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    Friday, August 31, 2018

    #FinisherFriday (8/31/18): Straight Outta Biringan

    Welcome to another episode of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal with an analysis of Ralph Imabayashi's newest submission.

    Undoubtedly one of the many premier talents of Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR), the Filipino-Japanese wrestler has earned the stripe of being the longest-reigning PWR Champion with his heart, tactics, and a vast moveset.

    He is known to finish matches with his Sonic Crusher (jumping cutter) and Senketsu piledriver, but during his match with Main Maxx at this year's PWR Renaissance, all of us were presented with the birth of a deadly submission combo.

    Unnamed at first, Ralph has since revealed the new finisher's name on his Instagram account as the "Black City Lock":

    But what makes this move so punishing, that even the battle-hardened Main Maxx was forced to tap out?

    The Black City Lock is an amalgam of two submissions, namely:

    1. The Tornado Double Arm Legscissors (technically a double underhook leg scissors stretch). Innovated (?) and popularized by the infamous Zack Sabre Jr, this move consists of trapping the left arm of an opponent in the prone position between the performer's legs, grabbing the opponent's right arm and pulling it towards him (think of the Rings of Saturn, but without the crossface element), and securing both arms parallel by catching the opponent's right arm with the performer's right leg:

    2. A modified calf slicer. Normally, the move is done by grabbing the opponent's leg (the opponent must be facing away from you) and putting the foot on the outside of your thigh, crossing your leg and putting it on top of the trapped leg's calf, securing the crossed leg using your other leg (like a body scissors), grabbing the opponent's body and leaning backward. (Sorry AJ Styles, but this process is more devastating than your version.)

    But since Ralph has used both of his legs, he managed to find a clever way to finish the move: using Maxx's other leg as the slicer. Sensing that Maxx is preoccupied with both of his arms, Ralph crossed both of Maxx's legs, right on top of the left, and proceeded to push downwards for the tap-out.

    Now that we have described the move process, let's analyze how the combo deals damage:

    1. The first submission deals damage to both shoulder capsules by stretching them beyond the normal capacity. Wrestlers with smaller builds could tough it out for a considerable amount of time because the angle of bending is increased thanks to their small torso. But with larger wrestlers such as Maxx, it is another story—a painful one, to note. Having a bigger build means that the tolerated angle of bending becomes lessened, and bending both arms to be parallel to each other gives "ouch" a new meaning.

    2. The calf slicer literally slices your calf. By putting a limb behind the opponent's knee and bending it forcefully, the opponent's calf muscle will rupture if the hold is prolonged. If the calf muscle has ruptured and the hold is still applied, the tibia/fibula may break, or the knee joint will be dislocated. No wonder the calf slicer is banned in many BJJ competitions.

    And there you have it, chaps, the Black City Lock deconstructed. With this new move in his arsenal, will this make the duo of Mainstream Mahaba and Ralph Imabayashi an even bigger force to be reckoned with in the near future?

    P.S. One noteworthy facet from Renaissance was the word that The Apocalypse did a good version of the Death Bell. Did he happen to read my previous article about it and decide to polish his move? (If that is true, then I might as well say my prayers and hope he doesn't come for me) Let me know in the comments section below what the move looked like!

    Image from "Humanitarian" Hub Pacheco


    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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