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    Friday, September 10, 2021

    Finisher Friday (9/10/21): A Dragon Remains A Dragon, No Matter The Language



    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of one of the riskiest finishers to execute and take.

    Being born into a family of luchadores certainly has its benefits and burdens. Being directly related by blood to legendary figures like Bestia 666, Rush, and Mistico, Dragon Ryu Lee's inevitable arrival in the pro wrestling scene meant that he was basically lucha royalty. But nobility comes with a chip: you need to constantly prove to everyone that excellence is the norm and not the exception in such as prestigious family.

    And he did just that, proving his grit and worth to be part of the same house as his family. He worked his way to the top of the CMLL Welterweight and Lightweight Division, claimed the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title in 2019, and cleaned house at Ring of Honor to become the current Television World Champion.

    Lee's arsenal is one that combines the elegance of lucha libre and the savageness of Eastern strong style:







    His finisher is a bridging package fallaway powerbomb, called the Dragon Driver:


    In case you were thinking that this move seems familiar, it is essentially the same as Kota Ibushi's Phoenix-plex:

    Or the reckless version, Kevin Steen Owens's Steenalizer:


    Both Lee and Steen's versions are superb at dealing damage, but Ibushi's version is the most efficient: his original variation doubles as a pin attempt, securing the opponent's legs with his biceps and rendering their shoulders immobile by pressing with his forearms.

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

    7/10 for aesthetics. I would take exception to Ibushi's version and give it an 8/10, but all three versions take a long time to set up and execute.

    10/10 for damage. If performed incorrectly, this finisher can easily cause career-ending and life-threatening injuries, such as the case where he accidentally delivered a broken neck to Hiromu Takahashi:


    And that's it chaps, my short review of Ryu Lee's Dragon Driver! Do you think Lee still has a good chance of taking back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title? Let us know in the comment section below!


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    Wreddit_Regal is the resident finisher fanatic 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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