* In every match, you'll always see one wrestler countering an opponent's hold into an attack of their own. Sometimes, this may even bring about the end of a match; most often, this is done by reversing their foe's move into a pin (backslide or schoolboy pins are the go-to pins in these situations because of their versatility). Other times, when the stakes are high, one wrestler's finishing move will be immediately transitioned into his opponent's. The possibilities are endless. Here are some common reversal spots:
** Here's one of the few law of physics they don't teach you in school: In fact, the smaller someone is, probability becomes exponentially higher that you will receive a hurricanrana if you attempt to pomberbomb one.
** On the opposite end of that spectrum: If you're going to leap onto that huge monolith across the ring from you, make damn sure he's on his back, or else you're caught in mid-air and made an example of in order to show off just why that guy is considered powerhouse,
** High-flyers daring enough to leap from the top rope have a nasty habit of landing right on their opponent's raised knees.
** A dramatic and clever reversal into a wrestler's patented submission finisher is the bread-and-butter of every technician with even an ounce of pride in their famous hold. Of all the kinds of reversals, that sort is the most likely to win a match.
* During the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" between the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] and Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/EricBischoff would often spoil the outcome of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWF Raw]]'' matches on ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' (''Raw'' was often pre-recorded, while ''Nitro'' aired live in the same timeslot). On January 4, 1999, Tony Schiavone gave away a spoiler that Wrestling/MickFoley was going to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWF Championship]], and sarcastically said, "Yeah, that'll put butts in seats!" A huge number of viewers proceeded to switch channels to ''Raw'' to see Foley win the title. Obviously, this wasn't a death, but it was arguably one of the things that sent WCW on its downward spiral.
** Made doubly devastating in that this happened on the same night as the infamous "{{Fingerpoke of Doom}}" match, where Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/KevinNash put months of feuding and a WCW Title match entirely to waste.
*** For the next year or so afterward, fans going to WWF events would hoist signs saying "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat".
**** The really painful part for WCW was that at the time ''Nitro'' lasted until 11:10 or so in order to fit in with the Turner networks' scheduling, while ''RAW'' ended at 11PM. ''Nitro'''s last, unopposed segment drew huge ratings...which means that most viewers who switched to ''RAW'' switched back to ''Nitro'' afterwards and were at least somewhat interested in seeing Nitro's main event; had they not known about Foley's title win, they would have been content to watch ''Nitro''. Well, content until the Fingerpoke happened at least.
* To ''himself'': [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan The Honky Tonk Man]], at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 1988''. He was originally supposed to defend the title against [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake]], but, [[{{Kayfabe}} "Outlaw" Ron Bass had injured Beefcake by using the spurs from his boots on Beefcake's face]] so Honky was "without" an opponent. He got on the mic and said, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7mPX_q0LwM "Get me somebody out here to wrestle, I don't care who it is,"]] with announcers Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon and [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]] going so far [[LampshadeHanging as to point out what a potentially dumb thing that is to do]]. As everyone wondered if there was going to be an opponent, "Unstable" started playing and [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR]] ran out and squashed Honky in about 30 seconds to win the title.
** As a more mundane example, Honky would at times get hit with his own guitar.
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}, on two separate occasions, used the Money in the Bank Briefcase (a prize earned in a match that allows the victor to challenge a champion to a title match at any time the briefcase holder desires) to blindside and defeat a champion after they'd just taken an asskicking from someone else. So lo and behold, on the 6/30/08 edition of ''Raw,'' he showed up as World Heavyweight Champion to boast that Raw had no world champion and never would, due to his screwing Wrestling/{{Batista}} over the prior night. These boasts were interrupted by Batista, who came out and beat him senseless... and then Wrestling/CMPunk, who was at that point the present owner of the briefcase, proceeded to run out with a referee and use his title shot then and there in what has to be the [[Awesome/CMPunk Crowning Moment of Awesome]] of his WWE career.
* Wrestling/CMPunk was the victim of a double-barrelled one as the result of his feud with Wrestling/{{Raven}} in Wrestling/RingOfHonor. Punk cut promos talking about how his Straight Edge revolution would destroy the revolution that Raven was a part of (i.e. Wrestling/{{ECW}}), and ragging on the "debauched" ECW fans, as well as Raven's history of drug and alcohol problems. After beating Raven in a dog-collar match, Punk decided to sink the boot in by tying Raven to the ropes and forcing beer down his throat... only to be jumped by ECW icon Tommy Dreamer, who proceeded to do just that to Punk. As an epilogue, when Punk made his WWE debut, it was in the revived ECW.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker has a tendency to lose [[GimmickMatches casket or buried alive matches]], which are supposed to be his specialty, being a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling gravedigger]] and all. Typically, after a loss he disappears for a while and comes back with a new gimmick.
** Actually this is true of pretty much any wrestler. If the announcers build up a match as a certain wrestler's "specialty" (e.g. Wrestling/JeffHardy in a ladder match, [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D]] in a tables match), said wrestler will lose nine times out of ten.
