Ric Flair proves why he still is the dirtiest player in the game. Meanwhile, Randy Orton makes a surprise return to add more salt to Shawn Michaels' wounds.05/25/2017 - 18:00
See exclusive slow-motion footage from intense Monday Night Raw battle between the teams of Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt & Samoa Joe.05/23/2017 - 17:30
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's Monday Night Raw to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/23/2017 - 14:15
Time slows down as Finn Bálor goes to battle against his former "good brother."05/23/2017 - 12:45
Though the Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules will be every man for himself, Raw's turbulent main event features a tag team showdown between a pair of shaky partnerships.05/23/2017 - 00:00
Following his loss to Kalisto, Titus O'Neil claims Apollo Crews' let down the Titus Brand.05/22/2017 - 23:45
The Wicked Witch of WWE looks to send a painful message to Bayley ahead of their Raw Women's Title Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Matt Hardy battles The Celtic Warrior for the right to choose the stipulation for their upcoming Raw Tag Team Championship Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Ahead of his Submission Match at Extreme Rules against WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, Austin Aries goes head-to-head against Tony Nese.05/22/2017 - 23:30
Vic Joseph gives a special shout-out to his fellow WWE announcers for all their help, as he becomes the newest voice of WWE.05/22/2017 - 22:45
Apollo Crews takes on a high-flying masked adversary with Titus O'Neil keeping close watch.05/22/2017 - 22:45
The Boss will look to take charge of Alicia Fox in an explosive Raw showdown.05/22/2017 - 22:45
In anticipation of the imminent Street Fight on WWE 205 Live, The Brian Kendrick attacks Akira Tozawa and ignites an absolute melee.05/22/2017 - 22:45
It's lights, camera, action as Goldust talks about the flickering light that is his former cohort R-Truth.05/22/2017 - 22:30
The Advocate to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar comes forth to give Bálor the edge in Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contender's Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 22:15
Finn Bálor goes to war against his former friend Karl Anderson.05/22/2017 - 22:00
Elias Samson makes his in-ring Raw debut against the reigning Intercontinental Champion.05/22/2017 - 22:00
The Fearsome History of The Claw
Behold The Claw, a cranial-crushing finishing move that may not look as punishing as it actually is, but in the right hand, is a maneuver from which there is almost no escape. This manual compactor is one of the more brutally simplistic moves in a sports-entertainer’s arsenal: You grab hold of your opponent’s head, put pressure on the temples and squeeze his skull like a stress ball, refusing to let up until he’s reduced to a pile of mush on the canvas, either tapping out or passing out and being pinned.
The mighty Tensai is the latest WWE Superstar to adapt The Claw, enhancing the maneuver by dousing his hand in the debilitating Japanese green mist ( WATCH: THE MIST IN ACTION) before he palms an enemy’s face and pushes him to the canvas. But the ex-patriot warrior is hardly the first Superstar to embrace the vicious simplicity of crushing a man’s head like an overripe melon until he simply has no fight left.
The Von Erichs
These WWE Hall of Famers ( PROFILE) are widely known for pioneering the use of the Claw, or as they humbly referred to it back then, The Von Erich Claw. Fritz Von Erich in particular is typically known as the wrestler who first perfected the move, using it to brutalize the likes of King Kong Bundy during his illustrious career. But it was Kerry Von Erich, “The Texas Tornado,” who brought an inimitable sense of style and flair to the wicked maneuver in matches like this Intercontinental Championship bout with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam 1990.
A veritable giant of a man, Kurrgan’s sole mission in WWE was to dole out as much absent-minded punishment as he possibly could. A member of WWE’s circus troupe The Oddities, Kurrgan was notable for both his massive size and seemingly boundless strength, so it was only appropriate that a Superstar of his proclivities adopted the Claw as his signature maneuver. The simplicity – and brutality – of the maneuver fit Kurrgan’s M.O. to the letter, and the towering Superstar certainly used it to devastating effect, sometimes on more than one Superstar at a time and often dragging his opponents all the way back through the curtain by their skulls.
Baron Von Raschke
One look at this Superstar should tell the WWE Universe all they needed to know: The Baron, never one for ostentatious posturing, used the Claw in a brutal, no-frills manner that seemed to veer closer to a mauling than a wrestling maneuver. This brutal competitor nonetheless made the Von Erichs’ old trademark his own, using it to fell opponents like WWE Hall of Famer, Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Simply put, there were few Superstars who stood a chance of escape once The Baron had his Claw on them, and that is all the people need to know.
This WWE Hall of Famer ( PROFILE) – and trainer of future Hall of Famer Triple H – famously thought outside the box when he appropriated the Claw, specifically asking the fairly ingenious question of, “Why stop at an opponent’s face?” Kowalski was notorious for using the Claw to attack other parts of a Superstar’s body, spreading the punishment to various locations so as to wear away quicker at his opponent’s resolve. In one famous match against Bruno Sammartino, Kowalski applied the Claw to the big man’s knees, taking his powerful legs out from under him, but he was better known for using it in a much more vicious manner: Kowalski would take his opponent to his back and, straddling the prone Superstar, would literally dig his claws into their stomach like a wild animal.
Side note: this has nothing to do with the Claw, but yes, the urban legend of Kowalski taking off Yukon Eric’s ear in a Steel Cage Match is true … and frightening.
Wearing the black hat of the bad cowboy and sporting an ominous leather glove over his right hand, Mulligan – one half of the WWE Hall of Fame tag team The Blackjacks ( PROFILE) – was never one to shy away from a hard-hitting style of combat. He famously had a brief run in professional football before taking his talents to the squared circle, where he honed his craft and ultimately adapted the Claw as his own, using that gloved hand of his to devastating effect against opponents like Barry Hart.