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    Friday, May 20, 2022

    Finisher Friday (5/20/22): All Hail the Mad King

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of the Mad King's lightning-fast finisher.

    When it comes to characters in wrestling, you can count with one hand specific wrestlers that people from all walks of life can relate to. That's because not everyone is an underdog, an athletic competitor, batshit crazy or occult, or a well-off person. But everybody has, at some point in their lives, fought with a lot of internal and external problems, and lived on while dealing with the trauma it has dealt us. And that's where Eddie Kingston fits all of the criteria needed to become an "Everyman."

    As TV Tropes describes how the average wrestling fan can relate to him in just a few promos/matches:

    A significant part of his appeal is that he walks, talks, and acts just like a normal guy. He doesn't have a ridiculous physique (he famously has a pronounced gut), he came from a poor background and isn't ashamed of it, and he's pissed off at the world. If he's working face he's striking back at the world for the average downtrodden Joe, if heel, he's just striking out at whatever's within reach.

    A veteran of two decades, Kingston knows what it's like to be on both sides of the fence when it comes to success. Despite being a popular name in the indies, carrying his infamy onto the mainstream wrestling scene seemed like an unscalable mountain, which caused him to contemplate quitting the business in 2019 "unless something crazy happens." Luckily enough, that "something crazy" came in the form of an invitation to be Cody Rhodes' challenger to the TNT Title a year later, and what transpired from that moment onwards was history.

    In terms of his in-ring acumen, the Mad King is a vocal fan (a tape nerd, I dare say) of AJPW, citing the "Four Pillars" as his major influence in his approach to putting together matches. On a regular show, you'll see him wearing his usual black and yellow ring gear (as a tribute to Toshiaki Kawada), and pulling out moves straight from the arsenal of the Pillars themselves:

    Kobashi-style machine gun chops

    Elbow suicida a la Misawa

    An exploder suplex as tribute to his longtime idol, Jun Akiyama

    His finisher is something straight out of an MMA match: a brutal spinning backfist which he calls Uraken (formerly called Backfist to the Future):

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give it a:

    10/10 for aesthetics. With its unpredictability and sheer explosiveness, it easily enters the realm of "outta nowhere" finishers. Combined with Kingston's impeccable sense of timing, this humble backfist becomes a war hammer in the hands of a mad god.

    Take a look at how Kingston does the windup when Pillman is still looking on the floor. By the time he raises his head up, he meets a gnarly fist which makes him kneel down. That is smart execution worthy of being classified as King's Road style

    Should an opponent dodge it, he can easily wind up to do another one in flawless succession, which makes the visual go  📈.

    10/10 for damage. Kingston doesn't hold anything back when performing this. He doesn't care if his opponent is preoccupied with something else; if anything, they should be focusing on how to evade this whip-like strike which can cause concussions and/or tinnitus depending on the situation:

    Kingston could also follow up his backfist with another move, for those who seem sturdy enough to grit their teeth over the initial onslaught:

    And that's it chaps, my short review of Eddie Kingston's Uraken! Do you see the Mad King returning to the AEW Heavyweight Championship scene this year? 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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    Item Reviewed: Finisher Friday (5/20/22): All Hail the Mad King Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Wreddit_Regal
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