Executed by pressing forward and Heavy Punch, Alex extends his arm swings his upper extremity at his opponent, spinning in place to complete the move.
This move is one of Alex's Crush Counter attacks. It is a decent combo starter. Because it is +3 on block, Alex can keep his opponent on their heels by using this move for tick throws and frametraps. Mixing up normals, throws and command grabs with this move can give Alex an advantage to maintain pressure and inflict big damage. The Lariat is also a decent anti-air tool. It requires a hard read, due to the move's slow startup. However, Alex can use this move to stuff his opponent's jump-in attempts and keep the fight on the ground, where he excels at.
Notably, the Lariat also can special cancel into a Heavy Flash Chop, which then leads to a Power Drop or a Choke Sleeper. This is the most reliable way to confirm to these moves, given that a Hard Hit Heavy Punch requires a good read and goes away on block, and Sledge Hammer cannot be used alongside Choke Sleeper.
- Despite this attack being just called the Lariat, Zangief's Double Lariat is usually referred to as Lariat by fans due to being much more famous (although the former move is a "true" Lariat, while the latter move is actually a "clothesline".