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Top Submission Holds of WWE

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When I was just a little wee lad, I use to be a mark for damn near every submission hold I would see applied in a pro wrestling ring. And seeing as I grew up with three brothers in the house, we naturally tried about as many as we could at home.

Even if they kept telling us not to.

Doing so fostered a period of growth as a fan of the sports entertainment world, namely the fact that we figured out what holds were effective and actually worth taking the time to learn to apply compared to those that were not.

For example, the sleeper hold can actually put people to sleep. The Figure Four Leglock hurts like hell, depending on how sadistic the person is who is throwing it on you. And the Sharpshooter can cause pain but it's mostly harmless.

The one I hated most? The Full Nelson. I'm not sure there's a single submission hold out there that makes one feel any less powerless. Quite frankly, it's embarrassing.

Of course, once I became a fan of mixed martial arts and started studying jiu-jitsu I quickly came to realize how far I had been led astray.

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    Hell's Gate


     The Undertaker began using a variation of the move in January 2008 on SmackDown, which would cause opponents to spit blood from their mouths. SmackDownGeneral Manager Vickie Guerrero would later kayfabe ban the move for the protection of the other wrestlers and strip The Undertaker of the World Heavyweight Championship as punishment for its use, an unprecedented move.

    The move, now called the Hell's Gate, has since become a regular part of Taker's matches.

    During the World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Breaking Point, Theodore Longoverruled CM Punk's submission to the move and forced a continuation, citing Guerrero's ban. The ban was eventually lifted in 2009.

    At WrestleMania XXVII, The Undertaker applied Hell's Gate to Triple H during their match. Triple H eventually submitted, winning The Undertaker the match and extending his undefeated WrestleMania streak to 19-0.

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    The Sharpshooter, originally named Sasori-gatameScorpion Hold in English,[1] is a professional wrestling submission hold. The move is also known by several other names: cloverleaf leg-lace Boston crabstanding reverse figure-four leglock, and, the most commonly known alternative, Scorpion Deathlock. Despite its original Scorpion Hold name, the move is still commonly known by itsBret Hart-given nickname Sharpshooter. Despite Japanese professional wrestler Riki Chōshū being given credit by Japanese fans with the creation of the move,[2] the move was popularized by and is generally associated with Sting. The Sharpshooter hold begins with the opponent supine on the mat with the applying wrestler stepping between the opponent's legs with his/her left leg and wraps the opponent's legs at shin level around that leg. If the applier decides to cross the opponent's legs around his right leg, he has to cross the opponent's right leg over their left, or, otherwise, he has to cross his opponent's left leg over their right. Holding the opponent's legs in place, the wrestler then grabs the opponent's leg which he has crossed over the other and steps over him, flipping him over into a prone position before leaning back to compress his lower back.

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    Walls of Jericho


    The WALLS OF JERICHO is a professional wrestling hold that typically starts with one wrestler lying supine on the mat, with the other wrestler standing and facing him. It is a type of spinal lock where the wrestler hooks each of the opponent’s legs in one of his arms, and then turns the opponent face-down, stepping over him in the process. The final position has the wrestler in a semi-sitting position and facing away from his opponent, with the opponent’s back and legs bent back toward his head. This often sees the attacking wrestler perform double leg takedown.

    The original name for the maneuver was the backbreaker, before that term became known for its current usage. In modern wrestling, the Boston crab is not treated as a lethal submission maneuver, even though it was considered a match-ending hold in the past. In Japan, it is commonly used as a hold to defeat young and inexperienced wrestlers; the ability to overcome the hold is considered a sign of growth.

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    Ankle Lock


    It was 1st used by former WWE superstar and OLYMPIC gold medalist Kurt Ankle. In this toe hold maneuver, innovated by Koji Kanemoto, a wrestler will grab the opponent's foot and lift their leg off the ground. With one hand the wrestler will grab either the toes or the outside of the foot, then with the other wrap the ankle to create a "hole" for the joint. A grapevine variation sees the wrestler applying the ankle lock hold and then falling to the mat and scissoring the leg of the opponent. This stops the opponent from rolling out of the move and makes it harder for him/her to crawl to the ropes but lessens the pressure that can be applied. The move can be executed from a kneeling position or a standing position.

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    Kimura Lock


    It is use by BROCK LESNER in WWE.  Kimura (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), chicken wing/double wristlock (wrestling), or reverse keylock are terms used to specify a medial keylock known in judo as gyaku ude-garami (reverse arm entanglement) or simply as ude-garami. The application is similar to the american, except that it is reversed. It needs some space behind the opponent to be effective, and can be applied from the side control or guard. Contrary to the americana, the opponent's wrist is grabbed with the hand on the same side, and the opposite arm is put behind the opponent's arm, again grabbing the attacker's wrist and forming a figure-four. By controlling the opponent's body and cranking the arm away from the attacker, pressure is put on the shoulder joint, and depending on the angle, also the elbow joint (in some variations the opponent's arm is brought behind their back, resulting in a finishing position resembling that of the hammerlock outlined below). The kimura was named after the judoka Masahiko Kimura, who used it to defeat one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hélio Gracie.

