A move that is used by mainly technical/ strong wrestlers, this is a nice variation of a spinebuster which sees the opponent lifted upwards and then planted back first onto the canvas.

Probably made most famous by D’Lo Brown- who named the move the ‘Sky High’- the Lifting Sitout Spinebuster is mainly used as a signature manoeuvre by many wrestlers worldwide. Some of those include Tommy Dreamer, Apollo, Billy Kidman and Chris Hero. It is also known as a Rydeen Bomb, a name coined by Japanese sensation Satoshi Kojima. A great variation, however, can be seen in the video below, where Chris Masters throws Drew McIntyre upwards in the air before planting him onto the canvas.

The move usually starts off with the opponent running towards the wrestler. This allows the opponent to gain momentum to jump high in the air in order to sell the move more effectively. When the opponent gets within a few feet of the wrestler, the wrestler will grasp the opponent up in the air by using their abdomen/armpits.

With the opponent now in the air, the wrestler will then transition their hands so that they are close to the opponent’s chest. This allows the wrestler to slightly keep hold of the opponent but also allows them to get ready to push them downwards towards the canvas.

The wrestler’s hands will now be pretty much on the opponent’s upper body, allowing them to forcefully push them downwards to the canvas. The opponent will hit the canvas back first as the wrestler sits down abruptly, making the move look pretty similar to a powerbomb-style manoeuvre. The wrestler can then hook the opponent’s legs ready for the pinfall.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Rydeen Bomb/ Sky lift Powerbomb/ Sky High/ Sitout Spinebuster
  • Famous users: Satoshi Kojima, D’Lo Brown, Tommy Dreamer, Billy Kidman, Apollo, Chris Masters, Gregory Helms
  • Finished off: Low Ki, Taka Michinoku, Lita, Rey Mysterio, Val Venis
  • H&B Rating: 7

 

Watch more variations:

D’Lo Brown’s Sky High- One of the first American wrestlers seen to use the move, D’Lo hits a good variation where he keeps the opponent high before spinning slightly and driving them down to the canvas.
Billy Kidman’s BK Bomb- Kidman used this move as a signature, mainly to smaller competitors than himself. He hits a nice variation here to Spike Dudley during a cruiserweight match.
Rosie Lottalove’s Lifting Sitout Spinebuster- Slightly different here, as Rosie lifts the opponent using their legs before dropping down into the sitout position.
Tommy Dreamer’s Liting Sitout Spinebuster- Dreamer is used to busting out great moves, and in this video he shows no exception, lifting a larger Kevin Thorn upwards before planting him on the canvas.

Move of the Week | 31st January- 7th February
Springboard Corkscrew Enziguiri

A simply brilliant move which was executed on last week’s TNA iMPACT! During a three way dance against Jeremy Buck and Doug Williams, Lethal looked like he’d showed off enough moves following a nice Suicide Dive onto both opponents. But instead, he had another trick up his sleeve. With Jeremy Buck inside the ring, Lethal leapt to the apron and awaited his opponent to stand, almost like predator to prey. Once standing, Lethal leapt to the apron, before spinning off the top rope with a Corkscrew Enziguiri! The kick hit Jeremy square in the head and knocked him to the canvas. This amazing move could’ve been a match ender, but unfortunately for Lethal, Buck fought back.

Other contenders:

Drew McIntyre’s Free Fall Drop onto the steps- Always one to utilise the ringside materials to his advantage, Drew managed to lift Kofi Kingston high before Flapjacking him gut first off the steel steps in a painful looking move.
Jeff Hardy’s Modified Twist of Hate- A bit of an unusual one here, as instead of starting the move in a Facelock, Hardy hit the Twist of Hate similarly to a Jumping Cutter.
Edge’s Killswitch- In homage to Christian, Edge wrapped the arms of Ziggler before turning him around into a Killswitch at the Royal Rumble last Sunday.

Genuinely considered as one of the best aerial moves in pro wrestling today, the Corkscrew Shooting Star Press is a move that only a few wrestlers pull off. It is basically defined as a diving Shooting Star Press, but with the wrestler corkscrewing their body 360 degrees before the move is hit.

