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Encyclopedia > Cutter (professional wrestling)
Randy Orton performing his RKO finisher (Jumping cutter) on Kane
Randy Orton performing his RKO finisher (Jumping cutter) on Kane

In professional wrestling, a cutter is a common term which refers to the three-quarter facelock bulldog maneuver. The move is also described as an inverted neckbreaker. This move sees an attacking wrestler first apply a three-quarter facelock (reaching back and grabbing the head of an opponent, thus pulling the opponent's jaw above the wrestler's shoulder) before falling backwards (sometimes after running forwards first) to force the opponent face-first to the mat below. Due to the facelock, the opponent's face often never reaches the mat. Instead, it lands on the shoulder of the attacking wrestler, thus damaging the neck. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Randal Randy Keith Orton[1] (born on April 1, 1980), nicknamed The Legend Killer, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ... Glen Thomas Jacobs (born April 26, 1967) better known by his ring name Kane, is an American professional wrestler. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Body Slam redirects here. ... In professional wrestling a neckbreaker is any throw or slam that focuses its attack on the opponent’s neck. ...


The cutter was originally used by Johnny Ace, who called it the Ace Crusher. However, it was most popularly used by Diamond Dallas Page, who called it the Diamond Cutter, from where the term "cutter" is now derived. John Laurinaitis (born July 31, 1965) is the Executive VP of Talent and Creative Writing for World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Page Falkenberg (born April 5, 1956 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey) is an American professional wrestler formerly for WCW, WWF (now WWE), and TNA under the ring name Diamond Dallas Page (or, DDP for short); the name on his current SAG and AFTRA cards is Dallas Page. ...


The cutter also formed the base for the later development of another professional wrestling move known as the stunner. This variant sees an attacking wrestler apply the facelock but, instead of falling to their back, this wrestler drops to a seated position, dropping an opponent's jaw across the shoulder of the wrestler. This move is most notably used by semi-retired wrestler: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Most, if not all, versions of the cutter can be modified for this jawbreaker move. A stunner is a common term in professional wrestling referring to the sitout three-quarter facelock jawbreaker maneuver. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Body Slam redirects here. ...

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Variations

Jumping cutter

This is a variation of a standard cutter, but instead of running forward, the wrestler jumps level to their opponent's head while parallel to the ground, applying a three-quarter facelock and then slams the opponent's head to the mat or to the shoulder of the attacker. This move is used by Homicide as the Gringo Cutter. This move was popularized by Randy Orton as his finisher, he uses this move on Heavier opponents as well which instead of landing on their chest, the opponent drops to there knees, Randy Orton calls it the RKO which are his initials and also stand for Randy's Knock Out. Nelson Erazo is an American professional wrestler of Puerto Rican descent, better known by his ring name, Homicide. ...


Back suplex cutter

This elevated cutter variation has the wrestler first lift an opponent from behind as with a belly to back suplex. Then, instead of falling backwards, the wrestler pushes the opponent's legs so that the opponent turns over in mid air so that they are now face down and parallel to the ground. As the opponent falls, the wrestler reaches back and seizes opponent's head in a three-quarter facelock, driving the face of the opponent into the mat. hf The Big Show performs a Vertical suplex on JBL during a house show. ...


Crucifix cutter

In this version, the wrestler first lifts the opponent up in a crucifix hold before rotating them into the cutter. Another variation involves the opponent lifted in a reverse crucifix and dropped into the cutter. This particular version was popularized in America by Tommy Dreamer, who called it the TommyHawk. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Thomas Laughlin (born February 14, 1971),[2] is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Tommy Dreamer. ...


Elevated cutter

With an opponent placed on an elevated surface, a wrestler applies a three-quarter facelock and then draws the opponent away, leaving only the opponent's feet over the elevated surface. The wrestler then falls backwards so that the opponent is forced to dive forward onto the top of their head due to the angle of which they are dropped. Lance Darkage uses this move as his basic finisher calling it the Red Dragon Bomb.


A slight variation on this sees the wrestler run forward while still applying the three-quarter facelock, pulling the opponent off before dropping backwards down to the mat to force the opponent down for a cutter from a raised height.


The elevated cutter can also be performed as a double team move. The double-team manuvers in professional wrestling are executed by two wrestlers instead of one and typicaly are used by tag teams in tag team matches. ...


Forward somersault cutter

A standing variation of the Diamond Dust in which the attacking wrestler first holds an opponent in an inverted facelock before then jumping forwards to somersault over the opponent, landing back-first with the opponent's head driven into the wrestler's shoulder. This move was popularized by Masato Tanaka. Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Masato Tanaka (born February 23, 1973 in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture) is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling in Japan and in Extreme Championship Wrestling in the United States. ...


