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#FinisherFriday (1/27/17): Isa Pang Chickenwing



Popular Philippine Wrestling Revolution star Jake De Leon will be gunning to reclaim the PWR Championship for an unprecedented third time this Sunday, January 29, at PWR Live: Bagong Yugto. And while he’s been pretty successful historically against John Sebastian using his trademark Alipin Drop fallaway slam, it’s his brand new offensive weapon we’re most excited about.



That’s right, PWR’s own Senyorito has added a deadly submission hold to his arsenal, the Inasal Lock.

There’s no doubt how painful the move is; it had Sebastian tapping like a bitch mere seconds after it was applied. So for this week’s edition of #FinisherFriday, let’s break down the mechanics behind the move that could make PWR history.

What is the Inasal Lock?


We all know the Bacolod-bred De Leon as a pecho-eating, tractor-driving, Alipin-Dropping, Payrolling Son of a Haciendero, so it should come as no surprise that he named his move after the Visayas region's greatest contribution to chicken-based delight, chicken inasal.

Best enjoyed at Chicken House.

Technically defined as a crossface chickenwing, the Inasal Lock is actually an amalgam of two distinct moves (and occasionally a third) designed to deliver direct shear force to different parts of the upper torso.


The chickenwing component, where the attacker threads his arm around the victim’s own left arm and bends it backwards actually affects three body parts: the rotator cuff (which manages shoulder rotation), the pectoral muscles (which allow a person to draw and apply force inwards, as for a bearhug or a clothesline), and the anterior deltoid (which a person uses to swing his arm upwards). This is the prime component of the move, and with the right leverage and strength could literally wrench an opponent's arm right out of its socket.


It’s a legitimately painful move on its own, and is in fact used by law enforcement officials to subdue an uncooperative subject.

The chickenwing component is supplemented by a crossface lock, which the applier can use to either twist the victim’s head away from the direction of the chickenwing lock, adding more torque to the pectoral muscle, or to apply pressure to the opponent’s windpipe, making it harder for him to breathe.


De Leon seems to be using the crossface in its traditional form, separate from the chickenwing. But we’ve seen some variations, particularly by the likes of Bob Backlund and Marty Scurll, where the offensive wrestler locks both his hands, thereby applying more leverage to the shoulder joint, and converting the crossface into more of a sleeper-like maneuver.


Finally, for ultimate immobilization levels, the attacker can choose to wrap his legs around the upper torso of the victim, trapping him in a vise-like bodyscissors, and preventing any attempts to either counter the move or fight for a rope break.



Famous Users


Nobody is better-associated with the crossface chickenwing than Mr. Bob Backlund, who used to apply procure the move on a slew of hapless victims en route to defeating Bret Hart for the WWF Championship in the mid-1990s. It was Backlund who made the move legendary, and to date, remains to be the only man to have won a World Championship with this move.


Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund- Survivor Series 1994 by Yosihait

In this particular instance, both Backlund and the Hitman put on a master clinic on the psychology and mechanics behind the move.

Hart couldn't break the crossface chickenwing component once secured, but spent the next two minutes expertly avoiding the bodyscissors–whether by angling his torso away from Backlund, or spreading his vertical base as distantly as possible. Sebastian would do well to study this film obsessively, because once the move is on, it's on.



Reigning NXT Women's Champion Asuka has also adopted the move as her own, rolling her way to a vicious undefeated streak via the Asuka Lock.


Other modern users of the move include Scurll, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, and Darren Young, all of whom have enjoyed tremendous success with it, but never to the same degree as Backlund and Asuka.

The move itself may not be as obviously painful as, say, an ankle lock. We've seen John Cena finish a match with a torn pectoral, and even Kobe Bryant play world-class basketball with a torn rotator cuff, both of which are the prime points of attack for the crossface chickenwing. So the pain itself is tolerable. It's the physiological havoc it can cause that's truly dangerous; Bret Hart may have been too proud to submit even after over ten minutes in the move, but it certainly cost him months of in-ring time with the injuries it left in its aftermath.

Will it be enough at Bagong Yugto?


Jake De Leon is raring to regain his PWR Championship, and the Inasal Lock crossface chickenwing certainly has a championship pedigree behind it. The biggest question is if he let the cat out of the bag too early by cinching it on John Sebastian in their pre-match brawl, thereby losing the element of surprise.

There's only one way to find out. See you this Sunday for some serious PWR action, smarks!

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PWR Live: Bagong Yugto is happening on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Venue 142 on Katipunan Road Extension in Quezon City. Bell time is at 5 PM. 

Tickets may be purchased at the gate for P400, but can be availed of with massive pre-selling discounts if you contact the company directly on its Facebook page, or drop by its official ticket partners, The Appraisery in Cubao Expo, and Playbook in BF Homes.

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