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If Someone Jumped Off The Top Rope And Hit You With Any Of These Wrestling Finishers, You’d Be Dead AF

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In the world of sports entertainment, there are wrestling moves, and there are high risk maneuvers. High flying wrestlers use gravity the way strikers involve their “educated feet.” The skill and balance required to perform these daredevil feats of athleticism are important to note, but what always makes top rope finishers the most talked about spots of the night is simple: they look awesome!

1) The Frog Splash

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Used by the legendary Eddie Guerrero to win several titles throughout his career, including WWE No Way Out in 2004, when he captured the WWE Championship from the “Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar.

2) Top Rope Headbutt

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Bam Bam Bigelow was a bad man. The headbutt is one of the most brutal and primitive ways to inflict pain on someone else because if you’re doing it correctly, you’re probably hurting yourself at the same time. The stakes go up for you and your opponent as soon as you start climbing the turnbuckle, like “I see your concussion and raise you a forget-middle-school.”

3) The Moonsault

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A signature move for the four-time Women’s Championship winner, Lita, as well as a multitude of others, from The Great Muta to the man they call Vader, and Hugh Morris, as well as “the Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. It was invented in Mexico by Mando Guerrero, of the famous Guerrero family (the late Eddie Guerrero, his brother, and Latino wrestling icon Gory Guerrero, his father).

4) Top Rope Elbow Drop

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Randy Savage was huge for me when I was a kid. This next statement probably tells you everything you need to know about what kind of person I am, but I don’t mind admitting that I cut Macho Man-style promos to myself so I can be pumped up enough to deal with my fiancée’s mother. If we have to go to her house for dinner, the whole time I’m just imagining myself on the top rope with both arms above my head about to drop the elbow like a damn savage.

5) The 450 Splash

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Defined in the the dictionary as four hundred and fifty degrees of splash, probably. It is exactly what it sounds like, and it is one of the most badass-looking finishers in the business. It’s been a signature move of countless champions, such as Juventud Guerrera and 2 Cold Scorpio. Even Marc Mero looked cool as hell doing it.

6) The Superfly Splash

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When Jimmy Snuka jumped off the cage onto Don Muraco in Madison Square Garden, this big splash became the stuff of legend. What could be simpler than flinging your whole body at somebody with reckless abandon? Missing is a lot easier than you’d think. Factor in your fear of heights to add another level of difficulty. Oh, and then there’s the trying not to die part. Gravity makes fools of us all, so even if it doesn’t look as flashy as the 450 or the Moonsault, it’s just as dangerous and unforgivingly painful.

7) The Whoopee Cushion

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Executed correctly, this top rope Banzai Drop looks devastating. Done poorly, you break your tailbone caving in your opponent’s chest. Many wrestlers have done variations of this move, but during the ’90s, Doink The Clown used it to terrorize the squared circle.

8) The Coup D’etat

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Jumping off the top rope onto your opponent’s chest like Mario crushes goombas seems like a pretty rude thing to do. It also seems terrifying and unbelievably painful. Currently, the “Demon King” Fin Balor has used this move to go from NXT, to WWE‘s main roster. Rest in peace, sternums.

9) The Guillotine Leg Drop

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My favorite cruiserweight wrestler in WCW was the airborne Mexican import Psicosis. His innovative style and profound technical savvy made his matches a must-watch every single week. His “Guillotine Leg Drop” seemed as surgical as it was violent. If Hulk Hogan‘s leg drop was could put his opponents down for the 1-2-3, Psicosis was putting his opponents down forever.

10) The Shooting Star Press

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So smooth-looking that it seems easy to do. It’s not. It was used by Billy Kidman as “the Seven Year Itch,” but I’ve always referred to it as “the Widowmaker” because I broke my collarbone attempting this move into an above ground pool from a flimsy tree branch. (Spoiler: I didn’t make it.) Oh! And this is pretty good time to mention that you should never try any of these at home.

11) The Swanton Bomb

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Made famous by Jeff Hardy during the Attitude Era in WWE, this spine-warping aerial maneuver is one of the most popular top rope finishers ever. My back hurts just writing about it. #TeamXtreme

12) The Phoenix Splash

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Pioneered in Japan by the iconic Hayabusa, the corkscrew 450 continues to create “holy sh*t” moments to this day. Most recently, it’s been used on the grandest stage of them all by Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania.

13) The Red Arrow

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Currently used by “the Man Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville. I saved this one for last because the gif I made for it was in slow-motion, and that’s the perfect speed to appropriately appreciate the technique and body control on display during this backflipping 360 splash.

