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Encyclopedia > Neckbreaker

In professional wrestling a neckbreaker is any throw or slam that focuses its attack on the opponent’s neck. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... For other uses, see Neck (disambiguation). ...


One type of neckbreaker involves the wrestler slamming an opponent's neck against a part of the wrestler's body, usually the knee, head or shoulder. Many uses of the word "breaker" apply to this sort of action, including: Facebreaker, Backbreaker, etc. Professional wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him or her down, which makes up most of the action of professional wrestling. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The other type of neckbreaker is a slam technique in which the wrestler throws an opponent to the ground by twisting the opponent’s neck. This also refers to a back head slam where a wrestler drops to the mat while holding an opponent by their neck, without having to twist it.

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Argentine neckbreaker

The wrestler lifts the opponent up so that he or she is laying across the wrestler's shoulders and hooks the opponent’s neck and leg. The wrestler releases the opponent’s legs and pushes the opponent’s body so that it swings out straight behind the wrestler's body. As the opponent’s body is moving out, the wrestler keeps hold to the opponent’s neck and falls down, executing a falling neckbreaker.


Arm trap neckbreaker

This version of a shoulder neckbreaker occurs when an attacking wrestler takes hold of an arm of an opponent, then moves to a back-to-back position, so that the opponent's arm hooks across and round the opponent's own head. At this point the attacking wrestler falls backwards to the ground, forcing the opponent's own arm to drag them to the mat. William Regal popularized this move and calls it the Regal Cutter. William Regal as Goodwill Ambassador and Commissioner Darren Matthews aka William Regal (born May 10, 1965 in Staffordshire) is an English professional wrestler performing in World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand. ...


In a straight jacket version of this move, often known as a Cross-arm neckbreaker, a wrestler can hold both arms across on opposite sides of the opponent's neck before dropping down, often in a seated position, to drag the opponent to the mat. The tag team Gymini have been known to use the double team version of a Cross-arm neckbreaker where they both trap one of the opponent's arms (crossing them over) calling it the Cross-Trainer. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... Gymini is a professional wrestling tag team on WWE Friday Night SmackDown!, that consits of twin brothers Mike and Todd Shane. ...


Elevated neckbreaker

An elevated neckbreaker refers to any neckbreaker performed on an opponent who is held on an elevated position. Normally a wrestler places the opponent on the turnbuckle so that they face away from the ring. The wrestler takes hold of the opponent by their neck, and from this position performs many variations of the neckbreaker, like falling to a sitting or kneeling position, or just running forward and pulling the opponent away from the corner, and dropping them in a standard neckbreaker.


There are double team variations. Double-team maneuvers in professional wrestling are when two wrestlers work together to attack an opponent, these moves are mainly used by tag teams in tag matches. ...


Elevated cradle neckbreaker

In this variation of a Muscle Buster, which focuses more of the attack on the neck, a wrestler holds his or her opponent upside-down, with both legs hooked and with the back of the opponent’s neck against the wrestler's shoulder, then drops to a kneeling or sitting position so that the opponent’s neck hits against the shoulder. It is usually performed against an opponent who is sitting on the top turnbuckle. Professional wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him or her down, which makes up most of the action of professional wrestling. ...


Gutwrench elevated neckbreaker

A move in which the attacking wrestler performs a gutwrench and lifts the opponent so that their back rests across one of the wrestler's shoulders. The wrestler then reaches forward with both hands and grabs the opponent under the chin. At this point, the wrestler would drop down to the mat backwards, causing the opponent to drop from an elevated height and land on the back of their neck. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ...


Flying neckbreaker

See flying neckbreaker. Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ...


Fireman's carry neckbreaker

This move sees the wrestler lift his opponent up into a standard fireman's carry position; once upon the shoulders the opponent is thrown sideways, similar to a fireman's carry slam, but lands on the wrestler's out-stretched knee. Professional wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him or her down, which makes up most of the action of professional wrestling. ...


Inverted facelock neckbreaker

Also known as an Inverted Facelock Backbreaker or Gator Buster, this is a move in which a wrestler places their in an inverted facelock. The wrestler then drops to one knee while maintaining the hold, bending their other knee in the process, and driving the back of the opponent’s neck and upper spine down on to the bent knee. Steve Keirn (born September 10, 1951) is a retired 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. ...


Oldschool Expulsion

Also known as an Extreme Twist of Fate, this is a move in which a wrestler places their opponant in an inverted facelock and then pivots at 180° and catches the opponent's head with their free arm. This move was innovated by Steve Corino and later used by Jeff Hardy and Lita. Lita later taught the move to former WWE Diva and current TNA Knockout Christy Hemme, who also uses it as a finishing move. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... 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. ... Victoria, who has been in WWE since 2000 but made her debut on the main roster in 2002, is a two time Women’s Champion Diva is a term used by the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to refer to its female talent. ... Knockout is a term used by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) to refer to its female talent. ... Christina Lee (Christy) Hemme (born October 28, 1980)[3] is an American actress, model and professional wrestler. ...


