Ever notice that professional wrestling moves pop-up in the strangest places?
Usually prevalent in videogames, especially beat-em-ups. In your average beat-em-up, throws are compulsory, yet most real martial arts have throws that are quite... well, boring. And some martial arts don't have throws at all. So where can the designers find throws that are more interesting? Good ole wrasslin'. A nice solid suplex or perfectly executed arm bar can help convey untold amounts of badassness to a character as the viewer watches them delivering maximum ouch factor. Also might be explained by the Japanese love of pro-wrestling.
In general, if a character in a Fighting Game specializes in grapples, most of them will be of this variety.
Of course, in Real Life, such crazy throws usually require the opponent to at least allow it to happen, and most of them require the person being thrown, suplexed etc. to actually assist in the attempt (not all, but most). This means that these moves would be very easily countered by a resisting target, and would thus be pointless to use in a real combat situation. However, one of the most commonly seen moves, the German Suplex, can be delivered to a struggling/actively resisting opponent (as its simplest form is just grappling and falling backwards), but it is never as clean as TV would have you believe, although some professional wrestlers have demonstrated the strength to perform a "deadlift" (unassisted) German suplex.
May be part of a Meteor Move. See also Suplex Finisher and Spinning Piledriver. Contrast Just Hit Him, where throws are inexplicably ineffective.
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Apparently this move (a back suplex) is great against purse snatchers. Don't believe me? How about now?
Anime and Manga
Hajime Isayama, the author of Attack on Titan, has a strong love for wrestling. This becomes incredibly apparent in the series, especially during Titan-on-Titan brawls that could be easily mistaken for wrestling matches.
Onizuka from Great Teacher Onizuka actually got his first real teaching job after slamming the vice principal against the floor with a German Suplex. This act of defiance impressed his future boss and showed his love for professional wrestling.
Growing up in a family that are all huge professional wrestling fans Ikki from Air Gear is no stranger to using wrestling moves in most of his fights. Additionally, as a Shout-Out to Professional Wrestling, Sora Takeuchi's dogs are named Stone, Cold, and Stunner, after pro wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's signature move.
Takamura uses it as a form of abuse on Ippo in Hajime No Ippo It's rather fitting to his brutish nature.
Later, Evangeline beats up Setsuna, putting her in an octopus stretch and a sharpshooter.
Misaki Yamamoto from Hatsukoi Limited is a wrestling fan, and when Mamoru moves close to her while she's sleeping, he finds out this fact in a surprising and mildly erotic way.
In Love Attack, Chiemi's dad was a professional wrestler (and was the top Heel in the country on top of that), so it's not surprising that when he or his daughter get into fights, wrestling moves get broken out. And given his Heel status, dirty moves get thrown in as well.
In Girls Bravo, Kirie often does lots of wrestling moves to both Yukinari and Fukuyama whenever she thinks they are doing something perverted (which is a lot). Fukuyama actually has her compete in his all girls wrestling tournament because of it.
In the final episode, Fukuyama actually uses his beatings to teach a hastily put together Amazon Brigade of alien girls wrestling moves so they can fight their teachers' army of mind controlled girls on the moon.
The preferred attacks of Magical Girl Punie Tanaka of Dai Mahou Touge are usually armlocks, leglocks, and various excruciatingy joint-snapping Submission grappling techniques.
In Naruto Killer Bee and the Raikage (particularly the later) both have attacks that look a lot like pro-wrestler moves, and include attacks which are pronounced "Lariat" and "Liger Bomb". He also uses the Von Erich's Iron Claw as punishment against his brother for making him worry.
Not to mention Rock Lee's Initial Lotus (a fancily-named izuna drop), which can be summed up as "Spinning Piledriver from Hell".
In the one-off Pokémon Mystery Dungeon anime special Explorers of Sky: Beyond Time & Darkness, Grovyle suplexes Dusknoir, not once, but twice. The second time he does it, he drives himself and Dusknoir through the portal to the future, which then vanishes. Awesome
In Tramps Like Us Sumire attacks various baddies with headlocks, piledrivers and suplexes. This is especially amusing as she is otherwise a normal office worker.
