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Ever notice that pro wrestling moves pop up in the strangest places?

This is usually prevalent in video games, especially beat 'em ups. In your average beat 'em up, throws are compulsory, yet the throws in most real martial arts (including real wrestling) aren't all that eye-catching. And some martial arts don't have throws at all. So where can the designers find throws that are more interesting? Good ole pro wrasslin'. A nice solid suplex or perfectly executed armbar can help convey untold amounts of badassness to a character as the viewer watches them delivering maximum ouch factor. This 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 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. 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, but it is never as clean as you'd think, although some professional wrestlers have demonstrated the strength to perform a "deadlift" (unassisted) German Suplex.


May be part of a Grapple Move or Meteor Move. See also Suplex Finisher and Spinning Piledriver. Contrast Just Hit Him, where throws are inexplicably ineffective.


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  • Apparently, a back suplex is great against purse snatchers. Here's proof.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, Eren, in Rogue Titan form, utilizes this a lot in his second fight against Annie, who is the Female Titan, breaking out an assortment of moves ranging from the triangle choke, armbars, and knee bars. Considering that, according to Word of God, his Titan form was based on MMA fighter Yushin Okami, this makes sense.
  • Sayaka/Number Six does an Argentine Backbreaker in a dream sequence in Pani Poni Dash!.
  • 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 pro 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 for his brutish nature.
  • The women of the Yoshinaga family in Gargoyle of the Yoshinagas do German Suplexes quite often.
  • In The Faraway Paladin, William earns his title as "Wyvern Slayer" by front suplexing a wyvern to death after it survives his first spear blow.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu:
    • Kaname gets irritated enough to bust out an "Ocean Cyclone Suplex" on Sousuke. For those who aren't wrestling fans, Kyoko helpfully elaborates on the move's name and purported impressiveness (as well she should - it's Manami Toyota's Finishing Move).
    • Gray performs a German suplex on Gauron's Arm Slave in The Wind Blows at Home part 3.
  • Misae from CLANNAD busts out wrestling moves to punish someone, such as Sunohara and a very close friend of hers.
  • Combining this with Motion Capture Mecha, Judau Ashta is known for using his ZZ Gundam to grab opponents and toss them around. This is actually acknowledged in the Gundam Vs Series games, where this unique quirk is a fully-integrated aspect of the ZZ Gundam's moveset — it can even do a Screw Piledriver.
  • In The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, Nerval colony suplexes Leopard.
  • One argument between Trigun's Vash the Stampede and Nicholas D. Wolfwood was brought to an end by the judicious application of a Boston Crab.
  • Nagasumi of My Bride is a Mermaid suplex'd a shark.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya is a gifted athlete and can apparently perform a perfect dropkick. Just ask the Computer Club President.
  • Lena from My-Otome 0~S.ifr~ pulls of a suplex against M-9 in the last episode, and like the Superman example below, she does it from orbit.
  • Ken Akamatsu began the shinmeiryuu style in his Verse with Love Hina as a super-powered swordsmanship school. With Negima! Magister Negi Magi, he decided to introduce the Nagewaza branch, a short series in shinmeiryuu grappling techniques. Suddenly a sword style that mostly relies on graceful dashes and acrobatics has Setsuna do a frankensteiner for kicks and coolness. 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.
  • 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 Magical Witch Punie-chan are usually armlocks, leglocks, and various excruciatingly joint-snapping Submission grappling techniques.
  • Naruto:
    • Killer Bee and the Raikage, particularly the latter, both have attacks that look a lot like pro wrestler moves, and include attacks which are pronounced "Lariat" and "Liger Bomb" (though the latter is actually performed more like another powerbomb variation, the Batista Bomb). He also uses the Von Erich's Iron Claw as punishment against his brother for making him worry.
    • Rock Lee's Initial Lotus, a fancily-named Izuna Drop, can be summed up as a "Spinning Piledriver from Hell".
    • Sasuke's Piledriver is named the Peregrine Falcon Drop.
  • 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.
  • In You're My Pet, 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.
    • Mr. Five gave a pretty massive lariat to Luffy.
  • Miaka, from Fushigi Yuugi, not only uses the Tiger Driver '97 move on some random ruffians, she CALLS THE ATTACK.
  • Mutsuki Uehara of Manabi Straight! punishes the student council's adviser with a crippling hold for failing to warn them the school festival was to be cancelled.
  • Minami Shimada in the anime of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts uses several painful-looking wrestling moves on Akihisa whenever he pisses her off (intentionally or not), which happens at least once per episode. Sometime her Stalker with a Crush joins her as well.
  • Yuria 100 Shiki: Shunsuke relies on his amateur wrestling skills to protect himself from Yuria's constant attempts to have sex with him.
  • School Rumble:
    • Tenma is a fan.
    • Karen and Lala are amateur wrestlers.
    • Eri has used the Shining Wizard and the Sharpshooter on Harima.
    • Mikoto is familiar with a few submission moves.
  • 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.
  • Bleach:
    • Keigo is usually in other the receiving end of one of these he once lampshaded it.
    "How come you stopped me with a lariat?"
    • Vandenreich member Mask De Masculine uses a lot of wrestling moves like dropkicks, lariats, and elbow drops. Makes sense since he's a Masked Luchador.
  • In Akame ga Kill!, Bols takes down some Danger Beasts with lariats and suplexes.
  • In Soul Eater, Black Star does a few random submission holds to Hero.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Yamcha uses an elbow drop when fighting Boss Carrot's gangsters.
    • As a boy, Krillin used an elbow drop on a mountain lion that attacked him.
    • Master Roshi considers using a cobra twist or figure four leg lock on Goku but discards the idea on account of Goku's size. He later uses grappling techniques to great effect against Tenshinhan.
    • During the 22nd Tenkaichi, Goku locks Tenshinhan in a Boston Crab and nearly defeats him. He later uses the same move during their fight in the 23rd, but this time Tenshinhan keeps Goku from completing the lock... At which point they engage in a brief contest of grappling techniques.
    • Instead of martial arts, Broly uses moves like lariats and slams.
  • 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. This is justified in that their mother is a professional wrestler.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Lucy does this from time to time. Her Edolas counterpart takes it Up to Eleven.
    • In an omake chapter, Natsu's idea of swimming pool horseplay is German-suplexing Lucy (he calls it a "brain-buster").
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys:
  • Mio and the Principal from Nichijou, both times Played for Laughs. The latter even German Suplexed a fucking deer !
  • Sieglinde Jeremiah of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid fights like this in close combat, utilizing arm drags, submission moves, and crater producing power slams to cripple her opponent. It's later revealed that these are actually among the least powerful moves in her skill set, as the actual techniques of the Jeremiahs were meant to rip armies apart with their bare hands, literally.
  • In Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?, Asuka tries to attack Izayoi with a Shining Wizard, but Jin ends up receiving it instead.
  • In episode 7 of Is This a Zombie?, Seraphim locks Maelstrom in a kimura.
  • In episode 8 of Dog Days, Jaune locks Gaul in a juji-gatame. Gaul manages to counter and lock her in a figure four leglock.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun: Mikoto often punishes Kuroko with a suplex or submission hold. Kuroko herself performs an impressive missile dropkick on poor Touma in the parent series A Certain Magical Index. During the Agitate Halation arc, Touma gets attacked by an angry mob, and counterattacks by mowing them down with several clotheslines.
  • In Kill la Kill, Mako punishes her brother Mataro by putting him in several holds and even uses the Muscle Buster on him.
  • In Pretty Cure, some Pretty Cures can pull this one off during a fight against a Monster of the Week such as Haruka Haruno/Cure Flora tossing a Zetsuborg with a Giant Swing.
  • Between Heaven And Hell introduces Narumi in a moment of Big Sister Instinct, does a Flash Step from one end of the room to the other to put the protagonist in a crossface chickenwing/sleeper hold to "borrow him for a moment" then performs a number of suplexes and rolling cradles all the way from the hallway into her room to make him Twerp Sweat for doing her mother into unconscious and aspiring to doing her underage sister. Bear in mind this is not a Shonen manga or anything even close, it's an H-manga about a tutor trying to have mutual though unallowed sex with his 14-year-old student and having to go through her family first.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Kakyoin Noriaki, really Rubber Soul, tries to kill a thief with an Argentine backbreaker in Singapore.
  • Killua from the 1999 anime of Hunter × Hunter applies a Surfboard Stretch on his best friend Gon when the latter says Killua shouldn't waste his money on buying chocolate.
  • In Heavy Object Quenser and Heivia at one point end up escorting a princess's maid. When a group of soldiers who had wronged the princess show up the maid demonstrates her love of wrestling moves on them. This would be funny if not for the maid having been put into Powered Armor to protect her; thanks to that each move splatters the victim.
  • Tanukichi in Shimoneta is repeatedly put in humiliating submission holds by Anna. As a result he becomes experienced enough to dish out some moves of his own.
  • Digimon Frontier: In one of the most impressive examples, Big Bad Lucemon piledrives one of the heroic Digimon so hard that it blows the moon they are fighting on into little pieces... and said pieces are propelled with enough force to completely destroy two adjacent moons at the same time!
  • The main character of Violence Jack uses a Vertical Suplex on Mad Saurus in one chapter, and later used a German Suplex to defeat a sumo wrestler, and killed a second with an Argentinian Backbreaker Rack.
  • The protagonist of Kemono Michi is Shibata Genzo, a former pro wrestler under the stage-name "Animal Mask." After being transported to a fantasy world, he proceeds to use his vast repertoire of wrestling manuevers to subdue humans, humanoids, and wild demonic beasts alike. One of his most famous is giving the Princess who summoned him a German Suplex.
  • During the sword duel between Mary and Seira in Armed Girl's Machiavellism, the latter, seeing she was being overwhelmed and had a concussion after being slammed with Mary's scabbard, throws away her sword and tackles her opponent to take her with wrestling, only to find out the hard way her opponent is the better wrestler. This is actually part of their sword training: they're both trained in historical European swordfighting techniques, and wrestling an opponent into submission was a common occurrence.
  • Buso Renkin: As a master of unarmed combat, Captain Bravo typically uses traditional martial arts when he fights but will include some professional wrestling moves, like an Octopus Stretch and an Argentinean Backbreaker, as they fit with his Large Ham persona.
  • Joe from Dark Warrior kills a mook with an Argentine backbreaker rack.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Christopher Eclair, master of the kick-based Savate, gets Sakaki temporarily out of the way with a wrestling throw... That, as explained by Christopher himself, comes from a wrestling style that was part of old-style Savate.

