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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.


  • 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.


As one of the best looking diving moves in the business today, the 450 Splash combines a Senton Bomb with a Splash to make an equally powerful move. The wrestler ends up landing on the abdomen of a downed opponent after flipping through the air 450 degrees.

The number of wrestlers that use this move certainly exceeds beyond the double digits, with the most recent ‘famous’ user being WWE’s Justin Gabriel. Although Gabriel pulls off great variations, independent wrestler Austin Aries has been using the move as a finisher for quite some time. In the video below, he pulls off a really good 450 Splash from the top rope to a grounded Roderick Strong.

To begin the move, the wrestler usually climbs to the top rope and stands on the top turnbuckle. This isn’t always the case however, as the wrestler could be standing on the canvas, or even be springboarding off the top rope. However, a top rope 450 Splash is the most common variation.

Once up top, the wrestler will then dive off, and hit a mid-air somersault. However, the wrestler will tuck their legs in tight so that the rotation of the somersault causes them to do a full flip in the air. They will then release the legs which will in turn cause the wrestler to fall towards the grounded opponent chest first.

In a split second, the wrestler will land on top of the opponent, usually onto their stomach. From there, they will either instantly hook the legs for a pin or roll off the opponent upon impact.


  • Also known as: Phoenix Splash / Superman Splash
  • Famous users: AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Justin Gabriel, Paul London, Rich Swann, Hayabusa, Jillian Hall
  • Finished off: Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan, Roderick Strong, Wade Barrett, Jun Akiyama, Mickie James
  • H&B Rating: 8


Watch more variations:

Rich Swann’s Standing 450 Splash– A similar move, but not carried out from a platform. Instead, Rich Swann jumps high from the canvas before drilling out the splash.
AJ Styles’ Superman Splash– Instead of hitting the move off the top turnbuckle, AJ springs off the apron and onto the top rope, before pulling off a neat 450 Splash.
Hayabusa’s Phoenix Splash– Still essentially a 450 Splash, except the wrestler starts with their back to the grounded opponent. They then corkscrew around, pulling out a 450 in mid-air. Wrestlers, like Hayabusa, need to be acrobatic to pull this off.
Dragon Kid’s Imploding 450 Splash– The wrestler starts with their back to the opponent, before pulling off a 450 there and then. This sees a 450 splash pulled off facing the turnbuckles, with the opponent moving away from the buckles before landing on the opponent.

In professional wrestling, two Michinoku Drivers exist. The first, a Double Underhook Brainbuster, is one that will be featured in the blog at a later date, but the most common version is this scoop slam driver variant.

The move is very popular over the independent circuit, and most importantly in the Japanese wrestling circuit where the manoeuvre was perfected. Greats such as Azumi Hyuga, Sayuri Okino and Hayabusa class the move as one of their favourites. However, the inventor of the move, Taka Michinoku, is a professional at pulling it off.

Like many scoop slam moves, the wrestler usually grasps a standing opponent into a scoop position. This sees the wrestler clutch one hand on the opponent’s shoulder and another near the opponent’s groin, before lifting them upwards.

Once lifting the opponent into a scoop slam, the wrestler uses their strength to position the opponent forward. This means the opponent’s head is downwards towards the canvas, ready to finalise the move.

With the opponent set up, the wrestler then releases the opponent from their hold, slamming them down to the mat onto their back. However, just before they hit the canvas, the wrestler sits out, usually causing the opponent to get driven into the canvas upper back first.


  • Also known as: Scoop Slam Driver/ Scoop Slam Piledriver
  • Famous users: Taka Michinoku, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Juventud Guerrera, Hayabusa
  • Finished off: D’Lo Brown, Essa Rios, Rey Mysterio
  • H&B Rating: 8


Watch more variations:

Hayabusa’s Michinoku Driver II– This sheerdrop variation of the move sees the opponent’s upper shoulder blades/ neck area driven right into the canvas.
Juventud Guerrera’s Juvi Driver– Juvi brought this move into the WCW era, and it’s a different variation in that the scoop is almost transferred into a Tombstone-like hold, driving the opponent almost head first onto the canvas.
Alissa Flash’s Leg Hook Michinoku Driver II– This move is different in that Flash hooks inside the leg, leading to a different pick up of the opponent. However, the finishing stages of the move are still essentially the same as a standard Michinoku Driver II.
Beth Phoenix’s Michinoku Driver II–  This vertical variation of the move sees the scoop hold delayed for a second.
Ayako Hamada’s Hamada Driver– Hamada starts the move as though she is going for a suplex, but quickly snaps the move off, driving the opponent into the mat.


In ways a simple manoeuvre, the Fisherman Buster has been used globally to finish off both the strongest and weakest wrestlers alike.

Users of this move range from the likes of SHIMMER superstar Mercedes Martinez, former TNA and WCW star Shane Douglas and perhaps the most famous, the Japanese icon known as Hayabusa.

The set-up for the move is simple. The wrestler first drapes the opponent’s arm over the neck as if going for a traditional suplex. However, instead of simply lifting the wrestler up using the body, the wrestler will hook the opponent’s leg so that it is half hanging about a foot off the canvas. From there, the wrestler will lift the opponent vertically, with the hook of the leg assisting the lift.

Once up in the air, the wrestler will balance the opponent so that their unhooked leg is vertical in the air. Then, quickly, the wrestler will either fall sharply downwards onto their back or partly in a sit-out position. Whichever way they choose, it is guaranteed that the opponent’s head or upper shoulder area will drive into the canvas.

The move will finish depending on where the wrestler drops the opponent. Usually, the move ends with the opponent lying on their back, but there have been instances where the opponent is dropped onto their head.


  • Also known as: Leg Hook Suplex Driver/ Hooked Suplex Driver
  • Famous Users: Hayabusa, Jushin “Tiger” Lyger, Mercedes Martinez, KENTA, Shane Douglas, Akira Hokuto
  • Finished off: Lita, Super Delphin, Meiko Satamura, Nakuri Doi
  • H&B Rating: 8

Watch more variations:

Ricky Marvin’s Fisherman Buster: A variation where the wrestler is dropped directly on their head.
Mercedes Martinez Fisherman Buster: Martinez’s version of the move sees less of a vertical lift, which makes the move look quick and more painful.
Akira Hokuto’s Fisherman Buster: Similar to a vertical Fisherman’s Buster, this gives the opportunity for a painful landing.
Jushin Lyger’s Avalanche Fisherman Buster: Quintessentially a Fisherman Buster from the top rope, which adds height to the manoeuvre.