Those fans of Metaverse Deathmatch!
don't watch professional wrestling (such as the WWF or WCW), and have no
idea what the moves mean, can find out the inspiration for some of
the fighters' moves here. For example, you can find that Nathan Justice
borrows the Crippler Crossface from Chris Benoit (ex-WCW, now WWF superstar),
and that Hexadecimal takes the Last Ride from the Undertaker (also WWF).
It will also tell you just what the moves are supposed to look like.
Moves that are derived from
others are bulleted. If a move is noted as "trademark," that means
that only a select few people use the move. If a move is in green,
then that means the move is unique to MDM.
Assault: the attacker swoops in from the
air to attack (Originators: the Dreckards, CReaTuRe)
Anklelock: the trademark
move of Ken Shamrock, a submission hold, the attacker grabs the victim's
ankle and twists with both arms. Note: "Shamrock's snapped!"
Atomic Drop: a move
in which the victim is slammed tailbone-first into the mat
Backbreaker: the victim
is slammed back-first into the knee of the attacker
Full Nelson Atomic Drop:
the attacker grabs the victim in a full-nelson (arms hooked under victims'
and hands linked behind the head), pulls them in the air, then drops them
on their tailbone. (Originator: Buh-Buh Ray Dudley)
McMahon-Helmsley's trademark slap-to-the-face
Bodyslam: any of a
series of throws in which the attacker picks the victim up and throws them
to the mat
Bronco Buster: the victim
lies prone against the post, while the attacker runs and jumps, bouncing
their tailbone on the attacker's face or chest. (Originator: X-Pac)
trademark move, the attacker throws the victim up on his shoulder, belly-up
and head forward, then slams them belly-first into the mat.
Powerslam: the attacker
grabs their opponent and swings around, slamming the victim into the mat
Snapmare: the attacker
turns his back to the victim, grabs him by the head and throws the victim
to the mat over his shoulder
Sidewalk slam/slop drop:
the victim is picked up and held under one of the attacker's arms; the
attacker then falls to a sitting position, bodyslamming the victim back-first
Neckbreaker: while grappling,
the attacker grabs the victim's head, then spins himself and his victim
around and drops to the mat, slamming the back of the victim's neck into
the attacker runs forward, grabs the victim's head, and continues running,
dropping to the mat, thus swinging the victim around before pulling them
Twist of Fate: the trademark
move of Matt Hardy, similar to the above, the attacker only turns himself
around before dropping the victim.
Bulldog: the attacker
grabs the victim's head, runs forward and pulls the victim face-first into
Flip: the attacker flips into the victim,
claws-first (Originator: Pyra)
Chokeslam: The trademark
finisher of the Undertaker, Kane, and Big Show, the attacker grabs the
victim by the throat, then lifts him in the air before slamming them into
slash: the attacker swipes with a claw
or similar blade
throw: the attacker pins the victim's
head between his claws, then throws him in the air. (Originator: Gigabyte)
Clothesline: the attacker
stiffarms the victim in the face with the forearm, knocking them down.
Often done while either attacker or victim is springing off the ropes.
Press: the attacker kneels on the prone
victim's stomach while pressing one hand on the windpipe and bending the
head forward with the other. (Originator: Tomasi Exley)
Lariat: similar to a
clothesline, except the attacker swings their arm around and into their
Clothesline from Hell:
Bradshaw's trademark finisher, the attacker charges and gives a strong
lariat to their opponent. Note: move is misidentified as a clothesline
Throttle Clothesline: identical to the
above (Originators: Zilch & Niente Aught)
Chris Benoit's trademark submission hold, the attacker grabs the victim's
left arm, shoving them to the mat while holding on. The arm is twisted
and pinned between the attacker's thighs while he locks his hands in front
of the victim's face, stretching his neck.
Crossface Chicken Wing:
Bob Backlund's trademark submission hold, the attacker grabs the victim
from behind around the neck with the right arm, then hooks the left arm
up under the victim's left arm and grabs his other hand.
DDT: the attacker
grabs the victim's head under the arm, then drops him to the mat.
attacker backhands with both hands at once, sandwiching the victim's head/face
(Originator: Niente Aught)
Double-arm DDT: the trademark
of Mick "Cactus Jack" Foley, same as above, except the attacker keeps the
victim's other arm out of the way by hooking it up with his other arm.
Reverse DDT: similar
to the above, except the attacker grabs from behind
Tornado DDT: the attacker
grabs the victim from the top or second turnbuckle, then jumps and spins
around them before dropping.
