Who invented the RKO? The innovators behind sports-entertainment’s best maneuvers

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March 26, 2013

Who invented the moonsault?

It takes a special kind of competitor to leap from the top rope and come crashing down on their opponent. But to do it blindly, with the added flair of busting out a complete backflip? Most folks would’ve developed a case of acrophobia pretty quickly.

It wasn’t a noted daredevil like Jimmy Snuka who created the moonsault, however, but Mando Guerrero, older brother of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Trained in the high-flying art of lucha libre, the elder Guerrero dared to backflip off the top rope, creating a new starting point for later generations of aerialists, like The Great Muta, Ultimo Dragon and even Lita. With each passing year, young wrestlers are always adding new twists and turns to Mando’s innovative moonsault, literally taking sports-entertainment to new heights.

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