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    Friday, February 18, 2022

    Finisher Friday (2/18/22): Ready, Willing and (G)able to Suplex An Opponent



    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of an acclaimed short guy who rose to the top of his own field, got kicked off the summit, and clawed his way back.

    Chad Gable is an interesting individual. Despite being a former Olympian, he chose to be a tag team specialist instead of gunning for a singles career once he stepped foot on WWE soil. Making this decision proved to be fruitful for him, as he thrived and built his solid reputation on the tag team division of all rosters he was sent to. He holds a notable record, being one of two individuals who have won the NXT, Raw, and SmackDown Tag Team Championships throughout their career (the other being Jason Jordan). Currently, he is enjoying his second reign as RAW Tag Team Champion alongside his Alpha Academy compatriot Otis.

    Although you often see him in tag matches, Gable's capabilities as a singles competitor are no joke. He utilizes his small build and Olympian strength to perform moves that you wouldn't expect a freestyle wrestler to do in their lifetime:






    Gable's game is so good than even the late Brodie Lee recognized the folly of trying to poke a bear in its natural habitat:















    Check out how Gable stopped him on this GIF:





    Aside from his ankle lock, Gable sports a rather unique finisher: an O'Connor roll transitioned to a bridging German suplex named Chaos Theory:













    This German suplex variation is considered to be the brainchild of ROH and Impact veteran Doug Williams, who was an absolute monster with the move:




    This has also been used by wrestlers such as Michael Elgin,



    AJ Styles,













    and Bryan Danielson:




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

    9/10 for aesthetics. Like the 21 Plex, Chaos Theory brings its own flavor to the rather vanilla German suplex. However, it is a tad sluggish and telegraphed compared to its luchador variant.

    8/10 for damage. It lacks the momentum enjoyed by other German suplex variations because all the kinetic energy is wasted on the O'Connor roll. But Gable has probably dealt enough damage to the opponent in order for the move to be treated as icing to the cake rather than the batter.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of Chad Gable's Chaos Theory! Do you want the Alpha Academy to have a long reign as RAW Tag Team Champions? 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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