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    Friday, September 2, 2016

    #FinisherFriday (9/2/16): A Trip to the Pop-up Store

    Excitement is in the air for Filipino wrestling fans as the biggest wrestling promotion WWE is set to return to Manila next week. Making matters even better was a bombshell of an episode in the last Monday Night RAW,  where an unlikely but deserving prizefighter in Kevin Owens, with a little help from Triple H, became the longest-reigning WWE Universal Champion in history!


    Kevin Owens should be no stranger to any fan anymore as the former NXT champion made huge waves when he made headlines debuting into a U.S. Championship feud with management-favorite John Cena.  Kevin Owens has been one of the better heels in the business in the current era hence has always had the support of marks and casual fans alike.

    A consistent producer of remarkable matches, with a little help from Sami Zayn, most people expected him to be a champion and now welcome his ascension to main eventer status.

    Kevin is a gifted athlete, often pulling out moves that people don’t expect from a man his size. But there is one move in his arsenal that many people can relate with. A move so devastating that many pillows have never been the same again. Ladies and gentlemen, today we celebrate Kevin Owens’ signature finisher, the Pop-Up Powerbomb.

    The powerbomb is normally executed when an opponent is lifted on another wrestler’s shoulders, then slammed back-first down to the mat. It's a visually-impressive move, and excellent in showing off the power game of its traditional users, who tend to be larger-than-life behemoths. The standard powerbomb comprises of three movements:

    1. First, an opponent is placed in a standing headscissors position, with their head locked in-between the executor's thighs
    2. Next, the opponent is then lifted by brute force from a waistlock onto the wrestler's shoulders in either a prone or seated position
    3. Finally, the victim gets driven to the mat, either in free fall (for the jackknife variant) or with additional torque from the giver (as in the case of a Vader or Sid). 

    It’s really a devastating move which if executed incorrectly can end someone’s career (they’re looking at you Mr. Brock Lesnar—myself excluded, don’t kill me).

    Although obviously unintended, a long match takes its toll on the body which can weaken a wrestler’s lift, weaker legs for the lift or weaker arms to hold the wrestler on your shoulders, a lot of things can go wrong.

    We have also seen a handful of successful champions who have used their own variations of the powerbomb to much success, like The Undertaker and his Last Ride, where he lifts his opponents even higher to a height of nine to ten feet by extending his arms before dropping the opponent.

    Or what about Batista's Batista Bomb, a sit-out powerbomb? In this variation, the attacking wrestler drops to a seated position with the force of a meteor strike, combining his own weight with that of the victim as he slams the opponent down.  Kevin Nash’s Jacknife Powerbomb is actually a release powerbomb variant, where the opponent is lifted into the air and then dropped without being forced into a pin.

    What makes Kevin Owens’ Pop-Up Powerbomb different is that it needs a lot more precision, timing, and coordination, as opposed to the previous variations, which need the executing individual to literally shoulder the brunt of the execution.

    This variation begins with the opponent rushing towards Kevin who then flings the opponent vertically up into the air. The Prizefighter then finishes the execution by catching his opponent on his shoulders in mid-air and dropping them like a sack of potatoes.

    Does the move hurt? Definitely, try doing to your pillow and then exchange positions. It’s also a good way to end a match either emphatically or in a surprise fashion. Also, with excellent coordination, Kevin can execute this on anybody, save the Big Show.

    What else can you want in a finisher? It’s devastating, loud, and super effective. Oh wait, that’s Kevin Owens in a nutshell and that’s why he is the Prizefighter.

    Fight! Owens! Fight! See ya’ll in Manila!

    What's your all-time favorite powerbomb variant, Henrinites? Do you think there's anyone in wrestling today who can do the move better than ol' KO? Let us know in the comments below!


    Gene Ferrer (@thegeneferrer) is Smark Henry's newest contributor, and the new king of finishing moves. He isn't actually a wrestler, but is pretty good at figuring out what would hurt like hell in real life.
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