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    Friday, July 1, 2022

    Finisher Friday (7/1/22): Mitochondria Hobbs

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of the resident AEW powerhouse's finisher.

    The battleground that is AEW is filled to the brim with stables. Whether it's the collective of forefathers in The Elite, a mosh pit of pure fighters like the Blackpool Combat Club, or just a narcissist's posse like the Jericho Appreciation Society, every group brings their own flavor and creativity to the table, which results in greater attention and retention rate among viewers. Because honestly, doesn't every demographic love it when groups of any size go to war with each other? 

    With that said, a stable that has caught my interest in the last couple of months is Team Taz. The veteran Taz sought to dominate the AEW men's division by poaching the leanest and meanest fighters. And he did to a degree: in the group's two-year history, renowned names entered (and exited) the ranks such as Brian Cage, Dante Martin, HOOK, Ricky Starks, and our article's focus, Powerhouse Hobbs.

    A discovery made during the empty arena period, Hobbs immediately caught the eye of Tony Khan with his stellar performance at the 2020 Casino Battle Royale and was signed as a contracted fighter. From there, he steamrolled the AEW competition until he was invited by another higher-up to work for them as an enforcer—this time with Team Taz.

    The name "Powerhouse" isn't just for show. His moveset, feats of raw strength and athleticism, along with the fact that he can go toe-to-toe with other hosses in his division speaks volumes about his ability in the ring.

    Hobbs belongs to the select few who can finish matches using any move that he feels like doing at the moment (heck, he even ended Nick Comoroto with a frog splash!)...

    ...but when the going gets tough, he whips out the special ammo and delivers a freaking Emerald Flowsion, which he calls Town Business:

    Using my Regal Rating, I'd give this finisher a:

    9/10 for aesthetics. Don't get me wrong, the Emerald Flowsion is a beautiful move. But I'd still give it a nine because it falls short when compared to his Oklahoma stampede:

    8/10 for damage. Compared to other "finishers" that Hobbs uses, this seems to be the least impactful. Heck, even his spinebuster looks like it can crack someone's skull open due to how explosive the execution is.

    But then again, this guy could literally make any move work as a match-ender, so that's a minor nitpick on my part.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of Powerhouse Hobbs' Town Business! Do you think Hobbs is on the shortlist of AEW World Championshp contenders? 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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