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    Friday, June 25, 2021

    Finisher Friday (6/25/21): The Other Suzuki You Should Be Scared Shitless Of

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a rather mundane finisher armed with a sick twist.

    Not many men have successfully built their own legend from scratch. Hideki Suzuki belongs to that select few who wrote their own name amongst the stars in the sky. Starting off as an unassuming undercard worker for the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), he sharpened his skills for the hunt, slowly proving himself to be a legit threat to any promotion that he ventured into. He has grabbed prestigious titles such as the Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) World Strong Heavyweight Championship, Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship, NWA United National Heavyweight Championship, Wrestle-1 Championship, and the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship. He also holds the record of being the first male to win the Ice Ribbon Triangle Ribbon Championship!

    He would further cement his status as a legit threat on an international scale by knocking the lights out of Timothy Thatcher (yes, that Timothy Thatcher) on the Bloodsport mat:

    News of him would slowly creep into the big league farm, and it would only be a matter of time before he landed a role in the WWE as a Performance Center Coach and as an active wrestler in NXT.

    Being a protégé of the legendary Billy Robinson, Hideki Suzuki's arsenal mainly consists of the throws, holds, and strikes that you would normally see on British catch wrestling matches:




    His finisher, which is a homage to his mentor, is a double-arm suplex honed to perfection. *chef's kiss*


    Unlike most of the double-arm suplex executions solely relying on the initial lifting force to send the opponent crashing onto the mat, Suzuki pulls on the remaining locked arm and drags it down with him. This results in a subtle snap that you see just after the opponent reaches the highest elevation point.


    If done with such precision and damage, Suzuki can easily cause the opponent's shoulder joint to dislocate like a cork popped out of a bottle of champagne.


    Using my Regal Rating, I would give this finisher the following marks:

    8/10 for aesthetics. Clearly, Hideki Suzuki has stuck to the adage of "practicing one move a thousand times," as he can perform this seemingly simple suplex with a degree of finesse only a veteran could execute.

    8/10 for damage. To be honest, it looks and deals damage like your ordinary back body drop, but the defining factor is the risk of having an opponent's shoulder wrecked beyond repair.

    And that's it, chaps! That was my short review of Hideki Suzuki's double-arm suplex! How influential do you think he and the Diamond Mine will be in the landscape of NXT? 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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