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A leg drop or legdrop refers to an attack used in professional wrestling in which an attacking wrestler will jump and land his leg across a fallen opponent's chest, throat, face or head or in some cases, the groin/lower-abdominal area.
- 1 Variations
- 2 See also
- 3 Notes
Diving Leg drop
A diving leg drop is a leg drop from the top or second rope onto the opponents throat,face or chest.
Discus leg drop
The wrestler spins 360° while they jump and land their leg across an opponent's chest, throat, face, or head.
Double leg drop
This variation of the leg drop sees the wrestler drop both legs onto the opponent, usually onto the midsection, instead of just one leg.
Extreme leg drop
This leg drop variation sees the attacking wrestler hold the opponent's legs and then do a double leg drop (legs together) onto the opponent's groin/lower-abdominal area. If performed to hit the lower-abdomen, the user slightly bends their legs, to force their heels into the lower abdomen. If it is to hit the groin area, the attacking wrestler bends out (that is to say, just out their rear end) and keeps their legs straight, to force the heels or lower legs into the groin.
Guillotine leg drop
This move is similar to the leg drop although it is done with the opponent's body hanging over something, sometimes with the opponent's head hung over one of the ring ropes or most notably the ring apron (so the head is suspended over the outside), the wrestler will then walk across the apron and execute a leg drop onto the opponent's sternum, causing both of them to fall and land on the outside of the ring. This also refers to the attacker's leg hitting the opponent's throat in a standard leg drop. This move is most notably used by The Undertaker, with commentator Michael Cole often stating "vintage Undertaker!" following the move.
Leg drop bulldog
A leg drop bulldog is when one wrestler jumps up in the air landing a leg across the back of the head of an opponent who is leaning forward.
Inverted leg drop bulldog
An inverted version of this sees the attacking wrestler drop the opponent on the back of their head, as done in a reverse bulldog. This can be achieved by first holding an opponent in an inverted facelock or by simply grabbing the opponent and forcibly leaning them back before lifting their far (or sometimes inside) leg, rotating so the leg is over the opponent's head, and dropping to a sitting position, kneeling, or a split-legged position.
Running leg drop
A variation to the original, the attacking wrestler bounces off from one side of the ring, runs and performs the leg drop across his/her opponent's chest. This move is famously used by Hulk Hogan.
Slingshot leg drop
The attacker, while on the outside, pulls back on the ropes and, assisted by the rebound of the ropes, propels themselves into the ring and onto their victim. Variations include using the ropes for a slingshot somersault leg drop and a slingshot springboard (where the attacker leaps onto top of the ropes) diving leg drop. Another variant is when the attacker slingshots onto the opponents neck.
Somersault leg drop
An attacking wrestler would perform a jumping forward somersault to drop their leg across the throat or chest of an opponent. There is also another variation where the leg that will be dropped on the opponent is swung forward while in a standing position next to his opponent then swiftly swung back and the momentum from the pendulum motion carries the attacker through a somersault and the leg is dropped on which ever body part is targeted.
Springboard leg drop
The wrestler, while standing on the apron, jumps over the top rope (springboard) and dives upwards, stretching and extending a leg, targeting the neck of the opponent.
Springboard discus leg drop
The attacker puts the opponent on the ground, then getting a boost from the second rope, twists his body so he falls with leg stretched onto the opponent's neck.
- Double leg drop – Two man tandem leg drop
- Diving leg drop – Leg drops from elevated positions
- Scissors kick – modified leg drop style attack
- Professional wrestling attacks