Rolling cutter

This version of a cutter sees the wrestler place an opponent in an inverted facelock then spinning under the opponent while holding the facelock, twisting him or her into the cutter position. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ...


This move has two major variants. The first, in which the attacking wrestler rolls under their opponent, is widely referred to as the Roll of the Dice. Christopher Daniels popularized the move as one of his signature moves known as The Last Rites. Chris Hero also popularized the move as his finisher, called the Hero's Welcome. A modified version which involves hoisting the opponent off their feet before beginning the spin has also been used by other wrestlers, mainly Chris Hero, who calls it the Super Hero's Welcome. The second major variation, which is technically known as an Outward rolling cutter and referred to as a Whirling Dervish in Japan, sees the wrestler spin in the opposite direction over the opponent. Chris Spradlin (born December 24, 1979) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Chris Hero. ...


TKO

Also known as the Fireman's carry cutter, as named by frequent user Marc Mero, this is another elevated cutter variation in which the opponent is first raised over the shoulders of a wrestler in the fireman's carry position. From here, the attacking wrestler twists the opposite way and quikly switches back throwing the legs of the opponent out backwards and drop down to the mat while taking hold of the opponent's head to force them to fall into a high impact cutter. Marc Mero (born July 9, 1960) is an American retired amateur boxer and professional wrestler. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ...


A variation of the TKO, called the Argentine cutter, is performed by Claudio Castagnoli, which he has named the UBS Neckbreaker. In this move, he lifts the opponent into an Argentine backbreaker rack (facing up with the neck cradled or facing the opposite direction of Castagnoli) and, while throwing the opponent's legs out backwards, rotates the opponent in mid-air into the cutter. Claudio Castagnoli (born December 27, 1980) is a Swiss professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Andrew "Test" Martin uses a different variation of the TKO, in which he used more force to spin the opponent while in the fireman's carry position and then attempt the Cutter. Andrew Test Martin (born Andrew James Robert Patrick Martin on March 17, 1975 in Whitby, Ontario) is a Canadian professional wrestler. ...


Twist of Fate

In this variation, the wrestler first applies a front facelock, the wrestler tucks their arm under the opponents chin after pivoting 180 degrees inward and bringing themselves into the cutter.There is also a stunner variation, which was innovated by Jeff Hardy during his tenure in TNA. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... A stunner is a common term in professional wrestling referring to the sitout three-quarter facelock jawbreaker maneuver. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ...


The Twist of Fate was innovated and popularized by Matt Hardy and was most famously used by all the members of Team Xtreme: Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, and Lita. Matt Hardy also utilizes a version of the move that sees him standing on the lower, middle, or top rope on an opponent sitting on the top turnbuckle which is called the Super Twist of Fate. Matthew Moore Matt Hardy (born September 23, 1974)[2] is an American professional wrestler, currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on their SmackDown![1] brand, where he is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions along with his onscreen rival, Montel Vontavious Porter. ... The Hardy Boyz (also known as the The Hardys and Team Xtreme) are a professional wrestling tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that consists of real life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy. ... Jeffrey Nero Jeff Hardy (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler currently performing on the RAW brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he is the reigning Intercontinental Champion. ... Amy Christine Dumas (born April 14, 1975) is an American former professional wrestler. ...


Jeff Hardy often uses a reverse variation of the move, which puts the opponent in an inverted facelock before dropping down into a neckbreaker slam, best referred to as an Extreme Twist of Fate. In professional wrestling a neckbreaker is any throw or slam that focuses its attack on the opponent’s neck. ...


Yokosuka cutter

In this variation, which was named and innovated by Susumu Yokosuka, the wrestler first lifts the opponent, so that they are lying face up across one of the wrestler's shoulders as in a Canadian backbreaker rack, before flipping the opponent over into the cutter. It is common for the wrestler to not properly apply the three-quarter facelock and the move to end up more in a facebuster position. This move is also referred to as a Powerbomb Cutter. Chuck Palumbo popularized this move in America and currently uses this move as one variation of his finisher called the Full Throttle. Susumu Mochizuki (望月享), better known by his ring name Susumu Yokosuka (born August 18, 1978 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently performing for the Dragon Gate professional wrestling promotion. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Charles Ronald (Chuck) Palumbo (born June 15, 1971) is an Italian American professional wrestler, who is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its SmackDown! brand. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ...


See also

Body Slam redirects here. ...

 
 

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