The Cobra clutch is a submission hold. It is sometimes known as a cross-arm lock, a cross-arm choke, or an arm-trap half nelson sleeper.
The hold is applied with the wrestler stands behind the opponent and uses one arm to place the opponent in a half nelson. The wrestler then uses their free arm to pull the opponent's arm (the same arm to which the wrestler is applying the half nelson) across the face of the opponent. The wrestler then locks their hand to their wrist behind the opponent's neck to make the opponent submit or lose consciousness as the carotid artery is cut off.
Finishing and signature move
The following wrestlers have used the move as a signature move or to finish off their opponents.
- Baron Von Raschke (known as the Prussian Sleeper)
- Jim Neidhart (Anvilizer)
- Juice Robinson (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Clutch)
- Mr. Pogo (Japanese Sleeper)
- René Goguen (Bonne Nuit)
- Savio Vega (La Cobra Dinamita)
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Steve Austin (Million Dollar Dream)
- Ted DiBiase (Million Dollar Dream)
- Ted DiBiase Jr. (Million Dollar Dream)
- Toru Tanaka
- Virgil (Million Dollar Dream)
Due to this being an upper-body hold, many wrestlers employ a lower body hold to make the move more painful. Wrestlers have employed a bodyscissors (Ophidian's Death Grip), or an STF (Tadasuke's Ice-T), or an inverted Indian deathlock (Taku Iwasa's Lucretia).
Bridging cobra clutch
With the opponent lying face down, the wrestler sits beside the opponent, facing the same way, locks on the cobra clutch, and then arches his legs and back, bending the opponent's torso and neck upwards.
This is a signature move of:
Inverted cobra clutch
The wrestler stands behind his opponent and uses his right arm to cross in front of his opponent's neck and hold his opponent's right arm behind his head. The wrestler's left arm then goes through the inside of his opponent's right elbow and grabs his own right arm.
Kazuchika Okada is known for using this move, he calls it the Money Clip.