The 50 coolest maneuvers of all time

#47 Dean Malenko's Texas Cloverleaf

If finding a four leaf clover is considered good luck, then finding yourself in Dean Malenko’s Texas Cloverleaf must be just the opposite.

Originated by WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr., the hold was made popular by The Iceman in WCW in the mid-to-late 1990’s. Malenko made many an opponent submit by grabbing his victim’s legs and bending one so that its shin wrenched into the knee of the straight leg. Reaching through the legs and around the other ankle, Malenko would grasp his hands together, turn his opponent over and lean back, putting enormous pressure on the legs, spine and abdomen.

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It’s a hold that looks awesome as it inflicts pain and certainly spells bad luck for anyone finding themselves locked in it. — TOM LIODICE