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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2007 01:57 am
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I know this was done in Japan in the late '70s (maybe earlier) but it was extremely rare and almost always a finish in America through the early '90s before it became an overused move. 

When did you first see a powerbomb used in America?

The earliest I've seen it so far was August 1981 and you won't believe who did it.  During a women's tag match in St. Louis, Wendi Richter actually backdropped her opponent into her partner Judy Grable's powerbomb in a tag move that was about 20 years before it's time.  The announcer just screamed out "Wow, what a somersault!  I guess you could call that a reverse bodyslam as she dropped her right on her head!"  I can't find footage of an earlier American powerbomb, much less a double-team one.  Did Grable tour Japan a lot?

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 Posted: Wed Nov 7th, 2007 02:26 am
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You know, for me too it was a women's wrestler. I think one of the Jumping Bomb Angels did it.



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You guys got me beat.  The first time I remember it was when the Skyscrapers were using it.



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Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts were doing that tag power bomb spot in '81 in Georgia. That's the first I saw it done.

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Same here for mE, fREEBIRDS IN ABOUT 80 OR 81.

Gordy was just brutal with that fucking thing. 

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Does this count the Gutwrench Suplex?



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 Posted: Thu Nov 8th, 2007 02:00 am
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The gutwrench suplex has been around forever.  It's a version of an amateur move.



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Rsapochak wrote: Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts were doing that tag power bomb spot in '81 in Georgia. That's the first I saw it done.
Would that be the spike piledriver you are thinking of. I don't remember them doing a powebomb.The first I recall is the tag match with the Jumping Bomb Angels and I think it was Judy Martin.

http://womensprowrestling.blogspot.com/2007/07/judy-martin.html



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srossi wrote: The gutwrench suplex has been around forever.  It's a version of an amateur move.

But did the powerbomb develop out of the gutwrench suplex? They're somewhat similar.



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king-of-old-school wrote: Rsapochak wrote: Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts were doing that tag power bomb spot in '81 in Georgia. That's the first I saw it done.
Would that be the spike piledriver you are thinking of. I don't remember them doing a powebomb.The first I recall is the tag match with the Jumping Bomb Angels and I think it was Judy Martin.

http://womensprowrestling.blogspot.com/2007/07/judy-martin.html


I'm watching some matches right now. While the Freebirds indeed did the "spike piledriver" they also did the very apparent power bomb spots where Roberts would flip they guy into Gordy who would grab him  and power bomb him to the mat, and with pretty good force, I might add. Gordon Solie wasn't calling it a power bomb, of course, he didn't really call it anything, but it's definitely the same manuever as the power bomb.

 

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