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    Friday, July 23, 2021

    Finisher Friday (7/23/21): Is This Piledriver Better Than Your Piledriver (And You Know It)?

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving a short review of a seemingly unique way to perform a piledriver.

    Offering to help Rosie O'Donnell get clout, having the best barmitzvah of all time, leading his own faction at the young age of 25—is there anything Maxwell Jacob Friedman can't be good at? Oh wait, I forgot to mention that he was a former CZW World Heavyweight Champion and Wired Champion (yeah, that CZW), so it looks like we don't need to search for holes in his game.

    MJF can brag and bitch about being better than all of us, because he can back his talk up. His offense isn't your run-of-the-mill CAW moveset; it has a variety of strikes, slams and submissions which are all designed to inflict damage as accurately as possible:

    (Heel antics included, of course):

    Although we often see him perform the Salt of the Earth and the Double Cross to great success...

    ...he actually has another finisher (now used as a signature move in AEW) which goes by the name of Heat Seeker:

    Who would've thought that a piledriver was possible from that position! As unique as this finisher looks, it actually has been done in the past by the likes of Sugar Dunkerton/Pineapple Pete, which he named Shut Up and Slam (a reference to Charles Barkley's "Shut Up and Jam"):

    and Adam Cole:

    On first glance, it would definitely look like it just deals as much damage as Randy Orton's rope-hung DDT...

    ...but it actually deals damage more efficiently. This is because MJF can increase the momentum by doing the pendulum motion, which starts the swing from above. Add to this the fact that he can spike the opponent with around 3/4 of his total body weight, because the opponent's head is tucked between his legs, and you'll start to understand why the move is so effective.

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

    7/10 for aesthetics. I know that simplicity of execution is key when performing a move, but there's just something with the pendulum motion that makes me feel uneasy. I wonder what that something is...

    Ah, there it is

    8/10 for damage. Most of the time, the opponent's legs are raised upward, which eliminates the possibility of absorbing some of the impact through the legs. This also straightens the opponent's whole back, making a compression fracture to the neck one of the possible outcomes of this move.

    And there you have it chaps, my short review of MJF's Heat Seeker! Do you think this dude has what it takes to be next in line for the AEW Championship? 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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