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    Friday, May 8, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (5/8/20): Regal Covers Regal?!

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of one of my personal favorite finishers.

    William Regal has been widely regarded as having the best eye for spotting talent and potential amongst rising wrestlers in the independent scene, as well as the big leagues outside of the WWE. He has brought names to the NXT brand such as Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, KENTA, among many others. This uncanny talent for scouting made the NXT brand one of the best-stacked rosters in the whole world.

    As good as he is on the PR and managerial side of things, he has proven himself to be a formidable opponent in his prime. Never been a World Heavyweight Champion, Regal has, nonetheless, achieved considerable championship success in professional wrestling. Throughout his career, he has won more than 60 titles worldwide, including four in WCW and 15 in WWE. A catch wrestling specialist, he arguably introduced the audience of his generation to the aesthetic of "old-school" suplexes, catches, and holds.

    Standing out of his arsenal is his own invented move, the Regalplex:

    In technical wrestling jargon, the Regalplex is called a bridging leg hook belly-to-back suplex. If that name gave you a slight headache, here's a short breakdown of the move:

    1. The attacking wrestler begins this move by standing to one side of and slightly behind a standing opponent
    2. The attacker then drapes the near arm of the opponent over their neck and uses their own near arm to encircle the waist of the opponent.
    3. The attacker then reaches under one of the opponents legs with their free arm, and lifts, forcing the opponent to bend into a right angle.
    4. Finally, the attacker falls backwards, driving the neck and shoulders of the opponent into the ground, simultaneously arching their own back and legs to elevate themselves, gaining leverage and placing the opponent in a pinning predicament.

    What separates the Regal-Plex from the other German suplex variations is (obviously) the leg hook setup. It serves three essential functions:

    1. Draping the near arm of the opponent over their neck makes that same arm trapped after the suplex is done, eliminating about 50% of the opponent's ability to put their shoulder up.

    2. Hooking the leg during the entire duration of the move means an instant pinfall attempt, the moment both wrestlers fall on the canvas. This leaves the opponent with a very small frame of time to react because of focusing first on the pain felt.

    3. Also, curling the opponent's body shifts the center of gravity from the back (horizontal, wider surface area to spread force) to the head or neck (vertical, smaller surface area to spread force). This automatically gives more destructive power to the humble suplex (and more damage to the recipient), rivaling the GIF below:

    Nah, it's more closer to Masato Yoshino's Lightning Spiral:

    Using my Regal Rating, I'd give it a:

    7/10 for aesthetics. I'll admit, it's not the best-looking move out there, but this move is a great example of the "function over form" motto or whatever that is called in your country.

    10/10 for practicality. You couldn't really ask for more when you got a German suplex that's close to being a package piledriver that simultaneously covers the opponent and traps one arm under your head upon impact. That's the best bang for your buck!

    And that's it chaps, the Regalplex analyzed! What's your favorite William Regal match? Let us know in the comment section below!


    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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