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    Figure Four Leglock


    The wrestler stands over the opponent who is lying on the mat face up and grasps a leg of the opponent. The wrestler then does a spinning toe hold and grasps the other leg, crossing them into a "4" (hence the name) as he does so and falls to the mat, applying pressure to the opponent's crossed legs with his own. This variation is the most famous version, made famous by Ric Flair and innovated by "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, and is also the finisher of choice for several legends like "The Hammer" Greg Valentine, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, and Jeff Jarrett among many others.

    With enough strength and willpower, the wrestler on defense can flip himself (and also their opponent) over onto their belly, which is said to reverse the pressure to the one who initially had the hold locked in. If the referee is distracted, heel wrestlers may grab onto the ropes while executing the move to gain leverage and inflict more pain.

    An modified variation exists more recently used by Shawn Michaels where the wrestler takes one of the opponent's legs, turns 90 degrees, then grabs the other opponent's leg and crosses it with the other, puts one foot in between and the other on the other leg, and then bridges over. A wrestler may counter the figure four by rolling over on to their stomach, which applies the pressure on the original applier's legs. This counter to the figure four is often called a modified Indian deathlock or sometimes referred to as a sharpshootervariant. While the hold applies pressure to the knee, it actually can be very painful to the shin of the victim.

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    The Yes Lock


    This neck crank is also known as the Crippler Crossface after Chris Benoit. The wrestler starts by catching the opponent's right/left arm in a leg scissor, often either by dragging the arm down or switching into position via an Omoplata (as in LeBell Lock) , before wrapping his/her hands around the opponent's face, pulling the opponent's head backwards applying pressure to the neck and shoulder.

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    Anaconda Vise


    Used by CM PUNK.

    The Anaconda vise is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo compression choke. The wrestler wraps his arms around the head and one arm of the opponent and squeezes, choking the opponent. It is considered legal in professional wrestling, although it is a chokehold. This submission hold was innovated by Hiroyoshi Tenzan.

    It is also called an arm-trap triangle choke. The vice is done from a position in which the wrestler and the opponent are seated on the mat facing each other. The wrestler sits on one side of the opponent and using his near arm encircles the opponent in a headlock position and grabs the opponent's near wrist, bending the arm upwards. Then, the wrestler maneuvers his/her other arm through the "hole" created by the opponent's bent wrist, locks his/her hand upon his/her own wrist, and then pulls the opponent forward, causing pressure on the opponent's arm and neck.

    The move could also be performed in another version where the wrestler stands face to face with the opponent. The wrestler will wrap his arm across the opponents neck and hook the opponents leg slamming the wrestler into the mat the wrestler will then place their legs across the opponents throat and back of the head with their arms wrapped across the opponents head similar to a front headlock with the user on curled into a ball on one shoulder.

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    Tazzmission is one of the best submission holds in the wwf. Tazzmission is the octopus. Tazzmission is a illegal choke" card and tazz plays the "i'll play dumb

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    Dragon Sleeper


    The wrestler stands behind the opponent who is either sitting or lying down, places the opponent in an inverted facelock, and hooks the opponent's near arm with his free arm. The wrestler then pulls backwards and up, wrenching the opponent's neck. If the opponent is sitting, the wrestler can place their knee under the opponent's back, adding more pressure.

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    Crossface Chicken Wing


    A chickenwing variation where the wrestler applies the chickenwing to one of the opponent's arms. The wrestler then uses his free arm to wrap it around the neck of the opponent in a "single hand" sleeper hold.

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    Master Lock


    Masters made a claim that his version of the full nelson hold, which he dubbed the Master Lock, was unbreakable.[3] Masters began a series of contests he would call "Master Lock Challenges" where Masters would put an opponent in the Master Lock and the opponent would try to break free before Masters made him submit or pass out. Masters would go on to log more full nelson submission victories than any wrestler in WWE history, breaking the record previously held by Kurt Angle.[3][11] Originally he would call out plants from the crowd, placing a $1,000 prize of his own money to be paid to anyone who could break free from the Master Lock.[3] At Backlash, he defeated Melissa Coates in a Master Lock Challenge.[3][12] However, these challenges were often criticised. The referee would normally end the challenge after a few seconds, declaring Masters the winner even if the challenger had not given up or passed out. Also, if Masters himself released the hold, it was often declared a victory for Masters. He engaged in feuds with lower-card wrestlers, Val Venis[3][13] and Sgt. Slaughter, who both failed to break the Master Lock.[3][14] Using villainous tactics, he often attacked the wrestlers beforehand and frequently cheated (for example using a low-blow to escape Sgt. Slaughter's cobra clutch). Masters increased the offered reward each week up to $20,000 and sometimes threw in a bonus. After defeating the 400-pound Rosey on July 18, Masters defiantly stated "it doesn't matter how big they are!", prompting The Big Show to accept a Master Lock Challenge.[15] In accordance with his villainous persona, Masters fled, refusing a match with the Big Show.[15]

