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    Friday, June 3, 2022

    Finisher Friday (6/3/22): Desperado's About To Go Loco

    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of our favorite Japanese luchador's choice of match enders.

    El Desperado has come a long way since returning from his learning excursion in Mexico. Joining the villainous Suzukigun stable and establishing himself as a tag team specialist, Despy (as fans would affectionately call him on the Internet) slowly captivated viewers around the world with his work rate and antics, eventually reaching the top of the Junior Heavyweight division at multiple occasions (singles and tag). His participation in this year's Best of the Super Juniors Tournament is a testament to his skill in the ring, quickly rising to the top of his block by besting opponents in bangers of matches.

    Drawing from his lucha background, Despy is extremely quick and agile, able to confuse his opponents with sudden direction changes and unorthodox attacks which catch them off-guard.

    Despite this great Mexican influence in his arsenal, he has not forgotten the moveset he was given as a Young Lion, stretching his unfortunate opponents with classic but effective submission holds and leaving the lower half of their body weak and worn-out in the minutes to come.

    A luchador has multiple finishers at his disposal to use in different situations, and Despy is no exception. Currently he has four finishers under his sleeve, which are:

    Guitarra de Angel

    Guitarra de la Muerta

    Numero Dos

    Pinche Loco

    Using my Regal Rating, I would give his moves a combined rating of:

    7/10 for aesthetics. Save for his Pinche Loco and Guitarra de Angel, his finishers don't look that appealing at all. Guitarra de la Muerta should have the visual of the classic Vertebreaker, but Despy chooses to release one arm which results in the end product looking like an arm drag variation at the very least...

    ...or an Olympic slam at best.

    Numero Dos should also look like the Stretch Muffler, but instead it looks like something your big brother has improvised on you while you were wrestling as kids.

    9/10 for damage. Even though the two aforementioned finishers look weak, they deal substantial damage to one vital body part which most wrestlers (and viewers) take for granted: the shoulder. As I have discussed in previous articles (here and here), putting one's shoulder in precarious positions can easily lead to ruptures in the shoulder capsule, which renders the whole arm unable to punch, lift, or break a pinfall attempt. 

    Guitarra de Angel doesn't do much damage due to its low elevation compared to its counterpart (Blue Thunder Bomb), except for times when he can lift the opponent above his shoulders:

    And that's it chaps, my short review of El Desperado's finisher catalogue! Do you think Despy could finally get one over Hiromu Takahashi, and bag that BOSJ Finals win? 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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