The 50 coolest maneuvers of all time

#33 The Brian Kendrick's Sliced Bread #2

In the hierarchy of great American innovations, the list goes 1.) sliced bread, 2.) Sliced Bread #2, The Brian Kendrick’s dizzying take on Naomichi Marufuji’s patented shiranui. The maneuver is, more or less, an inverted DDT with a little English on it. Instead of simply pulling an opponent’s head into the mat from behind — like in Sting’s Scorpion Death Drop — Kendrick would grab his target in a facelock, run up the turnbuckles and then backflip over them. His momentum would drive his victim’s head into the canvas with a lot more oomph — particularly beneficial for a lighter competitor like Kendrick — and a lot more flash. No wonder it edged out toilet paper on the list of integral modern advancements. — R.M.  

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