There’s a whole bunch of talk about piledrivers lately. First you’ve got Nate Marquardt dropping Thales Leites on his head, and the debate over if it was intentional or not. Now people are bringing up Dong Hyun Kim dropping Jason Tan on his head (a move I’m calling ‘The Dongdriver’) and wondering where’s the outrage on that one.
Well, the difference between Dong and Nate is pretty straight forward: Nate is popular and Dong is not. Plus, Marquardt dropped Leites on his head in an attempt to finish the fight because he was losing on the scorecards. Dong spent the entire fight whupping Tan across all eight sides of the octagon. While that doesn’t excuse the head drop, it certainly makes it seem less sinister and prickish.
But let’s talk for a moment about intentional and non-intentional spikes: They’re both liable to put a person in a wheelchair for life. With both fighters, everyone is wondering “Was it on purpose or was it an accident?” Let me ask you something: do you think Leites or Tan would give a shit either way if they had been paralyzed because of it? Dropping a guy on his head is 1000 times worse than an eye poke or a kick to the groin. Regardless of if it was intentional or not, you still fucking did it and you should get disqualified for it.
**UPDATE** I’ve changed “But let’s talk for a moment about intentional and non-intentional piledrivers” to “But let’s talk for a moment about intentional and non-intentional spikes”. The reason I do this is because everyone is busy arguing over whether Dong’s move was a piledriver or not. Jeez people, you’re missing the point (PS: it was a DONGDRIVER!!!). Regardless of what wicked cool pro wrestling nickname applies, getting dropped on your head is insanely dangerous – like end of your career dangerous. Like ‘Darn, I was really looking forward to using my legs while raising my children’ dangerous.