Chris Masters has submitted some of the biggest names in pro wrestling to his Masterlock. Even nine-time WWE champion John Cena had to tap out to the fiercest full-nelson wrestling has seen since the days of Billy Jack Haynes.
What can Goldust do to survive the Masterlock if Masters is able to lock him down in the main event at New Year’s Chaos?
“It’s a challenge, no doubt about it,” said Dustin Rhodes, who as Goldust is a former Intercontinental champion and WWE and WCW title contender.
Masters himself was looked at as a future WWE titleholder after manhandling Cena before the future leader of Cenation had won his first world strap.
Masters declined to be interviewed for this story, apparently offended at the idea that there is a way to escape the Masterlock.
“Simple … can’t be done,” he wrote in an email seeking comment.
Top Rope General Manager Marvin Ward has trained wrestlers for 15 years following a career in WCW and Smoky Mountain. Ward thinks there are a couple of keys to the Masterlock that make it most effective as a submission finisher.
“One, the guy is just so strong that he could put most wrestlers out with it at any time in a match,” Ward said.
The second key is how Masters sets up the Masterlock. It might seem like common sense, but a game plan that focuses on weakening an opponent’s neck and shoulders makes the Masterlock unbreakable, Ward said.
“Masters knows what he’s doing in there,” Ward said.
The best defense, and this again probably seems like common sense, but here it is – just avoid getting caught in the Masterlock altogether.
“Ask him what he does to counter the Curtain Call?” Rhodes suggested as an alternative, turning the tables by bringing up his own effective finisher.
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