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This dangerous move is rarely seen in pro wrestling, but when it’s carried out, you sure do know about it. The Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker sees the opponent lifted up in the air with their legs before the wrestler sits/kneels out, driving them neck first off the shoulder.

The move was first originated in Japanase manga, with the move referenced to Kinnikuman, a cartoon character who used an over-the-top variation as his finisher. Soon enough, Japanese wrestlers started using the move, most notably Tanny Mouse. The move has soon made its way onto the US independent circuit with several wrestlers categorising it as a finishing move. Sonjay Dutt labels the move as an Indian Summer, and hits a kneeling variation in the video below.

The move can start off from one of two positions. Usually, the opponent will be seated on the top turnbuckle, allowing the wrestler to grab them by the legs with their arms. As they do this, the opponent will duck their head so that the head is tucked in with the hold. Another way of starting the move is by lifting the opponent from a standing position. Here, the wrestler will grab the opponent suplex style before grabbing both of the opponent’s legs also. They will then be lifted into the elevated cradle position.

Once in this position, the wrestler will then usually stagger backwards slightly. There is a need for the wrestler to be strong, as they will be taking the whole weight of the opponent on their shoulders as they walk. At the right moment, the wrestler will then get prepared for the drop.

There are two ways to finish the move. Either the wrestler will kneel out, which is more dangerous, or they will sitout. Either way, the opponent’s neck will bounce off the wrestler’s shoulder and they will fall to the floor. In a kneeling position, the opponent usually lands stomach/head first off impact, but in the sitout position, the opponent will usually hit the canvas back first.


  • Also known as: Kinniku Buster/ Muscle Buster Neckbreaker
  • Famous users: Sonjay Dutt, Tanny Mouse, Juventud Guerrera
  • Finished off: Rey Mysterio, Petey Williams, Kaori Yoneyama
  • H&B Rating: 9


Watch more variations:

Tanny Mouse’s Kinniku Buster– A seated variation of the move, where the opponent is set up exactly as mentioned before, only for the wrestler to sitout suddenly. The sudden movement drives the opponent’s neck off the shoulder, before they fall to their back.
Juventud Guerrera’s Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker– Very similar to the Indian Summer, Juvi lifts the opponent up but instead of running forward, he walks and spins around before drilling Rey with the kneeling neckbreaker.


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.