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    Texas Cloverleaf


    Texas cloverleaf, the wrestler stands at the feet of his supine opponent, grabs the opponent's legs and lifts them up. The wrestler then bends one leg so that the shin is behind the knee of the straight leg and places the ankle of the straight leg in their armpit. With the same arm, they reach around the ankle and through the opening formed by the legs, and lock their hands together. The wrestler then steps over his opponent, turning the opponent over as in a sharpshooter and proceeds to squat and lean back. The hold compresses the legs, flexes the spine, and stretches the abdomen.

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    Mandible Claw


    The mandible claw is a maneuver which, when applied correctly against an individual, is purported to cause intense, legitimate pain. The hold is applied when the aggressor places his middle and ring fingers into the opponent's mouth, sliding them under the tongue and jabbing into the soft tissue found at the bottom of the mouth. The thumb and/or palm of the same hand is placed under the jaw, and pressure is applied downward by the middle and ring fingers while the thumb/palm forces the jaw upwards.

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    Million Dollar Dream


    The Million Dollar Dream - DiBiase won many matches in his day with this variation of a Sleeper hold. With his opponent worn down from the course of the match, DiBiase would strike, locking his opponent in the Dream. While one arm holds his opponent's arm across his throat, the other arm reaches underneath to add to the pressure, eventually causing DiBiase's foe to pass out, ending the match. It's a shame that DiBiase never won the WWF World Title, because this hold surely would have made it believable.

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    It is use by WWE Superstar ( Face of WWE from the last decade 2002 & still counting). Short for Stepover Toehold Facelock. This hold is performed on an opponent who is lying face down on the mat. A wrestler grabs one of the opponent's legs, and places the opponent's ankle between his/her thighs. The wrestler then lies on top of the opponent's back and locks his arms around the opponent's head. The wrestler then pulls back stretching the opponent's back, neck, and knee.

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    Torture Rack


    Ooof.. this one is hard to explain. The wrestler lifts his opponent on his shoulders. I personally prefer doing this while kneeling because the opponent can just face the wall and slowly bend himself backwards. Then you can put an arm in between his legs and prepare your other arm to hold his neck. Again, read the Wiki's version before attempting this. If done properly, this move is fun :)  The move is also known as the Argentine Backbreaker. I sometimes call it the Dual Shoulder Backbreaker.
    Back Breaker Rack (Argentine Back Breaker) Used by : Lex Luger, Hercules AKA : The Human Torture Rack (Lex Luger) Description : The attacker lifts the victim up so that they are laying across the attacker's shoulders. The attacker hooks the victim's neck and leg and applies pressure.
    This backbreaker submission, also known as a human torture rack, torture rack or simply the rack, sees the attacking wrestler places his/her opponent face-up across the wrestler's own shoulders before hooking the head with one hand and a leg with the other to then pull down on both ends to flex the opponent's back. This move is closely associated with American wrestlers Lex Luger and Hercules Hernandez.  The Argentine backbreaker drop variation of this submission move sees the attacking wrestler first hold an opponent up for the Argentine backbreaker rack before dropping to the mat in a sitting/kneeling position, thus flexing the opponent's back with the impact of the drop.  A variation of the Argentine backbreaker drop version sees the wrestler lift the opponent further up by lifting the opponents legs and pulling down on their head further before performing the drop. This isolates and increases the damage in the neck and ribcage areas rather than across the back.

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    Cobra Clutch


    The wrestler stands behind the opponent and uses one arm to place the opponent in a half nelson. The wrestler then uses his free arm to pull the opponent's arm (the same arm to which the wrestler is applying the half nelson) across the face of the opponent. The wrestler then locks his hand to his wrist behind the opponent's neck to make the opponent submit or lose consciousness as the carotid artery is cut off.

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    Sleeper Hold


    The wrestler applying the hold positions himself behind his opponent. The wrestler then wraps his/her arm around the opponent's neck, pressing the biceps against one side of the neck and the inner bone of the forearm against the other side. The neck is squeezed inside the arm very tightly. Additional pressure can be applied by grabbing the left shoulder with the right hand, or grabbing the biceps of the left arm near the elbow, then using the left hand to push the opponent's head towards the crook of the right elbow.

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    Vise Grip


    WWE superstar "The Great Khali" perform the vice grip before and want to know how to do it? It is great to do if you are ever in a fight, or just want to impress your friends. This is a very handy trick, although not legal in real wrestling.

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