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Writing about this move comes at a very good time, as the Argentine Rack DDT is quickly becoming a well recognised finishing move in wrestling. It sees the opponent hoisted up in an Argentine Rack before they are flipped sidewards into a DDT.

First, wrestling fans minds need to be put at rest. Most fans label the move as a Burning Hammer, a name that WWE commentators coin the manoeuvre. A Burning Hammer however, is an Inverted Death Valley Driver where the opponent is planted on their head rather than their face. The Argentine Rack DDT has been used by wrestlers all over the globe, and was the finisher of Christopher Daniels’ alter-ego Curry Man when he appeared in TNA and Japan. However, more recently, the move is used by Tyler Reks as a devestating finisher. In the video, he hits Trent Baretta with a great version of the move.

In order for the move to begin, the wrestler will usually be standing behind the opponent. The wrestler will then grab the opponent’s arm and hook their own arm in between the wrestler’s legs before lifting the wrestler upwards. The wrestler will now be lying sidewards on the wrestler’s shoulders in an Argentine Rack manoeuvre, also known as a Torture Rack.

When the opponent has been hooked in this position, the wrestler will then use the hand closest to the opponent’s head and grasp the opponent’s throat with their hand. This means that when the opponent is flipped downwards, they are easily transferred into a DDT.

The wrestler will now use their hand near the wrestler’s legs to flip them over. As they flip downwards towards the canvas, they will instantly fall into a facelock. This means that when they hit the canvas, they will hit it DDT style, their face slamming onto the mat as the wrestler falls downwards with them.


  • Also known as: Torture Rack DDT/ Argentine DDT/ Spicy Drop/ Burning Hammer [coined by WWE]
  • Famous users: Tyler Reks, Curry Man
  • Finished off: Kaval, Trent Baretta, JTG, Consequences Creed, Johnny Devine
  • H&B Rating: 9


Watch more variations:

Curry Man’s Spicy Drop– The Spicy Drop sees Curry Man, also known as Christopher Daniels, lift the opponent Argentine Rack style before running forward and DDT’ing the opponent on the canvas.
Sexxxy Eddy and JC Bailey’s Double Swinging Argentine Rack DDT– A double team variation of the manoeuvre, starting off from a very unique position. Bailey and Eddy grasp Jack Evans’ arms and legs off the ground and swing him into the move.


#8: Snap DDT

Posted: December 9, 2010 in DDT's
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The DDT was first invented by Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts in 1980, and three decades later, it is perhaps the most used manoeuvre in wrestling today. However, like most moves, it comes in plenty of different variations, which will be widely covered in this blog. But to kick start the DDT category, let us introduce to you the Snap DDT, a painful technique used to damage the opponent’s head and neck.

Most fans will know this type of move thanks to WWE Divas Lita and Maryse. Both have a variation of the Snap DDT as finishing moves, and Lita in particular bought the move into the public eye with her leg swinging innovation. But this move doesn’t always need fancy set ups to pull off effectively, as Desmond Wolfe shows in the video below.

In order to set up the move, the wrestler will usually kick the opponent in the stomach, or drag them off the floor. From there, they will pull the opposition forwards and grasp them in a front facelock, which sees the wrestler hook the opponent’s head in one of their arms.

Once in this hold, the wrestler will then decide what to do. With a snap DDT, it is common for the wrestler to bend their body/leg before falling backwards, which adds impact to the move. However, it is also likely for the wrestler to go straight for the move, as Wolfe shows in the video above.

Once the wrestler has fallen backwards, the opponent’s head will hit the canvas. The snap DDT usually refers to the opponent’s head slamming into the canvas, and thus their neck snapping off the floor, causing them to hit a headstand almost and then fall to the floor. However, it is also common for the opponent to fall face first onto the mat.


  • Also known as: Quick DDT/ Lita DDT/ French Kiss
  • Famous users: Lita, Maryse, Desmond Wolfe, The Miz, Ryan Taylor
  • Finished off: Molly Holly, Gail Kim, Eve Torres, Melina
  • H&B Rating: 7

Watch more variations:

Lita’s Lita DDT– this is the leg swinging variant which was mentioned earlier. Molly Holly was known for selling this move really well, and this video well documents that.
Maryse’s French Kiss– a move which sees the wrestler pump their body forward before falling backwards to add impact. Maryse also hooks the opponent’s upper arm slightly to allow the opponent to snap off the move.
Ryan Taylor’s Snap DDT– this shows the move can also be effective when pulled off to a kneeling opponent.