The cast of Gintama seem to have developed a tendency to suplex each other when they're pissed off.
Futaba regularly uses wrestling moves since he's a member of his school's pro wrestling club. His teammates regularly ambush him with moves.
Rurouni Kenshin has two characters who use the "Jushiki Muteki-Ryuu" style. One of its cherished techniques, the "Goufubaku", translates to "Mighty Axe Explosion"....and looks remarkably like Hulk Hogan's Axe Bomber lariat.
One Piece: Luffy pulls off the mother of all German Suplexes when he fights Oz/Oars with 100 shadows shoved into him, turning him into Nightmare Luffy.
Eri has used the Shining Wizard and the Sharpshooter on Harima.
Mikoto is familiar with a few submission moves.
In Iczelion, Nagisa wants to be a pro wrestler, and uses wrestling moves in her fights. They're not terribly effective on invading aliens until the end. Director Toshihiro Hirano is apparently a fan - previously, he had cast joshi wrestler Cutey Suzuki as the voice of Iczer-3.
In Dragon Ball Z, instead of martial arts, Broly uses moves like lariats and slams.
As a boy, Krillen used an elbow drop on a mountain lion that attacked him
At one point, Goku locks Tenshinhan in a Boston Crab.
Angel Beats! has part of an episode dedicated to helping Yui learn how to do a German Suplex. Being about 90lbs soaking wet, she has some trouble lifting Otonashi and smashes him into the ground (in the wrong way) a number of times.
The Gundam AGE-1 Titus literally is a Humongous Mecha Wrestler, wielding no weapons but instead having beam emitters on its knees, shoulders, and wrists to enhance its bare-knuckle brawling abilities.
Kureha from Mayo Chiki! does this often to her brother Jiro.
Justified in that their Mother is a professional wrestler.
In Blade II Blade executes a perfect vertical suplex on one of the enemy mooks, driving him through the glass floor. Meanwhile, Nomak pulls off a massive flying elbow on Blade in their final throwdown.
Donnie Yen (incidentally, the stunt coordinator on Blade II—think someone's a fan?) flawlessly demonstrates how a German suplex is done in the movie Flashpoint during a fight in a Chinese marketplace.
Cung Le delivers a German suplex to a gang member in the movie Dragon Eyes.
Any movie featuring a wrestler will often feature that wrestler's signature move somewhere in the film.
Many films starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have him use the Rock Bottom, his old finisher from his wrestling days, at some point. The most noticeable example is during the fight against the football players at the beginning of The Rundown.
However, this was averted in Rock's later films, including Gridiron Gang.
In The Marine,John Cena chokeslams one of the villains to his death. Unlike with Dwayne Johnson and the Rock Bottom, there's less Narm here because Cena doesn't actually use this move in wrestling, and the camera angle conceals the fact that he's much shorter than wrestlers, like The Undertaker, who do.
Roddy Piper used many wrestling moves in his films, the most iconic being the famous fight in They Live!.
In the second The Lord of the Rings film, an orc knocks a colleague off of a tower with a Zangief-style dropkick.
The Duloc brawl in Shrek. He leaps into a small horse paddock and pulls off a series of wrestling moves on the attacking Palace Guards, getting progressively more ridiculous.
Onlooker: The chair,give him the chair!!
In Cursed, the main protagonist (geek-recently-turned-werewolf) uses several Narmtastic pro wrestling moves while trying out for the school wrestling team, including a backwards suplex in which his opponent is obviously helping him.
Bruce Willis breaks out a belly-to-back suplex on Karl Urban during their brutal punch-up in RED.
Urban also appears in The Chronicles of Riddick, in which his character kills a good guy with a brutal over-the-knee backbreaker. Riddick himself, meanwhile, kills a mook by suplexing him onto a stalagmite.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in The A-Team. In the climactic sequence, B.A. Baracus executes a scoop slam on Pike, before dropping him directly on his neck mid-move. Bad Attitude indeed.
The main character of Battle Girl, AKA Living Dead in Tokyo Bay is played by joshi wrestler Cutey Suzuki, who fights an enemy Super Soldier unit made up of fellow joshi wrestlers Devil Masami, Eagle Sawai, Miss A and Shinobu Kandori. Needless to say, wrestling moves are included.
