Here’s an interesting move that was thrown at us during Session #4. You probably know the famous Ric Flair corner flip? Maybe not, so here’s a clip. You’ll notice later in the montage that, as he ages, he doesn’t always make it over. Plus, the song is awesome:
What we learned was a little different in that we didn’t want to go over the ropes (at least at this stage). We wanted to run head first into the middle turnbuckle, get our feet straight up in the air and in a controlled motion lower them so they touch the metal ring post and then bring them back into the ring and land on our feet. Easy, right?
In Lucha Libre, what we were taught is just the starting point of many different acrobatic moves and leads to other things (one being the infamous Ric Flair move). Here’s a dude trying to teach people how to do it. I’m sure his neighbors are happy he has a wrestling ring in his back yard. Probably raises the property value for everyone! (hint, hint Daisy):
Now, it’s my turn. First try I run with my head down, grab the middle ropes and try to do a headstand on the 2nd turnbuckle. I get my feet up in the air for a couple seconds, but they ain’t going anywhere and I have no control of what’s going on and I can’t imagine how crap it looked. I had the strength to do it, but I wasn’t doing something right. So I get a tip from Michael Duckworth and try again—same thing. I tell him I’m going to try one more time—same result.
We cycle through the line and, surprisingly, a few people got it on their 1st or 2nd attempt. I know I can do this if some of these guys can! Bumps may not be my thing, but these drills are! It’s my turn again and I go for it and… it’s still not happening.
So here’s the deal. Duckworth tells me I’m not supposed to really be on my head. As you run towards the corner with head down, you want to grab the middle ropes and instead of a headstand on the turnbuckle, you want to plaster your upper back on the 2nd turnbuckle. So you still end up in what looks like a headstand, but it’s your upper back and neck supporting you which, if you picture it, gives you a much bigger surface to support yourself than the top of your head.
The Fredman gets a head of steam with his head down, grabs the ropes while ramming my upper back into the turnbuckle and throwing my legs into the air. Perfect! I was able to rest there for a couple seconds (in a headstand like position) with my legs straight up, then slowly lowered my feet to touch the steel post behind me. Then lowered my legs back into the ring and jumped off and landed on my feet. I got it and that felt good! As soon as I got the right form, I knew I could just rest up there and control whatever I wanted to do.
We added a 4th bump to the list during this session – a handstand bump. As the name implies, start in a hand stand position, then just let your body slowly fall over and you land on your back. This one was pretty easy because I used to mess around with handstands. One difference in this bump and the other back bumps is that you land with your legs bent and your feet flat on the ground. Why? I’m not sure. Of course, in a match you don’t actually do a handstand to take this bump, but it’s the end result of taking certain moves. Picture someone getting body slammed. They are upside down and falling onto their backs, very much the same motion as a handstand bump.
Here’s some more pictures from the Royal Rumble that I didn’t get a chance to post yet.
Kane and Braun Stroman square off:
Brock Lesnar survives his match:
Nia gets thrown out:
Naomi saves herself from touching the floor and jumps back in:
Here’s some of the ladies chillin’:
Liv Morgan takes a boot to the face:
Molly Holly goes up top!
Vickie Guerrero gets eliminated after mouthing off:
Sasha is eliminated:
Asuka wins and can challenge for a championship at WrestleMania! Oh, but wait…
Ronda Rousey has arrived!
The Fredman, may enter the Women’s Rumble next year.