Keiichi Yamada, better known as Jushin Liger and Jushin Thunder Liger is a Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist who works for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he is the longest-tenured member of the roster, having remained with the company since his debut in 1984 to the present day. Throughout his career, which has spanned more than three decades, he has wrestled more than 2,500 matches and performed in major events for various promotions across the globe. Debuting under his real name for NJPW in 1984, he was given the gimmick of Jushin Liger in 1989, based on the anime television series of the same name. Becoming Jushin "Thunder" Liger the following year, he saw unprecedented success in the junior heavyweight division, winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship a record 11 times, as well as setting the record for longest reign with the title during his second reign at 628 days, he is tied for most Best of the Super Juniors wins with Koji Kanemoto at 3, a former six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, two time winner of the Super J Cup, was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1999.
He is cited as one of the greatest and most revolutionary junior heavyweights of all time. Keiichi Yamada was an amateur wrestler during his high school years. In his senior year, he lost to Toshiaki Kawada in the finals of a national championship tournament. After graduating high school in the early 1980s, he would apply to New Japan Pro-Wrestling's dojo in the hope of becoming a professional wrestler, he was not accepted. Yamada, determined not to give up his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, left for Mexico and began his training there. By his own account, he was starving while studying in Mexico, due to this NJPW officials who were visiting took pity on him and asked him to come back to Japan to train in their dojo. In the NJPW dojo, he trained alongside the likes of Keiji Mutoh, Masahiro Chono and Shinya Hashimoto. While continuing his training, he had his debut match in March 1984 at the age of 19, wrestling against Shunji Kosugi, he began studying various martial arts styles because he wanted to add something new and different to his wrestling style, how he learned his Abisegeri kick.
In 1985, Yamada participated in the Young Lion Cup and got to the final of the tournament before being defeated by Shunji Kosugi. In the beginning of 1986, Yamada participated in the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship League but lost to Black Tiger. On July 19, 1986, Yamada faced Nobuhiko Takada in a losing effort in his first of many IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship matches. After winning the Young Lion Cup in March 1986, he went on an excursion of Europe, where he wrestled for All Star Wrestling in England, under the name "Flying" Fuji Yamada, he won the World Heavy Middleweight Championship twice, once in September 1986 and once in March 1987, both times defeating "Rollerball" Mark Rocco and both times losing it back to him, the last of these title changes being televised on ITV. Yamada would visit All Star again in 1989, with tag partner Flying Funaki, he returned to Britain in 2014 to work once again for All Star Wrestling, this time under his masked Jushin Liger identity. Yamada went on an excursion in Canada, around May 1987, where he wrestled in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling in Calgary under his real name.
He trained under Hart in the legendary "Dungeon". His experiences there led him to refer to Hart as a "very tough man." He would return to Calgary in January 1989. After returning to Japan in August 1987, Yamada debuted his Shooting Star Press in a match against Masakatsu Funaki, for which he had gotten the idea from reading the manga Fist of the North Star. Throughout 1987 and 1988, Yamada improved with each match getting shots at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, most notably against Owen Hart on June 10, 1988, against Shiro Koshinaka on December 9, 1988, he would take part in the first Top of the Super Juniors where he earned 31 points, not enough to progress to the final. Within months of his second Canadian excursion, NJPW called him back, as they needed him for a gimmick based on an popular anime superhero, Jushin Liger, created by manga artist Go Nagai. NJPW had done this with Tiger Mask, which had become a huge success. Yamada was given a superhero-like full body costume and a demonic looking mask, resembling the superhero type featured in tokusatsu and anime programs.
