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    Friday, June 26, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (6/26/20): Tag Team Finishers That Could Have Been Done With One Guy: Magic Killer


    Disclaimer: The point of this article is not to degrade any wrestling team's finisher in any way, but to objectively point out any advantages and disadvantages of the said finishers from a one-man version of it. 

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a case of finishers by two which could be done by one (effectively negating that cheesy love song by Boys Like Girls and Taylor Swift).

    It goes to say that for a tag team to look like one cohesive unit as possible, they should have a finisher that is done in synchronization or impeccable timing. I'm not referring to this example (where it's just performing two separate finishers):


    Instead, I'm talking about these types of finishers:



    With the talking point of this article being, Gallows and Anderson's Magic Killer:


    The Magic Killer really looks good as a tag team finisher, but one cannot help but ask this question:
    "Does it really need another person in order to add more damage to the move?"

    Let's make a short review of the elevated neckbreaker's physics.

    Let's take first into consideration how the opponent is suspended. Gallows, being the taller of the two, is tasked with performing the actual neckbreaker with Anderson keeping the opponent relatively horizontal for that stability.


    Does that close the case? Nah. Many wrestlers do an elevated swinging neckbreaker using the ropes, such as the examples below:



    Goldust even does it with no ropes, performing a vertical suplex at the beginning the suddenly twisting for the kill. Talk about raw strength:


    Second, let's take a look at the actual damage caused by the physics. With this, I'm looking at the way they execute the neckbreaker to see if they actually meet the requirements for it to be effective. Viewing another example GIF of the Magic Killer:


    We can clearly see that Anderson matches the timing in which Gallows twists the neck and upper body. This obviously means that in any point of the move being done, the cervical spine is not put in any danger of being excessively rotated laterally. If you think about it, they are simply logrolling the opponent to the ground, the damage being the same as of a regular suplex:

    "Logrolling" is the process of turning a patient as a whole unit, so as to maintain the alignment of the spine

    Looking at solo elevated neckbreakers:


    The head and neck turning first? Check.
    The opponent landing head/neck first, and not completely horizontal? Check.
    Obviously dealing more damage than the tag move? Check.
    Not needing a good brother to deal more damage? Check.

    Final verdict: Magic Killer might deal more damage if we were to treat it like an aided suplex (since the back is usually the area that receives the brunt of the damage, but if we were to treat it like the aided whiplash that it is purported to be, then the one-man version is miles better.

    And there you have it chaps, part one of "Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done By One Guy"! Do you have suggestions on what tag finisher to cover next? Let us know in the comment section below!

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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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