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10 Things We Learned From Attending NXT TakeOver: New York Live

10. King Of Chops

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WALTER is a simple wrestler. An imposing monster movie villain of a man, 'Der Ringgeneral' commands the squared circle like the heels of eras bygone, striking fear with his mammoth frame and granite perma-scowl. There's nothing flashy about his offensive arsenal, either. WALTER uses only a handful of actual moves, but executes each one with perfect, crisp brutality, and knows how to build a match around them to ensure that they serve the story, guaranteeing pops and gasps whenever he executes something as straightforward as a Butterfly Suplex.

His chops are a huge part of this. They're the hardest in the game, and it's a rare occasion when an opponent doesn't leave a WALTER match with their chest turned to ground beef thanks to the back of the burly Austrian's hand.

On television, those chops hit with a slap: from the back of the Barclays Center, they sounded more like mortar blasts. They hit with a dull, crushing thud, as if the goal was to cave the opponent's chest in, not break the skin, and that makes them all the more brutal.

Your writer has experienced WALTER's chops in many a small building, but never in a basketball stadium's nosebleed section. The barbarism translates.

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