15 Superstars' 'secret weapons'

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February 10, 2014

Lion Tamer (Chris Jericho)

The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla’s signature maneuver during his days in WCW, the Lion Tamer found itself relegated to the backburner upon Chris Jericho’s ascension to the ranks of WWE. The maneuver is essentially a contortionist cousin to the Walls of Jericho where, instead of simply straddling his opponent with the legs hooked, Jericho drives one knee into the back of his foe’s head. The end result wrenches a Superstar’s entire body upwards into a C-position, putting equal pressure on the back and neck en route to earning a submission.

If there was one problem with the Lion Tamer — as Jericho explained in his book, “Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps” — it’s that most of his early WWE opponents were simply too tall for him to apply the hold effectively, so he reverted to the Walls of Jericho instead.

The move enjoyed a brief renaissance in 2012, with Jericho breaking it out against Kofi Kingston in the 2012 Raw Elimination Chamber Match and in several instances during Jericho's resurgence throughout that year. Long live the Lionheart, babaaaayyy!

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