#6: Fireman’s Carry Cutter

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Cutters
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In what was, and still regularly is, coined as a TKO by the innovator of this powerful manoeuvre, Marc Mero, the Fireman’s Carry Cutter is a moved favoured by strong wrestlers.

This handy manoeuvre has been used by some of the greatest wrestlers in the business. It is used to strongly damage the opponent’s neck and face. Perhaps the best variation of this move was done by Andrew ‘Test’ Martin, back when he appeared regularly on ECW.

To start the move, the wrestler will have to have the opponent lying across their shoulder in the typical fireman’s carry manoeuvre. One arm will be in between the opponent’s legs, with the other arm holding the opponent by the back of the head.

Once this has been initiated, the wrestler will decide to either go for the move, or spin around slightly. The wrestler will then use their hand by the opponent’s legs to push the opponent away slightly by the kneecaps. The opponent will assist usually in stretching their legs out, so that they are ready for the finishing moments of the move.

With the opponent pushed out slightly, the wrestler will then grasp the opponent by the neck, cutter style, before falling out onto their back. This will mean the wrestler now only has hold of the opponent’s head, causing the opponent to hit the canvas stomach first. If sold well, the opponent will ensure that they hit the canvas almost face first in order to add appeal to the move.


  • Also known as: TKO/ You’re Dismissed/ Fireman’s Cutter
  • Famous users: Marc Mero, Andrew ‘Test’ Martin, Alex Riley, Consequences Creed, ODB, D’Lo Brown
  • Finished off: Al Snow, Tony Mamaluke, Traci Brooks, Kaval, Yujiro, Goldust
  • H&B Rating: 7

Watch more variations:

Alex Riley’s You’re Dismissed– A very good looking variation, most likely helped by the great selling of Kaval.
Consequences Creed Fireman’s Carry Cutter– This is caught off a running opponent, which makes it seem faster. Yujiro also helps by outstretching his legs further, so that he is planted face first off the canvas.
Marc Mero’s TKO– Mero may have invented the move, but he wasn’t always the best at pulling it off.
Arik Cannon’s Rope Assisted TKO–  Cannon goes for a conventional TKO, but the rope assist means that the opponent is planted almost head first.


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