Popularized by: Dory Funk Jr., Dean Malenko
Move type: Submission
Let’s be real: Some submission moves seem pillow soft. The Boston Crab, after all, looks like a good yoga stretch position for cracking one’s back. But sweet glory, the Texas Cloverleaf looks crippling, especially when a technical master like Dean Malenko goes hard on it. Innovated by Dory Funk Jr., the Texas Cloverleaf twists the legs and bends the neck and back into an extreme position. And, as with all submission holds, it’s the victim who makes the move looks good—the more he or she bends his back, the more powerful the opponent appears.