15 Superstars' 'secret weapons'

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February 10, 2014

Boulder Holder (Ryback)

We’re relatively sure Ryback qualifies as a weapon unto himself, and we’re keeping a close eye on state regulations banning the Shell Shocked already. Therefore, you’ll forgive us for stating the idea of Ryback having a secret maneuver makes us break into a cold sweat.

As it turns out, though, the beast does have one go-to maneuver he likes to keep on reserve: the “Boulder Holder,” which is essentially a plus-sized version of the “Stone Cold” Stunner Ryback adopted after studying footage of Japanese wrestlers. To execute the move, Ryback hauls his opponent onto his back like a bookbag, hooks the offender’s head and leg, and sits down, slamming his tailbone into the mat while Ryback’s shoulder drives up into the opponent’s chin simultaneously.

It may seem like a complicated move to administer, but it helps that opponents tend to walk directly into it.

“A lot of Superstars try to defeat me by jumping on my back and putting me in a sleeper hold or rear chinlock,” Ryback told WWE.com. “I use it in those situations where I have someone on my back already. I can swing around and drop him down in a heartbeat, so I have the move on me at all times.”

The “Boulder Holder” is often used as a setup for Shell Shocked, but given Ryback’s ring dominance thus far, why even bother keeping a move like this secret?

“In a matchup, you never know exactly what’s going to happen, with the exception of I’m going to be in control the majority of the time,” Ryback explained. “I have a large arsenal of moves. Sometimes I forget moves, I have so many of them. But if it pops in my head, I do it.”

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