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    Friday, February 11, 2022

    Finisher Friday (2/11/22): "I Love You 3000"? More Like "I Hate You 3000"

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of the finisher of a snake who decided to break up a nine-year brotherhood.

    Tag team breakups are always hard to watch as a wrestling fan. Seeing a bond form between two competitors and overcoming obstacles through the "power of friendship," only to have them broken up due to poor creative reasons often leaves me in a state of disgust (I'm looking at you, WWE). We can probably name a lot of teams in every promotion who fell victim to this, but this time we'll focus on an NJPW duo that for me got the short end of the stick: Roppongi 3K.

    Touted as the successors to the original Roppongi Vice, SHO and YOH literally spent the majority of their careers fighting against, and later alongside, each other. Starting out as Young Lions at the same time, they were the second batch of rookies in the company's history sent on excursion as a team (the first being Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi). 

    Being on excursion strengthened their chemistry as a unit, which would translate in their return to NJPW soil, as they fought their way to become five-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Losing the titles and finishing the 2021 Super Jr. Tag League with a subpar record might seem like a minor hiccup in their career trajectory, but it was another story for SHO. As loss upon loss piled on their league record, SHO became more convinced that his partner was holding them back, which culminated to him turning heel and putting an end to R3K.

    SHO has always been explosive as a singles competitor, but since turning heel he definitely added that mean streak to his moveset:

    He also changed his finisher into a submission, one he calls Snake Bite:

    You could also recognize this as Undertaker's submission, Hell's Gate:

    Some sites and wikis incorrectly classify this submission as a modified omoplata; in reality, the move is called a gogoplata in MMA circles (or a kagato-jimeas in judo):

    Here's Nick Diaz submitting Takanori Gomi with a gogoplata

    Using my Regal Rating, I'd give this move a:

    10/10 for aesthetics. SHO performs the move flawlessly, either as a setup move or as a counter to an opponent's maneuver. The name also fits his character change: a snake who's only concerned about himself.

    10/10 for damage. A well-executed blood choke can render an opponent unconscious in a matter of seconds. A gogoplata does nothing of the sort: the move's primary function is to crush the opponent's trachea by pressing their neck against your shin. If you ever got accidentally hit on your throat, then you would have first-hand experience of how painful getting your windpipe crushed can be. Once the hold is locked in, it's only a matter of seconds before the opponent taps out, awake and in great pain - or they could tough it out for about a minute or so before passing out due to airway constriction.

    And that's it chaps, my short review of SHO's Snake Bite! Do you think SHO is doing great as a member of the House of Torture? 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 (2/11/22): "I Love You 3000"? More Like "I Hate You 3000" Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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