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    Friday, November 5, 2021

    Finisher Friday (11/5/21): IT'S NOT A HALF-AND-HALF SUPLEX, PUT EM UP

    UPDATE: Hearing about the layoff news really made me sad. I dedicate this article to him, hoping that he would still PUT EM UP wherever the winds of destiny would take him.

    Welcome to another edition of Finisher Friday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving a short review and clarification of our favorite angry man's finisher.

    When the topic "most brutal men that ever stepped on NXT soil" comes up, a lot of people would bring up names like Tommaso Ciampa, Ilja Dragunov, or WALTER on the table. While these are very correct answers, only a handful of fans will include the name Oney Lorcan Biff Busick on that list.

    As humorous as he is on Twitter with his all-caps lines, he leaves that all behind when he steps foot in the ring. Suddenly, the guy you thought was a keyboard warrior on the Internet transforms into a bald, hulking figure that rapidly approaches the area of violence, oftentimes taunting his unfortunate opponent by means of a condescending pointer finger to spice things up.

    This guy seems to never run out of adrenaline in all of his matches, running on all cylinders from the get-go. Heck, I would dare say that he'd give other explosive guys like Ishii and Takagi a run for their money if they ever square off in a ring. This guy's arsenal reeks of napalm and brutality, and the strong style enthusiast in us loves it:

    His finisher is somewhat ambiguous in terms of execution. Many wrestling sources have named it a half-and-half suplex:

    But judging from the way Busick does it, it should be named a half nelson suplex. The main difference between a half nelson suplex and a half-and-half suplex is how the attacker uses his/her other arm. On a half-nelson suplex, the attacker puts his/her other arm on the opponent's waist (this suplex is technically a German suplex with a half nelson hold).

    The half-and-half suplex, on the other hand, has the attacker's other arm locking the opponent's arm in a chickenwing hold. This is where the term "half-and-half" comes from: it is a hybrid of a three-quarter nelson suplex (Tiger Suplex '85) and a tiger suplex.

    This GIF of Sami Zayn best portrays how a half-and-half suplex should be done (albeit a release variation):

    One arm doing a half nelson, the other arm doing a chickenwing

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

    9/10 for execution. Staying true to his brand, Busick performs the move like a man possessed: no screams or taunts, he straight up secures the half nelson and lifts away, not caring about how awkward or dangerously his opponent might land.

    7/10 for damage. Most of the time, Busick uses too much power and causes the opponent to flip over and land on their stomach. But then again, he doesn't really rely on this move as a match ender, because like WALTER, he likes to wear down his opponents to the point that any move could end the match.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of Biff Busick's half-and-half half nelson suplex! Where do you think he's going next? 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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