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Doomsday Device, often shortened to Device, is a term used in professional wrestling to reference a tandem move in which one wrestler hoists the opponent on their shoulders so that they are facing in the same direction in what is known as the electric chair position, while another wrestler climbs the ring post to the top turnbuckle and delivers a flying attack on that prone opponent.
The Doomsday Device name comes from a popular professional wrestling tag team known as the Road Warriors, who innovated the basic version of this move in which a flying clothesline is hit on the opponent who is being set up in the electric chair position; knocking the opponent off the shoulders of the grounded wrestler, who pushes up on the opponent's legs to flip them backwards as they fall to the mat. A slight adaptation of the standard device, best known as the Dudley Boyz's Dudleyville Device, sees the wrestler (in this case Bubba Ray Dudley) keep hold of the opponent's legs, falling backwards with them and completing a traditional electric chair drop maneuver.
Other variations of the maneuver, which use alternative flying attacks to knock opponents backwards off the shoulders of another wrestler are often named after the Doomsday Device, or are described using the Device term. Most frontal attack variants can see the grounded wrestler simply release, or, fall backwards with the opponent, as in the basic Doomsday Device. However, not all variations of the Device see the elevated wrestler attack an opponent head on, some see wrestlers strike from behind to propel the opponent forward off the other wrestler's shoulders. This allows the grounded wrestler to utilize a version of the electric chair which sees them drop to a seated position with the opponent landing face first between the wrestler's legs.
This variation is the one that is usually used when tag teams perform the Doomsday Device. This variation has one wrestler lift one opponent up in an electric chair position followed by another wrestler climbing to the top rope and performing a diving clothesline onto the elevated opponent, making the opponent fall backwards off the wrestler's shoulder making them crash into the mat.
Doomsday diving crossbody
This variation sees one wrestler lift their opponent in regular Doomsday fashion and another wrestler climb to the top rope and perform a diving crossbody onto the elevated opponent
This variation sees one wrestler lift their opponent in regular Doomsday fashion and another wrestler climb to the top rope and perform a missile dropkick to knock their opponent down.
Unlike the previous variation, this Device variant sees a headscissors throw used to pull the opponent forward off the shoulders of the other wrestler. The flying head scissors throw performed is commonly known as a diving hurricanrana, and is where this move gets the "Rana" part of its name.
Another variation exists which is the same doomsday style attack but rather than a bulldog or a clothesline, the attacking wrestler performs a cutter off of the elevated surface (usually the turnbuckle) pulling the opponent face first off the partners shoulders.
Elevated diving bulldog
This variation sees the elevated wrestler come from behind the raised opponent to push/drag them forward off the grounded wrestler's shoulders and down to the ground using a diving bulldog.
Another flying kick variation of the Doomsday Device. This variant sees a wrestler perform a diving variation of the Shining Wizard attack used to knock the opponent from the shoulders of another wrestler.
Popularized by the Original Hart Foundation, one half of the team (in the Hart Foundation's case, Jim Neidhart) would lift the opponent in a bearhug in the center of the ring while his partner (in the Hart Foundation's case, Bret Hart) would run off the ropes in the opposite direction from where the opponent and the first wrestler were facing. The other wrestler would return to the near ropes, run off of them, and then perform a leaping lariat takedown on the helpless wrestler. The move was timed so the wrestler performing the bearhug would let go just as his partner would hit the lariat on the opponent, thus resulting in both wrestlers hitting the mat at the same time.
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