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    Friday, September 17, 2021

    Finisher Friday (9/17/21): Theory Busted

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of a finisher that is as peculiar as its wielder.

    NXT has had its fair share of strange characters since its inception. Cult leader, zealous motivational speaker, sexually vague dude in purple, silent newly married artist among other tropes—all have etched their name in the list of the peculiar. But in the midst of them all, one has been slowly creeping into our hearts as the lovable weirdo in the locker room.

    Austin Theory's booking and character seems wonky, but starts to be logical when you step back and look at the grand picture: once the big fish of a small promotion, he was handpicked by scouts to compete in the big leagues. But once he was put in a bigger pond, he struggled to find his true place, joining one group after another until taking refuge in The Way. But fate decided to play a game on Theory, as he was abducted and seemingly brainwashed by Dexter Lumis, turning him into the goofy prodigal Gargano son that we all adore.

    Theory's offense shined brightly in his EVOLVE days, stunning crowds with his multitude of unique suplexes and slams:

    His finisher back then was an interesting one: a single-underhook reverse powerbomb-to-reverse STO, named Ataxia:

    The flippy stuff makes it all complicated at first sight, so let's break down the move into chunks for easier processing:

    1. The attacker grabs a bent-forward opponent's right arm, securing it with a single underhook using his left arm

    2. He then uses his free right arm to grab the opponent's right leg, threading it between the opponent's legs

    3. The attacker proceeds to flip the opponent upward as if going for a powerbomb setup

    4. As the opponent is flipping upwards, the attacker simultaneously releases his hold on the opponent's arm and leg

    5. At the highest point of elevation, the attacker then transitions into a reverse STO, falling backwards while driving the opponent's face onto the mat

    Just when we thought that Pete Dunne's Bitter End was the flippiest reverse STO of all time, a new contender rises to the occasion! But when we examine the finishers side-by-side, we can notice some differences in the way the opponent lands:

    Bitter End leaves both of the opponent's hands free to mitigate damage

    In Ataxia, the opponent's right arm is disabled by it being wrapped around Theory's neck/chest area

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

    10/10 for aesthetics. As you chaps would know by now, I'm a sucker for flippy shit finishers. And as if a reverse powerbomb setup wasn't enough, Theory can also make the opponent do a barrel roll with the move:

    9/10 for damage. The momentum of the reverse powerbomb definitely helps in making the move deadlier, arguably making it on par with Baron Corbin's End of Days in terms of damage.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of Austin Theory's Ataxia! With Theory finally appearing on his sister's wedding, do you think we'll see him in action in the weeks to come? Let us know in the comment section below!


    Wreddit_Regal is the resident finisher fanatic 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: Finisher Friday (9/17/21): Theory Busted Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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