Dropkick: the attacker
drives both feet into the victim's body from the air
Dudley Death Drop (3D):
The Dudley Boyz' trademark finisher, involving two attackers. The
victim is whipped into the ropes, and upon springing back, the first attacker
grabs him around the legs as if for a back body drop, but holds on as the
second attacker grabs the victim's head on his shoulder. Upon descent,
the victim's face is slammed into the second attacker's chest as his body
hits the mat. Note: "Testify!"
Missile dropkick: the
attacker springs off the top rope into the post, then flies off in a dropkick
to the victim's face.
Standing dropkick: the
attacker does the dropkick from a standing position. Bob "Hardcore"
Holly is one of the undisputed masters of this move.
Dudley Device: a trademark
Dudley Boyz move, one attacker sits the victim on his shoulders and stands
up, while the second attacker delivers a flying shoulder tackle from the
top of the turnbuckle.
Buh-Buh Cutter: often
referred to as a modified version of the 3D, the attacker whips his victim
into the ropes, then grabs their head on the rebound and drops them to
the mat in the second half of the 3D.
Death Drop: similar to the above, except
a third attacker hits the victim's body with a foreign object upon the
slam. (Originators: Nathan Justice, Dirk Manning, Sil al'Nasen, Calvin
attacker literally consumes the victim, usually in a grisly display (Originator:
Elbow drop: a simple
move done only when the victim is lying on the mat, the attacker falls
elbow-first onto his victim.
Facebuster: any of a
series of moves in which the victim's face is driven into something (knee,
mat, post, etc.)
drop: a similar move, except the attacker
drops his claws on the victim, not his elbow.
claw drop: similar to the above, except
the attacker leaps from the turnbuckle. (Originators: Megabyte, Gigabyte)
Flying elbow drop/Savage
Elbow: a similar move, except the attacker jumps from the turnbuckle
chair elbow drop: similar to the above,
except the move is more damaging, because the attacker includes the use
of a steel chair into the attack (Originator: Nathan Justice)
People's Elbow: The Rock's
trademark finisher, the victim lies prone on the mat, face-up. The
attacker peels his right elbow pad off, throws it out in the audience,
swings his arms back and forth, then runs and springs off the ropes, hurdles
his victim, then springs off the other ropes, and upon returning to the
victim, drops his bare elbow on the victim's sternum. Note: "I think
we're about to see the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!"
Lightning: similar to the above, except
the attacker peels off his glove, and drops his fist on the victim's sternum,
not the elbow. (Originator: Dirk Manning)
a submission hold, the attacker twists the victim's legs into a "4" and
holds the twist with his own legs.
Slash: the attacker slashes the victim
with sharp fins. (Originator: AndrAIa)
Sharpshooter: the trademark
submission hold of Bret Hart, the attacker twists the victim's legs, holding
one foot under an arm and bending the victim's back.
Texas Cloverleaf: a submission
hold, the attacker twists the victim's legs into a "4" shape, then holds
on and turns him over to bend his back painfully.
attacker throws a fireball.
Guillotine kick: a
turnbuckle attack, the attacker unleashes a powerful kick to the victim's
jaw/neck while jumping. (Originator: Steve Blackman)
Headbutt: the attacker
drives his head into the victim's head
Huracanrana: the attacker
loops his legs around the victim's neck around front from the back, swings
around in front of them, then swings their legs down, flipping the victim
down to the mat
Flying headbutt: similar
to the above, except done from the top turnbuckle
Swandive headbutt: Chris
Benoit's trademark move, identical to the above, except the attacker spreads
their arms out to the sides and falls straight down, as though doing a
Whazzup!: the brainchild
of the Dudley Boyz, one attacker spreads the victim's legs apart, screams
"Whazzup!" to his partner, who jumps from the top of the turnbuckle in
a flying headbutt to the exposed nether region of the victim. Note:
"D-Von!" "What?!" "Get the tables!"
Laying the Smackdown:
the attacker connects several times with an open right hand to the face,
then steps back, spits in the palm, and strikes one more time. (Originator:
attacker shoots a laser from a cybernetic eye. (Originator: Lazarus)
Blow: similar to the above, except no
spit, just brute force (Originator: Lean Il Lupe)
Leg drop: the attacker
jumps and drops their leg into the prone victim's body
Howl: A trademark move, the attacker grabs
the victim and electrocutes him. Also known as the "real most electrifying
move in sports entertainment." (Originator: Lean Il Lupe)
Hip Hop Drop: Grandmaster
Sexay's trademark finisher, the attacker puts a pair of goggles on before
doing a leg drop from the top turnbuckle.
