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    Friday, August 21, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (8/21/20): Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done With One Guy—The Northern Assault


    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! We are currently on the eighth Friday of the "TFTCHBDWOG" series, and if you haven't caught up with the previous articles, you can read them here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Today we take a look on an Impact Wrestling tag team's awesome-looking finisher.

    It is with no doubt that Impact Wrestling's tag team division is stacked. From oVe to the Rascalz to TJP and Fallah Bahh to Reno Scum to The Deaners to the returning Motor City Machine Guns and the Good Brothers, their roster is filled to the brim with tag team talent. Add The North into the fray, and the cup overflows.

    Ethan Page and Josh Alexander have been wrestling as a team in the independent scene as early as 2011, procuring gold in every promotion they set foot in, before landing on Impact soil in 2019. From there, they have swiftly risen up the ranks and took the Impact World Tag Team Championships away from the hands of LAX, keeping the titles for a record-breaking 383 days before losing it to Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley at Slammiversary.

    The North specializes in dishing out damage as a team, using maneuvers that you likely haven't seen in the mainstream wrestling media...




    ...with their finisher consisting of an inverse fireman's carry slam (some sources say it's a torture rack, but Josh Alexander doesn't really perform one) to a spinebuster, named The Northern Assault:


    Upon examining the move, here's what I have come up with:

    If you channel your inner Attitude Era fandom, you'll quickly recognize that this tag team maneuver is a two-man version of Hardcore Holly's Alabama Slam, which by itself looks as equally dangerous as its assisted variation: 

    So, is the inverse fireman's carry setup just useless eye candy? Not quite:

    Since the entire maneuver is done without stopping, momentum is not lost after Josh Alexander's initial throw, which is further amplified when Ethan Page catches the unfortunate opponent and performs that world-renowned 270-degree spinebuster.

    Final verdict: It could be done by one guy, but having a helping hand makes it even deadlier!

    And there you have it chaps, part eight of "Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done With 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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