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    Friday, November 20, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (11/20/20): The Silence

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing to you a short review of our favorite creepy guy's submission finisher.

    From a guy who was Maria Kanellis's biggest stan when he was on IMPACT Wrestling (as Samuel Shaw), to becoming NXT's resident disturbed artist, Dexter Lumis has without a doubt cemented his status as one of the creepiest guys in the modern era of professional wrestling. Those long and cold stares, his habit of slithering in and out of the ring, and even just standing in the background has given many an audience member shivers down their spines.

    His moveset is more on the brutal side, but he adds his own brand of eerie pacing which subtly tells you that he wants to savor every moment of picking his opponent apart and that he wants you to behold his art in motion. Or maybe he's just plain scary. At this point, I don't want to dig deeper into his psyche anymore:

    His most recent finisher has been a submission maneuver christened as The Silence.

    In judo circles, this submission is known as a kata gatame, a type of ground-pinning technique. In jiujitsu and mixed martial arts, this move is taken to a higher level as it is utilized as a blood choke (and is called an arm triangle). To perform a kata gatame:

    1. The attacker approaches an opponent from the sides, either from a standing position or during ground control.

    2. The attacker threads one arm on the back of the opponent's neck (the right arm, in this instance) while trapping the opponent's arm between his head and the opponent's head.

    3. The attacker either holds on to his left bicep or clasps both hands to secure the hold.

    4. The choke is completed with the attacker's arm pressing on one side of the neck and the opponent's own shoulder pressing on the other side. Talk about your own body betraying you as you lose consciousness!

    One nifty thing about this is that the moment that Lumis sees that he can't use his finisher yet to end the match, he will instead lift the opponent from the hold and slam him onto the mat, much like Matt Hardy does his Side Effect.

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give this finisher a 10/10 for aesthetics. Lumis isn't the flashy type, so he immediately goes for the kill and puts pressure on your neck like there's a fountain of soda waiting to ooze as your neck starts to crack, but executes it like he's gently putting a frantic baby to sleep. That kind of psychology alone leaves no reason for me to give it a mark below 10.

    10/10 for damage. Any type of blood choke, when fully secured, is a guaranteed match-ender in about 30 seconds or less. And trust me, you don't want your limp head to be caressed like a cat by Dexter Lumis after a match.

    And that's it, chaps, my short review of The Silence! Do you think Dexter Lumis is on the fast track for an NXT North American Championship opportunity? Let us know in the comment section below!

    Header image from WWE


    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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    Item Reviewed: #FinisherFriday (11/20/20): The Silence Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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