“I can’t believe what I’ve just seen!” exclaimed one fan after a match at an independent wrestling event ended with the showy but historically ineffectual maneuver.
At the climax of an exciting eight-minute bout, Corporal Crusher leapt over the back of Johnny Spice, flipped in mid-air and, while landing, grabbed Spice’s legs and pulled him backwards for a roll-up pin.
To the surprise of everyone in attendance, Spice’s shoulders remained on the mat for a full three-count — the first time the sunset flip has ever led to this result.
“I’m as surprised as anyone,” said Crusher. “I mean, I do the sunset flip because it looks cool, not because I expect to win matches with it.”
After this milestone, Crusher says his next goal is to win a match via submission by using an abdominal stretch.