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March 26, 2013

Who invented the Frog Splash?

The Frog Splash is most closely associated with WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero, as he introduced the daring leap to American audiences in 1995, mimicking a frog’s jump before crushing his fallen foe’s sternum. But Guerrero wasn’t the creator of the amazing dive. It was his close friend and tag team partner, Art Barr.

Guerrero and “The Love Machine,” known collectively as either La Pareja del Terror or Los Gringos Locos, were the most hated duo in Mexico’s AAA promotion. Fans couldn’t help but admire Barr’s graceful finishing maneuver, though. After Barr’s untimely passing in 1994, Latino Heat adopted the Frog Splash as his trademark finisher — a move that made him WWE Champion and a Hall of Famer.

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