READ: Here’s A List Of Wrestling Moves You Didn’t Know Were Invented By Latinos

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Mexico’s Lucha Libre Has Basically Taken Over The World And These 13 Iconic Wrestlers Made It Possible

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Mexico’s Lucha Libre Has Basically Taken Over The World And These 13 Iconic Wrestlers Made It Possible

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Mexican wrestling is much more than mere popular entertainment. The theatrical mix between professional sport and kitsch spectacle is where popular fears and desires meet, where good and evil fight, and where the audience can let go of worries and just scream their lungs out. Even though the main fights take place in the legendary Arena Mexico in Mexico City, wrestling matches are staged all throughout the country. The mythology or rudos against tecnicos, or the buenos contra los malos, has permeated Mexican imagination for decades. Of course, legends like El Santo and Blue Demon also filmed now classic B-movie projects that pit them against monsters and all sorts of inmundicias.

We have chosen some of the most popular luchadoresof all time, both classic and recent, so you are up on your lucha libre game when you next chat with your abuelito and primos. Lucharaaaaaan de dos a tres caidas, sin limite de tieeeeempo! 

1. Psycho Clown

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If you were terrified by the movie IT then this wrestler is your worst nightmare. Born on December 16, 1985, this enmascarado has taken on three personas: Brazo de Plata Jr., Kronos, and his current Pyscho Clown. He is obviously a rudo and his extravagant outfits are worn alongside Monster Clown and Murder Clown, with whom he forms the team Los Psycho Circus. He is obviously a big fan of KISS.

2. Bestia 666

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In a primarily Catholic country, being named after The Antichrist is great publicity when it comes to selling yourself as a rudo. Leonardo Carrera Lizarraga was born on May 14, 1989, in Tijuana, a wrestling crazed town. He built his impressive physique playing American football as a defensive back, but after a few injuries he decided to follow on his father’s footsteps: his dad was Leonardo, better known as Damian 666, a persona of clear Satanic overtones.

3. Mil Mascaras

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After El Santo and Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras is perhaps the most venerated Mexican wrestler of all time. Aarón Rodríguez Arellano was born on July 15, 1942, in San Luis Potosi. He comes from a wrestling family. His brothers are Dos Caras and Sicodelico. He starred in over 20 films and became the face of wrestling worldwide, taking on the legacy of the two great ones, El Santo and Blue Demon.

4. Dr. Wagner Jr.

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Juan Manuel González Barrón took his name from that Cold War tradition of naming villains with German names. He was born on August 12, 1965. His first moniker was El Invasor, but it wasn’t until he became Dr. Wagner that he really found his footing. In the early 2000s, he fought regularly in Japan, an expanding market for the kitsh paraphernalia of lucha libre.

5. Espectro 1

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Antonio Hernández Arriaga was born in 1934 and died in 1993, aged 59. He was a pioneer in introducing elaborate theatrics into the world of lucha libre: he would usually be carried into the ring in a coffin, which added to his personalida de ultratumba. His legacy was carried on by his nephew, Espectro Jr. 

6. Blue Demon (no, we hadn’t forgotten about him of course, nomas faltaba!)

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One cannot talk about Mexican wrestling without mentioning this true legend. Alejandro Muñoz Moreno was born in Nuevo Garcia, in 1933 and died of a heart attack aged 78, in the year 2000. His blue mask is a national treasure. He was the son of farmers and started his wrestling career in 1948 after his coworkers noticed his huge hands, ideal for the sport. He was a rudo, and often fought alongside The Black Shadow in a team known as Los Hermanos Shadow. 

7. An now…. el enmascarado de plata, the unrivaled El Santo! 

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Lucha librewould not have become a huge national and global entertainment industry if it wasn’t for Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, the unparalleled Santo, who was born on September 23, 1917, in Tulancingo, a small town in the state of Hidalgo. His legacy in the ring was built over five decades, and his status as a popular icon derives from his acting career in over 50 movies between 1958 and 1982. He became an industry in himself. His kitschy films, by the way, are now being studied as serious examples of Mexican surrealism. He died in 1984, aged 66.

8. Rayo de Jalisco

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Another great legend, an old-fashioned wrestler that with his simple black mask captured the imagination of millions. He was born in 1932 and died in 2018, aged 85. Because the wrestling world is pretty much concentrated in Mexico City, this hero from Jalisco really resonated with Guadalajara natives. He also partook in the luchador film genre in titles such as Superzam el Invencible (“Superzam the invincible”; 1971), El Robo de las Momias de Guanajuato (“The Robbery of the Mummies of Guanajuato”; 1972), Vuelven Los Campeones Justicieros (“Becoming the Champions of Justice”; 1972) and El Triunfo de los Campeones Justicieros (“The Triumph of the Champions of Justice”; 1974). They are true masterpieces of campy moviemaking. 

