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Matt Murphy-False-Finish

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 12, 2012


If MWR had a comeback award Matt Murphy would have it in the bag. He has wrestled many of the best in the world from Japan to WWE prior to his first break from the ring. During his return he was in the thick of the action at Metro Pro Wrestling and returned for a classic match at WLW/WW/NOAH camp. – Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Matt Somebody

The blog of writer and former wrestler Matt Murphy, author of THE SOMEBODY OBSESSION: A NOBODY’S DESPERATE JOURNEY TO STARDOM

The false-finish, when executed correctly, can be one of the most exciting elements of a pro-wrestling match.  It draws fans in, makes them invest in the belief that they’re about to see the end, and then, at the last second, the wrestler kicks out to avoid defeat.  Unfortunately, it’s terribly overused and often desensitizes the crowd so the false-finishes that really matter mean less than they should.

Pro wrestlers are notorious for another overused false-finish: the finish of their careers.  Terry Funk, Ricky Steamboat, Ric Flair…they’ve all retired multiple times, and they kept coming back.  It has made for some special moments but, like the in-ring false-finish, it has watered down the real retirements and left fans wondering how long until we see the retiring star back in the ring.

Last week, I announced via Facebook that my comeback was coming to an end.  I won’t call it a retirement–I don’t make a living as a wrestler–but I was going to walk away.  That was the plan.  And now, just days before my last match, as the referee’s hand is inches from the mat, I’m kicking out.

Here’s the story.

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