When it comes to a professional wrestler making a name for themselves, there's one thing that really must stand out from the rest of them: A finishing move. Finishing moves become synonymous with wrestlers just as much, if not more than the ring attire they wear. There are hundreds of moves at the disposal for those who compete in the squared circle. The variations on finishers are endless and the numerous choices is one of the things that makes wrestling so great in the first place. Triple H's Pedigree? Even better when done off the top rope (don't worry we'll get to that in a bit).
It takes a long time for a superstar to find the right finisher. Not only does it have to be spectacular but it also has to fit the gimmick that the wrestler is performing under. If Kane used a super kick similar to HBK's sweet chin music it would just look awkward. Plus I can't imagine what he would call it. Hell, fire and brimstone kick? Big red kick? Those just don't sound right. It's always cool to look back at moves that wrestlers experimented as it shows just how hard they worked to find the perfect move for them. That's exactly what were going to do with this list. Here are the top 15 finishing moves that might have slipped your mind as they're no longer being used or have been modified in some way.
15 Kane: Snap DDT
Kane probably would have never became the WWE icon he is today without his mask and Chokeslam From Hell. The Big Red Machine didn't always use the Chokeslam as his finisher though. Back when he was simply Isaac Yankem (really weird name) the man billed from parts unknown used a simple Snap DDT to finish off his opponents. It's always boring to see a wrestler use a move that is normally a basic maneuver as a finisher. This one is no exception. Being over seven feet tall makes it hard for someone of that stature to pull off a DDT on smaller opponents which could be why he went with the Chokeslam once his career started to take off.
14 The Undertaker: Heatseeking Missile
13 Stone Cold Steve Austin: Stun Gun
During his days as "Stunning" Steve Austin, The Rattlesnake had a finishing move that was pretty out of the ordinary. The Stun Gun was simply a flapjack that led to a hangman on the top rope. It's not a very flashy finisher and it came during the time period where Austin had hair. Him with hair is just weird to see. Let's be happy that he only used this for a couple of years. The Stone Cold Stunner is much more fun to watch and it fits his persona very well.
12 John Cena: Proto-Bomb
The Proto-Bomb was used by John Cena before the days of Thuganomics. It actually made for a pretty great finisher but it wouldn't last long as he began using the FU or as PG era standards go the Attitude Adjustment in 2003. The spin-out powerbomb is still a part of Cena's repertoire but its main use is to set up the awe inspiring Five Knuckle Shuffle (huge hint of sarcasm on this one). Cena has been one of the main faces of the WWE for quite some time now. It got to the point where wrestling fans became sick of him but now most of that hate is centered towards Roman Reigns.
11 The Rock: Running Shoulder Breaker
10 Dean Ambrose: Dirty Deeds Version One
9 Shawn Michaels: Teardrop Suplex
8 Goldust: Shattered Dreams
7 Batista: The Batista Bite
Another example of a powerhouse wrestler showcasing a bit of submission skills, The Batista Bite is Batista's version of Perry Saturn's Rings of Saturn (the same thing but with a different name). During his time in the WWE, Batista didn't use too many finishers. The Spinebuster was more so a signature move for The Animal and the spear didn't pop until the later stages of his professional wrestling career. When he first used The Batista Bite I was pleasantly surprised. It was a fantastic way for him to showcase the grueling side of his character during his heel run before leaving the company.
6 Triple H: Inverted Indian Deathlock
5 Chris Benoit: Wild Bomb
The Wild Bomb is one of the nastiest powerbombs we've ever seen used in a wrestling ring. Benoit, who was an outstanding technical wrestler, used his variation of the move during his days in Japan while he was working as the Pegasus Kid and the Wild Pegasus. It also carried over to his time in WCW and a bit in the WWE. This isn't your standard powerbomb by any means. Benoit wouldn't hesitate for a second after he hoisted his opponent onto his shoulder. He would instantly slam his opponent down, making everyone in attendance fear for the well being of the person taking the finisher.
4 Perry Saturn: Moss-Covered Three-Handled Credenza
3 Kevin Owens: Package Piledriver
2 CM Punk: Pepsi Plunge
I told you we'd be getting back to this. CM Punk's top-rope Pedigree or "Pepsi Plunge" is a devastating move. Triple H's Pedigree is a great finisher in it of itself but when it was being done off the turnbuckle by Punk during his ROH and independent wrestling circuit days it was simply amazing. Why Punk never used it in the WWE is a bit of a mystery. It most likely is due to Triple H using a more dumb downed version of the move. Back when Punk first entered the company he was nowhere near the superstar he was before he left in 2014.
1 1. Scott Steiner: Steiner Screwdriver
This might be one of the most dangerous moves to ever be used in professional wrestling. Dropping an opponent on their head from that height is crazy. Scott Steiner has become a part of the weird side of wrestling. At this point he's almost known better for being downright insane and yelling "HAH!" during his matches. Plus he's more jacked now than he was in his 20s which is just scary. Steiner used the Steiner Screwdriver during his first run in the WWE. After that he barely ever used it and for good reason. The amount of risk involved in the move is quite high and it amazes me that he never seriously injured someone with it.
Big Poppa Pump started using the Steiner Recliner after he all but retired the piledriver variation. Steiner can now be found on the independent circuit still yelling and botching moves like the old days.
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