Nerve Holds represent the dark side of female wrestling. Skilled female wrestlers, who know the anatomically weak points of their opponents, can use these holds to great effect, creating an advantage often deemed unfair by their opponents and by the spectators. The bottom line about nerve holds is that they’re usually not among the fan favorites.
They’re extremely efficient, make no mistake about that, but they’re not spectacular from the viewer’s perspective. The question about the use of nerve holds in women’s wrestling is whether they’re legal or not. I can’t answer that question myself, although from a technical point of view, there shouldn’t be anything illegal about these holds. Many such nerve holds involve pinching though, and there are serious questions about the legitimacy of anything involving pinching.
Examples of areas routinely targeted by such holds are the trapezius muscle, the inner part of the thigh, the knees, elbows etc.
Possible escape: most of the time, nerve holds generate such intense responses from the victim that they’re downright impossible to escape.
Rating: although their status as legitimate women’s wrestling holds is questionable, nerve holds are more than efficient enough in what they’re supposed to achieve. They take advantage of “built-in” anatomical weak points of the human body and therefore they’re a fearsome weapon indeed in the hands of an experienced lady wrestler.
Courtesy of sleeperkidsworld.com