If you type the name of this move on YouTube, you’ll see a few wrestlers pulling it off, buried within videos of amateurs trying to execute the manoeuvre. It is hard to pull off as the wrestler needs to be highly acrobatic. The move has not yet made its debut in a global televised event, but the independent circuit is ridden with wrestlers who can pull it off. Two names include Jack Evans and Pac, the British superstar who is featured in the video below hitting the move in a Japanese ring.

The move is one that can be pulled off from the top turnbuckle, or even from a standing position. It is regularly, however, pulled off from the top rope, as the dive from this allows the wrestler to spin their body in good time.

The wrestler will be standing on the top rope, and with the opponent grounded, they will bounce upwards. They will jump upwards in the air, which allows them to get some height. After this, they will tuck their arms in and will acrobatically spin their body 360 degrees in a corkscrew.

After this, the wrestler will have hit an inverted backflip, with an added corkscrew. They will then suddenly land stomach first onto the opponent’s abdomen/upper body, which will cause the opponent to shoot their legs upright in pain. The wrestler will then usually follow by hooking the legs, and will most likely get the one two three shortly after.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: 360 Shooting Star Press/ Ode to Blitzkrieg
  • Famous users: Pac, Jack Evans
  • Finished off: AJ Styles, Dragon Kid, Petey Williams
  • H&B Rating:10

 

Watch more variations:

Pac’s Corkscrew Shooting Star Press Plancha- An even more dangerous manoeuvre, where Pac jumps off the top rope onto a standing opponent on the outside. It shows that Pac will pull off the move no matter what dangers lie ahead.
Jack Evans’ Ode to Blitzkrieg- The same move, but without using a platform to jump off, as Jack Evans hits the move from a standing position in-ring. Incredibly hard to pull off, but Evans makes it look so easy.
Pac’s Standing Corkscrew Shooting Star Press- Similar to the move mentioned above, yet Pac hits it differently. Pac is taller than Jack so requires more height to pull it off, making the move look even more impressive.
Zayne’s Running Corkscrew Shooting Star Press- Although the name of the wrestler is not so well-known, this is another example of how the move can be hit. The wrestler runs forward and corkscrews in mid air before landing the acrobatic manoeuvre.

A move that is both amazing to see and painful to feel, the Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster is a technical move which requires technique to pull off. The manoeuvre sees the opponent driven from a lifted position onto the wrestler’s knees, which are crushed into their stomach.

This Gutbuster manoeuvre was probably made popular by former WWE superstar Jamie Noble, who used the move as a signature manoeuvre during his cruiserweight tenure. Today, the move can be seen by many superstars, especially in the independent circuit. Some of its users include the likes of Roderick Strong and Prince Devitt, who is featured in the video below dishing out the move to Alex Shelley from a match in Japan.

Like a usual Fireman’s Carry, the wrestler will usually grab the opponent’s arm before placing their arm in between their legs. This will cause the oppponent to be lifted onto the wrestler’s shoulders, so that they are lying stomach first on top of the wrestler’s shoulders.

With the opponent now lifted, the wrestler will then need to begin to lift them off in order to drop them into the Gutbuster. To do this, the wrestler will usually place their hands on to the wrestler’s chest and knees and then throw them upwards. As the opponent is thrown upwards, the wrestler will begin to fall backwards.

Now, with the opponent just miliseconds away from hitting the canvas, the wrestler will have fallen back and will then lift their knees. This causes the opponent to fall stomach first onto the wrestler’s knees before rolling to the canvas in pain.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Double Knee Gutbuster/ Prince’s Throne
  • Famous users: Jamie Noble, Prince Devitt, Roderick Strong
  • Finished off: Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega, Nunzio, Paul London
  • H&B Rating: 9

 

Watch more variations:

Jamie Noble’s Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster- Essentially the same way that Devitt hits the move, yet the impact of the knees is usually sold even more, as they fly off the knees upon impact.
Roderick Strong’s Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster- Again, very similar to a simple variation, except Roderick sometimes turns the move from a Gutbuster into a Chestblower manoeuvre, as the video shows.
Roderick Strong’s Press Lift into a Double Knee Gutbuster- Okay, so this doesn’t start off from a Fireman’s Carry, but it ends up like one. The opponent is lifted upwards then dropped onto the wrestler’s knees.
Consequences Creed’s Military Press Double Knee Gutbuster- Another move that doesn’t start off from a Fireman’s Carry but ends up looking exactly like the move’s finish. Instead of a Fireman’s Carry, Creed Military Presses the opponent high before dropping them onto the knees.

