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A move that is both amazing to see and painful to feel, the Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster is a technical move which requires technique to pull off. The manoeuvre sees the opponent driven from a lifted position onto the wrestler’s knees, which are crushed into their stomach.

This Gutbuster manoeuvre was probably made popular by former WWE superstar Jamie Noble, who used the move as a signature manoeuvre during his cruiserweight tenure. Today, the move can be seen by many superstars, especially in the independent circuit. Some of its users include the likes of Roderick Strong and Prince Devitt, who is featured in the video below dishing out the move to Alex Shelley from a match in Japan.

Like a usual Fireman’s Carry, the wrestler will usually grab the opponent’s arm before placing their arm in between their legs. This will cause the oppponent to be lifted onto the wrestler’s shoulders, so that they are lying stomach first on top of the wrestler’s shoulders.

With the opponent now lifted, the wrestler will then need to begin to lift them off in order to drop them into the Gutbuster. To do this, the wrestler will usually place their hands on to the wrestler’s chest and knees and then throw them upwards. As the opponent is thrown upwards, the wrestler will begin to fall backwards.

Now, with the opponent just miliseconds away from hitting the canvas, the wrestler will have fallen back and will then lift their knees. This causes the opponent to fall stomach first onto the wrestler’s knees before rolling to the canvas in pain.

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  • Also known as: Double Knee Gutbuster/ Prince’s Throne
  • Famous users: Jamie Noble, Prince Devitt, Roderick Strong
  • Finished off: Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega, Nunzio, Paul London
  • H&B Rating: 9

 

Watch more variations:

Jamie Noble’s Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster- Essentially the same way that Devitt hits the move, yet the impact of the knees is usually sold even more, as they fly off the knees upon impact.
Roderick Strong’s Fireman’s Carry Double Knee Gutbuster- Again, very similar to a simple variation, except Roderick sometimes turns the move from a Gutbuster into a Chestblower manoeuvre, as the video shows.
Roderick Strong’s Press Lift into a Double Knee Gutbuster- Okay, so this doesn’t start off from a Fireman’s Carry, but it ends up like one. The opponent is lifted upwards then dropped onto the wrestler’s knees.
Consequences Creed’s Military Press Double Knee Gutbuster- Another move that doesn’t start off from a Fireman’s Carry but ends up looking exactly like the move’s finish. Instead of a Fireman’s Carry, Creed Military Presses the opponent high before dropping them onto the knees.

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.

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  • 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.

Imagine being planted back first onto an outstretched knee. Sounds painful? Well double that with the Double Knee Backbreaker. This move sees a wrestler drive both knees into the back of an opponent and can be done from a variety of positions.

The move gained global exposure following former WWE wrestler Carlito assigning the move as his finisher during his tenure. However, the move was also used beforehand by the first ever WWE Tough Enough winner Maven, as well as being well used on the independent circuit. A well-known user of the move is James Storm, who hits a nice variation on Alex Shelley in the video.

For the standard variation of the Double Knee Backbreaker, the wrestler will stand behind an opponent. The opponent will most likely be standing to their feet following another move/ reversal by the wrestler, and the wrestler will await the opponent to stand upright.

From there, the wrestler will either grasp onto the opponent’s shoulders or wrench in a rear chinlock. This allows the wrestler to hold on to the opponent and boost their knees upright, so that they practically touch the upper back of the opponent.

Once in this position, the opponent will help my falling backwards. Once falling backwards, the knees of the wrestler will connect with the upper back of the opponent, driving them into a backbreaker. The move looks like it would hurt, but it is usually cushioned by either the wrestler wearing knee pads or the opponent falling into a half-seated position to prevent injury.

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  • Also known as: Lungblower/ Backcracker/ Backstabber/ Superdrol
  • Famous users: Carlito, Maven, James Storm, Lacey, Rain, Kirby Mack, Josh Abercrombie, Brandon Thomaselli, CIMA
  • Finished off: John Morrison, Gregory Helms, Ricochet, Pac
  • H&B Rating: 9

 

Watch more variations:

Carlito’s Backstabber- Although we don’t condone Diva violence, this Backstabber to Torrie Wilson is perfectly sold and looks incredibly effective.
Roderick Strong’s Torture Rack Lungblower- The self-proclaimed ‘King of the Backbreaker’ Roderick Strong shows that a Double Knee Backbreaker can be hit from practically anywhere.
Rain’s Tornado Lungblower- One of Rain’s patented move, this sees her start from the top rope before twisting into the move.
CIMA’s Superdrol- Notice how CIMA leaps far before hitting the move, adding impact to the move.
Josh Abercrombie’s Taliban Backpack- Abercrombie flies off the top rope before hitting the move, making the conventional move look twice as effective.
Brandon Thomaselli’s The Deal - The first move of the video, this is an impressive backbreaker from a powerbomb position.