Gail Kim in one of her films Righteous Kill is seen performing a headscissors takedown on a person. That move in question normally requires the opponent to lift the wrestler up and hold them as they do the turning.
In Wrath of the Titans, Ares uses a suplex on Perseus. Perseus uses a spear on Ares and then chokes him into near-unconsciousness with a sleeper hold.
Pacific Rim: For all their advanced technology, many of the Jaegers' combat styles are based on grappling, holds, and throws. Gipsy Danger even seems to pull off a suplex at one point. This is an important part of the purpose and thus design of the Jaegers: hey wanted a weapons platform capable of physically grappling with the kaiju and beating them to death. The idea was that they could literally keep them from or force them out of cities and kill them without nuclear weaponry and/or spilling the damned things' uber-toxic blood and guts everywhere.
Monica Dawson from Heroes does a pretty wicked Tiger Feint kick (the 619, for Mysterio fans out there) to foil what would've been a robbery.
Her power is adoptive muscle memory, allowing her to replicate any physical motion she witnesses without having to practice it. She had watched Wrestlemania 22 (specifically the Rey Mysterio/Randy Orton/Kurt Angle match for the World Heavy Weight Championship) only minutes before the robbery on a nearby TV.
Hilariously subverted on Chuck. One episode had "Stone Cold" Steve Austin guest-starring as an enemy spy, who is mentioned to be a specialist in "close quarters combat". Later in the episode, it turns out that he's an expert swordsman.
The aforementioned Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson demonstrated a Rock Bottom on Seven-Of-Nine when he guest-starred in the Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled "Tsunkatse".
Captain Kirk's distinctive fighting style includes a fair number of pro-wrestling moves. For example, he has a very impressive drop-kick. William Shatner has said he based the fighting on Montreal wrestling he watched when he was a kid.
Big Wolf on Campus: EVERYBODY fought with pro wrestling moves. Heck, when fighting in groups, the good guys and bad guys would tag themselves in.
The main character of Angel likes professional wrestling moves. They usually have the crippling affect they would have when one isn't concerned about the other guy's safety. Even when all but his earliest memories are erased he still uses wrestling moves, even admitting he doesn't know anything about real fighting at this point! Professional Wrestling is older than many think but since he grew up in the 1700s, it must be much Older Than They Think in his universe. Either that, or vampires still have muscle memory.
It's also quite common for Sentai warriors to whip out a wrestling move in battles against Mooks, even if they're not wrestlers (excepting Domon/Time Yellow, who used to be a wrestler thus some 'bear hugs' are excusable). Kijima Futoshi/Goggle Yellow once used an Atomic Drop.
Don Dogoier of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger fame uses these a lot, in episode 13 and 43 he uses a Figure-Four Leg-Lock note the enemy taps out. and a Hurricanranna respectively.
Tekken has King, Armor King, and Marduk who are wrestlers. But that doesn't explain Heihachi Mishima (a karate master) busting out powerbombs, or kickboxer Bryan Fury's tornado DDT, or even (Kenpo and Xing Yi practitioners) Michelle and Julia Chang's range of suplexes... the reason? Wrestling moves are cool!
Marduk is actually a Vale Tudo fighter so he should probably know better than to mix crazy pro wrestling moves in with his legitimate grappling techniques. He is freakishly big and strong through so perhaps that is what allows him to pull them off regardless.
In Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Heihachi takes it up a notch by adding a German Suplex to his movelist, as Jin Kazama can bear witness.
Jun Kazama's a mixed martial artist, we can accept that. Her moves stem from akido, judo, and karate, we can accept that. So why, as someone with perhaps the least interest in pro wrestling, is she busting out pro wrestling moves?
Christine Monterio performs a floatover DDT, a rolling single leg crab, and a tilt-ter-whirl armdrag.
Tag Tournament 2 takes it up a notch, some default tag throws are: a Double DDT, a German Suplex with a kick to the face for added leverage and a face buster/cutter combo.