Low-blow: any of a
series of attacks done to a male victim's nether region
Mandible Claw: Mick "Mankind"
Foley's trademark finisher, the attacker thrusts their fingers into the
victim's mouth and presses down under the tongue, paralyzing the victim.
Note: "I got one word for ya... SOCKO!"
Nut Shot: the attacker
is down on the knees and swings their forearm from behind in a low-blow
Drop): the attacker grabs the victim by the collar, then the belt,
lifts him in the air, then brings him down on an upraised knee.
attacker transforms into another form (Originator(s): Bios, Java Trinomial)
Moonsault: the attacker
backflips off something (turnbuckle, ropes) and collides belly-first with
attacker paralyzes the victim with poision claws. (Originator: AndrAIa)
Asai moonsault: a moonsault
done off the post.
Lionsault: Y2J's trademark
finisher, a moonsault done off the second rope into the prone victim.
to the above, except done by Lean Il Lupe.
Swanton Bomb: Jeff Hardy's
trademark finisher, the attacker does a front flip off the top turnbuckle,
the back of the attacker's head and neck colliding with the victim.
Pedigree: Triple H's
trademark finisher, the victim's head is pinned between the attacker's
thighs, then his arms are hooked up by the attacker, who jumps in the air
and lands on his knees, driving the victim's body face-first into the mat.
Piledriver: a basic
move, the attacker drives the victim's head into the mat from an inverted
position; usually the attacker pins the victim's head between the thighs
and drops to a sitting position for the attack. Piledrivers are largely
banned, due to excessive damage they can do to the victim.
Powerbomb: a slam, involving
lifting the victim onto the attacker's shoulders, then throwing them back-first
onto the mat.
Jackhammer: the victim
is lifted straight up into the air, and the attacker appears to drop them
on the crown of the head.
Spike piledriver: the
victim's head is pinned between the thighs of the attacker, their body
pointed straight up in the air, and then the attacker drops to a sitting
Tombstone: The former
trademark finisher of Kane and the Undertaker, the victim is inverted and
held on the shoulder, the attacker having wrapped his arms around the victim;
the attacker then piledrives the victim by dropping to his knees and lying
the victim flat on his back. Note: this move is now illegal.
Point Press: the attacker drives her pointer
and middle fingers into the windpipe of the victim. (Originator: Dax Lockheart)
Double powerbomb: after
the first powerbomb, the attacker holds the victim's legs with his elbows,
stands back up and grabs the victim up for a second powerbomb. (Originator:
Slam: before powerbombing, the victim
is choked, then flipped up into a powerbomb grip for the slam. (Originator:
Last Ride: The Undertaker's
trademark finisher the attacker hoists the victim off his shoulders straight
up into the air before slamming.
Sit-down powerbomb: same
idea, except the attacker adds more power to the move by swinging his legs
out around the victim, adding his momentum to the victim's slam.
Sky High: D'Lo Brown's
trademark move, the attacker grabs the victim's leg, lifts them in the
air, then drives them down in a sit-down powerbomb.
Attack: a psychic attack designed to knock
out or stun a victim (Originator: Elogin)
Jab: similar to the above, except all
fingers are used, and the attacker usually has claws on the hand (Originator:
Arn "Nails" il'Crais)
Rock Bottom: The Rock's
trademark finisher, the attacker swings his arm up around the victim's
neck and grabs his shoulder (making sure the victim's arm is behind their
head), then sweeps the legs and slams the victim into the mat back-first.
Sleeper hold: a hold
designed to drive the victim into unconsciousness; the victim is grabbed
from behind around the neck, while the attacker pulls the head back with
his other hand, applying pressure until the victim goes out cold.
Spinebuster: the victim
is sprung off the ropes, and the attacker grabs their legs and slams them
back-first into the mat.
the victim is grabbed in a sleeper, then slammed to the mat in a neckbreaker-like
move. (Originator: Billy Gunn)
trademark submission hold, similar to the above, except the attacker grabs
from under one of the victim's arms with a hand before locking in.
Spinning heel kick:
a kick to the face, usually done after springing the victim into the ropes;
the attacker hits the victim with the ankle of his/her foot or the back
of his/her shin.
Splash: any of a series
of moves in which the attacker throws his body into the victim's
Stone Cold Stunner: quite
one of the most famous moves in sports entertainment, the trademark finisher
of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the attacker boots the victim in the gut, then
turns and grabs the victim's head with one hand and drops to the mat, pulling
the victim's jaw into the attacker's shoulder. Note: "Beer me!"
