How to Do a Suicide Cradle

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If you've ever watched a wrestling match, then you've likely seen a wrestler finish a match by pinning his opponent's head close to his knee. This is a popular pinning moved called the suicide cradle and is employed to finish the opponent. Luckily, you don't have to be a WWE star to learn this move. It is somewhat challenging to use this move on an experienced opponent that is well versed in defending against suicide cradles.

  • Scoop your arms under your opponent's arms once you are in top position and your opponent is on his knees.

  • Shove the opponent forward with your arms and body weight in an attempt to get him in a lower position on the mat. Keep one leg straight for power and stability and the other leg bent behind your opponent to control his posture.

  • Bring one leg between your opponent's legs and use it to spread your opponent's legs farther apart.

  • Turn your body in one swift movement, keeping one arm wrapped around your opponent's arm as you maneuver to his side.

  • Bend your knee and use the arm that you have wrapped around your opponent to anchor him.

  • Grab your opponent's foot with your other hand and shift your weight forward so that most of your body weight is now placing pressure on your opponent's hand. When you shift your weight, drive your body with powerful force.

  • Move your forearm over your opponent's ear and begin reaching your arm across his head and wrap it under his leg, behind his knee.

  • Reach your other arm behind the same leg and clasp your arms together to create a strong hook. To create a strong enough hook, your opponent's head needs to be close to his knee.

  • Using your body weight, roll your opponent to the side and hold the pin for the three count. You should have your opponent's leg bent upward with his head and arm pinned downward if you have executed the move correctly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Controlling your opponent's posture with your body helps to prevent him from escaping the pin attempt.
  • Keep your back rounded as you roll your opponent for the pin, otherwise you risk injuring your back.

References

  • Signature Moves: The Finishing Moves of Sport Entertainment Superstars; Michael McAvennie
  • The Encyclopedia of Finishing Holds; Gene LeBell et al.
  • Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images
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