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Wrestler Name: Prince Devitt
Ring Debut:
2000
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
178lbs
Finishing Move/s:
Bloody Sunday (Single Underhook Lifting Implant DDT); Prince’s Throne (Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster); Shingata Prince’s Throne (Canadian Backbreaker hold twisted into a Double Knee Gutbuster)
Signature Moves:
Brainbuster; Devitt’s End (Fujiwara Ambar); Falling Overhead Kick; Diving Double Foot Stomp; Somersault Suicide Senton; Inverted Lungblower
Wrestling Style:
Submission Technical
Promotions Performed In:
NWA UK Hammerlock; MWF; NJPW
Current Promotion/s:
NJPW
Career Highlight:
Devitt is a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, a title that has been held by the likes of Naomichi Marufuji and Jushin Liger.
Random fact:
His wrestling style has been compared to that of the late Chris Benoit, earning him the nickname of Pegasus Kid II in Japan.

Quickly becoming a prominent figure in the Japanese pro wrestling market, Prince Devitt is a competitor with a pure passion for the business. After making his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2006, Devitt has managed to gain five title runs compromising of Tag Team and Singles championships.

With a technical moveset under his name, Devitt has managed to defeat some of the best competitors in the business, including names such as Davey Richards and Naomichi Marufuji. In the annual Tokyo Sports Grand Prix 2010, Devitt was awarded the ‘Best Bout’ trophy following his stunning October match which saw him team up with Ryusuke Taguchi to take on Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi.

In May last year, Devitt entered NJPW’s ‘Best of the Juniors’ tournament and managed to eventually win the tournament. This gave him a shot against Marufuji for the IGWP Junior Heavyweight Title, which Devitt won after pinning the Japanese icon. Since June 2010, the title has been in his possession and has been defended succesfully four times, showing that Devitt will fight hard to keep the belt around his waist.

The talents of Devitt knows no bounds, and he is quickly becoming a rising star in Japan. Whether he will take his skills to the US and go far in companies like TNA, WWE or ROH, no-one knows. But for now, Devitt looks comfortable where he is, and will continue to fight his way to the top in NJPW.

Find out more: Prince Devitt’s Wikipedia Profile | Prince Devitt’s Puroresu Central Profile | Prince Devitt’s Profightdb Page
Watch: The Top Ten Moves of Prince Devitt | Prince Devitt vs. Koto Ibushi | Prince Devitt vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Possibly one of the most brutal suplex variations, the Tiger Suplex sees the opponent approached from behind and slammed into the canvas almost head first.

The move was popularised by the legendary Tiger Mask, but was first invented by Alfonso Dantes, a Mexican professional wrestler. Perhaps one of the greatest wrestlers of the modern era who uses the move is KENTA, who pulls off a superb bridging variation to Naomichi Marufuji in the video below.

The Tiger Suplex starts off with the wrestler positioned behind the opponent. The opponent is usually groggily standing, or has just got to their feet, allowing the wrestler to plan out the manoeuvre.

Once the opponent groggily falls into the wrestler’s attack line, the wrestler will grasp both of the opponent’s arms in an underhook-like fashion, usually near theĀ bicepsĀ area. This will trap the opponent’s arms behind their back and thus make them prone to the suplex.

With the arms hooked, the wrestler will then fall backwards, ensuring that they bridge their body with the fall. This will cause the opponent to land on the upper back/ back of the head area as they are driven onto the canvas. The wrestler will usually finalise the opponent by releasing the arms allowing the opponent to roll backwards, or they will keep the arms hooked to allow them to bridge their body upright and go for the pin fall.

Statistics

  • Also known as: Double Underhook German Suplex
  • Famous users: Mitsuharu Misawa, Tiger Mask, The Great Sasuke, Bryan Danielson, KENTA
  • Finished off: Kenta Kobashi, Jushin “Thunder” Lyger
  • H&B Rating: 8

 

Watch more variations:

Mitsuharu Misawa’s Tiger Suplex- Before his death last year, Misawa was a well known user of this move. Here, he defeats Kenta Kobashi, and notice the bridge following the move.
Mitsuharu Misawa’s Apron Tiger Suplex- A very brutal Tiger Suplex, driving the opponent onto the arena floor below.
Tiger Mask’s Henkei Tiger Suplex- A variation of the Tiger Suplex where one of the opponent’s wrist is clutched rather than hooked.
Bradshaw’s Release Tiger Suplex- A rarity for Bradshaw to have pulled off, this sees the opponent released and flipped onto their stomach.