AJ Lee's "Black Widow" hold has been getting a lot of attention since she started using it.
It's kind of odd to see a female wrestler use a submission hold as a finisher.
At least in the WWE and TNA.
Of course in MMA, the Indies, Japan and Mexico not so much.
The Black Widow is pretty much a modified Octopus hold.
That hold was made popular in Japan by the legendary Antonio Inoki.
Over there it is called the manji-gatame (inverted swastika hold).
Wikipedia describes the hold like this:
"The wrestler stands behind the opponent and hooks a leg over the opponent's opposite leg. The wrestler then forces the opponent to one side, traps one of the opponent's arms with their own arm, and drapes their free leg over the neck of the opponent, forcing it downward. This elevates the wrestler and places all the weight of the wrestler on the opponent. The wrestler has one arm free, which can be used for balance."
Like I said, AJ is using it a lot.
But wait until the WWE Divas figure out that there is a roll over/leglock counter to the move.
Yeah guys get it too.
Here is Candice LeRae trying to force Brent Banks to submit.
Velvet Sky with an Octopus hold and a bite on Taylor Wilde
Nasty Linda Dallas applying an Octopus Hold to Heidi Lee Morgan.
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