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    Friday, April 23, 2021

    #FinisherFriday (4/23/21): Wake Me Up Before Ogogo Punches Me In the Gut

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short highlight of one AEW wrestler's debut finisher.

    Professional boxer-turned-wrestler Anthony Ogogo shocked the whole IWC when he bit the hand that fed him, attacking Cody Rhodes and aligning himself with QT Marshall in the March 31 episode of Dynamite. Being the promotion's first homegrown product didn't deter the British pugilist from going down the heel path, giving the Nightmare Family's patriarch a gut-wrenching taste of things to come.

    Two weeks later, he would use the same move to put an abrupt end to his debut match, winning by referee stoppage:

    As one of our co-writers in the Smark Henry office said, Ogogo's finisher surely puts Luke Gallows' gut punch to shame:

    Obviously, a boxer transitioning to pro wrestling would have a punch as his finisher, but when you see giant chaps like Gallows striking people in the gut to no avail, the psychological impact of the move lessens. To this day I still grumble whenever I see Chris Jericho pull off his Judas Effect to victory, when I know that Andrade has a crisper kick feint-to-elbow combo that definitely looks a lot more painful than the former.

    An elbow that serves as Chris Jericho's finisher...

    ...and a superb elbow that's only a signature move. It becomes hard to suspend your belief (or disbelief) when you start to look at the same move done by different wrestlers, and achieving different effects

    If I can suggest anything, I would rather have Ogogo do a Superman punch for that added explosive feel...

    Or going a vintage route, a heart punch for the shock value:

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

    7/10 for aesthetics. Yes it's quick and brutal, but boy does the strike look bland. Maybe I need to give the punch a couple of matches for it to grow on me, but for reasons stated above it's a solid 7.

    10/10 for damage. Don't get me wrong chaps, I am not downplaying the damage dealt by a trained fighter's punch: a well-timed, precisely aimed, and textbook-form punch to the abdomen could result in either of these two outcomes:

    A liver shot:

    Or a solar plexus punch:

    Whatever ending you choose, you are guaranteed entry into a world of unimaginable pain.

    And that's it chaps, my short highlight of Anthony Ogogo's finisher! Do you think a Cody vs Ogogo match is in the making? 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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