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    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Finisher Friday (10/29/21): Marcel Barthel Wird Dir Die Schultern Brechen

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a submission finisher that prefers to let the damage do the talking, like its performer.

    It is said that the stillest of rivers run deep. This can be said true of Imperium's stoic member, Marcel Barthel. The son of European wrestling legend Axel Dieter, this fellow didn't just rely on his claim to fame but instead sharpened his weapons for battle over the years. He would become such a great contender in the German scene, that WALTER chose him to form the stable Ringkampf with (later rebranded as Imperium when they arrived on NXT soil).

    Sometimes regarded as the stable's most unassuming member due to his unflappable nature (although he would shout "Nein!" and "Achtung!" at times when irked by his opponents), Barthel prefers to let his aura and brutality do the talking while in the ring. His arsenal is reminiscent of your typical European bruiser: no frills, just pure adrenaline and violence with a little touch of finesse:

    As brutal as his arsenal may be, his finisher doesn't exactly scream "killer"—a double-leg full nelson named the Axel Dieter Sr. Special (pre-NXT), also named as the Lotus Lock:

    It may look like a rare submission, but it has been performed in the past by wrestlers such as Kaitlyn and Summer Rae:

    Crossing both legs together immobilizes the opponent's arms like a normal double underhook does. Barthel then explores the limits of the human anatomy, putting excessive strain on the opponent's shoulders by either pushing the shoulders together, or hyperextending the elbows like the Rings of Saturn submission:

    He can also shift the focus on one arm, wrenching it with all of his might while transitioning his left leg to be used as a body hook:

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

    8/10 for aesthetics. It's not the coolest submission out there, but Barthel makes up for the lack of eye candy with his sheer intensity, locking in the submission like his life depended on it.

    8/10 for damage. Making both of the opponent's shoulders meet is indeed painful, but Barthel seemingly doesn't close his legs hard enough (mainly due to his positioning). For a rough reference of a wrestler's leg strength, look at how ZSJ snaps Noam Dar's shoulders together in the GIF below:

    Also, if he tried to push the opponent's head away with his legs, he could have performed a crude version of a neck crank.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of the Lotus Lock! Do you think Barthel and Aichner can hold on to the tag titles for a longer time than their previous reign? 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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