15 Superstars' 'secret weapons'

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February 10, 2014

Superman Punch (Roman Reigns)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Oh, wait  – it’s Roman Reigns, and he’s about to punch someone square in the mush.

The former WWE Tag Team Champion is known for his sternum-shattering spear, yes, but right behind that on the list is the already-legendary "Superman Punch" that has emerged as one of his go-to maneuvers during its brief existence.

“It’s from my developmental time ... just me playing around in the ring,” said Reigns of discovering the maneuver, which sees him leap into the air like the Man of Steel himself, fist cocked back, moments before he brings it down as he returns to Earth. The combination of gravity itself and his own raw power plunge straight into a Superstar’s jaw, and it’s goodnight, nurse. “You often see it in MMA, but it never really works. I figured, what greater move to take for myself and make it work?”

Make it work he has; the move has already become a match-ender and life-saver in equal measure – “Either I’m getting bored and I want to show off, do my thing, end the match there, or it’s an ace in the hole,” said Reigns –and it has clocked the likes of John Cena and Cody Rhodes. Even Reigns’ teammates in The Shield have gotten their bells rung a few times by the punch before they teamed up on the main roster. “[That] goes back to our days in developmental,” said Reigns. “I know I’ve hit Ambrose with it a few times. Rollins hasn’t eaten one yet, but they’ve known about it since day one.”

Though he has surely lost, or is losing, count of the number of people he has punched, there are a few who stand out. “Just in general, I’d say [my favorite to hit is] John Cena,” he said. “But I think the way I hit Randy Orton with it – I hit him from the floor like I do my dropkick to the apron. He was leaning out and chasing Seth Rollins; Seth got away from an RKO, [Orton] was chasing him outside the ring andbam, I was there, Johnny-on-the-spot, and knocked his jaw piece off.” Whom does Reigns have his eye on for a potential target in the future? As always, the young star is thinking big.

“I may have hit Big Show with it already, but I think it’s just fitting for me to knock him out with it,” Reigns said. “Considering he is The World’s Largest Athlete and he has his own KO Punch, if I could knock out a giant with it, I think that would speak volumes.” 

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