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March 26, 2013

Who invented the Sharpshooter?

The Sharpshooter has become so integral to Bret Hart’s “Excellence of Execution” persona that it’s hard to believe the “Hit Man” didn’t create the maneuver on a dark and stormy night down in the Hart Family Dungeon.

Truth is it was former South Korean Olympic wrestler and New Japan Pro Wrestling icon Riki Choshu that crafted the tendon-snapping maneuver. A legitimate ring legend in Japan, Choshu dubbed the submission “Sasori-gatame” when he invented it, which loosely translates to “Scorpion Hold.”

The name fit well when added to the arsenal of WCW’s Sting, who utilized the maneuver with great success as the “Scorpion Deathlock.” As Hart recounted in his fascinating biography, “Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling,” the maneuver was suggested to him by WWE official Pat Patterson. But it was Konnan — then competing under the mask of Max Moon in WWE — who showed him how to apply the hold.

In the years after Hart left WWE, the Sharpshooter was adopted by Trish Stratus, The Rock and Hart’s niece, Natalya.

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