#35: Lifting Sitout Spinebuster

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Spinebusters
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A move that is used by mainly technical/ strong wrestlers, this is a nice variation of a spinebuster which sees the opponent lifted upwards and then planted back first onto the canvas.

Probably made most famous by D’Lo Brown– who named the move the ‘Sky High’– the Lifting Sitout Spinebuster is mainly used as a signature manoeuvre by many wrestlers worldwide. Some of those include Tommy Dreamer, Apollo, Billy Kidman and Chris Hero. It is also known as a Rydeen Bomb, a name coined by Japanese sensation Satoshi Kojima. A great variation, however, can be seen in the video below, where Chris Masters throws Drew McIntyre upwards in the air before planting him onto the canvas.

The move usually starts off with the opponent running towards the wrestler. This allows the opponent to gain momentum to jump high in the air in order to sell the move more effectively. When the opponent gets within a few feet of the wrestler, the wrestler will grasp the opponent up in the air by using their abdomen/armpits.

With the opponent now in the air, the wrestler will then transition their hands so that they are close to the opponent’s chest. This allows the wrestler to slightly keep hold of the opponent but also allows them to get ready to push them downwards towards the canvas.

The wrestler’s hands will now be pretty much on the opponent’s upper body, allowing them to forcefully push them downwards to the canvas. The opponent will hit the canvas back first as the wrestler sits down abruptly, making the move look pretty similar to a powerbomb-style manoeuvre. The wrestler can then hook the opponent’s legs ready for the pinfall.


  • Also known as: Rydeen Bomb/ Sky lift Powerbomb/ Sky High/ Sitout Spinebuster
  • Famous users: Satoshi Kojima, D’Lo Brown, Tommy Dreamer, Billy Kidman, Apollo, Chris Masters, Gregory Helms
  • Finished off: Low Ki, Taka Michinoku, Lita, Rey Mysterio, Val Venis
  • H&B Rating: 7


Watch more variations:

D’Lo Brown’s Sky High– One of the first American wrestlers seen to use the move, D’Lo hits a good variation where he keeps the opponent high before spinning slightly and driving them down to the canvas.
Billy Kidman’s BK Bomb– Kidman used this move as a signature, mainly to smaller competitors than himself. He hits a nice variation here to Spike Dudley during a cruiserweight match.
Rosie Lottalove’s Lifting Sitout Spinebuster– Slightly different here, as Rosie lifts the opponent using their legs before dropping down into the sitout position.
Tommy Dreamer’s Liting Sitout Spinebuster– Dreamer is used to busting out great moves, and in this video he shows no exception, lifting a larger Kevin Thorn upwards before planting him on the canvas.


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