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    Comic Books 
  • In Dreamwave's short-lived Transformers comic, wannabe messiah Sunstorm pulls off both a DDT and a Stone Cold Stunner against Jetfire.
  • In The Transformers: Dark Cybertron, after Prowl has the nerve to smirk at the news that he got Rewind killed, Chromedome gives a perfectly justified and very cathartic response: a beatdown that starts with him powerbombing Prowl off a cliff.
  • Naturally, the action in WWE Superstars mostly revolves around the characters using wrestling moves on one another, considering the characters are based off of real-life WWE Superstars.
  • Batman:
    • As described here, in their early stories, Batman and Robin would sometime use wrestling moves with good effect, and have even inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on two professional wrestlers. Interestingly, their main hint of wrestling skills is that they rarely get to grapple, as they prefer to strike and they're good enough to maintain the preferred range. In a variation though, Batman and Robin are noted to use "real" shoot wrestling techniques (such as double-leg takedowns), as practiced in Greco-Roman wrestling, collegiate wrestling or MMA, rather than the stylized pro wrestling techniques typical of this.
    • Though it depends on the writer, Bane seems to be more of a brawler than a wrestler. However, his signature Bat-Breaker is indeed a wrestling move. In recent issues, without Venom to give his signature move its crippling and even sometimes lethal effect, Bane has resorted to using other wrestling moves on the caped crusader, such as a modified camel clutch, and even a bridging fisherman's suplex.
  • The Crime Syndicate Of America tried to ambush to the Justice Society on Earth Two while Black Canary was watching television. While Black Canary uses a combination of drugs and judo gain the upperhand, she is nonetheless inspired to pin Super-Woman and slap the ground three times.
  • Combat Kelly and his Deadly Dozen: Both 'Hoss' Cosgrove and Jay Little Bear were professional wrestlers before the war and incorporated wrestling moves into their hand-to-hand combat.
  • Being that he actually spent some time as a pro wrestler, Spider-Man will on occassion break out wrestling moves. For instance, in his first fight with Rhino, he beat him with what was essentially a headscissors takedown.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): In this Godzilla MonsterVerse fanfiction; when Thor is prompted to combat, he displays human-like combative moves such as a headlock, pinning an opponent down and throwing it over his head.

