This dangerous move is rarely seen in pro wrestling, but when it’s carried out, you sure do know about it. The Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker sees the opponent lifted up in the air with their legs before the wrestler sits/kneels out, driving them neck first off the shoulder.
The move was first originated in Japanase manga, with the move referenced to Kinnikuman, a cartoon character who used an over-the-top variation as his finisher. Soon enough, Japanese wrestlers started using the move, most notably Tanny Mouse. The move has soon made its way onto the US independent circuit with several wrestlers categorising it as a finishing move. Sonjay Dutt labels the move as an Indian Summer, and hits a kneeling variation in the video below.
The move can start off from one of two positions. Usually, the opponent will be seated on the top turnbuckle, allowing the wrestler to grab them by the legs with their arms. As they do this, the opponent will duck their head so that the head is tucked in with the hold. Another way of starting the move is by lifting the opponent from a standing position. Here, the wrestler will grab the opponent suplex style before grabbing both of the opponent’s legs also. They will then be lifted into the elevated cradle position.
Once in this position, the wrestler will then usually stagger backwards slightly. There is a need for the wrestler to be strong, as they will be taking the whole weight of the opponent on their shoulders as they walk. At the right moment, the wrestler will then get prepared for the drop.
There are two ways to finish the move. Either the wrestler will kneel out, which is more dangerous, or they will sitout. Either way, the opponent’s neck will bounce off the wrestler’s shoulder and they will fall to the floor. In a kneeling position, the opponent usually lands stomach/head first off impact, but in the sitout position, the opponent will usually hit the canvas back first.
- Also known as: Kinniku Buster/ Muscle Buster Neckbreaker
- Famous users: Sonjay Dutt, Tanny Mouse, Juventud Guerrera
- Finished off: Rey Mysterio, Petey Williams, Kaori Yoneyama
- H&B Rating: 9
Watch more variations:
Tanny Mouse’s Kinniku Buster- A seated variation of the move, where the opponent is set up exactly as mentioned before, only for the wrestler to sitout suddenly. The sudden movement drives the opponent’s neck off the shoulder, before they fall to their back.
Juventud Guerrera’s Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker- Very similar to the Indian Summer, Juvi lifts the opponent up but instead of running forward, he walks and spins around before drilling Rey with the kneeling neckbreaker.