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#FinisherFriday (6/24/16): Welcome to the Ambrose Asylum



Money in the Bank, the latest Pay-Per-View (PPV) of WWE, was, as advertised, pure money. After a number of great matches throughout the night however only one thing is for sure at the end of that night: Welcome to the Ambrose Asylum.



Things to Know About The Ambrose Asylum


Dean Ambrose joins Kane in the elite group of “double winners” during the MITB PPV winning both the MITB ladder match and cashing-in on the same night. Don’t forget that Kane had a substantial run as champion after his 2010 cash-in—around 5 months. Maybe Dean can do the same.


The Big Red Opportunist (Money in the Bank, 2010).

This is also Dean’s first “legitimate” WWE World Heavyweight Championship win. Additionally, all former Shield brothers have now held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship:


  • Seth Rollins (2x) – 221 days combined
  • Roman Reigns (3x) – 119 days combined
  • Dean Ambrose (1x) – current champion.


It's also interesting that all former Shield members apparently like hitting their opponents in the head to finish the match.


  • Roman Reigns—Superman Punch (Punch to your face, like basic stuff)
  • Dean Ambrose—Dirty Deeds (Snap double-underhook DDT).



What a nice third fact to lead us to the meat of this article.
You certainly know by now that Dean’s finisher is called Dirty Deeds. Its current version is a snap double-underhook DDT. But the finisher, like Dean himself, had to go through an evolution.

This wasn't always Dean's dirtiest deed.
The question is why? There are two things for me to make a proper end to a match:


  1. A proper execution of the finisher
  2. A proper sell of the same finisher 


You see, the executor must make the move look devastating but at the same time the receiver must make it seem that he is devastated. It’s simple, put yourself in the receiver’s shoes and if you feel that the move doesn’t hurt, most likely it doesn’t.

Now, why this is important with regards to Dean’s Dirty Deeds, see both videos below.

Dirty deeds 1.0: The original headlock driver version


And here's its sequel, the current double-underhook DDT version.


Honestly, I’d hate to be in the receiving end of either version simply because both look like they actually hurt!

But in addition to selling finishers, the same also has to fit the character. In both instances, Dirty Deeds certainly fits Dean Ambrose’s character and style. The Lunatic Fringe has a fast-paced, smash-mouth wrestling style, hence either split-second move serves as an effective punctuation mark to a match, like your face literally being driven to the mat is the exclamation point.

Headlock Driver Version


Dean delivers it very well with the snap of his leg to add torque to the motion, swinging the entire weight of his body to drive his opponent forehead-first on the mat. And head-to-mat is always painful. Just think of the last time you whacked your head on the floor back in third grade, then tell me about it.


The selling of this version is the tricky part. The video above shows three actual ways other wrestlers take the move, and I’ll tell you why that is.

See how Kofi Kingston takes the move; he lets his lower body fly as so you can see all the impact is solely on his head. This for me is the proper sell, adding his own body weight to the torque Dean already created. Ouch!

In contrast, Dolph Ziggler took the move with his body in a horizontal position, splitting in effect the impact of the move. So now I’m thinking, why would this hurt when it looks just like a front body slam? Finally, Wade Barrett took the move with his shoulder taking the brunt of the force—in essence, not actually taking the finisher (or at the very least we know he shouldn’t be knocked out by the move).

You see, selling this move is not only difficult but is absolutely dangerous. Kofi took the finisher in the best way, but imagine a bigger guy—let’s say Reigns—if he took it in that way, he could actually end up with a broken neck.

Double-Underhook DDT Version


The reason I believe the WWE actually changed Ambrose's move was to address the safety concern. In its original form, the move could lead to an injury, and we don’t want that.

The physics behind the way Dirty Deeds is executed now are actually the same, albeit positioned differently. Dean snaps his leg still (he's clearly been taking notes from Jake "The Snake" Roberts), and takes his full weight to pull is opponent's head to the mat instead of pushing it down.


In this version (which still looks devastating by the way), the receiver has more points to spread the impact on the mat—his knees and and either his forearms or palms. In theory of course, it’s still the head that takes the brunt of the force, but since Dean can release the hold before actually planting it, the receiver can properly brace for impact.

In Conclusion


Why is this important, in the headlock version there’s just so little going on that you could feel if it was properly executed or not, it’s just you trying to see if the head makes contact to the mat, the double-underhook version delivers the same aggression and yet is safer for the wrestlers, Dean’s arm could actually shield your eyes from seeing the head make impact and he could release the wrestler in the middle of the motion removing his weight from the impact the receiver’s neck would take.

In the end, as I said earlier, the simple algorithm of head-to-mat would always make for painful finishers and the Ambrose Asylum has surely got down like a science.

Which version of Dirty Deeds do you like better, Henrinites? Are you #TeamHeadlockDriver, or are you more of a #TeamDoubleArmDDT kind of guy yourself? Let us know in the comments, and we'll see you next week with one of the most unusually violent finishers innovated in the last few years.

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Gene Ferrer (@thegeneferrer) is Smark Henry's newest contributor, and the new king of finishing moves. He isn't actually a wrestler, but is pretty good at figuring out what would hurt like hell in real life.

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