Former TNA star Amazing Red has discussed creating one of the most polarising wrestling moves of recent times entirely by mistake.
In 2022, wrestling fans can be split into two camps, one that really enjoys high-flying flips and death-defying stunts, and one that really, definitely doesn’t.
One move, more than all others, has come to typify the visceral response from either camp, the Canadian Destroyer.
Participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, the man who innovated the move, former three-time TNA X-Division Champion, Amazing Red explained how he came up with the move by mistake:
“Yes, it was a mistake move with Joel Maximo (because I wanted to do everything into a flip .. flipping powerbomb, flipping piledriver, flipping DDT) Then later on Quiet Storm perfected it with me. He did it in the ROH shows with me (that’s where Chris Sabin saw it and gave it to Petey Williams) Petey made it cool tho for sure.”
In the mid-2000s Petey Williams popularised the move in TNA, and it genuinely drew gasps from crowds that had never seen anything like it. These days, a cursory glance at any wrestling show on any day of the week is likely to showcase at least a couple of Destroyers – for better or for worse.
AEW star and wrestling legend Dustin Rhodes is partial to a Canadian Destroyer, Edge nailed the move recently on Raw in his victory over Damian Priest in Toronto, and even rap superstar Bad Bunny nailed the move in his standout WrestleMania 37 performance in 2021.