Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Hands Are Tied

Pop Quiz: Tell me the difference between these three moves.

If you said "A Kiss from a Rose on the Gray," congratulations!  You're international singing sensation Seal!  But you really need to stop relying on that song to conquer life's challenges.

The correct answer is "the way the hands intersect."  Johnny Ace loosely grabs the back of the neck, Randy Orton drags down the head with one arm,  and Diamond Dallas Page uses a "cravate."

To quote this Croatian History site, "the term cravate, for headlock wrestling move, is used in French, English, Italian, Turkish, Croatian, Polish, and probably in many other languages."  It's a way to intersect hands so that they're harder to break.

Now some of you may doubt the obvious practical applications of a good necklock.  If you're one of those folks, know this: If I hadn't been exposed to Mike Tenay ranting about the effectiveness of DDP's cravate during Monday Night Nitro, I never would have taken the time to learn that the word also refers to a type of necktie.

Not the greatest lesson to learn, but a bit of valuable refinement I surely needed.  Now if only I could figure out how to tie one...

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