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.
TacticsEditA well-timed Spinning Piledriver can grab an opponent in mid-attack, making it possible to stop some Super/Ultra Combos. The range of The Spinning Piledriver 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.
- '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.