** Variant of TheWorfEffect.
* Any time thumbtacks show up in WWE, more often than not, the person that brought them out is going to be the one that falls into them.
** If Wrestling/MickFoley was the one who brought them out, it is more or less a certainty that he will fall on them.
* A frequent spot in WWE matches will have a wrestler attempt to slam his opponent through the announcers' table, only for to be reversed and have the opponent slam the wrestler through. This especially happens to Wrestling/TripleH a lot since his FinishingMove, the Pedigree, leaves him wide open to a back body drop (onto the other announcers' table) or a low blow that sets up the other guy's finisher. For some reason, Wrestling/TripleH keeps trying.
** Often happens to Wrestling/RicFlair as well. His patented [[FinishingMove Figure-Four Leg Lock]] is also nearly always countered by the victim flipping themselves and Flair over to reverse the hold's pressure on to Flair. He generally goes to the top rope at least [[OnceAnEpisode once per match]], but the number of times over his decades-spanning career that he's successfully pulled off a top-rope move without being countered, you can count on your fingers. It's gotten to the point where even the commentators have become GenreSavvy about this, with the color man generally screaming at the top of his lungs, "DON'T DO IT, RIC! THIS NEVER WORKS!".
** Wrestling/KurtAngle's successful moonsaults could be counted by using half the fingers you use to count Wrestling/RicFlair's top rope hits. His form is perfect (Essa Rios is the only one who does it better) but the opponent always seems to just move out of the way. What few he has hit, most have come with his move to Wrestling/{{TNA}}. One semi-botched attempt from the top of a cage, and another after putting his opponent onto a ladder.
* An old-school spot had the heel wrestler remove the cushion on one of the turnbuckles, exposing the metal ring that hooks the ropes together. Most of the time, he'll be the one to get a face full of metal. (A favorite of George "The Animal" Steele, who would ''bite off'' the cushion, which at that time had extra packing insulation, the better to give him the "rabid animal" look)
* Smackdown, 2/11/11: Wrestling/VickieGuerrero tried helping her [[{{Kayfabe}} boyfriend]], Wrestling/DolphZiggler, win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html World Heavyweight Title]] by setting Wrestling/{{Edge}} up in a match where his FinishingMove was banned and she was the ref. It was working perfect...until she decided to try and Spear Edge. Being much smaller than him and never having used the Spear before, all she did was injure her own leg and take herself out of the match, allowing Edge to sneak in a Spear of his own on Ziggler and call in a second guest ref (none other than Clay Matthews of the SuperBowl Champion Green Bay Packers) to win the match.
* The WWE RAW Supplemental Draft of 2011: Wrestling/JohnCena has been sent to Smackdown and Wrestling/TheMiz is happy since Cena won't be fighting him for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Championship]] anymore if he beats him at Extreme Rules 2011, especially since Wrestling/JohnCena was determined to get the title and hold it until Wrestlemania 28 next year in his match against [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. But at the final pick of the night (where it was [[Wrestling/{{WWESmackdown}} WWE SmackDown!]]'s Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/{{Christian}}, and Cena against RAW's Miz, Wrestling/CMPunk, and Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio), Henry turned heel and beat up Cena and Miz pinned him....leaving RAW to be the one who picked up the win. Who did they get? The same man Miz pinned!
* [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] tried to [[{{Kayfabe}} screw]] Wrestling/CMPunk at ''Money In The Bank'' when Wrestling/JohnCena locked him in an STF by having the bell rung and declaring Cena the winner. This causes Cena to release the hold and punch out the man Vince sent to have the bell rung, telling Vince he doesn't want to win that way. Cena ends up losing because of this, giving Punk the victory. What's worse is ''Cena was '''winning''''' at the time and might have got a legit victory (there was no sign that CM Punk would escape the hold) if [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Vince hadn't done this]], leaving Vince with no one to blame except himself.
* A more minor example: In the 2007 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'', Wrestling/{{Sabu}} had set up a table outside the ring just before entering. A while later, Wrestling/{{Kane}} entered... guess who went through that same table?
* In 2005 at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXI'', the [[RedBaron "The Legend-Killer"]] Wrestling/RandyOrton showed the world just how ballsy he was by attempting to end Wrestling/TheUndertaker's legendary 12-0 ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' winning streak with The Undertaker's own Tombstone Piledriver. Orton was immediately punished for his hubris when Undertaker reversed it into his own Tombstone Piledriver to pick up the definite pin fall of the match. Orton had already reversed the Undertaker's Chokeslam into an [[FinishingMove RKO]] and only got a two count, so Orton going for the Tombstone was justified even though it didn't end well.
* Got a finisher? Aww, isn't that cute. Let Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage just show you how many positions he can counter it from using his patented [[FinishingMove Diamond Cutter.]]
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} and his brother Wrestling/TheUndertaker are very fond of reaching and seizing the throats any highflying wrestlers that dare to leap off of the top-rope. One of John Cena's strength-affirming spots is a variation on his where he catches a smaller wrestler (or even one larger than he is!) as they come off of the top with a crossbody, rolling backwards with the momentum, then standing up to reveal that he's lifting the other guy up. Heaving them up onto his shoulders into an Attitude Adjustment may follow.
