Popularized by: Antonio Inoki, AJ Lee
Move type: Submission
The abdominal stretch is a basic, classic submission hold, and thus, it’s a move that’s ripe for personal flair and interpretation. And there’s no more bizarre and painful looking version of the abdominal stretch than the octopus hold, a move popularized by Antonio Inoki and AJ Lee. What makes this move so iconic is that it allows AJ to be the David to her opponent’s Goliath. She’s so much smaller than most of her opponents, but the Black Widow allows her fans to suspend their disbelief. The victim is crucial to the move’s success: She has to convincingly support AJ’s weight, buckle, and then collapse as the pain overwhelms her.