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    Friday, October 18, 2019

    #FinisherFriday (10/18/19): Time Bomb

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving a short review of our beloved Japanese eccentric's finisher.

    Hiromu Takahashi is, by all accounts, the personification of a "ticking time bomb." Sometimes you can catch his caring side:

    Often, his playful side:

    But you don't want to see him once his fuse lights up...

    ...because this is a guy who is willing to put himself down if it means taking you down with him, using his reckless offense that has no regard for human safety:

    To be fair, with this arsenal, Hiromu managed to win the CMLL World Lightweight Championshp and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, so he's got that going for him.

    One notable part of his offense is his finisher (Was he named after the finisher or was the finisher named after him? We are yet to solve this mystery), called "Time Bomb":

    In case your eyes can't catch up with the motions of the move, let me break it down into chunks:

    1. Hiromu starts with the classic fireman's carry position
    2. He releases the hold on the opponent's head, and brings his hand on the opponent's right cheek
    3. He then swings his left hand to the side, which propels the opponent's body backwards
    4. The opponent's body stops swinging, as the head drops beside Hiromu's right waist
    5. Hiromu catches the opponent's head, and slams the upper back onto the canvas

    Looks oddly familiar, right? Now I won't claim anything about innovation, but this move definitely has a resemblance to Mitsuharu Misawa's "Emerald Flowsion," the difference being the position of the opponent's body upon landing:

    What's beautiful about the Time Bomb is that it uses the momentum of the opponent's spinning body to generate the acceleration needed to give the opponent a very uncomfortable landing. Unlike the Emerald Flowsion which requires Misawa to use some more muscle in driving the opponent's body onto the mat, Hiromu usually doesn't need to generate more force than needed (unless he fails to secure the opponent's head and the body comes to a full stop, removing all momentum and acceleration).

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give it a:

    9/10 for aesthetics. Naturally I'm a sucker for any spinning type of finisher (as was the case with "Bitter End" and "Stormbreaker"), but I would only give this a 10/10 if Hiromu can completely eliminate the pause before the slam, like on this GIF for example:

    8/10 for damage. When the opponent's head lands on Hiromu's thigh after the swing, and the move is completed with the opponent's head resting on Hiromu's thigh, it technically becomes a swivel neckbreaker. Otherwise, it's the same wholesome damage that only a finisher as explosive as this could only provide.

    And that's it chaps, my review of Hiromu Takahashi's Time Bomb! Do you have any predictions as to when will Hiromu's in-ring return be? Let us know in the comment section below!

    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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