We are led to believe that once this move is applied, the wrestler who is trapped in it is experiencing an incredible amount of pain. The wrestler who is trapped in the figure-four will have his right leg bent at the knee, laid perpendicular, and placed on top of the left leg, which is straight. The straight leg of the opponent will be kept straight because of how it is positioned in the hold. The wrestler applying the hold will have his left leg placed into the gap that is created by the position of his opponent's legs. The right leg of the wrestler applying the hold will be laid across the ankle of his opponent's right leg. This is where the pain would begin, if maximum force was applied.
Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by performers to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. This article covers the various pins, stretches and transition holds used in the ring. Some wrestlers use these holds as their finishing maneuvers, often nicknaming them to reflect their character or persona. Moves are listed under general categories whenever possible. An element borrowed from professional wrestling's catch wrestling origins, stretches or submission holds are techniques in which a wrestler holds another in a position that puts stress on the opponent's body.
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The wrestler stands over the opponent who is lying on the mat face up and grasps a leg of the opponent. The wrestler then does a spinning toe hold and grasps the other leg, crossing them into a "4" hence the name as he does so and falls to the mat, applying pressure to the opponent's crossed legs with his own. While the hold applies pressure to the knee, it actually can be very painful to the shin of the victim. While the move is primarily a submission move, if the opponent has his shoulders on the mat, the referee can make a three count for a pinfall. If the referee is distracted, heel wrestlers may grab onto the ropes while executing the move to gain leverage and inflict more pain.