450 Splash: done from
the top rope, before collision, the attacker flips around one-and-a-quarter
Frog Splash: a splash
done from the top turnbuckle, usually from a crouching position
'Lo Down: D'Lo Brown's
trademark finisher, a flashy Frog Splash, wherein the attacker chops his
hands between his legs in midair before stretching out for the splash.
Money Shot: Val Venis'
trademark finisher, the attacker jumps off the top rope into his prone
opponent, arms spread, and lands on the chest.
Poetry in Motion: a trademark
of the Hardy Boyz, done by two attackers, the victim is whipped into the
corner, one attacker gets down on hands and knees, facing away from the
victim in front of him. The second attacker runs, uses his partner
as a step and leaps hip-first into the victim.
Banzai Drop: Rikishi's
trademark finisher, a bottom-heavy attacker sets up the prone victim near
one of the corners, ascends to the second rope, springs a few times, then
drops their rear-end right on the chest of the victim and sits for the
Stink Face: Rikishi's
trademark move, the victim lies against the corner, the attacker positions
himself over the victim's face, then drives his rear end into the victim's
face and rubs it in.
Turnbuckle splash: the
stunned victim stands against the turnbuckle, and the attacker charges
and drives their body into the victim's
Ho/Censor Train: The
Go(o)dfather's trademark move, the attacker, upon connecting, swings his
arms into the victim's head.
Rikishi's trademark move, done by a heavy attacker, before connecting,
the attacker spins and slams his back into the victim.
Superkick: the attacker
kicks back into the victim's jaw. Note: "Time to dance to that sweet
Stunner: identical to the above, except done by Megabyte.
Suplex: any of a series
of moves in which the attacker throws the victim while falling backwards
Tackle: a simple move,
the attacker takes the victim down by throwing his body into the other.
Death suplex: the attacker
stands beside their opponent, throws their opponent's arm over their shoulder,
then lifts their legs and drops backwards.
German suplex: the attacker
grabs the victim from behind and does a suplex, bending over backwards
Fisherman's suplex: the
attacker grabs the victim from behind by the neck and leg, then suplexes.
Samoan Drop: the attacker
grabs the victim by the knee and arm, swings them up in a quarter-turn,
then drops backwards
Olympic Slam: Kurt Angle's
trademark finisher, similar to the above, except the attacker grabs higher
up on the thigh and does a half-turn.
Superplex: the victim
is set up in a sitting position on the top turnbuckle, while the attacker
climbs to stand astride them, then grabs them around the head and suplexes
Vertical suplex: the
standard suplex -- the attacker faces their opponent, throws their opponent's
arm over their shoulder, grabs their waist, then lifts and falls backwards.
Grab: the victim is snared by the attacker's
tail (Originator: CReaTuRe)
Cross-body: the attacker
jumps and takes the opponent down.
Lou Thesz press: the
attacker jumps and straddles their opponent's torso, taking them down
Spear: Edge's trademark
move, the attacker drives his shoulder hard into the gut of the victim.
Smash: the attacker slams his tail into
the victim (Originators: the Dreckards)
punch combo: done with two attackers,
the victim is struck by one attacker, making him spin to face the other,
who punches him back to the first. This goes back and forth until
one attacker throws the victim face-first into the other attacker's knee.
(Originators: the Terrorizers)
Punch: the attacker charges his fist with
energy, then connects to the victim's face. (Originator: Puck W!ld)
Walls of Jericho:
Y2J's trademark submission hold, aka the "Liontamer," the victim lies on
his back on the mat, whereupon the attacker grabs his legs under his arms,
then turns the victim over by turning around, then bends the back painfully.
Wishbone: done by
two attackers, the victim lies prone as the attackers each grab a leg,
then pull them in opposite directions, not unlike snapping a wishbone from
The Worm: Scotty 2
Hotty's trademark finisher, the attacker hops in a circle before wriggling
in the dance move of the same name toward the victim. Upon reaching
him, the attacker stands, swings his arms back and forth three times, then
drops his forearm on the victim's sternum. Note: "The W-O-R-M!"
trademark finisher, the attacker grabs the victim by the head and jumps
in the air, then brings the victim face-first into the mat, usually making
the victim's limbs splay out in an 'X.'
inverted X-Factor (Originator: Edge)
If you can see any move listed
here incorrectly, or see a move that is missing (the list is far from comprehensive),
send an email to Jay Winger
listing the name of the move and its description. Include any details,
such as who uses it, whether it is a trademark move or not, and whether
it is derived from any other moves. If the move is described well
enough, it may even be used in a future MDM match.
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