  • Doing It Right This Time: Using her Humongous Mecha, Rei utilizes a German Suplex against an Eldritch Abomination. Shinji, who is staring the fight from far, barely can believe it, and Misato and Ritsuko argue that Rei must have taken it from Final Fantasy VI.
  • In The Legend of Korra fanfic Book Five: Legends, the Cute Bruiser Fumiko often displays some moves, notably an elbow drop she uses at one point, and a full body throw in flashback.
  • Cassie and Sonya's final fight with Kano in Mortal Kombat vs Marvel Universe has Cassie performing a German Suplex and a modified Leg Grab on Kano.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: During the battle for the Element of Magic, Snips and Snails perform a simultaneous clothesline to knock Rainbow Dash down.
  • In Fate/Starry Night, Ritsuka combines the Instant Enhancement effect of his Mystic Code with some of Chiron's pankration to take Medea's Dragon Tooth Warrior crocodile to suplex city, crumbling it into dust.
  • In Fate/Sunny Order, Gilgamesh started suplexing Ritsuka almost immediately after being summoned, apparently as a means of training him. And then there's the naked wrestling matches...
  • Future Tense: Vivio definitely learned some moves with Sieglinde. Not even Deville can stand being thrown from the stratosphere.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl uses some wrestling moves, such like the Grab move she used to hurl her evil duplicate into a star.
  • In Darkish Souls, Solaire of Astora don't shy away from using wrestling moves. Or Suplexing Maneater Mildred.
  • A Force of Four: Even villains use wrestling moves every so often. Demonstrated when U-Ban performed a Backbreaker on Power Girl.
  • Spiders and Magic: Rise of Spider-Mane: Black Cat gives Venom-Luna a spinning DDT in Chapter 54.
  • In The Vampire of Steel, Buffy German Suplexes a Kryptonian vampire into the ground, right where a stake had been previously and strategically placed earlier.
  • In Material Days, Yuuno has a nightmare of Nanoha doing such moves to him.
  • Protoculture Effect provides several examples:
    • Kaidan, in a veritech, grabs a geth fighter in midair and piledrives it.
    • In the Relay War, pilots are noted doing this... including one who did it to Tyune Satarn, destroying both of their fighters.
  • The Fire of Futures Past: Jumba's story essentially becomes a giant destructive wrestling match between Kaiju!626 and Robo-Pleakley, with Stitch and Pleakley actually reenacting the scenes themselves.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, the titular heroine becomes a professional wrestler, and uses her new set of techniques on superhuman opponents such as Faora Hu-Ul.
  • A variety of professional wrestling moves such as the Huricanrana, various submission holds, and even moves like the Frankensteiner and Power Bomb show up from time to time in Still Waters Series.
  • In The Last Daughter, Taylor suplexes Behemoth into a Canadian Island. From outer space.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Bakugou uses a rolling savate kick to close the distance on Izuku before putting him in a judo-style leg hold in preparation for a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Unfortunately, when your opponent is Kryptonian, this strategy only goes so far.
  • My Huntsman Academia:
    • In addition to specializing on boxing, Toshinori is also a skilled wrestler and judo practitioner, teaching Izuku both during their training sessions together. Izuku applies these during his spar against Weiss, suplexing her to prevent her from using her glyphs.
    • Port is particularly famous for wrestling Grimm to the ground and easily tosses around Katsuki when the latter managed to swallow his pride long enough to ask for tips.
  • Here There Be Monsters: As fighting Mary Marvel, villain Black Beauty uses a headlock she learned watching female wrestling.
    Black Beauty was next, grappling Mary from behind and twisting her into a painful headlock that she'd learned watching women wrestlers on TV.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Monsters, Inc., one member of the CDA performs a Flying Elbow Drop during a group takedown of a suspect.
  • 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. Shrek even poses and cups his ear to the crowd a la Hulk Hogan.
    Onlooker: The chair, give him the chair!!
  • Superman himself pulls off a suplex in Superman: Doomsday against the titular villain and drives him into the ground. From orbit.
    • With a short timeout to punch each other some more on the way down.
    • Doomsday himself used a piledriver on Superman earlier in the fight.
  • Wonder Woman uses some of her wrestling moves in both Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and it is awesome.
  • In Green Lantern: First Flight, Hal Jordan uses his ring to create a folding chair to smack his opponent with.
  • In the first part of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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 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.
      • He pulls out the Rock Bottom after a long time in Furious 7, and any potential Narm is replaced with pure and concentrated awesome by the fact that he's doing it to Jason Statham.
      • In Hobbs & Shaw, Hobbs (played by Rock) puts Brixton out of commission via a German suplex on solid rock.
    • In Hobbs & Shaw, Roman Reigns gets to employ both his signature spear and the Samoan Drop in the battle against Brixton's men.
    • 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!.
    • Gail Kim uses a lot of hurricanranas and headscissors for her role as the assassin Nadia in Royal Kill. Of course the fact that Nadia isn't actually real and just a figment of Adam's imagination might justify it.
    • Trish Stratus gets in a Stratusphere or two in the action film Bounty Hunters.
    • Batista powerbombs someone to death in The Man with the Iron Fists, and is commonly seen fighting like a wrestler in Guardians of the Galaxy, particularly during the prison break. He doesn't powerbomb anyone in the latter movie, but has expressed a desire to do so in a future installment.
    • In actual films about wrestling, this might count as a subversion, lampshade, or Shout-Out to the fans.
    • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pulled off the mother of all spears against Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables. Stallone must have taken some pointers from Austin, as Sly himself busts out a powerslam against Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Expendables 2.
    • Speaking of Sylvester Stallone and wrestlers in his movies, in Rocky III, Hulk Hogan throws down with him in the boxing vs. wrestling match, where at one point Thunderlips scoop slams Rocky out of the ring.
    • In the horror/comedy Girls Gone Dead, Jerry Lawler's character kills the serial killer with a piledriver that breaks his neck.

