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    Friday, September 25, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (9/25/20): Tag Finishers That Could Have Been Done With One Guy—No Time To Be Second-Rate

    Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel

    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! Just when I thought I wouldn't make it past the 12th edition, here we are again on week 13 of the "TFTCHBDWOG" series! If you haven't caught up with the previous articles, you can read them hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here. Today we take a look at the next best underdog tag team to emerge since Heath Slater and Rhyno.

    Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel both had their fair share of shortcomings as singles wrestlers in the main roster, before being scouted by The Miz to be part of his entourage. Assisting the "A-List Movie Star" from time to time in matches became part of their weekly routine until they realized that they have the potential to shine as a tag team, prompting them to end their alliance with The Miz. Thus their long journey as the B-Team began, culminating with their victory over Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt to become the RAW Tag Team Champions.

    This team isn't really known for their innovative offense or tag maneuvers, but they do have their moments once in a while:



    Their finisher consists of a belly-to-back suplex/neckbreaker combination, which doesn't really have a proper name.

    Honestly, it's a miracle that they could win matches with this move because the one-man version isn't even a finisher on some guys' arsenals. Notable wrestlers to use the move include:

    Ken Doane (aka Kenny Dykstra)



    AJ Styles


    JTG



    The exception goes for Jason Jordan, who has used the move as his finisher ever since he started his short-lived singles career on the main roster:



    Although I might attribute the effectiveness of their finisher to the POWAH OF FRIENDSHIP, a separate guy setting up the back suplex gives a slight advantage because the other guy can execute the neckbreaker when the opponent is at peak elevation, compared to the one-man version where they perform the neckbreaker once the opponent starts falling. (Just look at these guys, oozing with wholesomeness. They would put any high school sports manga team to shame.)



    Final verdict: It can be done by one guy, but don't estimate the power of two individuals who have realized that they could be more than just second-rate workers.



    And there you have it chaps, part 13 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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