So what am I going to talk about today? Maybe a long lost wrestling hold that’s under-utilised? Perhaps a smooth escape from the World of Sport era that you never see any more?
Nope, I’m staying even simpler than that!
Today I want to highlight probably one of the simplest wristlock escapes there is that is also a great element to use to set out the story of your match. I saw it used most recently in a match between an older and more experienced wrestler faced with a much younger opponent. The veteran was being held in a wristlock after a couple of exchanges where the younger guy used his agility and speed to escape, he then span under his own arm and ……
Wait for it……
slapped his opponent in the face.
Yep, that’s it. Perhaps it isn’t new, or innovative, or even under-utilised, but I like it. I think it’s a simple move that can be performed by anyone and makes a really good story point early in the match. Maybe it tells the above story of wily veteran showing the youngster who is boss, perhaps it’s showing arrogance in the face of the opponent, or it could be a receipt of sorts for a slap that happened earlier on in the contest. It has so many meanings that you could use it in almost any match just make sure it fits either the character using it or the story you are telling.