Move of the Week | 19th-26th January 2011
Avalanche Hip Toss

Trent Baretta and Drew McIntyre are two names you can easily speak of when defining the future of WWE. Although Drew is pushed further than Baretta, Baretta is a great character and the two have put on some exceptionally good matches. This was no different when the two met on the latest edition of Friday Night Smackdown! After a back and forth match which saw many amazing moves pulled off, Baretta scaled to the top. But Drew is a guy that is always one step ahead, and he leapt to the top before grasping Trent’s arm and flipping him off the top, causing him to crash back first off the canvas. The move, known as an Avalanche Hip Toss, is appealing and was a great final move in this exciting contest.

 

Other Contenders:

Mason Ryan’s House of Pain- This week saw the WWE world introduced to the power that is Mason Ryan. Although he has a pretty sub standard finishing move, it sure as hell marked a great debut for the British wrestler as he powered Cena onto the canvas, hard.
Edge’s Big Boot- The Big Boot is one of Edge’s favourite manoeuvres, and this week he busted it out on Justin Gabriel. However, what made it look better was that Gabriel was hit with the move whilst standing on the apron, causing him to hit the floor hard.
Randy Orton’s RKO- A move that makes it on this list very regularly, but once more, Randy found a way to hit the RKO from pretty much out of nowhere. Ziggler snuck up behind Orton for the ZigZag, only to have his efforts turned into the Jumping Cutter.

This dangerous move is rarely seen in pro wrestling, but when it’s carried out, you sure do know about it. The Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker sees the opponent lifted up in the air with their legs before the wrestler sits/kneels out, driving them neck first off the shoulder.

The move was first originated in Japanase manga, with the move referenced to Kinnikuman, a cartoon character who used an over-the-top variation as his finisher. Soon enough, Japanese wrestlers started using the move, most notably Tanny Mouse. The move has soon made its way onto the US independent circuit with several wrestlers categorising it as a finishing move. Sonjay Dutt labels the move as an Indian Summer, and hits a kneeling variation in the video below.

The move can start off from one of two positions. Usually, the opponent will be seated on the top turnbuckle, allowing the wrestler to grab them by the legs with their arms. As they do this, the opponent will duck their head so that the head is tucked in with the hold. Another way of starting the move is by lifting the opponent from a standing position. Here, the wrestler will grab the opponent suplex style before grabbing both of the opponent’s legs also. They will then be lifted into the elevated cradle position.

Once in this position, the wrestler will then usually stagger backwards slightly. There is a need for the wrestler to be strong, as they will be taking the whole weight of the opponent on their shoulders as they walk. At the right moment, the wrestler will then get prepared for the drop.

There are two ways to finish the move. Either the wrestler will kneel out, which is more dangerous, or they will sitout. Either way, the opponent’s neck will bounce off the wrestler’s shoulder and they will fall to the floor. In a kneeling position, the opponent usually lands stomach/head first off impact, but in the sitout position, the opponent will usually hit the canvas back first.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Kinniku Buster/ Muscle Buster Neckbreaker
  • Famous users: Sonjay Dutt, Tanny Mouse, Juventud Guerrera
  • Finished off: Rey Mysterio, Petey Williams, Kaori Yoneyama
  • H&B Rating: 9

 

Watch more variations:

Tanny Mouse’s Kinniku Buster- A seated variation of the move, where the opponent is set up exactly as mentioned before, only for the wrestler to sitout suddenly. The sudden movement drives the opponent’s neck off the shoulder, before they fall to their back.
Juventud Guerrera’s Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker- Very similar to the Indian Summer, Juvi lifts the opponent up but instead of running forward, he walks and spins around before drilling Rey with the kneeling neckbreaker.

A move which can be argued as a slam or a driver, the Sitout Suplex Slam is a move usually used by wrestlers with a technical background. It sees the opponent lifted up in a traditional vertical suplex until they are twisted and then driven down onto the canvas.

