WWE superstar Sheamus says he still finds it weird to use the term “Irish Whip,” since it’s simply called a Whip in his native Ireland.
“When I was in training, nobody ever told me to do an ‘Irish Whip,’” explained the pale-skinned Celt.
“That would have been redundant, fella.”
The move — in which one wrestler hurls his opponent to the ropes, and the opponent inexplicably bounces back — originated in Dublin sometime in the 1920s.
This is not the first time a region-specific wrestling maneuver has led to uncertain nomenclature.
Texas native Terry Funk is adept at what he simply calls The Cloverleaf, Jinder Mahal executes a move he refers to as The Deathlock, and Massachusetts-born John Cena’s trainers taught him a submission hold they just call The Crab.
Many wrestling maneuvers, however, originated in parts unknown.