move however since the degree of difficulty it entails from Finn and the receiver is pretty high.

    Consider as well how diving stomps have been used by other wrestlers in the past. Low-Ki's Warrior's Way was particularly nasty, while Alberto Del Rio's hanging Tree of Woe variant has its fans. Meanwhile, big men like "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan may have utilized more grounded variants, but with their 300-pound bodies to make up for a lack of velocity.

    What do you think? Should Finn stick to the Coup de Grace or should he find another finisher? Maybe the 1916?


    From Finn himself:


    Named after the Irish Rising
    On Easter Sunday 1916.
    100 years ago this week

    The 1916 is a lifting single-underhook DDT. I won’t get into much detail on this but let me quickly get into some pros and cons.


    1. It’s delivered pretty well to make it look like a good variation of the DDT. 
    2. It’s a good finisher for Finn against opponents his size or smaller. 
    3. Originally named “Bloody Sunday," Finn has actually used this finisher throughout his career, and has pretty much mastered the ins and outs of catching then planting an opponent with the move. 


    1. It’s a DDT; some fans think all DDTs are generic. 
    2. There’s a size requirement; it’s hard to imagine Finn hitting this on heavyweight opponents like Kane or Baron Corbin. 
    3. Remember the concussion case some retired wrestlers filed against WWE? Well, you get the point.

    So what do you think, Henrinites? Which finisher do you think makes a better case for Finn Bálor's main roster explosion? Let us know in the comment section below and we'll see you again next week for another edition of #FinisherFriday! 


    Gene Ferrer (@thegeneferrer) is Smark Henry's newest contributor, and the new king of finishing moves. He isn't actually a wrestler, but is pretty good at figuring out what would hurt like hell in real life.

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