  • Jaguar Paw delivers a rather nasty spear to Middle Eye in Apocalypto.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not many of the American moves in evidence, but the gang fight scene in A Clockwork Orange is very much in the manner of a hardcore pro wrestling match... 20 years before the style went mainstream.
  • In Confessions of a Psycho Cat, wrestler Rocco (played by former boxer Jake LaMotta) turns up at Virginia's penthouse and attempts to take her down using wrestling. Which proves to be a bad idea when she is armed with a sword.
  • 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.
  • Cung Le delivers a German Suplex to a gang member in the movie Dragon Eyes.
  • In Firestorm (1998), Karge is a former professional wrestler. After losing his weapon while fighting Jesse at the trading post, he reverts to wrestling moves in an attempt to finish him off; even providing his own commentary.
  • Donnie Yen (incidentally, the stunt coordinator on Blade II) flawlessly demonstrates how a German Suplex is done in Flash Point during a fight in a Chinese marketplace.
  • Bruce Lee took out Ji Han Jae with a pro wrestling-style backbreaker in Game of Death.
  • Godzilla vs. Kong: Mechagodzilla employs human-like combative strikes including left and right hooks when fighting Godzilla and Kong during the climax. This might be somewhat justified by the fact Mechagodzilla is a machine that was designed to enable a human pilot to combat the Titans and has onboard A.I..
  • Indiana Jones:
    • Indiana Jones attempts a dropkick on a giant Thuggee mook. It did not stick.
    • In The Last Crusade, Indy ends up getting suplexed by a Nazi mook during the tank chase scene. Appropriately enough, the mook uses a German suplex.
  • Even Jet Li got in one during Kiss of the Dragon when he performed a "wrong" i.e. lethal Don't Try This at Home piledriver to a Mook, purposely breaking his neck and killing him.
  • In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, the Holstein cow Moo Nieu delivers a piledriver to the Chosen One (Steve Oedekerk).
  • The infamous "I think he broke his fucking neck" scene from The Longest Yard comes about when Richard Kiel straight up clothesline's the poor schmuck runningback.

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In both Iron Man 2 and The Avengers (2012), Natasha Romanov (as Black Widow) frequently employs the Frankensteiner (headscissors takedown with a backflip) to battle opponents. This is actually based on the real Russian Martial art called Sambo. She just added some American-style moves to complement her high agility.
    • It's a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but Cap pulls a perfect German suplex on the Winter Soldier during the bridge battle. Cap uses a chokeslam and a sleeper (or rear naked choke, if you prefer Mixed Martial Arts terms) on Winter Soldier during their final battle.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, to compliment his Good Old Fisticuffs fighting style, Thanos uses a few wrestling moves, like chokeslamming Spider-Man or catching the Incredible Hulk in a Gorilla Press, followed by bodyslamming him. Notably, he’s clearly doing the “wrong”/lethal versions; the people he performs the attacks on only survive due to being superpowered themselves.
    • In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ghost German suplexes Hope into a table during one fight.
    • In Spiderman No Way Home, Norman Osborn / Green Goblin puts Spider-Man through the ringer with a beautiful powerbomb through the floor, followed by a textbook spinebuster crashing down several floors down into the bulding lobby.
  • Mission: Impossible Film Series:
  • In Mortal Kombat: The Movie, Sonya uses a sort of frankensteiner to take Kano down before she snaps his neck with her legs. She also clotheslines a mook.
  • 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 design of the Jaegers in the first place. They needed a weapons platform capable of physically grappling with the kaiju to keep them from just wandering into a city and wrecking stuff while being shot at, especially due to their toxic blood.
  • In Power Rangers (2017), the key moment of the final battle involves the Megazord suplexing Rita's Goldar construct, setting it up for the finishing blow.
  • Bruce Willis breaks out a belly-to-back suplex on Karl Urban during their brutal punch-up in Red.
  • In Resident Evil: Afterlife, Chris Redfield uses a spear on Albert Wesker. However, Wesker has Super Strength and Nigh-Invulnerability, so it only knocks him back about a foot.
  • Parodied in Scary Movie 3, where Cindy and her boss get into a fight in the background because he won't let her tell the public about the murdering videotape.
  • In The Spy Who Loved Me, James Bond uses a scoop slam on a mook in the Egypt scene.
  • Star Wars:, Darth Vader had better luck during the Duel on Mustafar, as his drop kick knocked Obi-Wan on his ass.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
  • Universal Soldier: The Return: At one point, Romeo (Goldberg) fights several hospital guards and orderlies, clearly all played by other pro-wrestlers. The moves in question quickly get... theatrical.
  • In The Waterboy the coach is trying to get Adam Sandler's character to play football and asks him to do what his favorite wrestler Captain Insano (played by Real Life pro wrestler Paul "The Giant" Wight (The Big Show) does to the bad guys. He responds with an eye rake. Later in the film, he powerbombs an opponent. He also dropkicks a guy for insulting his mother.
  • The World's End:
  • 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.


    Live-Action TV 
  • You wouldn't expect this in a dinosaur documentary, but in Amazing Dinoworld a mother Deinocheirus during a fight with a tarbosaurus grabs onto it and suplexes it. It must be seen to be believed.
  • Game of Thrones: Brienne is known to use her brute strength to tackle her foes when at a disadvantage. It's how she defeated Loras in a tournament duel, and also how one of the Bolton men pursuing Sansa met his end (and she also tackled the man's horse down too).
  • Kamen Rider has this going all the way back to the original, whose repertoire includes the Rider Swing (giant swing), Rider Head Crusher (headscissors), and Rider Tailspin Shoot (airplane spin into fireman's carry drop). Kamen Rider Battride War even gives him an entire alternate moveset themed around throws.
  • 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 Heavyweight 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".
  • When she made a guest appearance on Dark Angel, Lita does a hurricanrana during her fight scene. In real life, during the filming of the move, the stuntwoman working with Lita failed to hold onto her during the move and dropped her, causing her to land full-force on top of her head. As a result, Lita broke her neck and was out of action for a year and a half.
  • 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 style on Montreal wrestling he watched when he was a kid.
    • It particularly is evident in ''Space Seed'' when he uses several wrestling moves to fight Khan - who, while genetically engineered to have several times more brute strength and sturdy enough to No-Sell punches and kicks, still weighs the same as a normal human and can be grappled or thrown like anyone else.
    • The Vulcan nerve-pinch is basically a claw hold.
  • The very first episode of Andy Richter Controls the Universe sees him powerbomb a guy through a coffee table.
  • Two Phantom Zone escapees in Smallville, Aldar and Titan specialize in these. Then again, they are played by Batista and Kane respectively.
  • 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 effect 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, about 100 years before catch, it must be much Older Than They Think in his universe. Either that, or vampires still have muscle memory.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Maybe the above carried over to Buffy as an early Season 5 episode shows her performing a hurricanranna onto a vampire.
    • Buffy uses a Frankensteiner at least once.
    • Giles of all people, once did a front dropkick on a vampire.
  • During an Imagine Spot in episode 10 of Gekisou Sentai Carranger, Natsumi (Yellow Racer) has Naoki (Blue Racer) in an Elevated Boston Crab, a.k.a. Walls of Jericho.
    • 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  and a Hurricanranna respectively.
    • Iwasaki Ryuji of Tokumei Sentai Go Busters once used a German Suplex to take down an enemy Megaroid.
      • And also deployed a cross armbreaker on Copyroid to disable its camera arm (and its copying abilities).
  • In Fuller House, DJ (despite professing to not be a wrestling fan) went into Mama Bear mode when seeing her kids run afoul with real pro wrestlers and fought them off with hip-tosses.
  • In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, gladiators will occasionally bust out wrestling moves if forced to fight unarmed.
  • In Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, Servo handed out the occasional scoop slam and German suplex to megaviruses.
  • Red King in the various Ultra Series, starting with Ultraman. Nearly half of his physical attacks look like something you'd see in Wrestling.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Will can often be seen busting out the wrestling moves when fighting with Carlton or Jazz. He seems to prefer Hulk Hogan-style elbow drops.
  • One of the most outlandish examples of the trope: in the Alatriste TV series, Francisco de Quevedo can be seen chokeslamming a mook off a staircase during a swordfight. Yes, that Francisco de Quevedo, and yes, in a swordfight. He is badass enough to do it.
  • Sting had a guest spot as the antagonist Grangus in a later episode of Walker, Texas Ranger and performed his Scorpion Death Drop on Walker. Sting Scorpion Death Dropped Chuck Norris!
  • Frank Castle has been known to bodyslam opponents in both Daredevil (2015) and The Punisher (2017). It's probably the "nicest" mode of attack he has.
  • In The Mandalorian, Mandalorian Koska Reeves hit a jetpack-assisted dropkick and an assisted tornado DDT in her two appearences. Considering who plays her this is also an Actor Allusion.
  • What We Do in the Shadows: During his fight with Nandor, Guillermo does an impressive Frog Splash off Nandor's coffin (although he shouts "PLANCHA!" as a Shout-Out to lucha libre).
  • Janda Kembang: Unamused at another of Seli's diss towards her, Neneng climbs up a chair and performs elbow drop on her, which Seli later compares to WWE SmackDown.

