Archive for the ‘Aerial’ Category

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.

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.

As one of the best looking diving moves in the business today, the 450 Splash combines a Senton Bomb with a Splash to make an equally powerful move. The wrestler ends up landing on the abdomen of a downed opponent after flipping through the air 450 degrees.

The number of wrestlers that use this move certainly exceeds beyond the double digits, with the most recent ‘famous’ user being WWE’s Justin Gabriel. Although Gabriel pulls off great variations, independent wrestler Austin Aries has been using the move as a finisher for quite some time. In the video below, he pulls off a really good 450 Splash from the top rope to a grounded Roderick Strong.

To begin the move, the wrestler usually climbs to the top rope and stands on the top turnbuckle. This isn’t always the case however, as the wrestler could be standing on the canvas, or even be springboarding off the top rope. However, a top rope 450 Splash is the most common variation.

Once up top, the wrestler will then dive off, and hit a mid-air somersault. However, the wrestler will tuck their legs in tight so that the rotation of the somersault causes them to do a full flip in the air. They will then release the legs which will in turn cause the wrestler to fall towards the grounded opponent chest first.

In a split second, the wrestler will land on top of the opponent, usually onto their stomach. From there, they will either instantly hook the legs for a pin or roll off the opponent upon impact.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Phoenix Splash / Superman Splash
  • Famous users: AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Justin Gabriel, Paul London, Rich Swann, Hayabusa, Jillian Hall
  • Finished off: Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan, Roderick Strong, Wade Barrett, Jun Akiyama, Mickie James
  • H&B Rating: 8

 

Watch more variations:

Rich Swann’s Standing 450 Splash- A similar move, but not carried out from a platform. Instead, Rich Swann jumps high from the canvas before drilling out the splash.
AJ Styles’ Superman Splash- Instead of hitting the move off the top turnbuckle, AJ springs off the apron and onto the top rope, before pulling off a neat 450 Splash.
Hayabusa’s Phoenix Splash- Still essentially a 450 Splash, except the wrestler starts with their back to the grounded opponent. They then corkscrew around, pulling out a 450 in mid-air. Wrestlers, like Hayabusa, need to be acrobatic to pull this off.
Dragon Kid’s Imploding 450 Splash- The wrestler starts with their back to the opponent, before pulling off a 450 there and then. This sees a 450 splash pulled off facing the turnbuckles, with the opponent moving away from the buckles before landing on the opponent.

Although the manoeuvre is possibly one of the most well-used finishers in wrestling, the Moonsault is an aerial attack which is performed onto a downed opponent.

The move used to be assigned as finishers to high-flying athletes, but with aerial attacks entering a new level, it is no surprise that heavyweights also use it in their signature arsenal. One of the best performers of this move is Japanese wrestling legend Go Shiozaki. Despite weighing in at 240lbs, Shiozaki hits this move better than most high-flyers, showing that the move isn’t limited at all.

There are different variations of the move, but the most common is performed from the top turnbuckle. This sees the wrestler climb to the top, usually with their back towards the grounded opponent. They then stand on the top rope, so that they are balanced and ready to perform the move.

With the opponent still flat out on the canvas, the wrestler will then usually swing their arms in order for them to backflip off the turnbuckle. This means the wrestler rotates so that they fall to the canvas stomach first, with the opponent awaiting for the move to hit beneath.

The wrestler will soon come crashing down to the canvas, with the opponent cupping their arms in a style of ‘catching’ the wrestler to reduce the risk of injury. Either this will occur, or the wrestler will purposefully overshoot the landing. Usually, the move is then followed with the wrestler hooking the opponent’s leg for a pin attempt.

Statistics

  • Also known as: Backflip Splash
  • Famous users: The Great Muta, Shawn Michaels, Go Shiozaki, Kurt Angle, Lita, Christopher Daniels, Evan Bourne
  • Finished off: AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, Low Ki
  • H&B Rating: 7

 

Watch more variations:

Christopher Daniels’ Best Moonsault Ever- Aptly titled for an incredible variation, Daniels leaps to the second buckle, before springboarding off the third and delivering the diving move onto the grounded opponent.
Kurt Angle’s Moonsault
- Kurt is well known for flying high before he hits the move, and this video shows how the move can be performed at an incredibly high angle.
Evan Bourne’s Standing Moonsault- Probably the perfect standing moonsault variation, Bourne tucks his body in before releasing and crushing the grounded opponent below.
Chris Jericho’s Lionsault- Essentially a springboard moonsault, Jericho has had this manoeuvre as a signature for a number of years, and can be considered as the master of it.
Ricochet’s Double Rotation Moonsault- Although this is hard to hit, it’s pleasing to the eye. Ricochet is the perfecter of this move, and spins twice before landing on the opponent.

This move requires two things. One, for the wrestler pulling off the move to be acrobatic and well balanced and two, for the opponent who is receiving the move to be strong and quick-thinking enough for the move to be executed effectively.

The Dragonrana is perhaps one of the most appealing hurracanranas out there. The move was created by Dragon Kid, who is able to pull the move off from a variety of different positions. One of it’s main users in the US is the British wrestler Pac, who in the video below crushes El Generico with the move.

This aerial move begins like most, with the wrestler positioned, standing balanced on the top turnbuckle. From here, the wrestler will await for the opponent to turn towards them. The opponent will know the move is coming, so will be simply awaiting the move.

Once the opponent is in position, the wrestler will front flip off the top rope in a 180 degrees somersault. The standing opponent will be ready to catch the wrestler, so that when the wrestler lands onto the opponent, his/her legs are on the opponent’s shoulders powerbomb style.

By this point, the wrestler will be seated on the opponent’s shoulders, their stomach towards the wrestler’s face. It is at this point when the wrestler will decide to flip backwards, with the leg strength of the wrestler and the athleticism of the opponent coming into play in terms of flipping the opponent forward onto their back.

Once the opponent’s back connects off the canvas, the wrestler will then grasp the opponent’s legs and hook them between their arms. The opponent’s shoulders are in turn positioned on the canvas for a pin count attempt. Note, a Dragonrana is one that ends with a cradle pin attempt, other wise it is simply defined as a Front Flip Headscissors Takedown.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Diving Flip Hurracanrana Pin
  • Famous users: Dragon Kid, Pac, Rey Mysterio
  • Finished off: El Generico,
  • H&B Rating: 10


Watch more variations:

Dragon Kid’s Dragonrana- Pac’s version of the move shows the opponent literally spiked on their head. This move shows the opponent hit the canvas back first, followed by a roll-up.
Little Dragon’s Phoenix Dragonrana
- this shows a Dragonrana from a different set up. Little Dragon starts with his back towards the opponent, before hitting a corkscrew and landing on the opponent’s shoulders in time for the hurracanrana finish.
Wheeler’s Dragonrana- this version sees the move hit side on. This saves the wrestler doing a full front flip which can hinder the way the opponent sells the move.