Yamada as "Jushin Liger" returned to NJPW on April 1989, at the Tokyo Dome. In the character's debut match, he defeated Kuniaki Kobayashi, he has wrestled all the Black Tigers to date. The Liger character underwent changes in conjunction with the Go Nagai anime progressing and its hero powering up. In January 1990, Liger was renamed "Jushin Thunder Liger", a name he continues to use to this day, he became one of NJPW's top junior heavyweights capturing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship eleven times, between May 25, 1989 and December 6, 1999, among numerous other titles and accolades while wrestling around the world. When appearing without his mask on, Yamada blocks his appearance by covering his face with one hand. Early in his career, Yamada's style consisted of high flying. Years he started adapting more power moves and started focusing more on grappling and telling a story in the ring.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling junior heavyweight championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on February 1986, at a NJPW show. Only wrestlers under the junior heavyweight weight-limit may hold the championship. NJPW controls two junior heavyweight championships: the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship; the weight-limit for the tag team title is 100 kg. From August 5, 1996, until November 5, 1997, the title was part of the J-Crown, or J-Crown Octuple Unified Championship; the J-Crown was an assembly of eight different championships from several different promotions. It was created on August 1996, when The Great Sasuke won an eight-man tournament; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Welterweight Championship, the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship, the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship were the eight championships that were involved.
On November 5, 1997, then-champion Shinjiro Otani vacated all J-Crown belts but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship after the World Wrestling Federation retook control of its Light Heavyweight title ending the J-Crown. Overall, there have been 83 reigns shared among 38 wrestlers. Title changes happen at NJPW-promoted events, as it has only changed hands at non-NJPW events twice. Reigns 36 and 37 occurred on World Championship Wrestling's Nitro television program, when Juventud Guerrera defeated Jushin Thunder Liger on November 29, 1999, on December 6, 1999, when Liger retrieved the championship by defeating Guerrera's stand-in Psychosis; the inaugural champion was Shiro Koshinaka, who defeated The Cobra on February 6, 1986, in the finals of a tournament. Liger holds the record of most reigns, with 11. At 628 days, Liger's sixth reign is the longest in the title's history. Liger, with a combined 11 reigns, holds the record for most days as champion at 2,245. Guerrera's only reigns holds the record for shortest reign at one week.
With 11 successful defenses, Minoru Tanaka's reign under the ring name "Heat" had the most during a single reign. Over his 11 reigns, Liger defended the title 31 times, the most of any champion. With zero, El Samurai's second reign, Hiroshi Hase's second reign, Tiger Mask's fourth and sixth reigns, Liger's fourth reign, Guerrera's only reign, Pegasus Kid's only reign, Low Ki's third reign, Kushida's first and fourth reigns, Bushi's only reign, Will Ospreay's first reign and Marty Scurll's only reign are all tied for least successful defenses. Hiromu Takahashi suffered a neck injury during his match with Dragon Lee at the G1 Special in San Francisco, the injury forced NJPW to vacate the title. Dragon Lee defeated Taiji Bandido at G1 Supercard to become the new champion; as of April 13, 2019. A. ^ Each wrestler's total number of days as champion is ranked highest to lowest. GeneralBenaka, Matt. "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title History". Wrestling Title Histories by Royal Duncan. Solie.org. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
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No Limit (professional wrestling)
No Limit was the professional wrestling tag team of Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi. The team formed in early 2008, working in their home promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling's junior heavyweight division, where they in the year captured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. For most of 2009, through NJPW's foreign relationships, No Limit worked for promotions in the United States and Mexico, most notably Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, before returning to NJPW at the start of 2010. Now working as a heavyweight tag team, the team captured the IWGP Tag Team Championship shortly thereafter, becoming the first tag team to have held both the junior heavyweight and heavyweight versions of NJPW's tag team championship. Naito and Takahashi afterwards entered a storyline rivalry with each other. On February 17, 2008, Legend defeated Prince Prince to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Post-match, Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro entered the ring to nominate themselves as the first challengers of the new champions, dubbing themselves "No Limit" in the process.
Naito and Yujiro were at the time unestablished up-and-comers, who had wrestled some tag team matches together in 2007, but did not start teaming until February 2008. After getting their team name, No Limit wrestled their first match together on March 15, defeating Karl Anderson and Mitsuhide Hirasawa. No Limit received their shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on April 13, but were defeated by Legend. Despite the loss, both Naito and Yujiro proclaimed. In May, No Limit was put in their own match series, titled "No Limit Generation Smash", but lost all five of their matches. On September 6, 2008, No Limit made their debut for the Pro Wrestling Noah promotion to make a challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, they received their title shot on September 27, but were defeated by Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru. In September, No Limit took part in American promotion Ring of Honor's event in Tokyo, where they defeated Genba Hirayanagi and Kotaro Suzuki in the opening match.
