Exciting wrestling moves are what give us the feeling of the intensity of the action in the ring and the moves need to be perfectly maneuvered in order to keep the viewer’s eyes glued to the match. Although WWE is not really that into technical wrestling as other places like New Japan Pro Wrestling or crazy stuff like Lucha Underground, it has its share of wrestlers who have imprinted their moves into our memories and have gained incredible success because of some iconic moves. Be it high-flying stunts or just raw display of power to enthrall the audience into the action, a wrestler’s moveset and maneuvers are vital for him to "get over" with the crowd.
But sometimes a wrestling move gets stale and when one such move gets really over with the crowd, the wrestling promotions tend to make other wrestlers use it in order to gain attention. This doesn’t work at all as specific personalities make iconic moves their own and it doesn’t seem to suit others trying to imitate it. Though one can argue that some moves are necessary to lighten up the aura of the match, the repetitive use of certain moves makes it dull after a point of time and just takes the taste out of it. Be it certain wrestling holds or flying moves or high-octane slams, these moves suit only particular wrestlers and these promotions' overbooking of its usage makes us sick of it.
Also, the usage of the same moves which were invented some 30 years ago takes away from the originality of the product and gives an impression of a lack of innovation in the creative team and also hampers one’s perception of the wrestler himself. Because the times are changing, the bookers need to scrap some "iconic" moves in order to introduce more exciting ones which would give us a feeling of a "new era".
14 Swinging Neckbreaker
13 Samoan Drop
12 Diving Elbow Drop
10 Russian Leg Sweep
9 Irish Whip into Steel Steps/Ring Posts
5 Suicide Dive
4 Knife Edge Chop
To think that this was one of the most iconic finishers of all time, with The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels tuning up the band for his ‘Sweet Chin Music’ which won him so many matches and championships. After he left wrestling, the move seemed to pick up massively around the wrestling world as wrestlers all around the world and in different promotions made this move their own, but the relevance of it fell drastically. Instead of a legitimate match winner, it’s now used as an ordinary move to try to get a pin-fall. From the Young Bucks to the Usos to Dolph Ziggler, everyone of these are responsible for ruining the magic of this move and it’s now something which has become so predictable, apparent that one can’t even seem to enjoy it and the legacy HBK created through this move seems to have hindered away.
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