Julia Chang and her mother Michelle always had a lot of suplexes and other wrestling moves as throws. By TTT2 Julia has taken this all the way to become a masked luchadora.
Not to be oulclassed, Alex the Raptor and Roger Jr. the Kangaroo borrowed several moves from King, including the rolling arm lock, two different types of pile drivers, a DDT and even a giant swing.
Resident Evil 4: Leon's ability to shoot an enemy in the knee, then run up to them and perform a Northern Lights Suplex on them is great. In fact many players used little else while fighting enemies that could be dispatched in this way. (Suplexing enemies also tends to stop plagas from spawning). Through a glitch on the Gamecube version, even Ashley can suplex enemies.
In RE5, Sheva and Jill are either wrestling fans or they were trained by Cammy. Both use the hurricarana leg scissors, though only Sheva does it properly. Jill performs it ala Shawn Michaels. "Mercenaries: Reunion" mode adds the ability to play as Josh Stone, who plays a little like Leon from the RE4 Mercenaries minigame...except for, you know, his ability to chokeslam Majini and bust out head-exploding elbow drops.
In Resident Evil 6, it gets kicked up more than a few notches. Every single main character has a wrestling move as a contextual melee attack, ranging from the staple suplex to bulldogs, facebusters, DDT's and much more.
Street Fighter: Played straight with Zangief and Darun Mister, both of whom are celebrated wrestlers in canon, and both 360' grapples do a massive chunk of damage to your life points.
Cammy also used an aforementioned Hurricanrana, and a German Suplex as her throws in most of her appearances in Street Fighter.
Her Street Fighter IV Ultra Cammy Quick Combination basically ends a series of grabs with a crotch face smother. If you're facing her, I can't think of a better way to lose a match.
...and then she twists your head and you hear your neck snap.
And of course, Mike Haggar from Final Fight and later Saturday Night Slam Masters, where he's an actual wrestler. After being transplanted to the Street Fighter series it's established that Haggar and Zangief are friendly rivals who try to top each other with over-the-top wrestling moves.
Street Fighter III brings us Alex and Hugo, the latter being (alongside his base character, the Andore family from Final Fight) based off of wrestling legend André the Giant. EVERY MOVE. And yes, Andre used to throw Drop Kicks in his more agile days.
Abigail from Final Fight as well.
Guile and Charlie do that devastating mid-air Backbreaker throw, and their grab move is a German Suplex
Vega/Balrog does the Izuna Drop and the Super Rolling Izuna Drop.
Guy does a Flying powerbomb as a grab variation of the Bushin Izuna Otoshi. He also does a spinning Izuna Drop as a command air grab as well as the ending to his Ultra 1.
Street Fighter IV brings us El Fuerte, a Mexican luchador. Clearly from the tecnico side of the fence, he fights with fancy throws and agile movements not unlike Rey Mysterio.
There are various iterations of Chun-Li with a side slam (i.e. rock bottom) as her grab move.
World Heroes: Muscle Power. Lots of super powerful grapples, plus clotheslines and drop kicks to get in to grabbing range
Chrono Cross had a boss whose moves were all given professional wrestling names. With no attention to what the moves actually were. His move "powerbomb", for example, is more of a frog splash that hits the entire party.
It also has Greco, an ex-pro wrestler priest based off of the real life Fray Tormenta.
In the Batman Arkham Series Batman's moveset is full of wrestling moves. Some of his strikes include clotheslines and double axe handles, his Silent Takesdowns include John Cena's STF and Mick Foley's Mandible Claw, he will occasionally DDT or Scorpion Death Drop his opponents when performing a noisy Takedown, and one of his double counters is a northern lights suplex. He also uses the ankle lock as a Special Combo Takedown. Catwoman and Nightwing use wresting moves quite liberally as well, such as Hurricanranas, Cross Armbars and off-the-railing elbow drops.
In NFL Blitz, oftentimes after the whistle you can see players doing Hulk Hogan-style leg drops and German suplexes on other players.
In Blitz: The League (after Midway lost the NFL license), there will rarely be a play where someone isn't being back body dropped, German suplexed, belly to back suplexed, hip tossed, or just plain suplexed.
