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    Friday, December 18, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (12/18/20): How Wrestling Was Painted Red

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving a quick review of one of my all-time favorite high-flyers.

    For longtime TNA/Impact fans there, do you remember that scrawny dude with the bandana who tagged along with the Maximo Brothers/S.A.T in trios matches and would turn out to be the match's designated crash test dummy?

    You may have a fuzzy memory of it, but I remember it fondly. That small guy, when he broke away from his cousins, turned out to be one of the X Division's most electrifying wrestlers of their era.

    Amazing Red was arguably one of the pioneers of the fast-paced, high-risk high-reward wrestling style that our minds have been conditioned to watch as the "indie style." Throwing caution to the wind, he contorts his body to the utmost limits of the human anatomy in order to deliver damage to his opponents (sometimes dealing damage to himself in the process). This entertaining and seemingly reckless way of wrestling has earned him gold on multiple occasions: he was a three-time X Division Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion during his TNA run.

    Injuries have since forced him to change his arsenal to a safer style (for him), but it didn't stop him from living up to his moniker:

    His finisher is a very popular move: a leg trap sunset flip powerbomb aptly named Code Red:

    Breaking down the move into chunks:

    1. The attacker attempts to take control of the opponent's back, getting into a north-south position
    2. The attacker then slides both of his legs in front of the opponent's arms
    3. The attacker uses his leg power to perform a front flip, which forces the opponent to do a backflip (since both of his arms are trapped by the attacker's legs)
    4. The opponent lands neck or back-first onto the mat

    This move should be done as a surprise attack because the setup itself is very telegraphed. An opponent that still has the strength and awareness could easily counter the Code Red into a back-to-belly piledriver, as in the example below:

    This finisher is also extremely useful as a quick pin move, because it leaves the opponent with no other means to lift their shoulders, as both of their arms are trapped under the attacker's legs (why do I feel like I have typed this before?).

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give this move a:

    9/10 for aesthetics. I'm always a sucker for flippy shit, and this move hits all of the spots. Can be done quickly, looks like a Canadian Destroyer, could pin the opponent immediately—it has all I love and more about a flippy finisher!

    7/10 for damage. It really isn't a power move because the opponent travels a rather short distance to the mat, but as I've said earlier, it's more suited as a counter or a quick pin move.

    And there you have it chaps, my short review of Code Red! After his stellar performance in last year's Super J Cup, do you think Amazing Red still has a lot of gas left in the tank? 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 (12/18/20): How Wrestling Was Painted Red Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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