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March 26, 2013

Who invented the Figure-Four Leglock?

Invented by a “Nature Boy” and made famous by another, the Figure-Four Leglock has long been one of professional wrestling’s most infamous submission holds. In the 1950s, “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers was credited with the creation of the Figure-Four, where the executor of the hold twists his opponent’s legs into the shape of the number four, using his own legs to apply unbelievable amounts of pressure.

It was that hold that brought Rogers his greatest success as the first WWE Champion in 1963. After Rogers left the squared circle later that year, the Figure-Four was cribbed by a number of competitors, including Greg Valentine, Dusty Rhodes and Jeff Jarrett. They had varying degrees of success, but it was the next “Nature Boy” who made it famous. WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair adopted the hold and forced countless foes to submit on his way to 16 World Championships.

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