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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.

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.

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.

An effective and powerful manoeuvre, the Backflip Kick is a move used by wrestlers with an aerial and acrobatic expertise. It sees the wrestler with their back towards the opponent perform a backflip, with one leg outstretching slightly to kick the opponent on top of the head.

The move is more commonly known as a Pele Kick due to its use by AJ Styles. He called the move this due to its similarity to soccer legend Pele, who once hit a Backflip Kick to score a goal in a World Cup contest. This strike is used all over the wrestling circuit, with it being popular in Japan and along the US independent circuit too. However, AJ was the wrestler to popularise the move, and therefore is seen in the video below hitting a nice variation to Douglas Williams.

To start off the move, the wrestler’s back has to be towards the opponent. Usually, to do this, the wrestler will first duck an incoming clothesline attempt from the opponent, and wait for them to turn around. This will be a pre-set manoeuvre discussed between the opponent and wrestler in order to make the move look smooth and surprising.

Now with the wrestler’s back towards the opponent, they will swing their arms to hit a backflip manoeuvre similar to a Standing Moonsault. However, as a difference to this similar move, the wrestler will flick out one of their legs so that it is within distance to kick the opponent on top of the head. The wrestler will also not usually go all the way over onto their stomach, as they will usually use their hands to balance the kick.

Just milliseconds after executing a flip, the wrestler will stretch their hands out so that they land on them. This will then allow the foot to connect with the opponent’s head, which will drop them to the floor.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Pele Kick/ Standing Moonsault Kick
  • Famous users: AJ Styles, Kota Ibushi, Johnny Margera, Tyler Black, Helios
  • Finished off: Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, El Generico
  • H&B Rating: 8

 

Watch more variations:

Kota Ibushi’s Backflip Kick- A great variation where not one, but both of Kota’s feet strike the top of his opponent’s head.
Tyler Black’s Backflip Kick- Maybe this can be categorised more as a Swinging Enziguiri, however, Black sometimes performs this move very similar to a Pele Kick. Skip to 0:59 of the video and you’ll see what I mean.
Helios’ Rollback Backflip Kick- With the opponent standing, Helios hits a backward roll onto his feet and then flips backwards high in the air, planting the opponent with the kick.
Kota Ibushi’s Handspring Backflip Kick- An incredible acrobatic variation, Kota runs forward, hits a cartwheel and then plants a Backflip Kick right on El Generico’s head, who is standing prey on the top rope.

To kick-start the Facebusters category on the blog, we bring to you the Double Chickenwing Facebuster, a move used by a variety of wrestlers in the pro wrestling world today. It sees the wrestler lift the opponent by their arms before slamming them stomach/face first to the ground.

In independent wrestling, the move is well-known as being assigned to Jon Moxley, but it was probably WWE’s former diva Jazz who gave the move- which she labelled a ‘Bitch Clamp‘- exposure. It has been further highlighted thanks to its use by current WWE diva Beth Phoenix, who uses a sitout variation named as the Glam Slam. The sitout variation is the most effective way to hit the move, as shown in the video below. Here, Paul London hits the Waffle Face- the name he labels the move- to former teammate Brian Kendrick in a match for Dragon Gate USA.

The move starts off with the wrestler behind the opponent, facing their back. From this position, the wrestler will hook the arms in a Chickenwing lock. This sees the arms hooked by both the wrestler’s arms, giving them the strength they need to lift the opponent upwards.

Onto the lift, and the wrestler will lift the opponent pretty high in the air with the lock still applied. Usually, the opponent’s legs will be wrapped around the wrestler’s stomach, but it is also common for the opponent’s legs to drape downwards.

