Possibly one of the most brutal suplex variations, the Tiger Suplex sees the opponent approached from behind and slammed into the canvas almost head first.
The move was popularised by the legendary Tiger Mask, but was first invented by Alfonso Dantes, a Mexican professional wrestler. Perhaps one of the greatest wrestlers of the modern era who uses the move is KENTA, who pulls off a superb bridging variation to Naomichi Marufuji in the video below.
The Tiger Suplex starts off with the wrestler positioned behind the opponent. The opponent is usually groggily standing, or has just got to their feet, allowing the wrestler to plan out the manoeuvre.
Once the opponent groggily falls into the wrestler’s attack line, the wrestler will grasp both of the opponent’s arms in an underhook-like fashion, usually near the biceps area. This will trap the opponent’s arms behind their back and thus make them prone to the suplex.
With the arms hooked, the wrestler will then fall backwards, ensuring that they bridge their body with the fall. This will cause the opponent to land on the upper back/ back of the head area as they are driven onto the canvas. The wrestler will usually finalise the opponent by releasing the arms allowing the opponent to roll backwards, or they will keep the arms hooked to allow them to bridge their body upright and go for the pin fall.
- Also known as: Double Underhook German Suplex
- Famous users: Mitsuharu Misawa, Tiger Mask, The Great Sasuke, Bryan Danielson, KENTA
- Finished off: Kenta Kobashi, Jushin “Thunder” Lyger
- H&B Rating: 8
Watch more variations:
Mitsuharu Misawa’s Tiger Suplex- Before his death last year, Misawa was a well known user of this move. Here, he defeats Kenta Kobashi, and notice the bridge following the move.
Mitsuharu Misawa’s Apron Tiger Suplex- A very brutal Tiger Suplex, driving the opponent onto the arena floor below.
Tiger Mask’s Henkei Tiger Suplex- A variation of the Tiger Suplex where one of the opponent’s wrist is clutched rather than hooked.
Bradshaw’s Release Tiger Suplex- A rarity for Bradshaw to have pulled off, this sees the opponent released and flipped onto their stomach.