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'''Drew Drechsel's Crazy Cliffhanger Disqualification''' is a controversial ruling that occurred during [[SASUKE 31]]'s [[Third Stage]] where [[Drew Drechsel ]]was disqualified by the production crew for improper technique on the [[Crazy Cliffhanger]].  Instead of the traditional method of transitioning to the 4th ledge by turning around in mid-air from the 3rd ledge, he instead turned around on the 3rd so that he would be facing the 4th ledge meaning he would only have to propel forward to catch it (similar in vein to [[Lee En-Chih]] completing the [[Spider Flip]] in [[SASUKE 24]]) as he was uncomfortable using the traditional method, due to failing the obstacle in the [[SASUKE 29|previous tournament]] doing so.
Drew Drechsels Crazy Cliffhanger Disqualification is a controversial ruling that occurred during [[SASUKE 31]]'s [[Third Stage]].
 
   
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According to Drechsel and corroborated by other sources present at the taping, upon completing the obstacle, he was immediately stopped by production, stating he was disqualified.  After an argument on the matter (where he claimed he was never told of the rule), he was told to re-run the stage from the beginning, similar to [[Levi Meeuwenberg]]'s [[Dome Steps]] disqualification and re-run during [[SASUKE 25]].
Drew Drechsel was running the third stage, however, when he got to the [[Crazy Cliffhanger]], he used a new technique of turning around on the 3rd ledge, as to face towards the 4th ledge, so instead of having to turn around in midair to complete the jump, he would simply jump forward and grab the ledge (as he had done multiple times in practice), similar to the way [[Lee En-Chih]] completed the [[Spider Flip]] in [[SASUKE 24]]. However, upon completing the jump, he was stopped by the production crew and informed what he had just done was illegal. Drechsel argued, saying that he wasn't informed of this rule. He went back and was forced to rerun the obstacle using the traditional method, which he had previously stated he was uncomfortable doing. Unable to get a good grip on the final ledge, he failed the obstacle.
 
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During this second run, he reached the Crazy Cliffhanger again, but this time failed the obstacle, unable to complete the transition to the 4th ledge using the traditional method. This is the official run shown in the broadcast, although partially digested, starting him from the previous obstacle, the [[Sidewinder R]] with no mention of his first run.

Revision as of 23:04, 2 July 2015

Drew Drechsel's Crazy Cliffhanger Disqualification is a controversial ruling that occurred during SASUKE 31's Third Stage where Drew Drechsel was disqualified by the production crew for improper technique on the Crazy Cliffhanger.  Instead of the traditional method of transitioning to the 4th ledge by turning around in mid-air from the 3rd ledge, he instead turned around on the 3rd so that he would be facing the 4th ledge meaning he would only have to propel forward to catch it (similar in vein to Lee En-Chih completing the Spider Flip in SASUKE 24) as he was uncomfortable using the traditional method, due to failing the obstacle in the previous tournament doing so.

According to Drechsel and corroborated by other sources present at the taping, upon completing the obstacle, he was immediately stopped by production, stating he was disqualified.  After an argument on the matter (where he claimed he was never told of the rule), he was told to re-run the stage from the beginning, similar to Levi Meeuwenberg's Dome Steps disqualification and re-run during SASUKE 25.

During this second run, he reached the Crazy Cliffhanger again, but this time failed the obstacle, unable to complete the transition to the 4th ledge using the traditional method. This is the official run shown in the broadcast, although partially digested, starting him from the previous obstacle, the Sidewinder R with no mention of his first run.

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