The Figure Four
is a submission hold
in professional wrestling
is lying on his back
lifts up one of the victim's legs.
turns around outward while still holding the victim's leg, which has the effect of bending that leg at an acute angle and placing it inbetween the executor's own legs.
sits down on the mat. At this point, one of the victim
's legs should be straight, while the other one is crossed over the straight leg's knee
, perpendicularly to it (in the shape of a "4", hence the name of the hold). In addition, one of the executor's legs is crooked under the loop of the "4".
takes his free leg and places it on top of the victim
's crossed ankle
. This locks the hold in place.
For some magic
al reason, the pressure is reversed if the victim
manages to roll himself and the executor
onto their stomachs. It's total balderdash
, of course, but it's just one of those times in wrestling
when you have to suspend your disbelief
and just go with it.
uses this hold as his finishing move
. Greg Valentine
also used to use the Figure Four
. A few wrestlers (most notably The Rock
use it today, but not as their finisher.