In popular wrestling culture, the move is known as a Falcon Arrow, a name that inventor Hayabusa coined the manoeuvre with when he first used it more than a decade ago. This name was also given to the move when former WWE superstar Hardcore Holly used it as a finisher during the early stages of his tenure in the company. Today, the likes of KENTA, CM Punk and Roderick Strong are all known to have used the move, but if you’re looking for a standard variation of the move, look no further than the video below where Hayabusa busts out his finisher.

The move begins with the wrestler hooking the opponent in the typical Suplex set-up position. The wrestler will apply a front facelock on the opponent and then will drape the opposition’s arm over their shoulder. This allows the wrestler to then hook onto the opponent’s trunks and lift them vertically.

Once vertical, the wrestler will use the arm holding the opponent to balance them as the other arm is placed on the opponent’s torso. The wrestler will then twist slightly, so that the opponent’s stomach is facing the wrestler’s.

With the end in sight, the wrestler will then push the opponent downwards and sit-out suddenly. The opponent will be driven back first off the canvas as the wrestler sits near their shoulders. This then allows the wrestler to hook the legs for the pin, or to simply roll away to carry out more pain to their opposition.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Falcon Arrow/ Sitout Suplex Driver
  • Famous users: Hayabusa, KENTA, Hardcore Holly, Koji Kanemoto, CM Punk
  • Finished off: Jinsei Shinzaki, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Crash Holly, Naomichi Marufuji
  • H&B Rating: 7

 

Watch more variations:

Roderick Strong’s Slingshot Sitout Suplex Slam- A nice variation which sees Strong slingshot his opponent’s legs off the rope, adding extra elevation so he can twist his body and then drive them onto the canvas sitout style.
Koji Konemato’s Sheerdrop Sitout Suplex Slam- The set up is similar to a standard Falcon Arrow, until Konemato twists the opponent around and then grasps the opponent’s torso. This forces the opponent head first onto the canvas.
CM Punk’s Sitout Suplex Slam- Another way to hit the move, Punk sets the opponent up for a suplex and then turns his whole body 180 degrees before sitting out. Here, the opponent is not elevated for a long time, making it almost a snap Falcon Arrow.
KENTA’s Avalanche Sitout Suplex Slam- Rather than traditionally hitting the move from the canvas, KENTA sets the opponent up top and hits the move. He hits the move similarly to CM Punk, only from the top rope.

Move of the Week | 11th-18th January 2011
Mic Check

This time’s Move of the Week isn’t necessarily based on the move pulled off, more about the moment it was executed. At Genesis 2011 last Sunday, Mr. Anderson faced Jeff Hardy, a wrestler who had turned from fan favourite to super heel over the last few months. Hardy had several run-ins with Anderson before this match, with Anderson making clear that he wanted Jeff’s TNA World Heavyweight belt. At Genesis, Anderson managed to achieve his goal in a show-stopping contest. As the closing moments came, Anderson disposed of Matt Hardy until he turned round right into a Twist of Hate attempt by Jeff. However, Anderson had the opposition scouted and slammed him with an Inverted STO, a move he dubs the ‘Mic Check.’ It was quite a surprise that Anderson managed to get the win, but a very nice surprise because Anderson is finally on a platform where he belongs.

Other Contenders:

Dolph Ziggler’s ZigZag into the Steel Steps- The feud between Edge and Dolph Ziggler is hotting up. This week, Dolph left the champion laid out following a ZigZag which planted Edge head first off the steel steps.
Rey Mysterio’s Asai Moonsault- Mysterio is someone who appears on this list almost every week. This week, he hit a great Asai Moonsault onto Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes during a tag team bout.
Randy Orton’s RKO- Alex Riley has fallen victim to the RKO several times, and this week was no different. During a tag team bout, Orton utilised the move which gave his team the victory.

Writing about this move comes at a very good time, as the Argentine Rack DDT is quickly becoming a well recognised finishing move in wrestling. It sees the opponent hoisted up in an Argentine Rack before they are flipped sidewards into a DDT.

First, wrestling fans minds need to be put at rest. Most fans label the move as a Burning Hammer, a name that WWE commentators coin the manoeuvre. A Burning Hammer however, is an Inverted Death Valley Driver where the opponent is planted on their head rather than their face. The Argentine Rack DDT has been used by wrestlers all over the globe, and was the finisher of Christopher Daniels’ alter-ego Curry Man when he appeared in TNA and Japan. However, more recently, the move is used by Tyler Reks as a devestating finisher. In the video, he hits Trent Baretta with a great version of the move.

