Top 10 Wrestling Moves
The top 10 wrestling moves in professional wrestling provide intense looking, painful maneuvers to give the attacking wrestler a distinct advantage in the match. These moves look real and have remained popular throughout the years, from the beginning of the sport until the recent era where modern superstars still utilize each move every week.
- The Ace Crusher – This is one of the most stunning wrestling moves, used in the ‘90s by Johnny Ace and then modified and renamed by Steve Austin and Diamond Dallas Page. The move is a 3/4 face lock bulldog where a wrestler drops an opponent’s chin onto their shoulder. Presently, Randy Orton uses a variation in the WWE.
- The Piledriver – In one of the most famous wrestling moves, the attacking wrestler places the victims head between their legs, lifts them from the ground and then drops them headfirst onto the mat. Paul Orndorff and Jerry Lawler popularized the move but The Undertaker modified it into the most popular version.
- The Moonsault – This is one of the wrestling moves made famous in Japan and Mexico. A popular move of the Luchadores, the moonsault involves a wrestler climbing to the top turnbuckle and then flipping through the air, landing on their opponent. Smaller wrestlers such as Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles utilize the move.
- The DDT – This is one of the wrestling moves made popular by retired wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The attacking wrestler applies a front face lock and then drives the opponent back and onto his head. The move is rarely used as a finisher anymore but is still very popular with many wrestlers.
- The Suplex – This is one of the top wrestling moves that can be pulled off from a variety of positions. The most popular is the vertical suplex where the attacker applies a front face lock to the victim. The attacker than lifts them straight, upside down, into the air and then drops them on their back.
- The Ankle Lock – This is a move popularized by former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle and former MMA superstar Ken Shamrock. The attacking wrestler grabs the ankle of the opponent and then locks it up, twisting it until the other wrestler submits. It is also used in real fighting competition such as the UFC.
- Crossface – This is a popular submission wrestling move where the attacker controls the victim, who is lying on their stomach. The attacking wrestler grabs the opponent’s arm and pulls it across their own face. The attacker then locks his hands together and applies pressure, using the victim’s own arm to choke them out.
- The Powerbomb – This is one of the wrestling moves made famous by larger wrestlers, showing superiority over smaller combatants. The wrestler bends an opponent over, grasps them around the waste and then lifts them onto their shoulders. The wrestler then drops the opponent back first onto the mat.
- Figure Four Leglock – This is a submission wrestling move made popular by veteran wrestler Ric Flair. The attacking wrestler secures his opponent, who is lying on their back and then takes a leg and bends it sideways behind one of the attacker’s legs and on top of the victims other leg. The attacker drops back applying pressure to the locked legs.
- Sharpshooter – In another of the submission wrestling moves, the attacking wrestler secures his opponent into a position lying on their back. He then spreads his victim’s legs and places his own leg between them. The attacking wrestler crosses his opponent’s legs and then turns around, applying pressure to his opponents back.