Leg drop

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Chief Ade (right) executes a leg drop
Hulk Hogan performing a leg drop on Mr. McMahon

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.


Discus leg drop[edit]

The wrestler spins 180° while they jump and land their leg across an opponent's chest, throat, face, or head.

Double leg drop[edit]

Kofi Kingston performing the double leg drop on Shelton Benjamin

This variation of the leg drop sees the wrestler drop both legs onto the opponent, usually onto the midsection, instead of just one leg. It was used by Kofi Kingston, who calls it the Boom Drop.

Extreme leg drop[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Leg drop bulldog[edit]

The wrestler jumps in the air and uses one of his legs to push down on the head of an opponent who is leaning forward, which drives the opponent face-first into the mat. The move was innovated by Johnny Ace calling it The Ace Crusher II and later popularized by Billy Gunn, who called it the Famouser (which was also used by Dolph Ziggler) or Fame-Ass-Er, the latter name used when he wrestled as "Mr. Ass." Marty Jannetty performed a version of the move where he applied a wristlock to the opponent first, which became known as the Rocker Dropper. Kelly Kelly later adopted the same variation as her finishing maneuver calling it K2.

Inverted leg drop bulldog[edit]

Melina performing an inverted leg drop bulldog on Alicia Fox

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 and maintained into a pin. WWE wrestler Melina Perez popularized this move.

Running leg drop[edit]

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. The running leg drop is famous for being Hulk Hogan's signature move and he continues to use it to this day as part of his finishing moveset, which usually sees him perform a big boot as the setup for the leg drop. It was said that Hogan had popularized this and also invented it.

Slingshot leg drop[edit]

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[edit]

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 whichever body part is targeted.

Split-legged leg drop[edit]

This is very similar to the actual leg drop, but there are two variations to this move. The first is that the attacking wrestler jumps splits his legs in the air, then hits one of his/her legs on the opponent's chest/neck area. Another variation is that a standing wrestler hooks one of his leg up to his head, then falls on a split position on the opponent's chest/neck area; sometimes the attacking wrestler pins the opponent with a split. This move is usually performed by women.

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