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.
- 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.