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    Friday, July 2, 2021

    Finisher Friday (7/2/21): Analyzing Roman's Standing Choke

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal, bringing you a wrestling fan's question on a specific maneuver.

    An avid reader of Smark Henry articles, Francis Felix Falgui (known as Triple F in the Philippine wrestling scene) asked an interesting question on the Facebook page:

    Since his return, we have seen Roman Reigns make his opponents go night-night with the latest addition to his arsenal: the guillotine choke.

    And with the finishing sequence to his Hell in a Cell match against Rey Mysterio, he decided to use an interesting variation to the choke:

    You're right, Triple F. It does look modified, but it's not really a guillotine choke.

    The way Roman Reigns sets up his choke is pretty much a D'Arce choke:

    Which can also be done from the standing position:

    But Roman forgets to do one valuable aspect of the choke, which is to trap the opponent's arm. This drastically reduces the D'Arce choke's effectiveness, since it uses the opponent's arm to blood choke the carotid artery on that side, while your choking forearm constricts the artery on the other side. Consequently, Roman has to apply a great amount of force in order to effectively choke out the opponent (unless he has pythons as large as Hogan's, he wouldn't have a problem with it lol).

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

    8/10 for aesthetics. It's a fitting standup finisher for the Head of the Table. From a ring psychology standpoint, it emphasizes that no one is worthy to stand face-to-face with Roman, and anyone who tries shall have their daydreams turned into actual dreams whilst standing.

    7/10 for damage. Roman being able to make an opponent pass out despite the D'Arce choke being incomplete is a testament to his brute strength, but you can also be a cynic and say that Rey had all sorts of damage piled up from the Cell match, and that half-assed submission was the straw the broke the camel's back.

    And that's it chaps, my short analysis of Roman Reigns's modified choke! What other interesting wrestling move quirks do you want to be analyzed? 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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