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Encyclopedia > Dropkick
Not to be confused with drop kick, a maneuver in the football codes.

A dropkick is an attacking maneuver in professional wrestling. It is defined as an attack where the wrestler jumps up and kicks the opponent with the soles of both feet, this sees the wrestler twist as they jump so that when the feet connect with the opponent one foot is raised higher than the other (depending on which way they twist) and the wrestler falls back to the mat on their side, or front. This is commonly employed by light and nimble wrestlers who can take advantage of their agility, and is often executed on a charging opponent, or while charging at an opponent. A drop kick is someones dropping a ball and then kicking it when it bounces off the ground. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The most basic form of a dropkick, but potentially the hardest to pull off, is a standing dropkick where the wrestler catches a standing or running opponent with a standard dropkick from a standing position. In order to be pulled off effectively, it requires great leg strength in order to gain elevation.


The dropkick is said to have been invented by Abe Coleman, and made popular by Antonino Rocca. Amongst the other wrestlers who utilize the standing dropkick as a signature maneuver are AJ Styles, Brian Kendrick, Paul London, Billy Kidman, Maven Huffman, Randy Orton, Hardcore Holly, and the Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) who have all been credited with having some of the best dropkicks in the business, and Mark Jindrak has been credited with having the highest vertical leap to his dropkick. Brian Pillman was particularly known for using a standing dropkick as a counter to diving opponent trying to perform aerial attacks. Abe Coleman, born Abbe Kelmer, (September 20, 1905 - March 28, 2007) was a Polish-American professional wrestler who was, at the time of his death, believed to be the oldest member of his profession in the world. ... Antonino Rocca Antonino Rocca (born Antonino Biasetton) was a professional wrestler from Argentina of Italian descent. ... A.J. Styles Allen Jones (born June 2, 1978 in Gainesville, Georgia), better known as A.J. Styles, is an American professional wrestler currently working for Total Nonstop Action wrestling, with whom he is under contract until 2008. ... Brian David Kendrick[3] (born May 29, 1979) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment performing on its RAW brand. ... Paul Sanchez-Garcia London[7] (born April 16, 1980) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment performing on its RAW brand. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... December 28, 1972 - Moorhead: Dennis Stamp beat Jim Brunzell (AWA debut). ... Brian Leslie Blair aka B. Brian Blair was a professional wrestler, businessman and is a local politician. ... Mark Robert Jindrak (born June 26, 1977 in Auburn, New York) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as Mark Jindrak; and he is currently working for Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) under the... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


On the other hand, Erik Watts once performed a dropkick that was so low (barely reaching his opponent's thighs) and unconvincing that some observers referred to it as more of a belly flop than a dropkick, and others sarcastically suggested a "Watts Scale" for botched dropkicks akin to the "Muta Scale" used for rating bladejobs.[citation needed] This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... To botch in professional wrestling means to attempt a scripted move that does not come out as it was originally planned due to a mistake, miscalculation, or a slip-up. ... In professional wrestling, blading, is the practice of cutting oneself to provoke bleeding. ...

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Other variations

Baseball slide

The wrestler runs and slides feet first at the opponent, kicking them with both feet, like a baseball player sliding into a base. It is usually performed by a wrestler in the ring or on the ring apron against the head or upper torso of a wrestler standing outside of the ring. A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ...


A baseball slide can also be used to counter an Irish whip, as the whipped wrestler slides before they can hit the ropes, and it can be used to slide under an opponent, by going between his/her legs. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Front dropkick

A front dropkick is an attack where the wrestler jumps up and kicks forward so that they hit the opponent with the soles of both feet, without twisting like a normal dropkick, this enables the wrestler to fall backwards to the mat, landing on their upper back and shoulder area.


This is often used to attack lower parts of the opponent than the normal dropkick. This move is also used when charging at an opponent is sitting or kneeling on the ground so that the feet will connect with the opponent's head.


Missile dropkick

A missile dropkick is an attack where the wrestler jumps off the top turnbuckle and executes the dropkick on a standing opponent.


Dropsault

Also known as a standing moonsault front dropkick; a dropsault is an attack where the wrestler jumps up and kicks the opponent with both feet and then executes a backflip, landing on the mat chest-first. The move was popularized by Paul London. Sometimes this move can see the wrestler land chest-first on another opponent, many wrestlers also do this move with great care, as any slight twist in their body can damage them. Despite, the Dropkick being used regulary in Wrestling, many are not comfortable doing the move. Paul Sanchez-Garcia London[7] (born April 16, 1980) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment performing on its RAW brand. ...


Single leg running dropkick

In this dropkick an attacking wrestler runs towards an opponent and jumps up sideways striking an opponent's head or chin with the sole of their highest foot.


Samoa Joe is known for using a variation of this known as a single leg front dropkick where he jumps up but not to his side. This version can also be described as a jumping big boot. Nuufolau Joel Joe Seanoa (born March 17, 1979), is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Samoa Joe, and currently performing for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ...


References

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CD Baby: DROPKICK: Dropkick (re-issue) (549 words)
Dropkick began in the late 1980s as Dropkick Mistress, a quirky, North Carolina-based high-school garage band whose members embraced a wide variety of musical styles.
Dropkick Mistress soon expanded to a five piece by adding a lead vocalist/frontman, a charismatic local rocker named Eddie Belcher, and began heading in an unabashedly harder -- yet still quirky -- musical direction.
Currently, three of the four members of Dropkick are still musically active; Garber now performs as both a solo artist and a band member in Cancun, Mexico, while May and Bullins continue to perform together in The Sundowners, a Charlotte, NC-based rock act.
Dropkick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (800 words)
A dropkick is an attacking maneuver in professional wrestling.
A front dropkick is an attack where the wrestler jumps up and kicks forward so that they hit the opponent with the soles of both feet, without twisting like a normal dropkick, this enables the attacker to fall backwards to the mat, landing on their upper back and shoulder area.
Though missile dropkick most commonly refers to the aerial version of a standing dropkick, which was used by Booker T as a finisher in WCW, the term is also used for the aerial version of the front dropkick.
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