A Piledriver is a wrestling driver move in which the wrestler grabs his opponent, turns him upside-down, and drops into a sitting or kneeling position, driving the opponent's head into the mat. The most common piledrivers are the basic belly-to-back, or Texas piledriver , and the belly-to-belly tombstone piledriver popularized by The Undertaker , but many more intricate variants are in use. Piledrivers are generally considered to be one of the more dangerous maneuvers in wrestling because of the impact on the head and compression of the neck; if even slightly botched , the move can cause serious injury, even paralysis. A standard kayfabe piledriver properly done has the head barely touching the ground, if at all. A standard piledriver is banned in World Wrestling Entertainment , although they are still used on rare occasions. It is also considered an automatic disqualification in pro wrestling matches held in Memphis, Tennessee, as the move is banned in that city. Jerry Lawler , a wrestler and promoter in that city, uses a piledriver as one of his finishing moves. In some promotions in the United Kingdom, the move can result in not only a disqualification, but a fine.
In the first installment of the current series exploring some of the most iconic moves in pro wrestling history, the figure four leglock was dissected. Now it's time to take a look at something less sophisticated and very brutal, the piledriver. When they say "Don't try this at home", it fits perfectly with the piledriver because it can hurt for real, especially when not performed by professionals. Otherwise, all variants of the move are completely banned by the company. In fact, the maneuver is prohibited in most wrestling promotions and even in some countries, such as Mexico. There are also some states and territories in the USA where it's banned, most notably in Memphis, Jerry Lawler's home territory. So, The King, the man who won over Championship throughout his career, could no longer use the move that contributed to build his legendary career. The date of the ban in Memphis is not clearly determined; however, we can assume it was somewhere in the middle of the '70s. One sure thing is that it was already banned in because it's well documented that Lawler used it and he was disqualified for that in an iconic match, but I will come back later on that point.
A piledriver is a professional wrestling driver move in which the wrestler grabs their opponent, turns them upside-down, and drops into a sitting or kneeling position, driving the opponent head-first into the mat. The name is taken from a piece of construction equipment, also called a pile driver , that drives countless massive impacts on the top of a large major foundation support, burying it in the ground slowly with each impact. The act of performing a piledriver is called "piledriving. The piledriver is often seen as one of the most dangerous moves in wrestling.
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