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Move of the Week | 31st January- 7th February
Springboard Corkscrew Enziguiri

A simply brilliant move which was executed on last week’s TNA iMPACT! During a three way dance against Jeremy Buck and Doug Williams, Lethal looked like he’d showed off enough moves following a nice Suicide Dive onto both opponents. But instead, he had another trick up his sleeve. With Jeremy Buck inside the ring, Lethal leapt to the apron and awaited his opponent to stand, almost like predator to prey. Once standing, Lethal leapt to the apron, before spinning off the top rope with a Corkscrew Enziguiri! The kick hit Jeremy square in the head and knocked him to the canvas. This amazing move could’ve been a match ender, but unfortunately for Lethal, Buck fought back.

Other contenders:

Drew McIntyre’s Free Fall Drop onto the steps- Always one to utilise the ringside materials to his advantage, Drew managed to lift Kofi Kingston high before Flapjacking him gut first off the steel steps in a painful looking move.
Jeff Hardy’s Modified Twist of Hate- A bit of an unusual one here, as instead of starting the move in a Facelock, Hardy hit the Twist of Hate similarly to a Jumping Cutter.
Edge’s Killswitch- In homage to Christian, Edge wrapped the arms of Ziggler before turning him around into a Killswitch at the Royal Rumble last Sunday.

The enziguiri is a nice, strong attack which is sure to ground any opponent. However, there are many different variations to the move, with the most common being a Leg-feed Enziguiri. This sees the wrestler go for a kick, only for the opponent to hold onto the leg and then the wrestler uses their free leg to jump kick them in the side of the head. The Step-up Enziguiri, however, looks more slick and effective.

The move is used by a wide range of wrestlers, with most of its users being lightweight competitors. One of the famous users of the move is Alex Shelley, who pulls off a perfect variation to Jay Lethal in the video below.

In the early stages of the move, the wrestler will await the opponent to stand upright. Usually, the move will follow a simpler move which in turn turns the opponent groggy, allowing them to stand straight and get ready for the move.

With the opponent in sight, the wrestler will then charge forward. The wrestler’s right/left foot will partially balance off the standing wrestler’s leg, or the wrestler will ‘step-up’ to an imaginary platform out of thin air. Once in this position, the wrestler is then able to lift their free leg and begin to swing it upwards.

When the move hits, the wrestler’s swung leg will hit the opponent square in the back of the head. As the wrestler rolls away, the opponent will sell the move, usually either falling/rolling forwards off the manoeuvre.

Statistics

  • Also known as: Step-up Roundhouse Kick/ Jumping Roundhouse Kick
  • Famous users: Chris Jericho, Alex Shelley, Antonio Inoki, Amazing Red, Allison Danger, Arik Cannon
  • Finished off: Christian, Goldust, Super Dragon, Roderick Strong
  • H&B Rating: 6


Watch more variations:

Chris Jericho’s Step-up Enziguiri- Jericho is almost a master at this move, and hits Randy right where it hurts with this variation.
Arik Cannon’s Glimmering Warlock- a variation of the Step-Up Enziguiri, only with the opponent kneeling in preparation.