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    Friday, July 8, 2016

    #FinisherFriday (7/8/16): Here Comes The Rain

    July is here, Henrinites, and you know what that means!

    This month typically marks the beginning of the rainy season, and true to form, it's a downright wet and wild Friday here in Manila. And while we hope all you Henrinites are kicking back someplace warm and dry (because why the hell would be you reading a damn wrestling website if you weren't), we felt the most on-trend thing we could do with this week's edition of #FinisherFriday would be to take a look at some of our favorite rain-inspired finishing maneuvers out there.

    Let the rain begin!


    Kazuchika Okada's Rainmaker

    There's no better way to kick things off than with Kazuchika Okada's brutal short-arm lariat known as the Rainmaker.

    While short-arm lariats have long been a favored transition move in pro wrestling harkening back to the heyday of Jake "The Snake" Roberts, nobody's quite managed to dish it out with the same ruthless jaw-cracking efficiency as the four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion.

    One might wonder how a man billed at 236 pounds can deliver a move as thunderous as a 300-pound heavyweight like, say, Stan Hansen or John Bradshaw Layfield. The secret lies in two things: Okada's explosive hip torque leading to a short-arm feed that effectively doubles the lariat's impact, and his relatively shorter arm length that gives his arm a tighter, more compact arc towards his opponent's neck.

    However you want to spin the physics, it's pure destruction. Just ask Hiroshi Tanahashi, who's lost more championships to the Rainmaker than any other man.

    Sami Zayn's Blue Thunder Bomb

    While Sami Zayn may not have invented the Blue Thunder Bomb—that honor goes to puro legend Jun Akiyama—his version is certainly one of the best.

    The velocity he gets in the spin portion is unmatched in pro wrestling history, leaving his opponent dazed and disoriented, not knowing whether he's about to be nailed with an atomic drop, a belly-to-back suplex, or a sit-out powerbomb. After a couple of whirls to flood his opponent's head with blood and leave his equilibrium in a tizzy, Zayn drops down into an instant pin combination that could possibly be an even better finisher than his Helluva Kick.

    The Hurricane's Eye of the Hurricane

    "The Hurricane" Gregory Helms has never let his size stop him from challenging the fiercest foes, especially with his reverse facelock into a falling lariat known as the Eye of the Hurricane to catch unsuspecting foes from out of nowhere.

    The facelock is a perfect way to leave an opponent's tender throat exposed for a crisp chopping strike, which, when combined with the same falling impact as a reverse DDT, is usually more than sufficient to earn a 1-2-3 for one of the more entertaining cruiserweights in WWE history.

    James Storm's Eye of the Storm

    They say that the eye of the storm is the calmest, safest place to be. TNA's resident cowboy disagrees.

    With a setup reminiscent of a crucifix powerbomb, Storm leaves his opponents completely defenseless and hung out to dry. He than shows off his impressive upper-body strength by whirling them about like extras in a Sharknado movie before dropping them back-first like a sack of potatoes onto whatever unforgiving surface he finds handy.

    Huracan Ramirez's Huracanrana

    The Mexican lucha libre icon has left an indelible mark on professional wrestling with his remarkably acrobatic invention, the huracanrana.

    While his version might not seem as impactful or vicious as the versions pulled off by today's generation of daredevils, Ramirez's rana was, for its time, a cutting-edge move viewed with the same awe as the Red Arrows or Phoenix Splashes of today.

    Rob Van Dam's Rolling Thunder

    RVD may be more famous for his sky-high Five Star Frog Splash or the Van Terminator, but let's not forget the move that acted as the appetizer to those moves as entrees, the Rolling Thunder.

    Building up kinetic energy with a forward roll, Van Dam would collect all his momentum into his deceptively meaty torso, spring straight up into the air, and flip into a somersault senton straight onto the sternum and ribs of his fallen opponent, softening them up for his eventual coup de grace.

    Takuya Sugi's Lightning Strike

    Sugi may not have gotten the same level of hype as his contemporaries even during his Michinoku Pro or AAA glory days, but he always impressed the hell out of fans with his imploding 450-degree splash aptly called the Lightning Strike.

    In no universe is this a safe move to perform, even as effortless as wrestlers like Neville make it seem; it's the same move rumored to have caused WWE Cruiserweight Classic competitor Mustafa Ali a dangerous neck injury. But that's the nature of high-risk, high-reward moves like this—you either crash and burn, or you destroy your opponent like a force of nature.

    Combat Toyoda's Thunder Fire Powerbomb

    The Thunder Fire is just nasty. As a high-angle variant of the traditional powerbomb, it drops its victim straight on his or her neck in a way that makes insurance salesmen sit up and gasp.

    It's one of those moves where the user doesn't even have to be a seven-foot giant. The leverage and point of impact actually get more dangerous the smaller the user is. We're not surprised we haven't seen this used in the WWE, nor do we expect it to be.

    Willie Mack's Chocolate Thunder Bomb

    Call it a hybrid of JBL's fallaway slam, Kevin Owens' pop-up powerbomb, and Batista's Bomb. Willie Mack knows he's in for a 'W' when he nails his foes with his devastating Chocolate Thunder Bomb.

    Landing with the force of a meteor strike, Mack's version of the move is one of the more dangerous ones we've seen in a wrestling ring. While his prospects of ever signing with the WWE look slim, he's currently kicking ass in Lucha Underground, and showing that even in a high-flying world of luchadore icons, there will always be a place for a man with his raw ability.

    Typhoon's Typhoon Splash

    How do you get up from a 358-pound man splattering himself all over your ribcage? You don't, and that's why Fred Ottman—the man more infamous today for his WCW fumble as the Shockmaster—was so successful as one-half of former WWE Tag Team Champions, the Natural Disasters.

    What made this move particularly punishing was how it came as part of a three-course meal for the Disasters; they would first whip their unfortunate jabroni of an opponent into the corner for a Tidal Wave avalanche by Typhoon, before pummelling his already-fragile body first with a Typhoon Splash by Typhoon, before Earthquake polished him off with his punishing Earthquake Vertical Splash.

    This is how roadkill was invented, boys and girls.


    Got anything to add to this article? Did we miss out on any other weather-themed finishers you love? Leave us your feedback in the comments below.

    Stay safe and dry, Henrinites!
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