The World’s Most Devastating Pro Wrestling Moves: Molly-Go-Round

Kimberly Schueler
source: WWE
Move innovator Molly Holly. 

Move type: Senton

Notable users: Molly Holly

The latest devastating pro wrestling move we’re exploring at is the Molly-Go-Round, the high-flying maneuver named for its innovator, WCW and WWE wrestler Molly Holly. She debuted the move in 2000 to help her cousin Crash Holly defeat Dean Malenko but soon started using it as a finisher in her own matches.

In the video above, you can see Holly use the Molly-Go-Round—technically a “diving somersault seated senton”—to defeat Trish Stratus. Let’s break down what that technical name means and how the move works!

A senton is any version of a splash in which a wrestler lands back-first on their opponent. A diving senton is a variation of this maneuver, in which the attacking wrestler leaps off of a raised platform to land back or butt-first on their opponent’s stomach or chest. Adding the seated aspect makes the variation a bit more specific because it means that the attacking wrestler uses their butt and/or lower back to land in a seated position on their standing opponent, knocking their opponent down to the mat in a position in which they can be easily pinned.

Holly adds the flip in the air for additional impact (and style points) and gives us the Molly-Go-Round.

Molly Holly rarely wrestles these days, but she returned to the ring for the first Women’s Royal Rumble match in January 2018 and brought the Molly-Go-Round with her.

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