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    Friday, December 11, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (12/11/20): They're Wrestling the Gangster!

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of the finisher of NJPW's resident tough guy.

    If you were to describe DOUKI with one word, bosozoku would be the most fitting. I mean, take a look at the guy. He looks and acts the part,

    Brings a pipe to a fight,

    Actually uses the pipe in a fight,

    Humiliates his opponents after a match,

    And exudes that "I won the big one" feeling when he gloats:

    Add to that the fact that he spent his early years learning lucha libre in Mexico, and you have a gangster that can run (and fly) circles around you with his moveset:

    DOUKI's finisher is a wheelbarrow-to-Dragon suplex combination called the Suplex de la Luna:

    Breaking down the move into chunks,

    1. DOUKI stands across an opponent lying in the prone position
    2. He grabs both of the opponent's feet, lifts them close to his torso, and then quickly clasps both of his hands around the opponent's abdominal area
    3. He deadlifts the opponent, leans slightly backward, and quickly changes grip into an incomplete full nelson
    4. He then proceeds to fall backwards, driving the opponent's head and neck onto the mat

    It isn't the flashiest move a luchador hybrid could make, but it does have its good points.

    First, since DOUKI deadlifts the opponent from the wheelbarrow position, the opponent is raised higher than the usual Dragon suplex, and results in the opponent being dropped almost always on his head or upper neck.

    DOUKI also adds his own nifty touch to it. Take a look at the GIF above, and notice where he puts his hands after the suplex is executed. He actually puts both of his hands on the opponent's armpits, so that they cannot raise their shoulders! When most wrestlers would simply rely on the move's impact to incapacitate opponents, our gangster luchador adds an extra layer of security to ensure that victory doesn't escape his clutches.

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give a:

    7/10 for aesthetics. Although I like Dragon suplexes in general, this one doesn't really scream "eye candy" to me. One big reason for it is because the wheelbarrow to deadlift setup is very telegraphed. If DOUKI did it like PAC did with his deadlift German suplex, then I'd give it a higher score:

    9/10 for damage. The high elevation (which arguably makes it a driver upon landing) and the valuable add-on of pinning the opponent's shoulders make it a great finisher/pinfall move deserving to be grouped with the One-Winged Angel/God's Last Gift/Regalplex.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of DOUKI's Suplex de la Luna! Do you think Suzuki-gun's latest addition would change his fortune and start a mean winning streak next year? 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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    Item Reviewed: #FinisherFriday (12/11/20): They're Wrestling the Gangster! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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