Archive for the ‘Slams’ Category

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.

To kick start into the twenties, the Scoop Swinging Side Slam is an impressive variation of the Side Slam. It sees the opponent lifted upwards before their body is manoeuvred into a slick looking slam onto the canvas.

Wrestlers such as the late Umaga and Chuck Palumbo have had this move in their arsenal, bringing attention to the move during their WWE stints. However, over in TNA, the move was introduced by ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris in 2002. He named the move the Catatonic and pulled off many devestating variations, including the one to Eric Young in the video below which sees Styles hit the canvas almost head first.

The move can be started off from quite a few positions. The most usual position is for the opponent to be scooped in the wrestler’s grasp. This sees the wrestler grab the opponent by placing one hand between their legs and on their trunks, and another near the opponent’s neck area. This means that the opponent is parallel over the opponent’s arms. The opponent can be caught like this as well after they attempt a diving/running cross body.

Now that the opponent is in this position, the wrestler will bend their knees slightly in order to gain momentum to spin the opponent out. To do this, the wrestler will swing the wrestler slightly to one side, and then quickly swing them back before releasing the hold on their legs. This then means the opponent is now in the wrestler’s grasp via the wrestler’s arm over the opponent’s throat.

Once this has been initiated, the wrestler will then either fall forwards or sit out with the opponent in grasp. Either way, the opponent will get driven back/upper shoulder or even head first into the canvas, finishing off the move.

Statistics:

  • Also known as: Wind-up Slam/ Catatonic/ Total Anarchy/ Gunslinger
  • Famous users: Chris Harris, Umaga, Chuck Palumbo, Arik Cannon, Joey Silvia
  • Finished off: AJ Styles, Kenny Dykstra, Jimmy Jacobs
  • H&B Rating: 7

 

Watch more variations:

Arik Cannon’s Total Anarchy- Hiromi Horiguchi flies off the top with a Diving Cross Body, but Arik has him scouted, reversing it with the Swinging Side Slam that he dubs as the Total Anarchy. Notice in this move that Cannon sits out, rather than falling forward.
Umaga’s Release Swinging Side Slam- The move looks similar to standard Swinging Side Slam, except Umaga doesn’t fall or sit out. Instead, he releases the opponent in mid-swing, causing them to corkscrew down towards the canvas.
Joey Silvia’s Out of Gas- Skip to 0:12 of the video, and you’ll see the move that Indie wrestler Joey Silvia calls the Out of Gas. It is still a Swinging Side Slam, but this time is performed from a powerslam position, which sees the swing exceeded.
Billy Gunn’s Gunnslinger- This sees less of a swing into the move, but is still exceptionally powerful.