"My author grabbed Finch's lapels, rolled backwards, sank his feet into Finch's girth, and judo-propelled the shorter-than-generally-realized media personality high into the night air!"

Mitchell lived in Japan for several years and so may be familiar with the Judo throw Tomoe Nage, in which the aggressor sacrifices his upright position in order to throw the defender spectacularly off balance. From personal experience it is a difficult throw to pull off, but very effective in competition.