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A Piledriver is a professional wrestling move in which the wrestler grabs his/her opponent, turns him/her upside-down, and drops into a sitting or kneeling position, driving the victim's head into the mat. Professional wrestling is a form of performance entertainment where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches. ...

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Cradle Piledriver

Similar to a Texas Piledriver but with an added leg lock. From a position in which the victim is bent forward against the wrestler's midsection, the wrestler grabs around his/her opponent's midsection and lifts so that the victim is held upside down facing in the same direction as the wrestler, the wrestler then hooks his arms around one leg of the victim, and drops to a sitting or kneeling position with the victim's head falling between the wrestler's thighs down to the mat. Veteran wrestler Jerry Lynn uses this as a finisher. Jerry Lynn is a professional wrestler currently performing for independent promotions all over the world. ...


Double Underhook Piledriver

In this move a wrestler will bend his/her opponent forward, placing the victim's head between the attacker's legs (a standing head scissors), and hooks each of the opponent's arms behind the opponent's back. He/she then pulls back on the opponent's arms lifting him/her up so that the victim is held upside down facing in the same direction as the wrestler, the wrestler then drops to a sitting or kneeling position dropping the victim's head into the mat.


The version of falling to a sitting position is a popular move of Juventud Guerrera who refers to the move as the Juvi Driver. Juventud Guerrera born Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández is a professional wrestler who has worked in many companies all over the world most notably when he was working for World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action wrestling, and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion. ...


The version that involves the wrestler falling to a kneeling position is similar to the Double Underhook Piledriver, but instead of sitting down while doing the move, the opponent's head is pushed out of the legs and the attacker kneels down, thus driving the opponent's head and neck into the mat.


The kneeling version of the move is being being used by Mitsuharu Misawa who refers to it as a Tiger Driver '91. Kid Kash also uses this as his finishing move, which he calls the Money Maker. David Cash (born July 31, 1969 in Waynesboro, Virginia), better known as Kid Kash, is an American professional wrestler who has worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action. ...


Flip Piledriver

Similar to a Texas Piledriver, except in this case the wrestler begins by latching onto the opponent's back, with his/her head to one side of his/her opponent's hips, and his/her legs around his/her opponent's head. The wrestler then flips over into a sit-down piledriver. Petey Williams of TNA fame uses this as his finisher, calling it the Canadian Destroyer. Petey Williams is a Canadian professional wrestler, currently working for Total Nonstop Action as the captain of Team Canada, where he is a former X Division Champion. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is an American Independent professional wrestling Promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett. ...


Kryptonite Krunch

Also called a Over the Shoulder Belly to Back Piledriver. The attacker shoulders the victim by clutching him/her around the knees and lifting him/her onto his/her shoulder so that the victim's head is dangling by the waist of the attacker. The attacker then holds the attacker in place by holding his/her leg with one arm and applies a headlock to the victim with his/her other arm. The victim is now bent into a circle. The attacker then drops to a seated position, driving the head of the victim into the ground. The move was named by Nova, although it has been done for years under many other names like the Reality Check and the Schwein. Another method is lifting the opponent across the attacker's back, which is best known as Mariko Yoshida's Air Raid Crash. Mike Bucci Mike Bucci (born June 5, 1972 in Toms River, New Jersey) is a professional wrestler performing for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand as Simon Dean (a name possibly inspired by the real name [Dean Simon] of former wrestler and current WWE road agent Dean Malenko). ...


Scoop Slam Piledriver

Also known as the Northern Lights Bomb. Best known as the Emerald Fusion popularized by Mitsuharu Misawa, the attacker scoops the opponent up by his/her leg and trunk so that he/she is suspended to an angle. The attacker then drops to his/her side quickly, with the opponent's head striking the mat. Also used by Al Snow who refers to it as the Snow Plow. Early in his career, Misawa wrestled as the second generation of Tiger Mask. ... Allen Sarven (born July 18, 1963 in Lima, Ohio) is a professional wrestler better known by his stage name of Al Snow. ...


Spike Piledriver

From a position in which the victim is bent forward against the wrestler's midsection, the wrestler grabs around his opponent's midsection and lifts so that the victim is held upside down facing in the same direction as the wrestler, the wrestler then jumps in the air and drops to a sitting or kneeling position.


Texas Piledriver

Also called a belly-to-back piledriver, this is the classic piledriver technique. From a position in which the victim is bent forward against the wrestler's midsection, the wrestler grabs around his opponent's midsection and lifts so that the victim is held upside down facing in the same direction as the wrestler, the wrestler then drops to a sitting or kneeling position with the victim's head falling between the wrestler's thighs down to the mat.


Tombstone Piledriver

The wrestler flips his/her opponent upside-down so that he/she is facing each other, and drops to a sitting or kneeling position so that the victim falls to the mat headfirst. It was popularized by The Undertaker, who used it as his finisher and first called it the "Tombstone Piledriver". It is also called a belly-to-belly piledriver or reverse piledriver.The easy way to do this is to put on arm around their shoulders, one around the bottom part of the hip, lift them onto your shoulders, then drop them in between your legs. Deadman Undertaker raising the lights during his ring entrance Mark Calaway (also spelled [incorrectly] as either Callaway or Calloway; born March 24, 1965 in Houston, Texas), better known by his stage name of The Undertaker, is an American professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


Vertebreaker

Originally invented by Japanese female wrestler Megumi Kudo. She called the move The Kudome Valentine. The move is also referred as the Kudo Driver. The name Vertebreaker was invented by Gregory Helms who has used it as a finisher. Gregory Shane Helms, aka The Hurricane, born July 12, 1974 in Smithfield, North Carolina is a professional wrestler performing for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand. ...


Also called a reverse gory special piledriver. From a position in which the victim is standing behind the attacker, the attacker hooks his/her arms around the victim's arms. Then the attacker turns his/her body around so that the attacker is facing the ground and the victim is standing with his/her back resting against the attacker's back. Then the attacker stands up while holding the victim in an upside down position while both the victim and the attacker's arms are still hooked. The attacker then drops to a sitting position.


Vertical Suplex Piledriver

Better known as the Steiner Screw Driver or PilePlex, the wrestler applies a front face lock to the opponent and hooks the recipient's nearest arm over the attacker's shoulder and lifts him/her into a Vertical Suplex position. He then lets go and forces him/her into the normal Piledriver position, dropping them on his/her head, while the attacker drops to a sitting position. Scott Steiner popularized this move, primarily while wrestling in Japan. A Suplex is an offensive move used in wrestling, both in competative wrestling (includes fields of olympic wrestling and amateur wrestling) and scripted wrestling (or Professional Wrestling or Sports entertainment. ... Scott Rechsteiner (born July 29, 1962 in Bay City, Michigan), better known as Scott Steiner is a professional wrestler who previously worked for World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand. ...


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Piledriver (professional wrestling) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2374 words)
A piledriver is a professional wrestling driver move in which the wrestler grabs his/her opponent, turns him/her upside-down, and drops into a sitting or kneeling position, driving the opponent's head into the mat.
This variant can be used on other types of piledriver; most notably the Cradle tombstone piledriver variation, instead of wrapping both of his arms around the waist of the opponent, the wrestler wraps one arm around the waist and places his other arm between the opponent's legs, grabbing hold of his other arm.
In this variation, the setup is almost the same as a Texas piledriver, but instead of grabbing the waist of the opponent, the wrestler puts their arms underneath the opponent's arms and grabs their legs by the knees.
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