Gene from God Hand busts out a suplex or two here and there (which can be escaped in rapid succession by both Gene and the enemy, leading them quickly swapping places repeatedly until one of them gets suplexed), though considering the ridiculous breadth of fighting styles (drunken boxing!) and special moves (celestial baseball bat!) available to him, it's not that out of place.
Axel, Blaze, and Adam from Streets of Rage list their fighting styles as kickboxing, martial arts, and judo yet their rear throws consist of German suplexes and overhead belly-to-belly suplexes. Max from Streets of Rage II is an actual wrestler, so his use of the German suplex makes a modicum of sense. And since he's twice as big as most of the bog-standard enemies, any question of them resisting is rendered moot...
By III, Axel has more or less completely transformed into a full grappler
Kirby games with Bugzzy in them. If Bugzzy is absorbed then all of Kirby's moves become wrestling slams. These are the basis for Kirby's throws in the Super Smash Brothers games, though one is replaced by Ninja Kirby's Spinning Piledriver.
One of Nightmare's side-throws is an Inverted DDT, albeit one accomplished by a huge leap into the air.
Taki's back throw is a modified Inverted Death Valley Driver, with her lifting the victim up slightly above her shoulders before dropping him down on his head.
Some of the unarmed finishers in Skyrim include a chokeslam, a German suplex, a modified samoan drop and a tiger sleeper.
It pretty much goes without saying that Travis Touchdown would not only use a Beamkatana but also wrestling maneuvers in No More Heroes. And by finding wrestling masks lying around, he learns new ones. Travis is a pro wrestling fan, and noted to be an old pro wrestler himself, as the masks have letters that help him remember various moves from his days of wrestling in Calgary (apparently). He also buys videotapes of famous matches (obsessively watching cool things on tape is pretty much how Travis learned to do everything cool to begin with) that he learns new moves from (incidentally, said letters are signed MS...)
Half of solo developer M Dickie's games are professional wrestling sims, and half are novel genre excursions - a time traveling military game, for example, or a convict simulator, or an ancient Judaean meditation rpg. But to save time and money, Dickie builds them all on top of the same wrestling simulator engine. The result is prisoners performing wrassling throws on one another, or your avatar accidentally smashing Jesus over the head with a plank of wood when you're just trying to give him a hug.
Several characters, such as Sarah, Jacky, and Jeffry, of Virtua Fighter play this trope completely straight.
Inverted with Wolf Hawkfield and El Blaze: in addition to wrestling and lucha libre throws, respectively, they have a fair amount of martial arts and boxing in their movelists.
In Lego Batman, Bane and Killer Croc both have military presses as their grapple positions, and Croc can drop his into a sitout Tombstone Piledriver.
Frank West from Dead Rising uses wrestling moves on zombies. Surprisingly effective when cornered and you've got nothing else to use as a weapon.
He's covered wrestling matches, y'know.
Ryu Hayabusa from the Xbox remake series of Ninja Gaiden can pull off a Guillotine Throw, which is basically an air-to-ground "judo" throw. He also has the Izuna Drop spinning piledriver, which when used at the end of an air combo is a certain kill against launchable enemies even on the highest of the Harder Than Hard difficulties. These moves have reappeared in his Dead or Alive appearances.
The piledriver also appeared as a counterattack in Ōkami.
Konoha also joins the list of Ninja who use the Izuna Drop piledriver.
Mask de Smith in killer7 was a luchadore before becoming an assassin, and still breaks out wrestling moves on occasion. In one scene, he does a suplex to a pile of rubble and even has the ability to headbutt a bullet all in the same cutscene!
Jack from MadWorld can performs a jumping back breaker on mook opponents. Using it as a finisher will cause the mook to split vertically in half.
In Anarchy Reigns his grapples include a Powerbomb and a German Suplex. Douglas can pull off a Giant Swing on two people at once.
Alex Mercer of Prototype can pull various wrestling moves including a jumping triple powerbomb off the top of a building, a chokeslam, and running up the side of a building to do a multi-story elbow drop. The Super-Soldier enemy unit also uses wrestling moves including the Alabama Slam and a backbreaker.
