Popularized by: Justin Thunder Liger, Billy Kidman, Evan Bourne
Move type: High Flyer
We’re kicking this off with a move innovated by Japanese legend Justin Thunder Liger. It takes a sick amount of core strength to climb to the top turnbuckle, backflip while jumping forwards, and stay out of the hospital, but that’s what the Shooting Star Press demands. Any wrestler, however skilled, is putting his life at risk to wow the crowd. The scariest, most infamous botch of this move happened at Wrestlemania XIX, when Brock Lesnar attempted a Shooting Star Press on Kurt Angle and landed directly on his head. But Brock had executed it successfully many times prior. Check out this video of a young Lesnar going hard, from halfway across the ring.