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    Friday, April 2, 2021

    #FinisherFriday (4/2/21): There's No Escaping This Pin, I Tell You

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short analysis of The Technical Wizard's favorite finisher.

    Sure, Chris Jericho has the moniker "Man of 1,004 Holds," but no wrestler in the modern age has ever utilized the ground game in such a stellar way as Zack Sabre Jr. The Brit-born mat specialist has not only demonstrated to the wrestling world the wonders of a submission-based arsenal, but he has also proved its effectiveness by winning gold in multiple promotions, including the RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship, PWG World Championship, NWA United Kingdom Junior Heavyweight Championship, as well as tag team gold in Pro Wrestling NOAH, RevPro, and NJPW.

    Every match that he participates in looks like a wrestling clinic, as he unleashes his full knowledge of submissions, mostly in a way that looks like he's mocking his less-versed opponent...

    As well as countering his opponent's offense into submissions:

    His finisher is a very exciting setup to a bridging pin, called the European Clutch:

    As funny and choreographed as the move looks like, it actually is a clever tactic that exploits the innate reflex of a wrestler to avoid lying down on the mat. The double wristlock prevents the opponent from using their upper body to sit up. ZSJ then puts pressure on the opponent's shoulders, which forces them to find a way to avoid getting counted for a pinfall attempt. The easiest way to lift up their shoulders is to roll backward, but ZSJ intercepts this desperate attempt to escape by putting both of his legs above the opponent's, placing his feet near the opponent's armpits, and performing a bridge. The final result is a bridging jackknife pin which leaves the opponent with no other way to break the pin, securing the victory for ZSJ.

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

    10/10 for aesthetics. Zack can perform this from a double pumphandle position, or as a counter for moves. Either of them would knock your socks off, as the move is done at the time when the audience's emotions and interest are on their peak.

    0/10 for damage (for obvious reasons). But I would give it a 10/10 for dealing embarrassment. ZSJ doesn't care if an opponent becomes a tape nerd of his moves, they will still fall prey to their muscle memory and roll backwards to their defeat.

    And that's it chaps, my short analysis of the European Clutch! Do you have any finishers in mind that you want to be featured here? 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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