Now onto the drop of the move, and there are two ways for this to occur. Either the wrestler will drop the opponent face first, whilst still standing, or the wrestler will ensure the opponent’s legs are hooked around their body, wheelbarrow style. This then allows the wrestler to release the double chickenwing lock and then sit out abruptly, driving the opponent’s face and upper body area onto the canvas.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Double Arm Wheelbarrow Facebuster/ Glam Slam/ Bitch Clamp/ Waffle Face/ Hook & Ladder/ Dodon
  • Famous users: Paul London, Beth Phoenix, Jazz, Jon Moxley, Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Finished off: Kota Ibushi, Jimmy Jacobs, Melina, Michelle McCool
  • H&B Rating: 8

 

Watch more variations:

Ryusuke Taguchi’s Dodon- This move sees Taguchi elevate the opponent Double Chickenwing style, before dropping abruptly. However, he keeps hooked of one of Kota Ibushi’s arms, which results in a hard drop onto the canvas.
Beth Phoenix’s Glam Slam- The strong Beth Phoenix elevates the opponent and then holds them there for a while. Then, suddenly, she releases the hold, and drops them into a Sitout Wheelbarrow Facebuster.
Jazz’s Bitch Clamp- A move without the sitout position, and many can argue that this is more a submission hold. However, Jazz would only apply the submission for a short while, in order to then throw the opponent down facebuster style.

Continuing the latest insight into popular Japanese wrestling moves comes the Muta Lock, a submission hold that is both painful and good-looking. It sees the wrestler locks the opponent’s legs before bridging their body back into a facelock hold.

For a wrestler to pull it off, they need to be athletic and flexible, especially to hit the bridging part of the move. It is also known as an Inverted STF, although many fans argue it is only similar thanks to the facelock involved. As far as US exposure of the move, WWE superstar Melina used the move as a submission finisher for a short while, naming it the ‘California Dream‘. However, to see a great version of the move, look no further than Great Muta’s variation in the video below; after all, he did invent the move back in Japan decades ago.

The move pays attention to stretching out the opponent’s entire body. In order for the move to begin, the opponent will usually be lying on the floor face down. The wrestler will walk over to the opponent’s legs, and step in between them. From there, they will then reach down and cross the opponent’s legs so that they are trapping the wrestler’s leg. This is known as an Indian Deathlock position.

Now in this position, the standing wrestler will begin to bridge backwards. This means that, in a flexible motion, they fall backwards so that their head is literally pointed on the mat, pretty much next to the wrestler’s upper body/head. From there, the wrestler will then use their hands and wrench them over the opponent’s face.

Once that has been done, the wrestler will bridge their body further and pull on the opponent’s face/chin, causing the opponent to arch their body slightly. This will work over the opponent’s back and neck, and could even lead to the opponent tapping out from the pain.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Inverted STF/ California Dream/ Bridging Indian Deathlock Facelock
  • Famous users: The Great Muta, Melina, AJ Styles, Manami Toyota, MsChif
  • Finished off: Beth Phoenix, Low Ki, Riki Chusu
  • H&B Rating: 7

 

Watch more variations:

Melina’s California Dream- Melina’s flexibility makes the move look slightly different. She crosses the legs, and then bridges back before wrenching the opponent’s neck.
AJ Style’s Muta Lock variation- AJ starts the move off as a traditional Muta Lock hold, but uses Jack Evans’ flexibility against him. After wrenching the face with the hands, he then moves onto wrenching the neck with his arm, almost snapping Jack in two.
Manami Toyota’s Muta Lock variation- Instead of wrenching the face, Toyota hooks the upper body of the opponent with the arms trapped underneath. This further wrenches the opponent’s body.
MsChif’s Double Leg Muta Lock- Instead of crossing the legs, MsChif traps the opponent’s legs before bridging her body back and applying the facelock. A very flexible variation which only MsChif could probably pull off.

For a simple move, the Double Foot Stomp is surprisingly effective. Used as a signature move by some of the best wrestlers in the business today, it sees the wrestler drive their feet into the opponent’s body, usually after leaping off the top turnbuckle.

The move is used widely over the Independent circuit, particularly in the Hardcore wrestling side of things. It is here where you will see the move busted out onto a variety of weapons, with the likes of Damian and TJ Cannon being great users of the move. However, if you wanted to see a brilliant variation, look no further than that of WWE’s Kaval. He uses a great variation, which he calls the Warrior’s Way.

To start off the move, the wrestler needs to be elevated. Usually, the Double Foot Stomp is pulled off from the top/middle turnbuckle, which sees the wrestler start the move by jumping upwards off the top turnbuckle. However, it is also common for the move to be pulled off from a standing position. The standing position sees the wrestler stand near the opponent and jump upwards. In any variation, the opponent is usually grounded, and can be lying horizontally or vertically on the mat in regards to the wrestler.

