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#FinisherFriday (11/9/18): The Canadian Destroyer


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you an analysis of everyone's favorite piledriver.

Petey Williams has made a name for himself as the innovator of one of the most destructive and eye-candy finishers of all time, the Canadian Destroyer. With this, he became a two-time TNA X-Division Champion and won the "Finisher of the Year" award from 2004 to 2006. Without much introduction, let's get down to business on this article.

Broken down, the Canadian Destroyer consists of the following:

1. The opponent is bent forward against the wrestler's midsection
2. The performer grabs around the opponent's midsection latching onto the opponent's back
3. The performer pushes off the mat with their legs to flip the opponent over
4. The performer uses their body weight to land in a seated position driving the opponent's head down to the mat between the wrestler's thighs


Now let's see how the move does damage:

A piledriver is, by nature, the most damaging move in all of professional wrestling (well, except for the Osirian Portal's hypnosis trick and that guy who used THE FREAKING FORCE to chokeslam an opponent). It is banned in many wrestling promotions and even in mixed martial arts because of the sheer destructive nature of the move. If you're wondering why, take a look at this.

A standard piledriver—much more the Canadian Destroyer—can do these things to the recipient:

1. A concussion caused by the jarring of the brain


2. a compression fracture of the spine can occur, which can greatly impede a person's ability to stand, walk, and even sit straight by irritating the spinal nerves and the spinal cord itself.


If the neck receives the brunt of the impact, the spinal cord on that specific cervical spine area could be damaged—or be severed, leading to paralysis from the neck below.


You might also notice that some guys jump in unison with Petey while the move is being executed. This had led to speculations over the years that the recipient is aiding Petey to complete the move. The correct reason for this is that by also jumping, the recipient attempts to lessen the impact to their head and neck by trying to land on their feet first. But in most cases, the landing is how you often see the move ending—with the opponents on their head.

FUN FACT: The closest thing to a Canadian Destroyer in MMA happened last June in the UFC:
And there you have it chaps, the Canadian Destroyer analyzed! If you have suggestions on what finisher should I cover for next week, leave it in the comment section below!

Photo from Impact Wrestling

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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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