    Music Videos 
  • In the Snoop Dogg video Knocc Down, one of the fighters delivers a rather nasty swinging neckbreaker on his opponent.

    Mythology & Religion 

    Print Media 

  • Darwin's Soldiers, Alfred, piledrives a guard during a raid on a Dragonstorm facility. The guard is killed in the process.
  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Darnell Butler tends to use this, 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.
    • Also 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • All Flesh Must Be Eaten features an expansion, Zombie Smackdown, centred around this trope, in an alternate universe in which pro wrestling is an effective fighting style and semi-sentient zombies are used in the ring - dozens and dozens of manoeuvres and improvised weapons are covered, as well as new advantages such as "Baby Face", "Heel", "Testicular Fortitude" and "Heat".
  • In just about every edition of Champions, the generic superhero martial arts skill includes a Throw maneuver. What's more, any character who can grab an opponent (even with the baseline non-martial Grab maneuver, although that's harder to pull off than just throwing a plain old punch) can follow it up with a throw if they like; it's built right into the move by default.
  • Averted in GURPS, Professional Wrestling uses the Wrestling Art skill, which is not very effective for combat.
    • However, a few wrestling moves are available as combat techniques, including elbow/knee drops, drop kicks, backbreakers, and even piledrivers. While risky and difficult to perform, successful use can be devastating to the opponent
  • Deadlands contains a ton of "fightin' maneuvers" in its extended rulebooks. Several of them are based off of pro wrestling, including a piledriver and the freaking Stone Cold Stunner.
  • A Brawler-build fighter in the Fourth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons can and often will be played like this.
  • During a regular Dungeons & Dragons game, someone made a half-orc monk. Sick to death of the anime-esque martial art master monks, this player decided he would make his little orc a Masked Luchador instead. And so, LOS TIBURON, SHARK OF THE LAND was born. As a wrestler, he focused solely on grappling his opponents, and apparently grappled a bear at some point, but that's not the fun part. The fun part is when, near the end of the campaign, he wrestled a dragon which took off into the air with him on its back, at which point he declared his intention to "pin". The entire table fell silent, and he elaborated that he will attempt to pin the dragon's wings behind its back. He succeeds the roll, sending both of them crashing to the ground, killing the dragon by way of its neck snapping upon impact. His party was so awed that they had their fighter ring his shield like a bell and their bard declare him the winner as if it was a real wrestling match, despite the fact the rest of them were typical Dungeons & Dragons characters with no knowledge of the sport.

