Top 4 Most Devastating Wrestling Moves (Invented by Japanese Women)

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Art Attack spent a little time in the squared circle as a luchador, trained by the amazing Javio Flores Sr., and we're here to tell you that wrestling is freakin' hard. It hurts, a lot, and you spend months or years building up a tolerance for the holds, plexes, bombs and slams. Even just bouncing off of the ropes, something that looks painless and fun on TV, becomes a quick study in agony once you realize that the ropes are as tight as elevator cables and you have to hit them pretty hard to bend them.

It didn't take long for us to bow out of the big dream, mostly the product of a badly timed top rope stunt that ended in two fractured wrists, a concussion and a broken nose. Still, in that time we can tell you that we learned plenty of moves that would make mincemeat out of any but the manliest men.

Then, of course, we found out that most of them were invented by Japanese women, and that every one of them was capable of kicking our ass with both hands tied behind their backs.

4. Death Valley Driver

Using a fireman's carry, you fall sideways towards the direction that your opponent's head is facing, dumping him hard on his upper back. It's a spectacular move that is easy to use even on larger opponents, the fireman's carry being specifically useful for moving unconscious people. You can easily adapt it to the top rope, and it's great for slamming an opponent through a table. As for the recipient, it rattles your teeth and can definitely put you down when applied with great force.

Saturn made the move famous, but everyone knows it was Louis Spicolli, who died on this day of a drug overdose in 1998, that was the originator of what ECW fans called the Spicolli Driver. Actually, the move came from recently retired Tag Team champion Etsuko Mita, a beautiful and brutal All-Japan Women's competitor. Not only did Mita invent the move, she spent the whole of her career revamping and perfecting it.

3. Gutwrench Powerbomb

Powerbombs are generally deadly moves that involve flipping your opponent up into the air on your shoulders, then slamming them down on their neck and head. The gutwrench position that utilizes a side grab is great for speed and adding a little twist that can disorientate. Dr. Death Steve Williams was one of the most brutal users of a version that ended in a sitting position, enabling a pin on an already dazed opponent.

Dr. Death may have done it harder, but the move's inventor, Akira Hokuto, did it better. Hokuto, who competed in All-Japan Women and in WCW as the sole holder of that company's women's title, is a legendary warrior and master of the Dangerous Queen Bomb, as she calls it. She is apparently impervious to pain, having wrestled matches with cracked ribs, after having her knee torn open, and even finishing a match with a neck that was broken in a top-rope tombstone piledriver by holding her head in place with her hands. She wrestled bandaged up so much that they called her the Mummy, and her 1993 match against Shinobu Kandori is pretty much agreed to be the greatest women's wrestling contest ever.

The best part is...the gutwrench powerbomb wasn't even her finisher. Her preferred game ender was a scooping brainbuster that, last time we checked, you weren't even allowed to use in WWE.

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