* Wrestling/{{Vader}} defeated [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Title]] at ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Starrcade 94'' after Duggan collided with his own 2X4.
* Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}'s tag team Los Ice Creams (Ice Cream Jr. & El Hijo del Ice Cream) are well known for their use of [[ImprobableWeaponUser sprinkles]][[note]]As a parody of [[GarbageWrestler straight-faced hardcore promotions using thumbtacks]][[/note]] as weapons against their opponents, though they too have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBeOQExmI-0 felt the pain]].
* On the April 8, 2002 ''Raw'', [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Spike Dudley]] defeated [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-eu-h.html WWE European Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/WilliamRegal [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMVRW6V05Yk in about three seconds to win the title by hitting Regal with the brass knuckles Regal had hidden under a turnbuckle before the match]]. On the September 13, 2010 ''[[{{Wrestling/WWERAW}} RAW]]'', Regal faced Wrestling/{{Goldust}} in a "Trading Places Match," with Goldust dressed as Regal and Regal dressed as Goldust. After Regal imitated Goldust's trademark poses, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5fKapQjCFY Goldust put on brass knucks and hit Regal with them to win the match in about 27 seconds.]]
* During a [[Wrestling/JohnCena Prototype]] vs. [=C.W.=] Anderson match in Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 2001, Anderson brought a chair into the ring. The Prototype lifted him up and [[GroinAttack crotched Anderson on the top of the chair.]]
* To ''himself''- Paul Roma at ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [=SuperBrawl=] V'', February 19, 1995. Roma had been told to make newcomer "Das Wunderkind" Alex Wright look good en route to losing the match. Roma basically sandbagged Wright, [[NoSell no-sold]] his offense, and went out of his way to make Wright look bad, even [[{{Jerkass}} kicking out of Wright's schoolboy rollup pin attempt]] though the ref still counted to three. WCW fired Roma after he got to the back, and he has only been seen in small independents ever since.
* At ''CHIKARA Aniversario 7,'' May 26, 2007, [[Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush]] introduced a submission hold called the "CHIKARA Special" and said that he was going to teach it to all the ''[[{{Face}} technicos]]''.[[note]]Wrestling/ChrisHero's discovery of the key to escaping it was one of the steps that led to the formation of the BDK at ''Three Fisted Tales,'' the 2009 SeasonFinale, November 22, 2009.[[/note]] At ''The Thirteenth Hat,'' January 28, 2012, Quackenbush faced Green Ant, one of his trainees, and lost. Guess how Green Ant won the match?
* Sometimes, heels in ECW would throw out open challenges and the worst they would leave with was a bruised ego. After Justin Credible d. Chris Chetti at ''ECW Ultimate Jeopardy 97,'' November 8, 1997 (televised on the November 15th show), his manager [[TheFightingNarcissist Jason "The Sexiest Man on Earth"]] got on the mic and talked about how, out of 30 or so guys in the locker room, he was one of the few who could actually wrestle and that "it sucks" only working as a manager. So, since he was in his "street clothes," he issued an open challenge for a "street fight." Cue "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool, and out comes...Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie with [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Super Nova]]? Jason dismisses Meanie at first, but finally agrees. While it's not much of a match, and even less of a "street fight," (referee John [=Finnegan=] blocks Meanie from attacking when Jason ducks his head through the ropes), it qualifies as Jason basically treats Meanie as a joke the whole time...until Meanie [[GroinAttack comes up with a testicular claw]] into a schoolboy rollup for the pin! (For an example of how much worse this could have turned out for Jason, see [[TooDumbToLive/ProfessionalWrestling Too Dumb To Live]]).
* This is guaranteed to happen in ladder matches, since one guy will try to use a ladder as a weapon and the other guy will find a way to use it against him.
* This happened to Wrestling/HeathSlater on the 1000th episode of ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' in 2011. In the weeks leading up to that show, he was in a storyline where he challenged (and almost always lost to) WWE Legends. At ''Raw 1000'', he then challenged any Legend to a no-countout, no DQ match. Enter Wrestling/{{Lita}}, with Slater looking smug and self-confident, until Lita tells Slater she's hired some protection... and the [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield AP]][[Wrestling/RonSimmons A]] makes its entrance. Slater then tried to bail, only to be chased back into the ring by all the Legends he'd faced in the previous weeks. Cue a Twist of Fate from Lita, a Clothesline from Hell by [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]], a Litasault, and Legends celebrating after the pinfall. Punctuated with a [[RunningGag DAMN!]] from [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]].
* Note to Wrestling/AJLee; if a Diva comes out to sincerely congratulate you while you're holding the title, make sure that they ''aren't'' [[Wrestling/{{Paige}} the first and, at the time of your challenge, current NXT Women's Champion]] before challenging them to a match. Otherwise, you just might lose the title to said Diva.
** Note to Wrestling/{{Paige}}: if that same Diva comes out and tries to do the same exact thing you did, You probably shouldn't challenge her to a match. The same exact thing will happen.

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