Meanwhile, back in NJPW, No Limit went on a win streak over teams like Mitsuhide Hirasawa and Taichi Ishikari, Kazuchika Okada and Nobuo Yoshihashi, Jyushin Liger and Yoshihashi, Ishikari and Ryusuke Taguchi, which culminated in them defeating Prince Prince on October 13 at Destruction'08 to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the first time in their second title challenge. In the month, No Limit took part in their first G1 Tag League, where they finished with a record of two wins and three losses, failing to advance from their round-robin block. One of the losses against Gedo and Jado led to a rematch, No Limit's first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship defense, on December 7. Accompanied by NJPW Hall of Famer Kantaro Hoshino, No Limit retained their title, after Hoshino prevented the challengers from cheating. No Limit's title reign ended in their second defense on January 4, 2009, at Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome, where they were defeated by The Motor City Machine Guns, representing the American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion.
On February 15, 2009, No Limit defeated Gedo and Jado, Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi and Unione in a four-way match to earn a trip to TNA to challenge The Motor City Machine Guns for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. No Limit received their title shot on March 31 in Orlando, but were again defeated by The Motor City Machine Guns. No Limit remained in TNA for the next two months, during which they trained at Team 3D's local dojo. During their foreign excursion, Naito worked under only his family name, while Yujiro continued working under his given name. During their stay in TNA, Naito and Yujiro worked several house shows with the promotion, while being featured on the Impact! television program in a short-lived foreigner alliance with compatriot Kiyoshi and Sheik Abdul Bashir. Before the end of their stay, No Limit received another shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on April 19 at Lockdown, but were defeated by The Motor City Machine Guns in a three-way steel cage match involving The Latin American Xchange.
No Limit's final appearance for TNA took place on the May 14 Impact, where they were defeated by Kevin Nash in a two-on-one handicap match. After leaving the United States, No Limit traveled to Mexico to work with another one of NJPW's affiliate promotions, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, they remained with the promotion until the end of the year. During their stay in CMLL, No Limit aligned themselves with Okumura as part of the La Ola Amarilla stable. No Limit's first big CMLL match took place on July 31 at Infierno en el Ring, where both members took part in a Hair vs. Hair steel cage match. Naito was the last person to escape the cage, winning the match and forcing Toscano to have his head shaved. At CMLL's 76th Anniversary Show on September 18, No Limit and Okumura teamed with the visiting Jyushin Liger in a "Mexico vs. Japan" eight-man tag team match, where they defeated Atlantis, Black Warrior, Héctor Garza and Último Guerrero. No Limit's run of victories continued that month at the Gran Alternativa 2009 tag team tournament, which Yujiro won alongside Okumura and the following month in a Hair vs. Hair match, where Yujiro defeated Black Warrior, forcing him to have his head shaved.
No Limit's stay in CMLL culminated in their first big
Heigo Hamaguchi is a Japanese retired professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Animal Hamaguchi. During his career he was recognized as a talented tag team wrestler despite his small size for a heavyweight, today he is recognized as a trainer in both professional and amateur wrestling, he is the father of freestyle wrestler Kyoko Hamaguchi. Hamaguchi debuted in 1969 in the old International Wrestling Enterprise, he was a regular mid-carder although his teams with Rusher Kimura were main event. He made forays into North American wrestling in the late 1970s, winning titles in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council and Canada's Stampede Wrestling. In 1981, when IWE collapsed, Hamaguchi teamed with Kimura and Isamu Teranishi in an "invasion" angle in New Japan Pro Wrestling; when the angle was dropped, Hamaguchi joined Riki Choshu in forming the original Ishin Gundan rebel stable. In 1984 Ishin Gundan left NJPW and formed Japan Promotion, which became a mere stable of All Japan Pro Wrestling.
