The wrestling finisher is, was, and always will be the money shot of professional wrestling. It's the move everyone wants to see their favorite wrestler pull off and, much like a home run in baseball, a knockout in boxing, or a penalty shot in hockey, nothing brings a crowd to their feet faster than a well timed finisher. There are some absolute great finishers out there, like Sister Abigail by Bray Wyatt, Styles Clash by A.J. Styles, and the RKO by Randy Orton. Those are the kinds of moves that will get a crowd to its feet in no time.
The finisher has changed so much over the years. In the 80s, the finisher was just that, it was the final blow after a long grueling battle. Randy Savage's flying elbow was a thing of beauty, Arn Anderson and Jake "The Snake" Roberts revolutionized the DDT. The Flip Flop and Fly by Dusty Rhodes was weak but for the time was cool to watch. Bret Hart's Sharpshooter is still used today by various wrestlers and the greatest of all time. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and his use of the figure four leg lock has made it one of the more popular moves today.
The finisher now has become a devastating move that needs to be impressive and can end a match or interview at any time. They've got fun names now like the F-5 or The Attitude Adjustment or The Pedigree. In today's reality era they need to be flashy yet believable. The average fan wants to be entertained, but they also want to buy in and believe that thid move could really knock a guy out for a three count. However, there are some finishers that are just pathetic. Some finishers that are insulting to the fans intelligence, or are so over the top with a massive build up that the end result is just a let down. So, lets take a look at the 15 least impressive or just plain unrealistic finishers in wrestling history.
15 15. The KO Punch - Big Show
14 14. The Lethal Injection - Jay Lethal
13 13. The Rear View - Naomi
12 12. The Rooster Wing - Red Rooster
11 11. Cobra Strike - Santino Marella
10 10. Samoan Spike - Umaga
9 9. Coup De Grace - Finn Balor
8 8. The People's Elbow - The Rock
7 7. Discus Clothesline - Luke Harper
6 6. Claymore - Drew Galloway
5 5. The Running Powerslam - British Bulldog
4 4. Heart Punch - Crush
3 3. The Worm - Scotty 2 Hotty
2 2. Khali Chop - The Great Khali
1 1. Leg Drop of Doom - Hulk Hogan
This is another wrestler we could probably do a whole article on. Hulk Hogan is a true legend and the one man that was honestly bigger then the sport. Stone Cold Steve Austin may be the most popular wrestler in the history of the WWE but we are almost 20 years past Hogan's prime and if he walked out the place would still explode. That being said, he had easily the worst finisher of any era. The lead up to it with the Hulking up and no selling punches, the finger shake, the three punches, the big boot, and then the Leg Drop? Well that was great when I was 11, not so great by the time I was 20. And to make things worse, when WCW realized that the leg drop wasn't working anymore as a believable finisher. they renamed it the Leg Drop of Doom. Surprisingly we still didn't buy it.
So that's my list. Did we miss any? Were there any that should not have been included? Let us know in the comments section below.
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