Now that the wrestler is in the air, they can do one of two things. They can either simply let their feet drop downwards, ready to hit the stomp, or- which is quite common- for added effect to lift their legs upwards whilst in mid-air before dropping their feet down suddenly. This is the version that Kaval pulls off in the video.

Once this has been achieved, the wrestler will now come crashing downwards. Their feet will connect with the opponent’s upper chest/abdomen usually, depending on how the opponent is lying on the ground. Once connected, the wrestler will either fall downwards and then clamber for the pin, or will hit a nice roll away after connection.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Diving Foot Stomp/ Standing Foot Stomp/ Warrior’s Way
  • Famous users: Kaval, Prince Devitt, Damian, Kevin Steen, Chris Hero, Chikayo Nagashima, Sonjay Dutt
  • Finished off: Alex Riley, Michael McGillicutty, Kevin Steen, Yoshika Tamura
  • H&B Rating: 5

 

Watch more variations:

Kevin Steen’s Standing Double Foot Stomp- Usually done in the position seen here, the opponent will look for a Sunset Flip, but the wrestler will resist before jumping upwards and slamming their feet into the opposition’s chest.
Chris Hero’s Springboard Double Foot Stomp- Instead of hitting the move off the top rope, Hero leaps to the top rope from the apron and blasts the opponent with the move.
Kaval’s Tree of Woe Ghetto Stomp- A move that Kaval used in the independent circuit, he gets the opponent in a Tree of Woe then stands on the top rope. The opponent then lifts their body up as Kaval hits the move, crushing them down to the canvas.
Chikayo Nagashima’s Front Flip Double Foot Stomp- This is basically a more entertaining variation of the move. Instead of simply jumping off the top rope, Nagashima flips forward, rotating far enough that she lands on the opponent’s body feet first.
Sonjay Dutt’s Moonsault Double Foot Stomp- An inverted variation of the move above, yet a little more impressive. It looks like Dutt will hit a moonsault, but he gets extreme height, allowing him to land standing on M-Dogg 20′s chest.

A strike that was first originated by Japanese favourite Keiji Mutoh, who was well known by The Great Muta character he portrayed, this move sees the wrestler drive their knee/ inside leg into the opponent’s face as they kneel on the canvas.

In wrestling today, there are many ‘Shining’ moves, which is defined as a position where the wrestler steps up onto the opponent before pulling off a move. However, it was the Shining Wizard which established this position, and the move is famous worldwide. WWE fans will know that current superstar Yoshi Tatsu has the manoeuvre in his moveset, but Keiji Mutoh is the official inventor, and it is he who pulls off the move in the video below.

In order for the move to start, the usual position is for the opponent to be kneeling down on one knee. Their other leg will be placed foot first on the canvas, so it is angled slightly. This provides a step for the wrestler in order to pull off the move.

Now that the opponent is in this position, the wrestler will charge forward. As they come within a few steps of the opponent, the wrestler will lurch their body forward before stepping on the opponent’s angled leg.

With the wrestler now half-balanced on the opponent’s leg, they will use their other leg and swing it towards the opponent’s face. Either the wrestler’s knee/inner leg will connect with the opponent’s face, in turn knocking them down to the ground.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Step-up Knee Strike
  • Famous users: Keiji Mutoh, CM Punk, Yoshi Tatsu, Nasawa Rongai
  • Finished off: Yoshihiro Takayama, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kaz Hayashi
  • H&B Rating: 7

 

Watch more variations:

Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard from behind- Instead of hitting the opponent in the face, Mutoh hits the Shining Wizard with the opponent facing away. This causes the knee to connect with the back of the head.
Nanae Takahashi’s Shining Wizard- A stiff variation of the move, instead of swinging her knee, Nanae shoots it upright. This causes her kneecap to plant into her opponent’s face hard.
CM Punk’s Climbing Shining Wizard- This sees Punk use the rope as a step-up before using the knee to blast into a cornered opponent’s face. In WWE, Punk uses this move and then follows up with a Running Headlock Bulldog.
Satanic Scythe’s Standing Shining Wizard- Rather than the opponent kneeling, they are instead standing. This requires the wrestler to leap higher in order for the opponent to get rocked with the knee.