    Video Games 
  • 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 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.
  • Arcana Heart:
    • All of Kira's specials employ various wrestling moves like piledrivers and backbreakers. Maybe the kid watches pro wrestling when she's not working on a project or trying to Take Over the World?
    • Konoha also joins the list of Ninja who use the Izuna Drop piledriver.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Ezio of Assassin's Creed II apparently invented the chokeslam.
    • 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.
  • Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden has the party Combat Medic Cyberdwarf doing suplexes and body slams for his basic attacks.
  • 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 Takedowns include John Cena's STF and Mick Foley's Mandible Claw, he will occasionally DDT, Scorpion Death Drop or German Suplex 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.
  • 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.
  • BlazBlue:
    • Iron Tager 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!
  • 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. While not necessarily common, the first three entries under Real Life show that this is, to a degree, Truth in Television.
  • Kirin in Cannon Dancer can apply a non-spinning Izuna Drop to most human-height enemies in his game, including some bosses.
  • Hoover/Baby Head from Captain Commando can make his Mini-Mecha perform piledrivers and drop kicks as part of his arsenal.
  • 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 Conan for PS3, the Cimmerian can learn grapple attacks such as the Piledriver and the 'Warrior Suplex'.
  • In the Dead or Alive series, Tina Armstrong, her tag team partner Lisa, her father Bass, and as of 5, superfan Mila, all use a heavy amount of wrestling holds and strikes. Tina and Bass are pro wrestlers, while Mila is merely a fan. Her fighting style is listed as MMA. The Updated Re-release of 5 debuts Rachel whose fighting style includes some grappling moves like a suplex and a leg bar.
  • 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.
  • Nero from Devil May Cry 4 pays Homage to Zangief with his Devil Triggered Buster against the Alto Angelos.
  • The Catsaber of the Disgaea series has its "Bell Volcano" special, which is a combo of wrestling moves that includes a suplex, piledriver, and backbreaker.
  • 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. Though with the addition of jumping and climbing, you can now use jumping for some vicious bodyslams on anyone you knocked down.
  • 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 hurricanrana 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.
  • Some of the unarmed finishers in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim include a chokeslam, a German suplex, a modified samoan drop and a tiger sleeper.
  • Marstorius in Fighter's History is a pro wrestler, and his moveset includes a German suplex and a more powerful "Double German".
  • In the Sega Genesis game Fighting Masters, all characters have some sort of move in their arsenals, such as: A throw, a grapple. a suplex, a powerbomb, a pile driver, etc; apparently this is the main core of gameplay, given how normal attacks do barely noticeable damage, while grapple moves deal massive amounts of damage.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy VI takes the gold for most absurd example, however. Sabin Rene Figaro uses a peculiar mixture of karate and pro-wrestling moves, which allows him to (among other things) SUPLEX AN ENTIRE TRAIN WHILE IT'S ROLLING AT FULL STEAM. Or as the Memetic Mutation puts it, "MOTHERFUCKER SUPLEXED A TRAIN."
    • Final Fantasy VII's Tifa's Limit Breaks include giving the enemy a Brainbuster. Her Limit Break attacks even lets her do a piledriver attack on a giant evil wall. It's every bit as awesome as it sounds.
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake:
      • Beck's Badasses eventually pick up a member only known as Grungy Bandit, who uses Leg Drop and powerbomb techniques as well as generally doing pro wrestling-style motion acting. He even has long oiled hair that flies out when he moves.
      • After Corneo's goons recognise Aerith as being 'from the Colosseum', she beats him by bashing him over the head with a folding metal chair in a flashy, wrestler-ish style. With a manic grin on her face the whole time.
      • Rude uses pro-wrestling moves to attack Cloud, like suplexes and powerbombs.
    • Final Fantasy VIII: Sometimes, in the overworld, you'll meet a Wendigo, who'll quite happily powerbomb your characters, given the chance. He also uses back drops and clotheslines.
    • Although it's not actually seen, because it's a sprite-based game, the Mad Trees in Final Fantasy Mystic Quest have Full Nelsons as one of their basic attacks.
  • In GHOST Squad, at one point after passing a hand-to-hand combat test you perform a suplex on a terrorist, after punching him in the crotch. You also high-five the President in this game.
  • 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.
  • Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee has the series Kaiju perform various wrestling movies like dropkicks. One of Orga's throws is a choke-slam that combos into a elbow drop onto its unfortunate opponent.
  • In Gundam Breaker 2, Claw-type melee attacks can be chained into various holds and slams (including the back drop, piledriver, brain buster and Frankensteiner) that deal massive damage to a single enemy.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Killer Instinct has Tusk, whose throw is a German Suplex.
  • In The King of Fighters 2001/2002, Angel's entire moveset was designed as a tribute to The Rock.
  • King of the Monsters is weird about this trope. The original plays very much like a 16-bit-era wrestling game with the skin of Kaiju Expys on it. Kaijus combat with fistfights, grappling, and super moves isn't that unusual, but it's rare that they're so overtly based on identifiable wrestling moves—you end up with a situation where you have essentially have Godzilla very obviously suplexing King Kong. The sequel is less wrestling-happy and more of a Beat 'em Up, though Atomic Guy busts out the back suplex every so often.
  • 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 Bros. games, though one is replaced by Ninja Kirby's Spinning Piledriver. Worthy of note is that bosses are immune to throw moves, even those that don't have the excuse of being too large to grab, but the stars, debris, and Mooks they sometimes make or call aren't. Hitting a boss with a thrown object, or even Kirby himself (by means of taking advantage of the brief invincibility given during the move), is actually one of the most damaging attacks you have. Provided you learn the proper timing, you can make short work of everything in your path.
  • Left 4 Dead 2:
    • The Charger 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 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 twice. Once as practice, a second time going up against a Goron.
  • LEGO Adaptation Game:
    • In LEGO Indiana Jones, the title character can hit back body drops, dropkicks, and sweep the leg during attack combos, and even can lock the "enemies" in a full nelson before throwing them aside.
    • 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.
    • Starting from when they were introduced in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, a common form that the Shockwave Stomp for big-figs take is an elbow drop.
  • In Mad Max, the titular character can perform German suplexes, sidewalk slams, Death Valley drivers, clotheslines and cross armbars when Fury Mode is activated.
  • Jack from MadWorld can performs the Muscle Buster 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.
  • Sei Satou (Rosa Gigantea from Maria Watches Over Us) appears in the doujin Fighting Game Maribato! as a playable character. Sei incorporates some grappling moves in her moveset, most of them from Zangief's book: She has, for example, a Spinning Piledriver, a double suplex, her aerial grab is an Izuna drop, and one of her supers is a Final Atomic Buster variant.
  • Half of solo developer MDickie'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.
  • Metal Gear:
    • The Close Quarters Combat style created and used by The Boss and Big Boss has been called 'fancy military wrestling'.
    • Taken to new heights in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in the battle between REX and RAY, leading to a Godzilla-esque battle. This is 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.
  • 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 Mole Mania, you play as a mole, who, among other things, can perform suplexes, not on his enemies, but on steel balls, cabbages, and barrels. Crazy? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes!
  • Thanks to the Turf War system in Monster Hunter: World, we get to see just how powerful Deviljho is by watching him grab monsters smaller than himself, and ragdoll them around the entire area. This is especially notable in his Turf War versus the Diablos, when he grabs the charging monster by the horn, and introduces his face to the floor.
  • Mortal Kombat has Jax's signature Backbreaker, and Sonya's leg slam. Also, Kitana and Mileena pulling off German suplexes in the second game. Jade later does this, but with her staff in Ultimate and Trilogy. Deadly Alliance introduces Hsu Hao who has wrestling as one of his fighting styles. In MK9, the first part of Smoke's X-Ray move has him German suplexing his opponent.
  • In Mutant Football League, elbow drops are standard for attacking a downed player in your efforts to kill them faster. One brutal and flashy way of putting a stop to the ball carrier is for the tackler to lift them over their head and piledrive them into the turf— often performed by larger races like Bruiserbots and Orcs.
  • In NFL Blitz, oftentimes after the whistle, you'll see players doing Hulk Hogan-style leg drops and German suplexes on other players.
  • Even though Jake Hunter from Night Slashers is The Big Guy of the team, and a wrestler, it is Christopher Smith, who is a martial artist, that displays greater knowledge of pro wrestling. His moveset includes a drop kick, an elbow drop and a DDT. Furthermore wrestling type moves like elbow drops and drop kicks are common among enemies, who are horror creatures, like werewolves and zombies. Some level bosses also are adept at wrestling. The first level boss, who is a Frankenstein's Monster lookalike uses a suplex, and the fifth level boss, a mummified pharaoh, can perform a suplex, a clothesline and a Sean Waltman-like spin kick. The fourth level bosses who are Maian/Aztec-like Deities/Demons can be described as a regular tag team, using double-teams, assisted moonsaults, takedowns, and enzuigiri-like jump kicks.
  • 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.
  • Ninja from The Ninja Warriors Again is The Big Guy of the team and he uses backbreakers and giant swings to devastating effect. In contrast, his team-mates just have simple throws despite also having superhuman strength.
  • It pretty much goes without saying that Travis Touchdown would not only use a Beam katana 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...)
  • The piledriver also appeared as a counterattack in Ōkami.
  • Miu's Mini-Mecha in Panzer Bandit can pile drive enemies into the ground, strong enough to generate a Shockwave Stomp.
  • Persona 3 and Persona 4 have enemy Hulk Hogan clones whom attack with his lariat finisher in Japan, the Axe Bomber.
  • Pit-Fighter has ex-professional wrestler Buzz, whose special moves include the body slam and the piledriver.
  • Pokémon:
    • In the PokéWalker, if two Pokémon have a friendly battle, the journal sometimes mentions that said battle was turned into a wrestling match.
    • Hawlucha, a Flying/Fighting-type from Pokemon Xand Y is clearly based on a masked luchador.
    • Incineroar, the final form of the Fire starter in Pokémon Sun and Moon, is explicitly based on a Heel wrestler. Its signature move is "Darkest Lariat", and its Z-Move is "Malicious Moonsault".
      • Additionally, even more references to such moves appear in his move set for Super Smash Bros., such as his side special, where he throws his opponent into a set of ring ropes and then on rebound can perform either a backbody drop, a lariat, or simply crash into his opponent depending on the timing; and his down smash, which is a simple body splash. However this is especially shown off in his throws. His up-throw is an Argentine Backbreaker, his forward-throw is a giant swing, and his back-throw is a German Suplex.
  • In Project X Zone, Kogoro, along with Mii, finish their Limit Break with this while in mid-air.
  • 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. Its spiritual ancestor The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction allowed the Hulk to perform elbow drops (in the same way as Alex; that is, from the sides of buildings), chokeslams, piledrivers, and powerbombs. For even more fun, you can chain piledrivers into powerbombs and vice versa.
  • Resident Evil:
    • In 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.note  Through a glitch in the GameCube version, even Ashley can suplex enemies.
    • In Resident Evil 5, 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 Mercenaries minigame in Resident Evil 4 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, DDTs and much more.
    • In the Resident Evil 7 DLC "End of Zoe", a fight with the Swamp Man Recurring Boss allows Joe the chance to perform a powerbomb on them. And during the final battle against them, Joe talks about how he once clotheslined Jack (the Swamp Man) into the swamp.
  • SaGa Frontier: Learning specific moves unlocks the "DSC", a random series of throws, kicks, and suplexes that can do damage in the tens of thousands. Shingrow Palace even has a "martial arts" tournament where participants are required to wear masks.
  • Saints Row:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. He can even chain his grapples so he follows up powerbombs with piledrivers and so on and so forth.
  • The second Shadow Hearts game featured a pro-wrestling superhero vampire! He even receives training from legendary real-life wrestler the Great Gama, although the real Gama didn't indulge in so much Ho Yay.
  • Soul Series:
    • Soulcalibur features Astaroth, who hits a mean giant-axe-assisted powerbomb, and Nightmare, who can hit a dropkick, despite wearing a full suit of armor.
    • One of Darth Vader's moves in Soulcalibur IV is a Gorilla Press Slam.
    • 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. One of her possession stance throws is a northern lights suplex and her second possession throw is a jumping boston crab drop.
  • Spider-Man:
    • In Spider-Man: The Movie, 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, Spidey can powerbomb a Mook OFF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.
  • In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order one of the Security Droids unblockable „red attacks” is a one-handed chokeslam, a’la Sycho/Sid Vicious/Justice.
  • 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.
    • R. Mika has moves typical of a Japanese female pro wrestler and a fanciful costume not different from the likes of Mima Shimoda and Manami Toyota. In Street Fighter V, she gains the ability to call on her tag team partner for assist moves, such as drop kicks or body slams, as well as adding a Stone Cold Stunner to her movelist.
    • Cammy also used an aforementioned Hurricanrana, and a German Suplex as her throws in most of her appearances. Her Cammy Quick Combination in Street Fighter IV basically ends a series of grabs with a crotch face smother. If you're facing her, you can't think of a better way to lose a match. That is until she twists your head and you hear your neck snap. Originally, Cammy used a variant on the Frankensteiner, itself a modified version of the Hurricanrana, in Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold, and Street Fighter Alpha 3. The move was more high impact and was not even a complete version of the move, as she would drop opponents straight down after only getting halfway through the flip instead of ending up on top of them in a true Hurricanrana.
    • 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. Alex on the other hand, had a resemblance to a younger Hulk Hogan.
    • Abigail from Final Fight as well.
    • Guile and Charlie do that devastating mid-air Backbreaker throw, and their grab move is a German Suplex while Guile's is changed a Dragon suplex in 5 and Charlie gets a sleeper hold as his reverse throw.
    • 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/uranage (i.e. rock bottom) as her grab move.
  • 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. In IV, this is lampshaded in Max's file, which says he wants to "teach his friends what a real German Suplex is".
  • The Rat King in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters has a powerbomb ("Rat Bomber") and a suplex ("Rodent Suplex") in his moveset.
  • Tekken:
    • The series has King and Armor King and their succesors, who are wrestlers, and Craig Marduk, who is a Vale Tudo fighter. 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. Both even becomes wrestlers in Tag 2 the former via cameo though.
    • 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. But she's also a Japanese mixed martial artist, so you shouldn't be too surprised by the pro wrestling moves in this case.
    • Christine Monterio performs a floatover DDT, a rolling half Boston crab, and a tilt-a-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.
    • Nina Williams chain grappling moves include a Crippler Crossface, a Rings of Saturn, and a Lasso from El Paso.
    • Alex the Raptor and Roger Jr. the Kangaroo borrowed several moves from Armor King (it's explained that he was hired to train them), including the rolling arm lock, two different types of pile drivers, a DDT and even a giant swing.
    • The Jack series robots have had piledrivers, backbreakers, and body slams as part of their signature attacks since the beginning.
  • Tenchu can get very wrestler-ish in some of the Stealth Kill animations, with Ayame being specially guilty of using overly-complex maneuvers. 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • The little oni Suika of the Touhou Project 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.
  • Total War: Warhammer II has the Jabberslythe from the Beastmen roster, gigantic slobbering hideous monsters whose attack animations have them lungeing and bounding all over. One of said attack animations is The People's Elbow.
  • Total War: Warhammer III has some of the matched animation fights between two Greater Daemons involve wrestling moves.
  • Undertale has this as fluff text in one boss fight. The boss in question uses spears, so god only knows why wrestling moves even enter into the equation.
    "Undyne suplexes a boulder, just because she can."
  • 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.
  • Hawk from Vendetta! is an obvious Hulk Hogan clone, so obviously some of his techniques look like wrestling moves.
  • Virtua Fighter:
    • Several characters, such as Sarah, Jacky, and Jeffry play this 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 Wario World, Wario is capable of a few wrestling moves, such as a Spinning Piledriver or Giant Spin.
  • Alongside their Nuclear Powered Great Sword and Arm Cannon, WildStar Warriors use "1980's Wrestling Moves."
  • World Heroes: Muscle Power. Lots of super powerful grapples, plus clotheslines and drop kicks to get in to grabbing range. He is a Hulk Hogan rip-off, after all.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Melia's Starlight Kick attack is basically Keiji Mutoh/Great Muta's Shining Wizard
  • Xenogears: Rico, being a former champ in his own right tends to use a lariat, suplex and powerbomb in his arsenal.

