10 Best Pro Wrestling Moves
Many people are divided about what are the 10 best pro wrestling moves—some claim Hogan's leg drop is the best alone because of its iconic status. We didn't choose Hogan. So which moves do we think are the best in wrestling entertainment?
- DDT: Wrestling legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts initially created this move by accident in the 1980s, quickly becoming one of the most popular moves on the circuit and in wrestling. The setup is simple: get your opponent's head down, hook it in for a front-face lock, then drop your back to the mat. The result? A dizzying impact into the mat and an opponent left renderless to fight.
- Tombstone: Any diehard WWE fan knows this move. Simply pick up your dazed opponent, launch him over his shoulders and turn him legs up parallel to your body, and then drop to your knees. The resulting effect is the opponent's head slammed into the ground between your legs, with little room for escape.
- Mandible Claw: First popularized by Mankind, this move can supposedly cause immense pain, and if applied correctly, could knock you out. To apply, take your ring and middle finger and jab it into the tissue underneath your opponent's tongue, keeping it stiff until the tissue is compressed. Next, take your thumb and press it against the jaw and watch your opponent slowly become incapacitated.
- Sharpshooter: Although Japanese wrestler Riki Choshu originally invented this move years before it reached the United States, this move is usually credited to WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart. To use, flip your opponent on his stomach, his legs facing you, and then cross his legs. Lean back to apply immediate pressure on the opponent's back.
- Frog Splash: Originally given its name by 2 Cold Scorpio, Eddie Guerrero popularized the move in the 1990s, when he used it as one of his finishers. To use, have your opponent lie on the mat before ascending the top rope, then leap. While in air, bring your knees towards your chest once before bringing them out, like a frog does when it jumps.
- The Canadian Destroyer: Petey Williams originally used this move to daze his opponents into unconsciousness. To use, put your opponent's head between your thighs and place your hands under his stomach. Next, have the opponent try to lift you up. As he's trying to lift you up, flip your opponent backward into the ground. If done correctly, his shoulders and head should come into impact with the ground.
- Sweet Chin Music: Popularized by Shawn Michaels, this move is relatively simple, but devastating. While your opponent is dazed, lean down and ready your leg for impact. Once the opponent raises his head, quickly split your legs and snap your foot into his chin. Done correctly, this move will knock your opponent out.
- Power Bomb: There have been numerous variations of the power bomb used over the years, but they all end in your opponent being slammed back first into the map. To use, kick your opponent in the stomach and press his head between your thighs. Next, hook your arms below his stomach and lift his up to your head. Follow through by slamming him straight down into the mat for a devastating finish.
- Figure Four Leg Lock: Anybody who is a fan of Ric Flair knows this move by heart. Here's how to do it: While the opponent is on the ground, wrap his right leg over your left leg. Next, take his left leg and form a "4" shape over his right leg, then insert your right leg through this formation. Fall back and keep it stiff to cause excruciating pain.
- Chokeslam: Both the Undertaker and Kane have used this move as a precursor to the Tombstone, and it's surprisingly effective. To execute, put your hand around the opponent's neck and him lift up. Your loose hand should be against his back to make it easier to lift him up. Next, slam him down to the mat, putting all of your weight into it. Done correctly, this should knock the breath out of your opponent.
Posted on: Feb. 03, 2011