A Spectacular Finishing Move….

One of Apollo’s finishing moves was spectacular.

He’d maneuver to a spot right behind his opponent, upright. (He would be facing the opponent’s “derriere.” Apollo would place a hand on each shoulder blade in front, to temporarily hold the opponent
steady and firmly in front of him.

Then quickly–one, two!–Apollo would swiftly kick the opponent behind each kneecap First the left, then the right. He’d kick him in that vulnerable, soft fleshy area called the “kneepit,” which is physiologically right behind each kneecap.

They looked like karate kicks right behind each kneecap.

The result was inescapable and inevitable. The opponent would be forced to slump to his knees: first onto his left knee, after he was kicked into his knee area from behind;   then his right knee, after being kicked  behind that kneecap


Apollo was scientific and methodical when implementing this move.

No need to rush.

There was no defense possible when one is kicked “ONE-TWO” like that–especially when kicked by someone’s feet as strong, powerful, and flawlessly  on-target  as Apollo had.
Escape was impossible.

No opponent–no matter how large or tough–could stand when he had each leg  kicked from behind  by Apollo’s duo karate kicks.


Once (I remember) an opponent who sort of knew what was coming, was forced to drop to the mat on his right knee.   He resisted when Apollo kicked him behind his left knee, standing up on one leg awkwardly.   Apollo was already half-pivoting to the front, but seeing that the job was only half done, quickly kicked him behind the left knee three times in succession!    The opponent howled with frustration and collapsed fully onto the mat, on his knees.

A few  other guys may have known this move was coming. They might try to squirm away but to no avail. Apollo just kept anyone easily in his grip on the top of his shoulder blades. Remember–all it took was a few seconds. Then: LEFT-RIGHT. It makes sense. When your knee is kicked “forward” this way, you have no where else to go, but to drop down on that knee, forward, onto the mat. When each of your knees are kicked in succession, you’re a goner.

What followed was the “finisher.”

Apollo would drop to his opponent’s side on the mat. He’d then rapidly droop one muscular leg over the back of his opponent’s neck.

The opponent’s head looked like a tiny helpless grape caught in a nutcracker.

Apollo would then slip one foot in-between his own V-trap, then up & over the opponent’s head. Apollo would stretch out the opponent’s arm.

The closest one can see this in today’s Youtube videos would be to look for “MMA triangle leg hold knockout.”

Apollo,  by contrast to those MMA fighters, closed in for the submission whenever he wanted.

We’d always  hear a tremendous holler of pain by the humiliated quarry, followed by the ringing of the referee’s bell signaling “I surrender!’ Obviously this simple but inescapable tangle of feet, legs, neck & arm caused excruciating pain, of the type when a wrestler knows he had better “give” or else face a torn ligament.

As a child, I saw Apollo repeat this finishing move dozens of times, with a 100% “surrender” rate. No one escaped. No one could wriggle free. Once Apollo was positioned immediately behind you your “kneepits” where he’d be able to kick you to the mat almost effortlessly with his swift one-two kicks–it was all over.

A few moments later, the loser’s scream and the “surrender” bell signaled that the complete triangulated
web was woven. The loser may just as well have been an oblivious fly caught in a patient but strategically woven spider’s web. It kept one’s attention frozen, and heart pounding.

And all this–without Apollo hardly using his hands or arms. Pretty good trick for a wrestler, isn’t it?

Do you remember this finishing move? Corrections and (accurate) elaborations are welcome.

There’s more to come. Next will be a description of Apollo’s ‘legal” neck strangle, using just his feet.
Is any part of his foot touching the windpipe? Stay tuned…


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