Corkscrew neckbreaker

Also known as the standing somersault neckbreaker, this move sees the attacking wrestler place the opponent in a side headlock and perform a somersault forwards, then falls down supine, using the momentum of the flip to twist the opponent's neck and back into the ground. This move was popularized by Johnny Nitro, later known as John Morrison, upon his move to WWE's ECW brand. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Facsimile of a Woodcut in Exercises in Leaping and Vaulting, by A. Tuccaro: 4to (Paris, 1599). ... Supine as an adjective generally refers to any upward-facing position. ... John Randall Hennigan[7] (born October 3, 1979),[8] is an American professional wrestler better known by his former ring name Johnny Nitro. ... This article is about the WWE brand. ...


Inverted neckbreaker

See Cutter (professional wrestling) Randy Orton performing his RKO finisher (One-handed jumping cutter) on Shawn Michaels In professional wrestling, a cutter is a common term which refers to the three-quarter facelock bulldog maneuver. ...


Neckbreaker drop

See lariat takedown. 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. ...


Neckbreaker slam

Also known as a Falling neckbreaker. This move sees the attacking wrestler stands back to back with their opponent, then reaches over their shoulder and seizes the opponent by the back of their neck or head. The wrestler then falls to their back while maintaining the hold, dragging the opponent down with them to drive their back into the ground. This move is often used by a wrestler who ducks under an attempted attack by the opponent, e.g. a clothesline, and is thus back to back with their opponent. 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. ...


A slight (but common) variation of this, also known as a Jumping neckbreaker, sees the attacking wrestler jump up after seizing the opponent's head so that they fall to the mat from a greater elevation and with more force. Mickie James uses a variation of this in which she first traps the arms of her opponent, and then hits the slam. Mickie Laree James[2] (born on August 31, 1979) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ...


Neck snap

Popularized by Curt Hennig the attacking wrestler stands behind and facing a sitting opponent before then running toward them and performing a somersault over them. As the wrestler falls, they grab the opponent by the back of the head or neck, pushing it downwards as they drop to the mat. This causes the opponent to jerk their neck backwards, snapping it to the mat. Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1959 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ...


This move can be performed when an opponent is face down on the mat. This version was popularized by Shane Douglas Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ...


John Cena performs a variation of the move, which he calls the Throwback in which the opponent is bent forwards (presumably from a kick or just getting up) and Cena runs from behind them and flips over them, jerking their head and delivering an inverted neckbreaker. WWE commentator, Jim Ross, has sometimes referred to this version as a Boston Blockbuster. John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr. ... Randy Orton performing his RKO finisher (One-handed jumping cutter) on Shawn Michaels In professional wrestling, a cutter is a common term which refers to the three-quarter facelock bulldog maneuver. ... Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ...


Overdrive

This is a version of a swinging neckbreaker where the attacking wrestler would use a leg rather than hands to perform the twist. With the opponent bent forwards (presumably from a kick or just getting up), the wrestler would hook his or her inside leg over the opponent's head, grabbing the nearer of the opponent's arms. The wrestler leans back before falling to hands and knees as the opponent is spun around, neck landing on the inside of the wrestler's knee. Originally popularized by current TNA superstar "Primetime" Elix Skipper in WCW, and is now used by current WWE superstar Montel Vontavious Porter as his finisher that is called the Playmaker Primetime Elix Skipper (born December 15, 1977) is an American professional wrestler. ... Alvin Burke, Jr. ...


Inverted overdrive

A move described as a Reverse Overdrive is another version of a swinging neckbreaker, in which the attacking wrestler would use a leg (in this case a knee) rather than hands to perform the twist. In this move a wrestler would first place one knee (the one closest to an opponent) against the base of the opponent's neck, who is leaning forward, while underhooking one of the opponent's arms (the furthest one) before falling backwards down to the mat as the opponent is spun over, landing neck-first on the attacking wrestler's knee.


This move was used by Matt Striker for a short while, who called it the Golden Rule This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Shoulder neckbreaker

Also known as a Hangman's neckbreaker, Kneeling neckbreaker and Sitdown / Sitout neckbreaker. From a back-to-back position, the attacking wrestler reaches back and pulls the opponent's head over their shoulder, then drops to a sitting/kneeling position, causing the back of the opponent's neck to impact on the shoulder of the attacking wrestler.


