Onyx, anyone? No? Whatever. So, I was thinking about Dakiage (aka, the slam, aka, high lift) in the shower (don't ask), and I thought about these two bad examples from the UFC:
Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton (go to about 45 seconds in):
First, what was he trying to accomplish by putting him up against the fence *like that.* I am no MMA fighter, but that seems stupid. And Matt didn't really slam him, he was losing (or had lost) consciousness. Newton's legs pop open right away, and Hughes didn't know that he was knocked out, so he would have popped up and started punching him, etc. if he had the wherewithal to do that. And the next one I thought about...
Gray Maynard vs. Rob Emerson
The story here: as you can see, Maynard (the slammer) has his head in a not-so-great position, and he is heading straight for the ground. What ends up happening is that Maynard slams Emerson and knocks him out, but he then rolls off of Emerson and lays there, and they call a no contest because they think Maynard knocked himself out. So I will say first that this is a stupid and dangerous position to slam someone from. But I don't think that Maynard knocked himself out - I think he rung his bell, but I don't think he was KO'd, and he was robbed. Find a video and watch... Anyhoo, while I don't think that slamming someone should be legal in Judo, I do think that if you can get someone up to shoulder level with control, you should be declared the automatic winner. Just don't finish the slam.