The main character from Saints Row 2 can learn moves like the Death Valley Driver and Rock Bottom during the course of the Brotherhood missions, and the Sons of Samedi melee set includes a hurricanrana.
Saints Row: The Third continues this tradition with a gang of Mexican wrestlers called the Luchadores. Not to mention one of your homies is Angel de la Muerte, a former pro wrestler (voiced by Hulk Hogan!) and rival of the head of the Luchadores, Eddie "Killbane" Pryor. Also, The Boss' melee moves now fit into two categories: over-the-top wrestling moves and Groin Attacks.
Most of the characters in Urban Reign have signature pro wrestling moves amongst their grappling sets: suplexes, DDT's, facelock jawbreakers, and powerbombs abound. In addition, there are team-up grapples that are obvious tributes to a number of famous tag teams. The Japanese gangsters even get Masahiro Chono style Yakuza Kicks (in fact, two of the gangster mooks are named Masa and Hiro).
Well, that's because Masahiro Chono does in fact have actual Yakuza connections.
The player character in Hybrid Heaven can learn a wide variety of attacks, including throws, slams, and clinches— by allowing enemies to perform them on him.
Even Metal Gear might have gotten in on it; the Close Quarters Combat style created and used by the Boss and Big Boss has been called 'fancy military wrestling'.
Explained by Otacon how back during REX's development, he and a bunch of the other scientists decided on a whim to add wrestling software into REX's programming. As you could guess, the military didn't approve of this and it was never fully developed, but Otacon installed the software anyways
The Charger from Left 4 Dead 2 will hit you with a sort of short chokeslam if it catches you. Then it will do it again...and again...and again...
The Hunter's pounce isn't all that far from a spear tackle. Though professional wrestlers don't often try to tear their opponents flesh off once they have them pinned.
In Brotherhood, The Executioner kills targets from behind by pulling off a standing version of an Inverted Death Valley Driver/Burning Hammer, while the Blacksmith uses a backbreaker to kill targets facing him.
In Assassin's Creed III, Connor can pull off moves such as a dropkick, a suplex or even a DDT in combat, and his "noisy" stealth kill while unarmed is a bodyslam. Heck, even his father Haytham and grandfather Edward bust out the same kind of moves.
Iron Tager from BlazBlue demonstrates moves of this sort. For example, one of his grabs is undeniably a German Suplex.
Taokaka, yes our resident Cloudcuckoolander vigilante, has a bulldog suplex as a back-throw. And yes, you can preform it on the aforementioned Tager!
Bayonetta is shown being able to suplex A TWIN HEADED DRAGON and TEAR ITS HEADS OFF EASILY. We're not kidding. She can. And it's awesome. And even out-rivals Sabin from Final Fantasy VI in absurdity in this regard. And the kicker? She does this when she hasn't even gotten HER FULL POWERS BACK AT ALL!
She also german suplexes what, 14 angels all at once in the opening movie? Yes, it's as ridiculously over the top as it sounds. It's also par for the course for her.
In Metal Wolf Chaos, President Michael Wilson finishes off a tank set to destroy the Statue of Liberty by grabbing it from the front and performing a Giant Swing.
In Spider-Man The Movie: The Video Game, one of the moves you can perform on a Mook is an inverted suplex, that because Peter can do whatever a spider can, Ol' Web-Head will apply the facelock while sitting on the guy's shoulders.
In Spider-Man 2: The Video Game, Spidey can powerbomb a Mook OFF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.
In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you can catch charging goats and Gorons by grabbing them and throwing them off to the side. There's also a sumo match minigame, but unfortunately you can only play it once.
The little oni Suika of the Touhou series has her "Massacre on Mt. Ooe" super move, where she grabs an opponent and delivers a devastating triple power bomb on her.
She also has an alternate special move, Kidnapping Oni, where she grabs an opponent and does a single power bomb on her - after pulling her in for the grab with a black hole.
Tokimeki Memorial has Yumi Saotome, a High School girl who's such a fan of Pro Wrestling, she has developed a personal wrestling move, the "Yumi Bomber", a lariat/grappling-type move. She honed the move on her Butt Monkey brother Yoshio and even on the Main Protagonist in one of the Verse's storylines.
