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    Friday, December 28, 2018

    #FinisherFriday (12/28/18): The Rear View

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal, and since many of us have likely gained weight from all the feasting and festivities of the season, how about an unconventional finisher that anyone can do with all the extra pounds?

    From being a member of the Funkadactyls to finding her own way on the squared circle, one can say that Naomi's career path on the WWE is more or less a successful one. Best known for her "Feel the Glow" dance routine and neon lights-inspired wardrobe, she has proven to many a critic that she is more than just plain eye candy. She became the first African-American woman to capture the Smackdown Women's Championship, and became a two-time champ to count. She was also the inaugural winner of the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 34.

    Naomi is known to be a crafty wrestler, as she finds ways to incorporate new moves to her arsenal, and can do it flawlessly most of the time. Some of her good finishers are the following:

    1. Slay-o-mission

    2. Split-legged moonsault

    3. Modified headscissors driver

    4. And her most notorious finisher of all, the Rear View:

    Yes, that is actually one of her finishers, and her most used one to date. Talk about using your biggest ASSet to wreak havoc inside the ring. Numerous members of the Internet wrestling community have voiced their displeasure of the move on their respective forums—do a quick Google search and you'll find loads of links discussing how boring or unrealistic the finisher is. Even Sonya DeVille has this to say to Naomi:

    The move is so straightforward that it doesn't need a play-by-play explanation, but I'll still break it down for the sake of tradition:

    1. The opponent runs towards her
    2. Naomi turns her back on the charging opponent
    3. Naomi does a jumping split
    4. The opponent's face gets hit by the flying buttocks, and supposedly becomes unconscious for the pinfall victory

    But with all the personal bias aside, does the Rear View actually pack a punch? I will keep this analysis as short as possible because there is a certain awkwardness about having to watch a flying butt over and over again just to understand its complete mechanics.

    1. If you look closely, you could notice that the opponent's mouth or chin doesn't really get full contact with the buttocks, but with the sacral bone, also known as the triangular bone that's right above a person's tailbone. The buttocks being in full view of the opponent gives them a false premise that the impact will be soft, but soon they realize their mistake as they get hit with arguably the hardest bone of the spinal column.

    2. Since Naomi is jumping upwards, the force of the impact travels upwards too. You can imagine it as a butt uppercut or whatever suits your fancy. You've already read in this column many times about the damage one can sustain to the head and face from a strike, so there's no need to reiterate that here.

    And there you have it chaps, the Rear View deconstructed. I never thought I could finish this one before Friday arrived, but you have just read the final product. I just realized that this article is the last #FinisherFriday of the year, so I will greet all of you an advanced Happy New Year, and may the year 2019 be filled with more amusing and informative FinisherFridays!


    Wreddit_Regal is the resident sports kinesiologist 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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