WrestleMania 30 Judo Chop: The Hulk Hogan Leg Drop

Ronald Martinez

With WrestleMania 30 just days away, and with the return of the original headliner Hulk Hogan to host the show, Bloody Elbow breaks down one of the most devastating moves in wrestling history: the leg drop.

This Sunday, April 6, WWE will host the 30th edition of the biggest PPV event of the year: WrestleMania. Apart from a stunning line-up that will feature the likes of Triple H, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan, this stellar event will be hosted by the man who headlined the first ever WrestleMania event: Hulk Hogan.

While Hogan will not take part in any of the evening's match-ups, fans in attendance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will likely be treated to one of the most iconic finishers in wrestling history: the leg drop.

Observe:

The "Hulkster's" fearsome finisher is a move that has secured him countless World Titles over the decades, yet its devastating impact left its mark on him, as it is no longer safe for him to perform the move due to his countless back surgeries.  This emphasizes the extraordinary strain the move puts on both competitors in the ring.

What is it that makes this move so dangerous? It begins with his build-up; Hogan will whip his opponent into the ropes - a move that forces the opponent across the ring in a state of confusion. As Hogan awaits his opponent's return from the ropes, he lifts his leg to welcome his opponent's face, ultimately dropping him, spread-eagled, close to the center of the squared circle.

Now here is where it gets interesting:  Hogan's eyes widen as he prepares to "Hulk up." He looks to the fans in attendance, waiting for them to shower him in cheers - a tactic he uses to build momentum and boost his confidence. He would then lean against the ropes and use the leverage to boost himself into the air and land his right leg across his opponent's chest or throat area, incapacitating them for several minutes.

It is said that the force of Hogan's leg crashing onto the chest and throat area is capable of severely bruising the esophagus and may even cause temporary respiratory problems.  While the move has never been banned from professional competition, its usage has certainly decreased over the years.

The chance of fans seeing this deadly finisher at WM30 is next to none. Hogan, who is 60 years old, has retired from professional wrestling and has been warned against endangering both himself and others by performing the devastating leg drop.

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