In Dynasty Warriors 7, Huang Gai's Musou attacks consist of wrestling grapples, including a back drop (misnamed as Piledriver), and a backbreaker (complete with cheering), Deng Ai has an arm bar as one of his Musou and Zhang Fei can pull off a Giant Swing. Anyone who wears a gauntlet (like Ding Feng or Meng Huo) also has a Frankensteiner in addition of a weaker version of the aforementioned Giant Swing. Ling Tong also has a hurricanarana as his special. Lu Bu has a chokeslam as his EX attack. In 8, Huang Gai even adds up Zangief's Spinning Lariat into his repertoire as a Shout-Out.
In the Sengoku Basara series, Toyotomi Hideyoshi fights primarily by grabbing hold of an unfortunate foe, then smashing them into the ground repeatedly with power bombs, choke slams, and spinning piledrivers among other things, all of which are packing enough force to send anyone in the near vicinity flying.
In the Conan the Barbarian game for PS3, the Cimmerian can learn grapple attacks such as the Piledriver and the 'Warrior Suplex'.
Tenchu can get very wrestler-ish in some of the Stealth Kill animations, with Ayame being specially guilty of using overly-complex maneuvers.
In a more straight example, Tatsumaru was given the Izuna Drop as his strongest special attack in Tenchu 3. Unfortunately, it was removed from his playable form in Co-Op. Not that he needed it, anyway.
Kirin in Cannon Dancer can apply a non-spinning Izuna Drop to most human-height enemies in his game, including some bosses.
Saints Row: The Third goes all out on this trope. In addition to various characters, from the Boss to Oleg to Angel, busting out all kinds of wrestling moves multiple taunts the Boss can potentially have are taken from Hulk Hogan (who voices the afforementioned Angel), John Cena and Ric Flair and Killbane himself uses multiple wrestling terms such as "high spot", no surprise since he's an evil Masked Luchador... hell he leads an entire gang of them! Volition seems to have quite a number of wrestling fans on their staff.
THQ, the publisher of the first 3 Saints Row games, also published WWE's video games until 2012, so this may have had something to do with it.
Xenogears: Rico, being a former champ in his own right tends to use a lariat, suplex and powerbomb in his arsenal.
This shows up in(of all places), Samurai Warriors. Takeda Shingen busts out a giant swing(grabbing the opponent by the legs and spinning rapidly in place). He also has a devastating dropkick that can scatter several enemies. Hojo Ujiyasu has a diving elbow drop. There's probably a few more in there.
Hawk from Vendetta is an obvious Hulk Hogan clone, so obviously some of his techniques look like wrestling moves.
Pit-Fighter has ex-professional wrestler Buzz, whose special moves include the body slam and the piledriver.
Persona 3 and Persona 4 have enemy Hulk Hogan clones whom attack with his lariat finisher in Japan, the Axe Bomber.
In the PokéWalker, if 2 Pokémon have a friendly battle, the journal sometimes mentions that said battle was turned into a wrestling match.
In Time Crisis 4, one of the bosses engages into a fist fight with your ally. At one point in the fight the boss starts beating up the hapless ally with wrestling moves including a Clothesline, Body Slam and what is practically John Cena's finisher. Your Mission Control, apparently a huge pro wrestling fan, starts naming the moves as done by the boss. (She calls the last move "F", though.)
In Aquapazza, Tamaki's moveset is a combination of devastating grapples, chokes, and throws. Her primary special attack is a German Suplex. Half of her Splash Art is something right out of Alex's playbook.
In Alien Vs Predator Capcom, aside from the characters being able to perform wrestling moves on the titular aliens, it's possible to get backdropped by a freaking power loader.
In Dwarf Fortress, unarmed combat tends to involve a lot of wrestling, as a lot of moves are covered by the wrestling skill (unlike punches, kicks, and bites that all get their own skills). In this case it's mostly a lot of pankration rather than pro wrestling.
