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    Friday, January 21, 2022

    Finisher Friday (1/21/22): What O-Khan Props Up, Must Come Down

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of our favorite Japanese zombie wrestler.

    When Will Ospreay had his final block match against Kazuchika Okada at G1 Climax 30, the odds were largely in Okada's favor. This was up until Bea Priestly arrived and tried to distract the referee, hoping to give Ospreay some time to recover. When Okada realized the ploy and continued putting pressure on his hold, another reinforcement came to Ospreay's aid - a hulking figure who held Okada's face like a basketball and slammed him onto the ground.

    This marked the return of Tomoyuki Oka, who went on excursion and now sporting a new character as the Great-O-Khan. He would go on to ally himself with Ospreay and form a new stable, called United Empire. Serving as one of the unit's frontliners, he led the Empire to great success over the last two years in terms of group matches.

    Drawing inspiration from Genghis Khan's air of superiority and the mystic side of jiangshis, O-Khan's mannerisms outside the ring may seem to be awkward at best, but all of that disappears when the bell rings. He then transforms into a juggernaut whose sole purpose is to lay waste to his opponents until he hears the bell ringing for his victory.

    Fun fact: O-Khan made Tenzan stop doing the Mongolian chop after the latter lost a match against him

    A big guy needs a big guy finisher to complete the aesthetic. And his finisher, the Eliminator, does the job just right:

    O-Khan talks about how his finisher came to be, in this NJPW interview:

    First, we thought to use a facebuster, something that targets the face of our opponent...One can train muscles, train joints, train the body. But the face cannot be trained. The eyes, the nose, the jaw are always weak points. And when anyone falls on their face, they also fall on the stomach, the solar plexus, the knees. It kills several birds with one stone. But wrestlers also like to prove their strength. Crushing apples, tearing phone books. We wanted to show how easily we can crush our foes, and how much weight we can lift. So the Iron Claw, with a violent slam, that was the genesis of the Eliminator. 

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give the finisher a:

    9/10 for aesthetics. It looks like a mix of how anime characters slam their opponents' heads on the floor...

    ...and how Mamoru Takamura made Brian Hawk's head bounce off the mat.

    Either way, it makes the image of O-Khan being a monstrous figure more believable with every match that has him doing the Eliminator.

    9/10 for damage. Aside from O-Khan's explanation of the move, take a look at how Tenzan's head bounces off the mat a couple of times after he receives the move. That screams concussions and whiplash to me.

    And there you have it chaps, my short review of Great O-Khan's Eliminator! Now that O-Khan found his way onto this series, I'm already thinking that some of the chaps are looking for THAT move. I think it can be featured in the following weeks *wink*.


    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 (1/21/22): What O-Khan Props Up, Must Come Down Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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