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A move that is normally accompanied with a wrist clutch, the Exploder Suplex is one of the many suplex varieties in wrestling. It sees the opponent thrown over the wrestler’s head, so that they land back first off the canvas.

The move is similar to the popular Belly-to-Belly Suplex, except it’s just a little more technical. Wrestlers such as Shelton Benjamin, Samoa Joe, BJ Whitmer and Mark Briscoe have used the move multiple times in the past, but arguably the greatest wrestler to pull this off is the move’s inventor. Puroresu wrestler Jun Akiyama debuted the move in 1998, and has paved the way for multiple variations. Here, he pulls off the suplex variant to Naomichi Marufuji, who sells the manoeuvre greatly.

To start the move off, the wrestler and opponent will be standing facing one another. From here, the wrestler will drape their arm over the opponent’s neck, trapping their arm as they do.

With the opponent’s upper-half trapped, the wrestler will then either hook the opponent’s leg or grab the inside of their leg. This will mean that the opponent is in full grasp, ready to be suplexed.

Once the wrestler has grabbed the opponent correctly, they will then lift the opponent upwards in the air. The wrestler will then fall backwards, causing the opponent to flip in the air whilst in the grasp before landing back first down onto the canvas.


  • Also known as: T-Bone Suplex/ Hooked Belly-to-Belly Suplex/ Exploder ’98
  • Famous users: Jun Akiyama, Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, BJ Whitmer, Homicide
  • Finished off: Naomichi Marufuji, Jimmy Rave, Kenta Kobashi, Mitsaharu Misawa
  • H&B Rating: 6


Watch more variations:

Jun Akiyama’s Wrist-clutch Exploder– Akiyama introduced this variation after realising that the original Exploder was not as effective as first hoped. This move can be extremely dangerous, with opponent’s frequently landing head first on the canvas.
Homicide’s Briding Exploder Suplex– In homage to a Fisherman’s Suplex, Homicide hooks the leg tight as he hits the move, allowing him to bridge into a pin fall attempt.
Michael Tarver’s Exploder Suplex– This Exploder Suplex is quite different, in that the opponent is hooked almost pumphandle style before being driven into the mat. Scott Steiner also pulls off this variation.
El Generico’s Corner Exploder Suplex– Here, El Generico uses the turnbuckles for maximum impact, hitting an Exploder Suplex on Pac which sends his back ricocheting off the buckles.


Possibly one of the most brutal suplex variations, the Tiger Suplex sees the opponent approached from behind and slammed into the canvas almost head first.

The move was popularised by the legendary Tiger Mask, but was first invented by Alfonso Dantes, a Mexican professional wrestler. Perhaps one of the greatest wrestlers of the modern era who uses the move is KENTA, who pulls off a superb bridging variation to Naomichi Marufuji in the video below.

The Tiger Suplex starts off with the wrestler positioned behind the opponent. The opponent is usually groggily standing, or has just got to their feet, allowing the wrestler to plan out the manoeuvre.

Once the opponent groggily falls into the wrestler’s attack line, the wrestler will grasp both of the opponent’s arms in an underhook-like fashion, usually near theĀ bicepsĀ area. This will trap the opponent’s arms behind their back and thus make them prone to the suplex.

With the arms hooked, the wrestler will then fall backwards, ensuring that they bridge their body with the fall. This will cause the opponent to land on the upper back/ back of the head area as they are driven onto the canvas. The wrestler will usually finalise the opponent by releasing the arms allowing the opponent to roll backwards, or they will keep the arms hooked to allow them to bridge their body upright and go for the pin fall.


  • Also known as: Double Underhook German Suplex
  • Famous users: Mitsuharu Misawa, Tiger Mask, The Great Sasuke, Bryan Danielson, KENTA
  • Finished off: Kenta Kobashi, Jushin “Thunder” Lyger
  • H&B Rating: 8


Watch more variations:

Mitsuharu Misawa’s Tiger Suplex– Before his death last year, Misawa was a well known user of this move. Here, he defeats Kenta Kobashi, and notice the bridge following the move.
Mitsuharu Misawa’s Apron Tiger Suplex– A very brutal Tiger Suplex, driving the opponent onto the arena floor below.
Tiger Mask’s Henkei Tiger Suplex– A variation of the Tiger Suplex where one of the opponent’s wrist is clutched rather than hooked.
Bradshaw’s Release Tiger Suplex– A rarity for Bradshaw to have pulled off, this sees the opponent released and flipped onto their stomach.