Advanced WWE Techniques
When it comes to advanced WWE techniques, it is more about show and safety than it is wrestling. The pro wrestlers want to give the fans a good show, and that takes time and practice. What can seem like a simple move is actually an advanced WWE technique that took years to master.
- Piledriver. The "Piledriver" can look like a punishing move, but when done properly it is one of the more advanced WWE techniques in pro wrestling. The trick to the move is to make sure that you get your opponent's head three or four inches away from the mat when contact is made. This requires being able to line up the distance between the opponent's head and the mat while you are still in a standing position. It can take years to get it right, but if you get it wrong you could seriously injure your opponent.
- Sharp Shooter. The "Sharp Shooter" is made to look easy by professionals with years of practice, but it is not nearly as easy to execute as it looks. Brett "The Hitman" Hart used to use the "Sharp Shooter" to perfection as his finishing move. To execute the move, you step your foot in between your opponent's knees as the opponent is lying on the mat. Then you cross the opponent's legs, turn him over and sit on his legs applying pressure to the back. It can be extremely painful and, if not done properly, it can injure both wrestlers.
- Figure Four Leglock. Several wrestlers use the "Figure Four Leglock" as their finishing move. It was made popular by Ric Flair in the 1980's and 1990's. To execute the move, you need to twist your opponent's knee around your leg and then lock his legs into the shape of the number 4. It looks painful, and it is painful. If done properly, it does no permanent damage. One wrong move and both wrestlers are risking permanent leg damage.
- The Top Turnbuckle. One of the most exciting moves in wrestling is when the wrestler climbs to the top turnbuckle and leaps on to his opponent. It is also one of the most advanced WWE techniques there is. So much can go wrong that many wrestlers won't even use the move. The wrestler could slip and fall to the concrete floor, he could miss his target and injure himself and the opponent or the opponent could move and cause injury to the wrestler delivering the move. It requires timing and coordination by both wrestlers and years of practice.
- Sleeper. The "Sleeper" hold is incredibly dangerous for two reasons. First of all, the proper application of the "Sleeper" hold could result in brain damage to the opponent. Secondly, because wrestlers are taught to make a fake "Sleeper" look real, the wrestler applying the hold has no idea if he is causing damage to his opponent or not. This one takes practice to make it look convincing and keep it safe.