9. Blue Panther

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Genaro Vázquez Nevarez is a true performer! Instead of acrobatic jumps from the ropes, he developed a style known as “Ras de lona”: he would defeat his opponents through locks, holds, takedowns, and submissions. He overpowered his adversaries with indomitable strength and skill in applying knots to their legs!

10. Charly Manson

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This dude obviously took his name from the famed serial killer Charles Manson. His real name is Jesús Luna Pozos and he was born on February 17, 1975. He is obviously a rudoand his style is characterized by Satanic themes and heavy metal music, to which he often walked into the ring. His bad ways also defined his life outside the ring: in 2011 he was sentenced to jail after he got into an altercation with two police officer. He was released in 2015 due to good behavior. 

11. Super Muñeco

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Formerly knows as El Sanguinario Jr., this wrestler was born in 1963 and his ring persona was clown-like. His real identity has not been revealed yet. He is the son of another professional wrestler, El Sanguinario, on whose legacy he took before finding his calling as Super Muñeco. He often teamed up with El Hijo Del Santo, which increased his popular appeal. 

12. Dragon Lee

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Mexican lucha librehas expanded globally, in part because of the multinational personas that its wrestlers take. This is the case of Dragon Lee, who obviously references Bruce Lee and Hong Kong action cinema. He comes from Jalisco and is a young legend: at merely 24 years of age he has captured the sport’s imagination. He is one of the good guys. He tales a lot of risks, like jumping out of the high rope and towards the outside of the ring.

13. Demus 3:16

OMG, this dude is like really scary. He was born in Tijuana in 1980 and has established himself as a household name of el bando de los rudos. He has had other ring names such as Mini Eskeleto and Troll, all referencing dark forces. He has won several championships and is married to a female professional wrestler, Hiroka Yaginuma.

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[VIDEO] Luchador Silver King, Also Known As Ramses From ‘Nacho Libre,’ Dies During Match

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[VIDEO] Luchador Silver King, Also Known As Ramses From ‘Nacho Libre,’ Dies During Match

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César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, a.k.a. Silver King, was born to live a life in the ring. As the son of the luchador Manuel González Rivera known as the professional wrestler, Dr. Wagner, Barron followed in the footsteps of his dad.

His stage names were Dr. Wagner Jr., El Invasor, El Bronco, El Hermano de Dr. Wagner Jr., and most recently as Silver King. Unfortunately, his life recently ended the same way it began —  in the ring.

Silver King died during a match in England at the age of 51.

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Silver King was part of the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre in Camden Town, London, England, when he collapsed in the ring. Witnesses thought Silver King was simply performing and his fall to the ground was part of the act.

“It felt like it was staged,” Roberto Carrera Maldonado told the BBC. “Obviously it was quite normal in the fight.

The BBC also reports that the referee tried to revive him to no avail. Although a cause of death has yet to be determined, speculation is that the Silver King suffered a heart attack.

“All of us were really shocked —it wasn’t clear what was happening,” Maldonado added, “I had the impression they didn’t know what to do.”

Silver King played Ramses in the hit 2006 film “Nacho Libre” opposite Jack Black.

The actor paid tribute to the great luchador on Instagram with a picture from the movie and said, “César González…vaya con dios, hermano.”

The actor paid tribute to the great luchador on Instagram with a picture from the movie and said, “César González…vaya con dios, hermano.”

Footage shows that his opponent thought he had won the fight. Some are calling out the referee for not helping sooner. Warning, this is tough to watch.

His opponent seems to be confused about his victory but continues to play along as if he won the match. The entire time, you can see Silver King clearly struggling to alert his opponent and the ref of his condition. Spectators were also unaware of the severity of the issue as you can hear boos and laughter from the crowd.

Minutes later, CPR was finally administered but by then it was too late. Again, this is very sensitive material.


The BBC reports that medical officials arrived five minutes after being called to the scene. During that time, the ref tried to administer CPR but the fighter was dead in the ring.

Here are some tributes from his fans.

He was so good as Ramses. That movie was a cultural moment in the U.S. giving people a comedic and touching look at lucha libre and Mexican culture. The use of real luchadors in the movie gave it a needed authenticity.

His fellow opponent and rival, El Hijo del Santo also tweeted his condolences.

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“I am profoundly sad at the death of my great rival and companion of numerous fights,” he tweeted. “He dies as he wanted: a fighter. @SILVERKING Farewell my dear friend, #SilverKing.”

Here he is without his mask.

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According to CNN, Sean Waltman, a former WWE star, said: “It was an honor to have been friends and shared the ring with the great Silver King. He truly was one of the greats and I’m heartbroken to learn of his passing.”

He was a great fighter till the very end. Here’s one of his greatest moments.

Rest in peace, Silver King.

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