The Spinning Piledriver (スクリューパイルドライバー Sukuryuu Pairudoraibaa?, "Screw Piledriver"), also known as the Screw Pile Driver in Street Fighter V, is one of Zangief's special attacks, and among his most recognizable it was introduced in Street Fighter II.
|Spinning Piledriver||All appearances||+ (properties change in V-Trigger II)|
|Borscht Dynamite||Street Fighter V||+ (properties change in V-Trigger II)|
Both versions are executed by performing a full-circle motion in either direction and pressing punch. Both EX Special versions have longer reach and faster execution.
Zangief attempts to grab his opponent; if successful, he holds the opponent upside down by the waist, then leaps into the air in a sitting position with the opponent's head between his legs. Spinning rapidly, Zangief slams the opponent headfirst into the ground for massive damage.
Seth also attempts to grab his opponent; if successful, he simply grabs his opponent, punches them into the air, and then teleports up to them. He performs the rest of the move as normal, slamming the foe into the ground.
Haggar's version in Final Fight Revenge is identical to Zangief's, except that he yells out "Geronimo!" when performing it.
Borscht Dynamite Edit
In Street Fighter V, Zangief gains an aerial adaptation of the Spinning Piledriver in the form of the Borscht Dynamite. Executed by performing a full circle motion and punch while in mid-air, Zangief starts the move by grabbing the opponent and hitting them with a lariat that flips the opponent upside down. He spins around once and grabs the opponent again, this time, holding the opponent in the same manner as the Spinning Piledriver.
TacticsEditA well-timed Spinning Piledriver or Borscht Dynamite can grab an opponent in mid-attack, making it possible to stop some Super/Ultra Combos. The range of the Spinning Piledriver and Borscht Dynamite is far greater than that of a standard throw, meaning Zangief can surprise opponents by grabbing them from a distance as they are performing another move. Zangief can also take advantage of an opponent who is blocking by transitioning into the Spinning Piledriver as they attempt to counterattack.The Borscht Dynamite can also be used as a followup after his first V-Trigger, Cyclone Lariat. In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, both moves have increased power and potential as combo finishers during his second V-Trigger, Cossack Muscle.
- 'Spinning Piledriver' or SPD for short is used as a common nickname for all moves that share the same input as Zangief's Piledriver. For example, T. Hawk's SPD or Hugo's SPD refers to the Mexican Typhoon and Moonsault Press, respectively.