Melina invented another variation of the shoulder neckbreaker, rather than dropping into the normal seated or kneeling position, she performes the straddle splits crashing the back of her opponent's head into her shoulder.[citation needed] Melina Perez (born March 9, 1979), better known simply as Melina, is an American professional wrestler and manager, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ... Valerie Harper does a split on The Muppets A split is a gymnastic and dance move in which one makes their legs parallel to one another, but perpendicular to their body. ...


This move is similar to the neckbreaker slam which sees both wrestlers fall to their backs with the opponent's neck being forced down to the mat instead of onto the attacking wrestler's shoulder.


Gory neckbreaker

This elevated shoulder neckbreaker, also known as a Gory driver, first sees the attacking wrestler lift an opponent into a position where the opponent and the wrestler are back to back with the opponent's head pulled across the shoulder of the attacking wrestler and their legs hooked over the wrestler's legs (the Gory special). From this position the attacking wrestler drops to a sitting or kneeling position, driving the back of the opponent's neck into the shoulder of the attacking wrestler and the knees of the opponent into the mat. This move can also see the opponent's neck placed over the attacking wrestler's head instead of their shoulder. This is collectively known as a Widow's Peak, as popularized by Victoria. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Lisa Marie Varon (born February 10, 1971), is an American professional wrestler better known as Victoria. ...


Swinging neckbreaker

The attacking wrestler applies a front facelock while he places their heads side by side under each other shoulder and uses their free hand to grab hold of the opponent's far hand before then swinging over the opponent and down to the ground, in a semi-circular motion, so that both the wrestler and the opponent fall to the ground back-first causing the back of the opponent's neck to impact on the shoulder of the attacking wrestler. Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ...


One variation, known as a neckbomb, sees the attacking wrestler fall to a seated position slamming the opponent's neck into the mat between their legs.


Another version that sees the attacking wrestler swing inward, throwing the opponent over and to the ground, is often referred to as a (standing) Whiplash.


Whiplash

The standard (elevated) whiplash first sees the attacking wrestler raise an opponent off the ground, often using a suplex lift, to place the opponent's leg on the top ring rope so that they are face-down while the wrestler holds them in a front facelock, keeping their heads side by side under each other shoulder, making the wrestler the only other thing than the ring ropes keeping the opponent off the ground. At this point the attacking wrestler swings inward as they dive to the ground, twisting on the opponent's neck and in the process lifting the opponent's entire body off the rope, driving their neck and shoulders into the ground. The Big Show performs a Vertical suplex on JBL during a house show. ...


The standing whiplash version of this move is in a style similar to that of a swinging neckbreaker which sees an attacking wrestler perform the move even though the opponent is not elevated. Users of the elevated version will often utilize the standing one as well.


There is also a double team version of this move. Double-team maneuvers in professional wrestling are when two wrestlers work together to attack an opponent, these moves are mainly used by tag teams in tag matches. ...


Another slight variation of the (standing) whiplash move sees the attacking wrestler hook both the opponent’s legs (as in a leg cradle suplex) while keeping both their heads side by side under each other shoulder before then performing the whiplash. This version is often known as a Muscle Twister. Current TNA wrestler Black Reign uses this move as his finisher, calling it the Schizophrenic. The Big Show performs a Vertical suplex on JBL during a house show. ... Virgil Riley Runnels III, also known as Dustin Runnels and Dustin Rhodes (born April 11, 1969), is an American professional wrestler, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Black Reign // Rhodes received his first national exposure in the National Wrestling Alliance in December 1988, where he...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Neckbreaker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1378 words)
This kind of neckbreaker slam sees the attacking wrestler take hold of an opponent's head before while performing a somersault, using the momentum of the front flip to twist the opponent's head/neck to force them to be thrown over back-first onto the mat.
This move is similar to the neckbreaker slam which sees both wrestlers fall to their backs with the opponent's neck being forced down to the mat instead of onto the attacking wrestler's shoulder.
This elevated shoulder neckbreaker, also known as a Gory driver, first sees the attacking wrestler lift an opponent into a position where the opponent and the wrestler are back to back with the opponent's head pulled across the shoulder of the attacking wrestler and their legs hooked over the wrestler's legs (the Gory special).
Professional wrestling double-team maneuvers: Information from Answers.com (5972 words)
This is a normal whiplash that instead of having the opponent held in the air with the aid of the ring rope, he is kept in then elevated position by another wrestler.
This elevated neckbreaker is performed when one attacking wrestler stands facing a bent over opponent and seizes the opponent around the waist, flipping them over as in a suplex up onto another wrestler's shoulders, leaving them in a prone powerbomb position.
The move is also often known as a neckbreaker bomb or referred to as a Powerplex, a portmanteau of powerbomb and suplex, since one wrestler performs a suplex into the other to get their opponent into the proper position.
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