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    Friday, October 15, 2021

    Finisher Friday (10/15/21): Stone Pitbull Says "BONK"

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short highlight of our favorite pupper's finisher.

    When the question of NJPW veterans who never got the big gold becomes a topic of interest, who are the wrestlers that immediately come to your mind? Minoru Suzuki? Katsuyori Shibata? Hirooki Goto? Well, all of them would have been deserving of the IWGP top belt, but let me add one more veteran to that list: Tomohiro Ishii.

    A disciple of the great Riki Choshu and a member of the "Four Black Saints", the Stone Pitbull is considered as one of the most underrated stars of the NJPW roster in terms of workrate. Dubbed by some as a "4-star general," his matches always bring out that intensity and slow burn that you typically look for in a puroresu match. Once he gets those cylinders firing, there's no going down on gear—it only goes higher and faster.

    As technically sound as he is overall, two things that fans will fondly remember him for are his lariats...

    And his crisp brainbusters:

    Although we often see Ishii win his matches with the brainbuster, there is a move that we rarely see him do—a vertical suplex piledriver that he calls the Ishii Driller:

    Yup, that's the Japanese equivalent of the critically-acclaimed Steiner Screwdriver:

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

    10/10 for aesthetics. A slow rise and a rapid fall, that's good psychology mixed with splendid eye candy that will leave a viewer shouting and wincing at the same time.

    10/10 for damage. I mean, just take a look at how the unlucky recipient has no visible means to protect his head and neck. It's an easy ticket for Destination Quadriplegia as far as I'm concerned.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of the Ishii Driller! Do you think our Stone Pitbull still has the chance to be a contender for the gold? Let us know in the comment section below!


    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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