15 Superstars' 'secret weapons'

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February 10, 2014

Zack Attack (Zack Ryder)

So where did Zack Ryder come up with his original (and since semi-shelved) signature maneuver, the Zack Attack?

Well like any good pupil, he got it from his teacher.

“The Zack Attack is actually a move I took from Matt Striker, believe it or not,” he explained. “When I started in ECW, it was my first time as a singles competitor. I needed a singles signature move, and I remembered Striker had actually hit me with it before. I thought ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool. It’s different.’ ”

The move — which carries the technical and un-bro-ish handle of “inverted overdrive” — consisted of Ryder pressing his knee against the side of a Superstar’s head, then using the opponent’s arm like a lever to wrench him clean off his feet while Ryder threw his weight back. The end result was the Superstar landing square on The Ultimate Broski’s knee, with the back of the neck as the point of impact. It’s among the more painful-looking maneuvers in WWE, but as it turned out, it was almost too intricate to be as effective as Ryder would have liked.

“The setup was just too annoying,” Ryder said. “You had to be in the right place at the right time, so that’s why I eventually switched to the Rough Ryder.”

Nevertheless, the “Internet Champion” does have a soft spot for his old go-to move.

“I break it out every once in a while,” Ryder told WWE.com. “A few months ago at a Live Event, I hooked Dolph Ziggler with it and screamed ‘old school!’ Nobody got it except for me. I just did it for myself. I always have it, and I’m sure if ever get a WrestleMania match, I’ll use it in there. It’s still in the video game. People on Twitter are always asking me to break it out, so it’s there. Maybe on a special occasion.”

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