AJPW promoted Giant Baba ordered Choshu to replace Hamaguchi, rather small-sized, with rookie Yoshiaki Yatsu in order to feud with Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu in the upper card. Hamaguchi thus reformed his team with Inoue in the lower card. After Japan Pro Wrestling broke up and Choshu and others went back to NJPW in 1987, Hamaguchi chose to retire. In 1990 he returned as Big Van Vader's partner against Antonio Inoki and Tiger Jeet Singh in Inoki's 30th anniversary match. Hamaguchi competed sporadically until settling in Tenryu's WAR in 1993. In his last earnest comeback he teamed with Tenryu and Koki Kitahara to win his last title, the WAR 6-Man Tag Team Championship. Hamaguchi retired in 1995, after his team lost the title, to dedicate full-time to his dojo, today recognized as one of the premier independent wrestling schools in Japan. Famous pros trained by him include Satoshi Kojima, Shinjiro Otani, Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito He trains amateur wrestlers, including his own daughter Kyoko, one of the premier amateurs in Japan.
She is a two timer Olympic bronze medalist in 72 kg weight class and she has won the FILA Wrestling World Championship]] 5 times. All Japan Pro Wrestling All Asia Tag Team Championship – with Mighty Inoue and Isamu Teranishi International Pro Wrestling IWA World Tag Team Championship – with Great Kusatsu and Mighty Inoue New Japan Pro Wrestling Greatest Wrestlers Tokyo Sports Effort Award Fighting Spirit Award Outstanding Performance Award Service Award Special Award Wrestle And Romance/Wrestle Association R WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship – with Genichiro Tenryu & Koki Kitahara World Wrestling Council WWC North American Tag Team Championship – with Gordon Nelson Stampede Wrestling Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship – with Mr. Hito
Glossary of professional wrestling terms
Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable nomenclature throughout its existence. Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of circuses. In the past, professional wrestlers used such terms in the presence of fans so as not to reveal the worked nature of the business. In recent years, widespread discussion on the Internet has popularized these terms. Many of the terms refer to the financial aspects of professional wrestling in addition to in-ring terms. A-show A wrestling event where a company's biggest draws wrestle. Compare B-show and C-show. A-team A group of a wrestling promotion's top stars who wrestle at an A-show. Compare B-team. Abort To discontinue a feud, angle, or gimmick due to a lack of fan interest without explanation. Ace A term only used in Japanese puroresu for a wrestler designated as the face of the promotion. Not the same as the top champion. Examples of aces include Hayabusa in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Hiroshi Tanahashi in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Suwama in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Agent Also producer. A management employee a former wrestler, who helps wrestlers set up matches, plan storylines, give criticisms on matches, relay instructions from the bookers. Agents act as a liaison between wrestlers and higher-level management and sometimes may help in training younger wrestlers, they are referred to by WWE as "producers". Alliance A cooperative relationship developed between two or more wrestlers, whether wrestling as a tag team or in individual matches. Differentiates from a stable and a faction as the wrestlers are not packaged together, but are presented as a group of individuals working together for a common short term goal. Alliances are formed for the specific purpose of retaining titles between the members of the alliance, or to counter a specific foe or group of foes; the formation of an alliance can be a storyline of its own. Angle A fictional storyline. An angle begins when one wrestler attacks another, which results in revenge. An angle may be as small as a vendetta that lasts for years.
It is not uncommon to see an angle become retconned due to it not getting over with the fans, or if one of the wrestlers involved in the angle is fired. Apter mag An old-style professional wrestling magazine; the term refers to the magazines at one time connected to journalist Bill Apter, such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated. B-show A wrestling event featuring the middle and lower-level talent of a wrestling promotion. Sometimes includes well-known wrestlers making a return or finishing up their career. Compare A-show and C-show. B-team The group of wrestlers on a B-show; the B-team will wrestle at a venue the same night wrestlers on the A-team are wrestling in a different event, although a promotion will sometimes schedule an event with B-team wrestlers to test a new market. Compare A-team. Babyface See face. Beat down An angle in which a wrestler or other performer is the recipient of a one-sided beating by a group of wrestlers. Blading Also juicing and getting color. A wrestler intentionally cutting themselves to provoke bleeding to sell the opponent's offense.
Blind tag 1. A tag made in a tag team match where the wrestler on the apron tags his partner unbeknownst to them or without their consent. 2. A tag where the tagger's opponent is unaware a tag has occurred, leaving them open to a blindside attack. Most occurs when the partner in the ring is thrown against the ropes or backed into their own corner. Blown spot See missed spot. Blow off The final match in a feud. While the involved wrestlers move onto new feuds, sometimes it is the final match in the promotion for one or more of the wrestlers. Blow up To become exhausted during a match. Book Also booking. To determine and schedule the events of a wrestling card; the person in charge of setting up matches and writing angles is a "booker". It is the wrestling equivalent of a screenwriter. A booker can be described as someone who recruits and hires talent to work in a particular promotion; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa defined a booker in 1956 as " any person who, for a fee or commission, arranges with a promoter or promoters for the performance of wrestlers in professional wrestling exhibitions".
