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This article needs additional citations for verification. Aerial techniques are maneuvers, using the ring and its posts and ropes as aids, used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. These moves are mainly done by smaller, quicker wrestlers who are unable to do most of the power moves. Moves are listed under general categories whenever possible. The wrestler takes hold of one of the opponent’s wrists and twists that arm in an arm wrench. The wrestler then climbs up the corner turnbuckles and walks on the top rope, before jumping down and striking the opponent’s chest, back or the back of their neck. This is a bulldog performed by a wrestler from an elevated position.
A bulldog is a move in which the wrestler applies a headlock or face lock to his opponent and leaps forward, so that the wrestler lands on his back or in a sitting position, driving the opponent’s face into the mat. With the wrestler standing over the top turnbuckle or the top ropes, he jumps off and slightly twists so he’s elevated in the midair facing away from the opponent, with one of his sides facing the mat. From this point, the wrestler delivers a kick with the back of his leg. This is a move in which a wrestler will jump from an elevated position and perform a clothesline to a standing opponent. A version of this move, called a flying lariat, involves the wrestler wrapping his arm around the opponent’s head. This move is used by many, usually light, wrestlers. As they dive, the wrestler wraps their near arm around the opponent’s head in a front facelock and swings themselves backwards in midair, landing back-first and simultaneously forcing the opponent’s head into the mat.
Also known as a diving axe handle, diving double axe handle smash or diving double sledge, this is accomplished by jumping from the top turnbuckle to the mat or floor and striking the opponent with two fists held together in the fashion of holding an axe. This is usually done on a standing or rising opponent, not a prone one. A diving elbow drop is executed by diving onto a supine opponent with one’s elbow cocked, driving the elbow into the opponent’s shoulder, chest, or head. This less common variation sees a wrestler stand facing away from a standing or supine opponent and in an elevated position, usually the top turnbuckle. The wrestler then dives backwards and strikes the opponent in the shoulder, chest or head extending and cocking one elbow.
The wrestler sits on the top turnbuckle with a foot on each second rope, facing a supine opponent. The wrestler then leaps towards the opponent, clasping their forearms together, and lands on their knees, driving both elbows into the shoulder or chest of the opponent. A fist drop is a move in which a wrestler jumps down from the turnbuckle on an opponent driving his fist into the opponent’s chest or head. When doing a diving fist drop, wrestlers have their front four knuckles out, and their thumb to the side. This move was popularised by Jerry Lawler.
Also known as a diving headbutt drop. A diving headbutt is delivered from the top rope or turnbuckle to anywhere on the opponent’s body, often the chest. The move was accidentally innovated by Harley Race. This move is executed by jumping forward off the top rope with legs apart, straddling a standing opponent’s shoulders, while using the momentum to snap off a hurricanrana. In this variant of the diving hurricanrana, the wrestler first performs a front flip from the top rope before executing a true hurricanrana into a pin. There is also a variation where a wrestler jumps from the elevated area and lands with both knees across the prone opponent and is referred to as a Diving double knee drop. This version of the diving double knee drop sees the attacker performing the maneuver on the top turnbuckle or other elevated platform jumping forward onto a standing or seated upright opponent with each knee striking both of their shoulders simultaneously.
This is a diving version of the leg drop bulldog, that sees the wrestler springboarding off one of the ropes or jumping from the top turnbuckle and dropping their leg across the back of the head of an opponent who is leaning forward. This variation sees the wrestler perform a moonsault but instead of landing on the opponent in a splash position the wrestler would continue the rotation to drive his leg across an opponent who is lying on the ground. The wrestler, standing on an elevated position, jumps, flips forward and lands his leg on the opponent lying beneath him. This move can also be performed from a position that is not elevated, although this variation is rarer. In this variation of a diving neckbreaker, the wrestler performing the maneuver will climb to the top rope and wait for his opponent to face him.
Once the opponent does, the wrestler jumps and performs a somersault in mid air. While somersaulting, the wrestler will catch the opponent’s head and neck with his hands and perform a falling neckbreaker as he lands. The wrestler dives from an elevated position, tucks his arms, and strikes the opponent with one of his shoulders to the upper body. This is a diving shoulder block takedown, also known as a spear. A move in which a wrestler will jump from a raised platform such the top turnbuckle, and drive their shoulder into the opponent’s torso, forcing them down to the mat. The wrestler jumps down from a raised platform onto an opponent, dropping his foot onto any part of an opponent’s body.
A variation known as a diving double foot stomp is when a wrestler jumps down from a raised platform on an opponent driving both his feet into anywhere on the opponent’s body, usually the chest. This move is usually executed by the inaugural Universal Champion Finn Balor with his signature move, the Coup de Grace. While situated on the middle turnbuckle, a wrestler jumps over a charging opponent and drives his feet into the opponent’s back in order to push him into the turnbuckle or the ground with greater force, before landing on his feet. The technique’s name is a reference to the stomping attacks used by video game character Mario. This is a hurricanrana executed on an opponent sitting on the top turnbuckle. With the attacking wrestler’s legs scissored around the opponent’s head while they face each other, the wrestler performs a backflip to swing through the opponent’s open legs, dragging the opponent into a forced somersault that distances the wrestler from the opponent, who lands on his or her back. A handstand variation can also be used.