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    Friday, March 4, 2022

    Finisher Friday (3/4/22): Crank Dat Soulj- I Mean, Crank That Arm

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of a hidden gem from our newest United States Champion.

    By now, almost every casual fan has watched or heard about Finn Balor. A wrestler whose arsenal is just as captivating as his entrance (and music), he is widely considered as one of the most solid performers of his generation in the Broadway stage called NXT, and more so on the main roster. But not everybody knows the story of an Irishman named Fergal who found himself knocking on the gates of New Japan's territory, finding success as a singles wrestler and building his brand, and forming and leading the most popular stable in the promotion (Bullet Club).

    In WWE, his moveset was sort of watered down in order to focus more on his presentation (?), but in NJPW he was a different beast. He didn't care for the flashy entrances (save the body paint for some matches), as long as he could beat the crap out of his opponents with moves you wouldn't see him normally do on the WWE:

    We all know that Devitt/Bálor uses a lifting DDT (Bloody Sunday/1916) and a top rope diving double foot stomp (Coup de Grâce) as his main finishers, but most wikis list one high-angle Fujiwara armbar called Devitt's End on his finisher list. It took me a while to find this one, but it does exist:

    In case you were wondering if Finn has done it on his current WWE run, he did it (the most memorable one when he used Kyle O'Reilly's arm as a guitar during their match on NXT TakeOver 31:

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give it a:

    9/10 for aesthetics. Finn simply cranks the arm upward like it's a car's transmission lever; it's fantastic. Although it pales in comparison to the most entertaining armbar of all time: Yuji Nagata's Shirome.

    8/10 for damage. Don't get me wrong, armbars do deal a lot of damage, but unlike the sitting or kneeling variations of the Fujiwara armbar, this standing variation gives room for the opponent to escape because the attacker isn't utilizing their body weight to immobilize the opponent.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of Prince Devitt/Finn Bálor's Devitt's End! Do you think Bálor will enjoy a lengthy reign as the new United States Champion? 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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    Item Reviewed: Finisher Friday (3/4/22): Crank Dat Soulj- I Mean, Crank That Arm Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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