A strike that was first originated by Japanese favourite Keiji Mutoh, who was well known by The Great Muta character he portrayed, this move sees the wrestler drive their knee/ inside leg into the opponent’s face as they kneel on the canvas.
In wrestling today, there are many ‘Shining’ moves, which is defined as a position where the wrestler steps up onto the opponent before pulling off a move. However, it was the Shining Wizard which established this position, and the move is famous worldwide. WWE fans will know that current superstar Yoshi Tatsu has the manoeuvre in his moveset, but Keiji Mutoh is the official inventor, and it is he who pulls off the move in the video below.
In order for the move to start, the usual position is for the opponent to be kneeling down on one knee. Their other leg will be placed foot first on the canvas, so it is angled slightly. This provides a step for the wrestler in order to pull off the move.
Now that the opponent is in this position, the wrestler will charge forward. As they come within a few steps of the opponent, the wrestler will lurch their body forward before stepping on the opponent’s angled leg.
With the wrestler now half-balanced on the opponent’s leg, they will use their other leg and swing it towards the opponent’s face. Either the wrestler’s knee/inner leg will connect with the opponent’s face, in turn knocking them down to the ground.
- Also known as: Step-up Knee Strike
- Famous users: Keiji Mutoh, CM Punk, Yoshi Tatsu, Nasawa Rongai
- Finished off: Yoshihiro Takayama, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kaz Hayashi
- H&B Rating: 7
Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard from behind– Instead of hitting the opponent in the face, Mutoh hits the Shining Wizard with the opponent facing away. This causes the knee to connect with the back of the head.
Nanae Takahashi’s Shining Wizard– A stiff variation of the move, instead of swinging her knee, Nanae shoots it upright. This causes her kneecap to plant into her opponent’s face hard.
CM Punk’s Climbing Shining Wizard– This sees Punk use the rope as a step-up before using the knee to blast into a cornered opponent’s face. In WWE, Punk uses this move and then follows up with a Running Headlock Bulldog.
Satanic Scythe’s Standing Shining Wizard– Rather than the opponent kneeling, they are instead standing. This requires the wrestler to leap higher in order for the opponent to get rocked with the knee.