Popularized by: Lou Thesz, John Cena
Move type: Submission
Lou Thesz is the innovator in professional wrestling—a man amongst men in a land of giants. He innovated the Lou Thesz Press, used by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to sit on his opponents’ chests and beat the holy hell out of them. Most famously, Thesz also innovated the STF, made popular by WWE superstar John Cena. It’s instantly recognizable, both by the way it twists an opponent into a hand-rolled pretzel, and also by the way it immobilizes its victim. It’s hard to crawl to the ropes when your leg is bent all the way back, and when you’re dragging your opponent’s weight along with your own.