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    Friday, April 17, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (4/17/20): Andrade Me Hizo Doler La Cabeza

    Welcome to another episode of #FinisherFriday! Today, we will be talking about the finisher of a man who came to be deemed as an ingobernable across wrestling promotions in the whole world.

    Andrade "Cien" Almas isn't your ordinary Latino wrestler who found his way to the WWE because Vince needed another Mexican guy. This man is a third-generation wrestler of the Andrade family, worked in his family's wrestling promotion at the tender age of 14, then found his way to CMLL. From there, as the popular La Sombra, he would become one of the founders of the infamous Los Ingobernables which would have its reach as far as Japan and North America. His notoriety would then reach the ears of WWE, landing him in NXT territory, gaining the top gold before moving up to the RAW roster and becoming the current United States Champion.

    Digging deep in his lucha libre roots, his current arsenal involves a combination of strikes and the usual flippy shit that everyone loves. Some of his signature moves include:

    Running boot to the corner

    Rope-hung armbar

    Feint moonsault to a standing moonsault

    Running boot to a back elbow (this looks WAY more devastating than the Judas Effect)

    Running double knee smash

    And this article's focus, the hammerlock DDT, christened La Sombra (in English, "the shadow"):

    Breaking down the move into chunks:

    1. The attacker cinches in a single underhook on a dazed opponent's right arm
    2. The attacker gets the opponent's left forearm on their back in a hammerlock, and holds it in position using his left arm
    3. The attacker secures the opponent in the usual DDT position using his right arm
    4. The attacker uses his right leg and foot to trip the opponent's right leg
    5. As the trip is executed, the attacker falls onto his back, driving the opponent's head to the canvas

    This is probably one of the more efficient variations of the DDT, and it's because of the following reasons:

    1. Both arms are restrained. The combination of a single underhook plus a hammerlock results in the opponent not being able to cushion the fall using his/her hands and arms. Dean Ambrose Jon Moxley and Drew McIntyre's double underhook DDT are good examples of this.

    2. At least one leg is elevated. Tripping one leg ensures that the opponent's body lands as flat as possible on the ground, putting the brunt of the damage to the opponent's head and neck. This also means that the legs can't be used to mitigate the damage (like most half-assed DDTs).

    Sorry, Mick. It just looks awful
    As we all know by now, dropping a person on their head causes concussions, contusions, cervical fractures, and the like, meaning Andrade gives his opponents more than a headache with this move.

    And there you have it chaps, the hammerlock DDT analyzed! Are you liking Andrade's run in the main roster so far? Let us know in the comment section below!


    Wreddit_Regal is the resident sports kinesiologist of Reddit's wrestling forum, r/squaredcircle. From the most basic of punches to the most intricate double-team maneuvers, he can explain them within the realm of human anatomy and physics, because when doing absolutely nothing wrestling-related, he also happens to work as an operating room nurse.

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