In order for the move to begin, the wrestler will usually be standing behind the opponent. The wrestler will then grab the opponent’s arm and hook their own arm in between the wrestler’s legs before lifting the wrestler upwards. The wrestler will now be lying sidewards on the wrestler’s shoulders in an Argentine Rack manoeuvre, also known as a Torture Rack.

When the opponent has been hooked in this position, the wrestler will then use the hand closest to the opponent’s head and grasp the opponent’s throat with their hand. This means that when the opponent is flipped downwards, they are easily transferred into a DDT.

The wrestler will now use their hand near the wrestler’s legs to flip them over. As they flip downwards towards the canvas, they will instantly fall into a facelock. This means that when they hit the canvas, they will hit it DDT style, their face slamming onto the mat as the wrestler falls downwards with them.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Torture Rack DDT/ Argentine DDT/ Spicy Drop/ Burning Hammer [coined by WWE]
  • Famous users: Tyler Reks, Curry Man
  • Finished off: Kaval, Trent Baretta, JTG, Consequences Creed, Johnny Devine
  • H&B Rating: 9

 

Watch more variations:

Curry Man’s Spicy Drop- The Spicy Drop sees Curry Man, also known as Christopher Daniels, lift the opponent Argentine Rack style before running forward and DDT’ing the opponent on the canvas.
Sexxxy Eddy and JC Bailey’s Double Swinging Argentine Rack DDT- A double team variation of the manoeuvre, starting off from a very unique position. Bailey and Eddy grasp Jack Evans’ arms and legs off the ground and swing him into the move.

Wrestler Name: Prince Devitt
Ring Debut:
2000
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
178lbs
Finishing Move/s:
Bloody Sunday (Single Underhook Lifting Implant DDT); Prince’s Throne (Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster); Shingata Prince’s Throne (Canadian Backbreaker hold twisted into a Double Knee Gutbuster)
Signature Moves:
Brainbuster; Devitt’s End (Fujiwara Ambar); Falling Overhead Kick; Diving Double Foot Stomp; Somersault Suicide Senton; Inverted Lungblower
Wrestling Style:
Submission Technical
Promotions Performed In:
NWA UK Hammerlock; MWF; NJPW
Current Promotion/s:
NJPW
Career Highlight:
Devitt is a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, a title that has been held by the likes of Naomichi Marufuji and Jushin Liger.
Random fact:
His wrestling style has been compared to that of the late Chris Benoit, earning him the nickname of Pegasus Kid II in Japan.

Quickly becoming a prominent figure in the Japanese pro wrestling market, Prince Devitt is a competitor with a pure passion for the business. After making his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2006, Devitt has managed to gain five title runs compromising of Tag Team and Singles championships.

With a technical moveset under his name, Devitt has managed to defeat some of the best competitors in the business, including names such as Davey Richards and Naomichi Marufuji. In the annual Tokyo Sports Grand Prix 2010, Devitt was awarded the ‘Best Bout’ trophy following his stunning October match which saw him team up with Ryusuke Taguchi to take on Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi.

In May last year, Devitt entered NJPW’s ‘Best of the Juniors’ tournament and managed to eventually win the tournament. This gave him a shot against Marufuji for the IGWP Junior Heavyweight Title, which Devitt won after pinning the Japanese icon. Since June 2010, the title has been in his possession and has been defended succesfully four times, showing that Devitt will fight hard to keep the belt around his waist.

The talents of Devitt knows no bounds, and he is quickly becoming a rising star in Japan. Whether he will take his skills to the US and go far in companies like TNA, WWE or ROH, no-one knows. But for now, Devitt looks comfortable where he is, and will continue to fight his way to the top in NJPW.

Find out more: Prince Devitt’s Wikipedia Profile | Prince Devitt’s Puroresu Central Profile | Prince Devitt’s Profightdb Page
Watch: The Top Ten Moves of Prince Devitt | Prince Devitt vs. Koto Ibushi | Prince Devitt vs. Naomichi Marufuji