Booking is the term a wrestler uses to describe a scheduled match or appearance on a wrestling show. Botch Something which does not go as planned due to a mistake. Bret's rope The second rope of a wrestling ring, the middle rope. Broadway Also going broadway. A match that ends in a time limit draw. Bump To fall on the mat or ground. A flat back bump is a bump in which a wrestler lands solidly on their back with high impact, spread over as much surface as possible. A "phantom bump" occurs when a referee takes a bump without a plausible reason. Burial Also buried; the worked lowering of a wrestler's status in the eyes of the fans. The opposite of a push, it is the act of a promoter or booker causing a wrestler to lose popularity and credibility through means such as forcing them to lose in squash matches, losing continuously, allowing opponents to no-sell or kick out of said wrestler's finisher, or forcing them to participate in unentertaining or degrading storylines. A burial is used a form of punishment due to real-life backstage disagreements between the wrestler and the booker, the wrestler falling out of favor with the company, or sometimes to demote an unpopular performer or gimmick.
Business Professional wrestling. Bust
Tag team wrestling is a type of professional wrestling in which matches are contested between teams of multiple wrestlers. A tag team may be made up of wrestlers who wrestle in singles competition, but more are made of established teams who wrestle as a unit and have a team name and identity. In most team matches, only one competitor per team is allowed in the ring at a time; this status as the active or legal wrestler may be transferred by physical contact, most a palm-to-palm tag which resembles a high five. The team-based match has been a mainstay of professional wrestling since the mid-twentieth century, most promotions have sanctioned a championship division for tag teams. In 1901 the first tag team match was held in San Francisco. While tag team wrestling is now traditional in American professional wrestling, the innovation didn't become popular outside San Francisco until the 1930s; the first "World" tag team championship was crowned in San Francisco in the early 1950s. Tag matches with three-man teams were developed, in some territories, a championship division was instituted for these teams, but the concept failed to become popular.
A tag team championship is awarded to and defended by a team of two. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, a dominant trio in the NWA known as The Fabulous Freebirds won several regional tag team championship and were allowed to employ any combination of the group's members in their title defenses. In kayfabe, this made it difficult for challengers to prepare for their upcoming title fights since the challengers didn't know who they were facing; this is still utilized by other wrestling companies. The stipulation has become traditionally known as the "freebird rule". A common storyline is former tag team partners turning on each other, which will invariably ignite a feud; this can be used. The basic tag team match has two teams of two wrestlers facing off against each other. All standard rules for singles wrestling apply to a team match. However, only one wrestler from each team, called the "legal man" is allowed in the ring at a time. All other members of the team wait outside the ropes in the team's specified corner.
Only an active/legal wrestler have a fall scored against him/her. But any wrestler, legal or outside, may face disqualification for himself or his team for violating rules. Once a tag is made, the wrestler tagging out has a grace period to leave the ring before risking disqualification. Offensive cooperation from a team member is allowed during this time window; the wrestler outside the ring must be touching the tag rope tied in the corner. Tags are legal as long as the two team members touch; the referee has to see and/or hear the contact between the two wrestlers in order for the tag to be legal. As the ultimate authority over the match, a referee may overlook any of these at his discretion, during the frenzied action will be more lenient with them. In some multi-man tag matches in lucha libre, a wrestler can make himself the team's legal man by setting foot in the ring, his partner leaves; this allows for action to become nearly continuous. Two referees, one stationed inside the ring and one on the floor, are employed to maintain order for this type of match.
