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    Friday, March 26, 2021

    #FinisherFriday (3/26/21): Robbie Robbie Robbie (Oy Oy Oy—My Legs!)

    Robbie Eagles and Jushin Thunder Liger

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal a short analysis of what I think is the most unique variation of the figure-four leg lock.

    Known by most wrestling fans as one-half of the NJPW tag team Birds of Prey, the Australian-born Robbie Eagles definitely isn't a pushover in his solo game. His record as a singles wrestler includes defeating the likes of DJ Z, Marty Scurll, Jimmy Havoc, Jonathan Gresham, and Abyss - all terrifying wrestlers in their own right, and winning the A1GP and PWA Heavyweight Championship.

    Staying true to his moniker, the Sniper of the Skies employs high-risk high-reward feats in his arsenal, dealing damage to his opponents while drawing the wrestling audience's attention towards him as he gracefully jumps and flips like a gymnast living in his natural habitat:




    His finisher is an inverted figure-four leg lock, called the Ron Miller Special:












    This move caught my attention because of the different ways Robbie deals damage with it: in some matches, it looks like he's doing a modified Achilles lock to the opponent's left leg...












    ...while in other matches he's clamping down on the opponent's crossed right leg, and dealing damage to the knee:












    Either way, the reason Robbie has these options at his disposal is because of the way he sets up the figure-four: instead of keeping one leg straight, he also bends the opponent's right knee (which is supposed to be the straightened-out leg) as he tucks it between his legs. Another important thing to note is that Robbie doesn't put the right leg above the crossed left leg (compared with the reverse figure-four), instead choosing to put it under, which rules out the possibility of transitioning into a kneebar:


    With this sort of complicated setup, the opponent is theoretically unable to break free from Robbie's ground game, unless the opponent has his own ways of breaking the hold:



    Using my Regal Rating, I would give this move a:

    10/10 for aesthetics. Robbie Eagles can perform the move from practically any kind of situation, and it doesn't even look sloppy at the least!

    7/10 for damage. Avid readers would remember how I pointed out the flaws of the figure-four leg lock a couple of months ago, so I still tend to be nitpicky about it. The Achilles lock is pretty much weak since he does it with only one hand. However, I can vouch for the clamping version to be effective as it also serves as an ankle/shin lock (should he choose to adjust the pressing force to be on the opponent's ankle).

    And that's it chaps, my short analysis of the Ron Miller Special! Do you happen to know any unique submissions that need to be featured here? Let us know in the comment section below!

    Photo from NJPW

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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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