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  • Occasionally used as food preparation techniques on Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time.
  • Vaguely Recalling JoJo:
    • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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. A mind controlled Wonder Woman straight up powerbombs Vixen after the latter attempts to tackle her while using the strength and weight of an elephant. Yes friends, Wonder Woman just powerbombed an elephant! 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.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman has demonstrated ability in sumo and grappling.
    • When Stuart McCormick and Gerald Broflovski get in a little "friendly disagreement", Kenny's dad performs a high angle elbow drop on Kyle`s dad.
  • Rath from Ben 10: Alien Force, seen here with such classics as Polaris Pile Driver and Antarian Armbar. Fourarm is also fond of grapples, and even Way Big has gotten in on the action once or twice!
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: While fighting Obi-Wan in "Kidnapped", Darts at one point hoists Obi-Wan high over his head and then slams him down onto the floor.
  • In Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Dale puts his evil clone in a Boston crab.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: "Has-been Hero" has both Po and Quan the Unkillable use pro wrestling moves, including a vertical suplex and the Stone Cold Stunner.
  • The Boondocks:
    • Riley Freeman does a moonsault off a couch and follows up with a Boston Crab.
    • In "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch" Robert recalls Lionel Richie being hit by his (ex-)wife with a leg drop and locks in the Sharpshooter on him.
  • 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.
  • During the finale of The Legend of Korra, Korra attacks Kuvira with an airbending enhanced dropkick.
  • In the hour-long Rugrats special "Runaway Reptar", the titular Kaiju lands a suplex on his robot doppelganger.
  • The Loud House: Both Lynn and Lana. Lynn has a lucha libre mask and a persona (Lunatic Lynn) especially for when she's wrestling, while Lana is known to wrestle alligators. Lincoln also (unsuccessfully) turned to wrestling as a way to get Lynn out of his room in "Space Invader".
  • Hilda: In episode 9, Frida reveals early in the episode that she has the Sparrow Scouts’ wrestling badge, hence why she easily defeats David. It seemingly becomes a Chekhov's Gun when during the climax it’s revealed disputes with ghosts are always settled with a wrestling match, however Frida ends up losing the fight.

