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The Brainbuster - Who Did It Best?

Modified 09 Nov 2018, 09:22 IST
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#6 Finn Balor

Finn Balor is a much better wrestler than what he shows on WWE programming
Finn Balor is a much better wrestler than what he shows on WWE programming

Some people will debate that Finn Balor/Prince Devitt’s secret second finisher isn’t a true Brainbuster because of a tiny variation. However, we’re including it in this list because the actual position and ‘bump’ the receiving wrestler takes is more or less the same as a regular Brainbuster.

Balor’s move, which was called ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Japan, is technically a single-underhook Brainbuster as opposed to a vertical suplex Brainbuster. The difference here is that Balor would hook one of his opponent’s arm like a double-arm DDT instead of wrapping it around his neck as you would for a vertical suplex. However, Balor still lifts his opponent until they’re vertical and drops them onto their head and neck all the same.

As you can imagine, head spikes like this are all but banned in WWE except for very special circumstances. WWE force most ‘outsider’ wrestler to water down their wrestling style before hitting the main roster, which means that some of their best moves rarely, if ever, get introduced to a wider audience. 

Published 09 Nov 2018, 09:22 IST
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