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

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March 26, 2013

Who invented the Shooting Star Press?

High up on the list of sports-entertainment’s most dangerous maneuvers, the Shooting Star Press is a dazzling backflip executed from the top rope. Performed into a swimming pool, it would be impressive enough, but when nailed in the squared circle, it’s a thing of beauty.

Fearless airmen like John Morrison, Evan Bourne and Billy Kidman have used the dive with breathtaking accuracy. Brock Lesnar nearly ended his career with it at WrestleMania XIX when he failed to rotate completely and landed in ugly fashion on his forehead. But it was Japan’s Jushin “Thunder” Liger who gets credit for the daring move’s innovation.

A star in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Liger was a WCW regular for much of the ’90s. Still active today, the former WCW Light Heavyweight Champion no longer performs the Shooting Star Press, but he’ll always be revered as the genius behind the audacious dive.

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