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#FinisherFriday (5/31/19): Destino


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This week's article is all about the great wrestler who made history last Sunday at Wrevolution X.

The tale of a man who would come to be known as QUATRO is the Philippine wrestling scene's biggest underdog story yet: from being a humble trabajador to ending Ralph Imabayashi's outstandingly-long reign by capturing the highly-coveted Philippine Wrestling Revolution Championship in spectacular fashion, his journey has given every Pinoy wrestling fan a concrete reason to believe in those quotes about hard work and perseverance that you see on social media.

Although we are giving the utmost respect to QUATRO's overall wrestling acumen, it has become an unwritten rule on every #FinisherFriday article that "behind every successful champion is an even more successful finisher."

The move which literally shaped his fate in the squared circle, is an ode to our infamous tranquilo dude—none other than the Los Ingobernables Japon leader himself, Tetsuya Naito. But did you know that the Destino is actually an improved version of the standing/unassisted version of the original move?



It really sounds confusing, but hear me out:

The Destino is known technically in pro wrestling nomenclature as a three-quarter lock inverted DDT, commonly called the standing shiranui.


His rendition is a modified version of the pre-existing standing shiranui, Ultimo Dragon's Asai DDT.


Then you've also got Naomichi Marufuji's Shiranui, which internet historians claim was developed independently.


The Destino is levels better than all of its predecessors. Using my trusty Regal Rating to score the three maneuvers amongst each other:

Aesthetics
Destino: 10/10
Asai DDT: 6/10
Shiranui: 9/10

Simply put, Destino is Renaissance art. The original shiranui is a high-quality Banksy work. The Asai DDT is a traced-over drawing done by a high school student.

Practicality
Destino: 9/10
Asai DDT: 6/10
Shiranui: 8/10

It's a close call between Destino and the shiranui, but the deciding factor is the underhook. Only the Destino hooks the opponent's arm to make sure that there's only a small chance of being countered. The other two are just praying to God that the opponent calls it a night and just goes with the flow.

With regard to the flip, I ranked Destino first because Naito uses his own momentum to perform the flip. Marufuji obviously needs the corner turnbuckles to execute it, which is actually reminiscent of those modern martial arts movies. The Asai DDT looks like the opponent is actually helping the performer complete the move. In cases where the performer is equally large or larger than the opponent, you can see an actual wobble or pause before completing the flip. You could imagine Ultimo Dragon whispering to his opponent "Hey I'll treat you to some ramen if you help me do a backflip on this move" to justify this conjecture.

Damage-wise, all three incarnations of the reverse DDT deal a specific type of damage to the brain, namely a coup-contrecoup injury. The back of the head, which hits the canvas first, deals damage to the occipital lobe, and the resulting impact causes the frontal lobe to smash against the frontal bone, causing it to be bruised.


Done with enough force and impact, the Destino can cause irrepairable damage to brain tissue, inadvertently cause increased intracranial pressure (ICP) which further damages the brain, or cause hemorrhaging because of the damaged brain tissue.

And there you have it chaps, the Destino deconstructed! Again, I would like to extend my congratulations to QUATRO, and I do hope that he enjoys a well-deserved lengthy championship reign. Who do you want QUATRO to battle next? Let us know in the comment section below!

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