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Chair Shots: I'm Going To Hit My Finisher Now!
By TripleR
Oct 31, 2012 - 11:03:22 AM

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Welcome back everybody to the column that made it through Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage. Yes, yours truly was hammered pretty thoroughly by pretty severe winds and many inches of rain, but I’m no worse for wear. I mean it didn't affect me viewing Hell in a Cell or Raw, so it couldn't have been that bad right? Personally, I enjoyed the Hell in a Cell PPV, but it left me wondering a few things. First, I wonder how long it took to scrape Brad Maddox’s skin off the cell after Ryback threw him into it. Damn, that was a nice bump he took. More importantly though, I have to wonder if the majority of the WWE Superstars are deaf. You’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about, but let me explain.

As I watched Hell in a Cell, I was struck by something that’s been happening for quite some time now, but recently it seems to have gotten much worse- the need for WWE Superstars to announce that they’re about to hit their finishing/signature move, and their opponents complete lack of acknowledgement that it’s going to happen. Don’t believe me? Think about the following superstars and what they do before attempting their move.

Sheamus- screams “Brogue, Brogue, Brogue” at the top of his lungs while beating on his chest.

Ryback- bellows “Finish It” right before hitting Shell-Shocked.

Zack Ryder- “Woo Woo Woo” before hitting the Broski Boot.

Kofi Kingston- yells “Boom Boom Boom” not once, but twice- right before the Boom Drop, and again before Trouble in Paradise while he slaps his hands.

John Cena- waves his hand in your face while taunting “You Can’t See Me.” So in this instance, his opponent is not only deaf, but he’s blind too.

And it’s not only the Superstar yelling this out; the fans are joining in with the chant. Now I know that at this point in the match, we are to believe that the opponent has sustained significant damage, but did he lose his hearing as well? I don’t know about you, but if I heard “Brogue, Brogue, Brogue” being screamed by 15,000 fans and an angry ginger, the last thing I’d do is to run straight towards the noise. My ass would be bailing out of the ring, running through the crowds, stopping at the concession stand for a beer, and hiding in a corner somewhere curled up in the fetal position.

Now this has always happened, and it’s certainly a means to get the crowd involved. Shawn Michaels has been stomping his foot for years, signaling for Sweet Chin Music, but unless his opponent has sudden on-set hearing loss, you’re going to hear that. It just doesn't make any sense to me. For me, the more impressive finishers are the ones that come out of nowhere. Not only do they surprise the wrestler, but they surprise the crowd as well, often resulting in a bigger pop then if you’re prepared for them.

Let’s take Randy Orton for example. While Randy does have a tendency to fall to the mat and slam his fists into it, more often than not Randy doesn't hit the RKO from that position. Randy’s opponents have become wise to that tactic, and while he tries to hit the RKO, he’s often pushed off. This results in the surprise factor, because you know it’s coming, you just don’t know when or where. Randy has dished out some of his most original RKO’s because of this, including a beautiful one Sunday at Hell in a Cell. He’ll nail it from the top rope, out of a reversal, or even in the blink of an eye just standing there. It’s swift, painful, and unannounced.

I’m most impressed with wrestlers who have multiple finishing moves, because an opponent can’t just be on the look-out for one thing. One of my favorite tag teams of all time is The Midnight Express, Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane. What made them impressive to watch, was that they have at least five different finishing moves that they could bust out at any time, and they didn't feel the need to shout out each one every time they attempted it. It not only kept the crowd guessing, but it brought an air of originality to each match, because the finish wasn't always the same. There was no “Five Moves of Doom” so to speak.

Sheamus has made such a statement with his Brogue Kick that it’s become almost too obvious. You know he’s going to look to kick his opponent’s head off, so why would he tell you when he’s going to do it? Recently he’s starting using the Cloverleaf as a submission move, which is a nice change of pace. I’d like more wrestlers to start coming up with multiple match-enders. We've become so accustomed to certain things happening, that if we see something new every now and then it might make the excitement that much more. Instead of Kofi always using the Trouble in Paradise, how about a nice top rope moonsault. Instead of the Five Knuckle Shuffle, how about…….well anything besides that poorly applied STF. Let’s change it up a little folks. Not only will it made the matches more exciting and surprising, but it will cut down on the amount of hearing aids the WWE’s going to need.

Until next time,
Trip Out!

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