Darnell Butler tends to use this in Survival of the Fittest, especially since he is actually a member of the school wrestling team. During version three's Pregame tournament, he defeated one opponent (Paul Smith) with a series of German Suplexes and power bombs, essentially using one of King's chain throws.
And let's not forget The Riz and Bryan Calvert dropkicking people off a cliff and a hotel block, respectively. This was also done in v1, where terrorist Angelina Kaige killed Lyndi Thibodeaux with a dropkick to the face.
Magician's Combo, where Magician's Red does a suplex to hold the opponent in place and Avdol does a karate chop to the face.
Kakyoin does a coconut backbreaker to Hol Horse during his attempt of avenging Avdol after learning that Rubber Soul did the same to a pickpocket.
Megas XLR: Coop has a giant robot. He also happens to like pro-wrestling. Put two and two together, well, we have the makings of something completely awesome.
Wonder Woman used wrestling moves occasionally on Justice League Unlimited. Her best was probably the time she German suplexed Mongul hard enough to leave a crater. Not just Wonder Woman, either. Solomon Grundy gives Superman a standard vertical suplex in "The Terror Beyond". In "The Cat and the Canary" Atomic Skull gives Wildcat a cage assisted back suplex, then upon recovering, Wildcat, a trained boxer and martial artist, responds with a pro-wrestling style clothesline. A few other pro-wrestling moves show up throughout the series as well by various characters.
In the first part of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns animated movie, the Mutant Leader executes a perfect reversed german suplex on Batman during their junkyard fight. During their second meeting, Batman repays the favor with a suplex of his own (yet not so picture perfect) and throws in an armbar and a leglock for good measure.
In South Park, Eric Cartman has demonstrated ability in sumo and grappling.
When Stuart Mc Cormick and Gerald Broflovski get in a little "friendly disagreement", Kenny`s dad performs a high angle elbow drop on Kyle`s dad.
An example from the sixties: Benny the Ball from Top Cat demonstrates what he would do to some guy using a garbage can as a model. He performs an airplane spin and is readying to do "the ol` bodyslam" (He names the move!), but he loses his balance and Hilarity Ensues.
In Generator Rex, Hunter Cain, who was voiced by John Cena in his first appearance, used Cena's Attitude Adjustment on Rex.
How do you stop a receiver who won't go down? Philadelphia's Brian Dawkins' answer was the German Suplex. Most awesome tackle ever.
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts allows a wide range of wrestling moves to be used in actual athletic competition, creating some spectacular matches. This six minute compilation provides a number of examples. In Japan, many pro wrestlers compete in both staged "show wrestling" and legitimate "shoot wrestling" in which they put their skills to work in actual MMA-style fights.
Of course, part of that is the fact that pro wrestling grew out of amateur wrestling, especially Greco-Roman wrestling. In amateur wrestling, the suplex is pronounced suplay—a nice bonus for anyone who remembers Gordon Solie.
Let's not forget the infamous effect of a doing piledriver on a little girl as her brother learned the hard way how much damage (read: death) the move can do. This quickly prompted the WWE (WWF at the time) to hammer in the old saying, Don't Try This at Home
Eventually, the highly dangerous nature of piledrivers would result in the WWE would outright ban any sort of piledriver barring less than a handful of exceptions and only in certain situations.
Notable aversion: the Tombstone Piledriver of Undertaker fame is one of the safest moves in wrestling when properly executed, as the only impact is to the performer's knees, not the target's head. Note the distinction of "PROPERLY EXECUTED", young Tropers. Professional wrestlers are just that: professionals. They train for years to do it safely, and look at the list of injuries for any one pro wrestler who's been wrestling for any length of time.
Although if you look at early-Undertaker and current-Undertaker versions of the Tombstone, you can see there is a noticeable difference in the amount of impact the piledriven wrestler receives. The early ones get a lot more pressure on their head and neck...
Mick Foley's number one rule in wrestling? Thou shalt not perform moves that can compress the vertebrae. He trusts Taker more than anyone else in the business, yet was legitimately scared every single time he was in the Tombstone. He lists a number of moves (piledrivers, suplexes, brainbusters, DDTs) that are lethal and tells people not to do them.