In independent discussion and analysis of matches, certain terms are used to describe specific scenarios involving tag team matches. These are timed to inject drama into a match. One spot common to many tag team match is the hot tag. One member of one team is in the ring, too weakened to move or otherwise impaired, while his partner watches helplessly, struggling to reach him for a tag; the tension builds as the legal man is unable to tag out until something happens that allows the first team to tag and reverse the momentum of the match in their favor. When done well, this results in a large audience reaction, was the typical climax of tag matches for decades. WWE employs this tactic in nearly every tag team match to the point that they fired a referee in 2008 after a botched finish that, while the match produced the intended finish, didn't feature a hot tag. A common variation on the hot tag sees both wrestlers from the heel team attacking a face, while his partner protests to the referee about this bending of the rules.
The weakened face wrestler does make the tag to his partner, who comes in as the fresh man and is able to take on both opponents quite easily. A blind tag is a legal tag made without the legal opponent's knowledge while his back is turned; this allows the team who uses it an opportunity to confuse the legal opponent, who turns to face what he assumes to be his opponent only to be attacked by the true legal man from behind. A tag team match involving more than two wrestlers per team is referred to by the total number of people involved, whil
A brainbuster is a professional wrestling throw in which a wrestler puts the opponent in a front facelock, hooks their pants or thigh, lifts them up as if they were executing a vertical suplex. The wrestler falls onto their back so that the opponent lands on their head while remaining vertical; this move is a version of the DDT. It was innovated by Killer Karl Kox. Japanese puroresu, the term "brainbuster" refers to a regular vertical suplex, while the move elsewhere known as a brainbuster is referred to as a "vertical drop brainbuster"; the brainbuster is banned in WWE because the person receiving the move will land on the top of their head or neck without protection. Known as a belly-to-belly brainbuster, the wrestler stands facing a standing opponent and wraps both arms around the opponent's torso, lifting them off the ground; the wrestler shifts their grip so they are holding the opponent by their legs, gripping the opponent behind the knee. The wrestler removes one arm from the opponent’s leg and applies a front facelock with that arm, lifts the opponent as if they were using a vertical suplex and lands the opponent on the back of their head.
Known as the Michinoku Driver, this move sees a wrestler first face an opponent and apply a double underhook before lifting the opponent upside down and falling backwards down to the mat onto his back, driving the opponent head first down to the mat. A fisherman buster is a variation of the brainbuster in which the wrestler will hook the opponent's leg to aid in lifting them off the ground. With the opponent elevated, the wrestler will perform a fisherman suplex, driving the head of the opponent into the ground; this variation in a wrestler puts his/her opponent in a front facelock and uses his/her free arm to go under the opponent's near leg and hook the far one. After lifting him/her off the ground, the wrestler jumps up and falls down on his/her back, slamming his/her opponent down to the mat head first. A variation of the fisherman buster, in this version the wrestler traps the opponent's free leg between their own legs when delivering the move, resulting in a small package; this was used by Seth Rollins during his time as Tyler Black, calling it "God's Last Gift".
This variation involves grabbing and pulling by the opponent's wrist lifting them up into the air before falling to their back, slamming the opponent to the ground on the back of their head/neck. The wrestler begins behind and facing a standing opponent; the wrestler pulls the head of the opponent back and applies an inverted facelock to the opponent with one arm. The wrestler places his/her other arm under the lower back of the opponent uses that arm to elevate the opponent until they are vertical; the wrestler jumps up and falls down on his/her back, driving the head of the opponent to the mat. Known as a spike brainbuster. Instead of just falling down onto his/her own back, the attacking wrestler jumps up and uses his momentum to drive the opponent down onto the top of their head. Known as the Ghost Buster, this is a variation of the standard brainbuster in which the executing wrestler holds their opponent in a vertical suplex position for up to 10 seconds before completing the maneuver. A Northern Lights buster is a variation of the brainbuster in which the wrestler will lift the opponent as if they were using a Northern Lights suplex and lands the opponent on the back of their head.
Known as the Northern Lights Bomb in Japan. This move sees the wrestler put the opponent in a front facelock, scoop one the opponents thighs with his free hand, lift him or her upside down, drop to his side or back, driving the opponent to the mat on his neck and shoulders, or on the top of his head; this variation is performed when a wrestler faces his/her opponent and hooks one of their arms before lifting the opponent upside down falling backwards to the mat onto their back, driving the opponent down on their head. Known as a revolution brainbuster, this brainbuster is performed when the wrestler delivering the maneuver twists his body while holding the opponent in the upwards position dropping their opponent during the rotation. Professional wrestling throws Suplex