    Real Life 
  • How do you stop a receiver who won't go down? Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins' answer was the German Suplex. Most awesome tackle ever.
    • Years later in Super Bowl LII, New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks attempts to leap over Eagles safety Rodney McLeod for a first down toward the Eagles' end zone, but McLeod catches him in midair and pulls out a freaking Spinebuster to stop him short.
  • Rolando McClain performed a tackle on Rams receiver Danny Amendola that may have made the Rock proud. Granted, unlike Dawkins, McClain got flagged for it. It also got a bit of Lampshade Hanging from the color commentator.
  • The best way to block a guy is with a chokeslam. No wonder so many wrestlers were ex-football players.
  • 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 and Catch Wrestling. In amateur wrestling, the suplex is pronounced suplay—a nice bonus for anyone who remembers Gordon Solie. Mixed Martial Arts itself owes a lot of its existence to pro wrestling, or rather "shoot wrestling", developed by Karl Gotch.
    • There are several highlight reels of fighters overcoming submission holds by lifting their opponents and delivering a bodyslam, powerbomb, or some variant of a suplex. This frequently ends the fight, because they are in effect dropping their opponents on their heads, sometimes at horrific angles, which could be considered worse than a straight up knockout punch. Rampage Jackson, who powerbombed Ricardo Arona after being put in a triangle hold, would likely be the most famous example.
  • Defied when mixed martial artist Ta'Darius Thomas was disqualified in an amateur bout after hitting an opponent with a moonsault, the ruling being that showing off to such an extent was unsportsmanlike.
  • The infamous effect of doing a 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 to hammer in the old saying, Don't Try This at Home.
  • Abraham Lincoln invented the chokeslam.
  • Bullying Casey Haynes is a very bad idea.
  • During the diplomatic meeting at the Field of the Cloth of Gold between France and Britain, Henry VIII challenged Francis I to a wrestling match... And the king of France accepted, and it's said he brutally defeated his challenger. Why did Henry challenge him? Because he could.
  • On May 24, 2017, the day before the Montana special election to fill a vacant Congressional seat, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte took umbrage with an "aggressive reporter", reportedly chokeslamming him in retaliation.
  • One man named Klodian Elqeni in Albania seemingly decided the best way to stop a violent, out-of-control driver that risked running over several people was to dropkick him through the window.
  • When a group of friends hanging out at a local swimming hole noticed what appeared to be an alligator stalking one of them, they reasonably freaked out and tried to get out of the water as quickly as possible. One heroic man, noticing the "alligator" closing in on one of his buddies and not being deterred by the rocks thrown at it, decided to take matters into his own hands and elbow drop the pursuing critter to save his friend. It turned out to be a prank, as the "gator" was just an RC boat with a plastic facade taped to it, but it can definitely be said that a friend who will RKO a fucking alligator for you is a True Companion indeed.
  • Many self-defense instructions have noted that it is not uncommon to see seemingly-average people use wrestling techniques in a fight. The reason being is that nearly every high-school in America has a wrestling team, so a large number of people have a least a small amount of experience.


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