Finisher vs. Finisher - Figure-Four Leglock

Posted by Anthony Mango Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Welcome to the first edition of FINISHER VS FINISHER for Smark Out Moment. This is a new segment in the sense that we've never done one of these before, even though it's been sitting on the backburner for years.

Finisher vs Finisher pits two or more wrestlers together that are known for performing the same signature maneuver. It's up to us to examine the positives and negatives associated with each person's legacy with the move and determine which one of them pulls it off better. At the moment, unlike Superstar Scores, there's no official point system for this, as I figured it would work better as more of a discussion and solitary vote based thing, but over time, a rating system may be implemented if that feels better (in which case, previous posts will be brought back up for discussion and review).

Since it's been recently given to a new wrestler, why not discuss one of the most legendary signature moves of all time...

FIGURE-FOUR LEGLOCK

The targets here are essentially Ric Flair, Jeff Jarrett, and the newcomer The Miz.

Let's look at The Miz to start. He's only had the move for a few weeks, but he still seems to be getting used to performing it in general, let alone making his mark on the move. The crowd doesn't pop for it yet (and may never), so it really could be seen as no real success as of yet. I would immediately rule the Miz out of the running for this - but who knows, in the future, things could change.

Jeff Jarrett had a wider success with the move, but he still isn't the primary person you think of when you see the move done. If that were the case, when someone put another person in the Figure 4, the fans would chant "ain't I great" instead of "Woooo!!!!" He pulled it off well enough that it served him some good purpose over the years, but he eventually moved on to the Stroke (which funny enough, the Miz also uses as the Skull Crushing Finale...let's hope he doesn't start singing a country star gimmick as well).

To be the man, you have to beat the man, and the man in this case is Ric Flair. He undoubtedly owns this move in my mind, and it makes for a pretty easy lack of discussion on this first edition, but nonetheless it needs to be said. The Figure-Four is what it is today because of Ric Flair. Surprisingly, he hasn't started putting the Figure-Four on inanimate objects like he does with the knee drops and elbow drops, but if anyone were to do it and make it look awesome, Flair would be able to pull that off.

In conclusion, who do I think wins the Figure-Four edition of Finisher vs. Finisher: Ric Flair, 100%.

WHO DO YOU THINK OWNS THIS MOVE?
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Who does the best Figure 4?
  

THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the head writer, host of Smack Talk, and founder/CEO/director of operations for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree. He is a writer, creative director/consultant, media manager and entertainer. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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