It's still real to us, dammit! MMA fighter Jonno Mears scored an usual victory at Full Contact Contender's FCC 19 event last weekend. Mears forced his opponent, Aaron Jones, to tap out to a classic pro wrestling move, as captured on video below.
The move, known as the Boston Crab, is most well known today for the variation used by pro wrestler Chris Jericho, dubbed The Walls of Jericho. It has also been used as a finishing move in the past by Rick Martel. And now, it's scored its first recorded MMA victory.
The move works by applying pressure to the back and legs, and as any kid in the '80s who tried out wrestling moves on their friends or siblings knows, it can be legitimately painful. Of course, the trouble is actually managing to apply the submission on an opponent who isn't cooperating like they would in a pro wrestling match, but Mears appeared to pull it off.
Jericho seemed pleased with the result on Twitter:
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) September 30, 2017
If we're keeping score, Jonno Mears seems to have a much better track record with the Walls of Jericho than Chris Jericho does. Jericho hardly ever actually wins with the move.