When watching pro wrestling one has to suspend disbelief. With that said, most fans still want some type of order which allows for pro wrestling to at least resemble an athletic contest. However, there are some wrestling moves that test the patience of even the most carefree pro wrestling fans. They are moves that blatantly bring into question the credibility of pro wrestling. The hardcore wrestling fan or a wrestling purist would definitely have a problem with moves that draw back the pro wrestling curtain so to speak. Other moves draw the ire of fans because they are so nonsensical that they may have fans wondering just exactly what they are watching. These moves are sometimes performed by midcard guys trying to carve out a niche for themselves while other times they are performed by some of pro wrestling’s biggest stars. Some of these moves are so bad that they disappear forever while others are so bad that they actually catch on with fans and become popular. And still other bad moves become victims of the times and fade because they just don’t translate into the next evolution of pro wrestling. Let’s take a look at the top 15 worst moves in wrestling history.
15 Samoan Spike
The Samoan Spike was the finishing move used by Umaga in WWE. Umaga was a really talented big man from the famous Anoa’I wrestling family. It was a bit puzzling why WWE would give a guy who could perform great power moves a real weak finisher like the Samoan Spike. The move was a thumb thrust to the opponent’s throat that looked like more of an annoyance than something that could actually do some real damage. Opponents would try to sell it as a devastating finisher but it just wasn’t convincing. It was a bit odd to see top WWE Superstars acting like they just got shot after taking this thumb thrust. If WWE was fixed on the Samoan Spike as a finisher they probably should have had Umaga perform it more like Terry Gordy’s Oriental Spike rather than a thrust.
14 Atomic Drop
The Atomic Drop is a pro wrestling move in which a wrestler picks up their opponent from behind then drops them bottom first onto their knee. It’s a pretty comical move but a move that was quite popular among baby faces for many years. The move probably peaked when Bob Backlund used it to defeat Superstar Billy Graham for the WWE Championship back in 1978. A heel who received an Atomic Drop would usually follow it up by selling intense pain in their posterior. Some heels would even sell it by scooting around on the mat like their bottoms were on fire. The Atomic Drop has a great sounding name that the move itself really doesn’t live up to. They probably should have named it the Firecracker Drop to be a little more accurate.
13 Garvin Stomp
The Garvin Stomp was a move used by 1980s pro wrestling superstar Rugged Ronnie Garvin. The former NWA Champion would stomp on every part of his fallen opponent’s body from arms to legs to chest to stomach and ending with the face. The move took a bit of time to complete and had fans wondering why Garvin’s opponent wouldn’t simply roll away to safety after receiving a couple of stomps or why the referee wouldn’t try to stop the excessive use of boots to a fallen competitor. However, The Garvin Stomp was really over with the fans despite its nonsensical nature. Fans would sometimes count the stomps that Garvin would plant on his opponents. The Garvin Stomp has rarely been used since Garvin used it back in the 80s and we probably know the reason for its lack of use.
12 Butt Bump
The Butt Bump is a comical pro wrestling move in which the rear end is used to knock one’s opponent silly. WWE’s Naomi calls her version The Rearview while 1980s pro wrestling star Iceman King Parsons called his version The Butt Butt. The Butt Bump has actually been a crowd pleaser and more commonly used as a baby face move. The move has also brought both pro wrestling stars much success. Parsons used the move as a successful finisher in an epic early 1980s winning streak that culminated in a shot at Harley Race’s NWA Championship. The Rearview brought Naomi one of the biggest victories of her young career when she used it to defeat AJ Lee. With all that said, it’s still not very believable to inflict punishment on another with one’s posterior.
11 Cranium Vice
The Cranium Vice is a move that features a wrestler attempting to squash the head of their opponent between their hands. The move is probably best known for being using by Crush and The Great Khali in WWE. It is probably a little more effective as a heel finisher. Attempting to force your opponent’s brains out of their ears is definitely not a heroic deed. On the contrary, the move is associated with super-natural slasher movie villains such as Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees. However, unlike Myers and Vorhees, pro wrestlers such as Crush and Khali got far less dramatic results with their Cranium Vice. The move lacks drama and creativity. As a result, it hasn’t been utilized by many over the years. Successful moves are often copied while moves like the Cranium Vice are forgotten and hopefully never seen again.
10 Green Mist
The Green Mist was made iconic by its use by the legendary Great Muta but it’s a really ridiculous pro wrestling move if we stop and think about it. Take away the green color and essentially you have a grown man spitting in another grown man’s face. It’s funny to think that this highly illegal move has been used with great success by pro wrestling superstars such as Muta, The Great Kabuki, and Tajiri. The move has been used as both a heel tactic and a baby face move. The Green Mist has also leant a helping hand to creating the perception of the stereotypical incompetent pro wrestling referee. How do referees not know the Green Mist has been used when it’s all over a guy’s face?
9 The Worm
The Worm was a finishing move performed by WWE’s Scotty 2 Hotty. This move was nothing more than a comical spectacle with no credibility. It looked like a broomstick could kick out of it. However, fans loved it and in the unique world of professional wrestling sometimes that’s all that counts. Scotty would first nail his opponent with a face buster before getting himself psyched up to perform The Worm. Scotty would perform this long dragged out routine that included an actual worm straight out of a break dancing video. He followed the theatrics with a judo chop to his opponent’s throat. The Worm will never be accused of being in the same league as a Perfect-Plex or an Angle Slam but it has at least provided some fans with a little entertainment.
8 The Cobra
The Cobra was a comedic finishing move used by Santino Marella in WWE. This is another ridiculous move that was super popular with fans. Marella would get the crowd going by getting his arm into The Cobra position before delivering the strike to his opponent. How the strike actually incapacitated opponents is anyone’s guess. The move peaked when Marella actually started putting a sock that looked like a cobra over his hand and arm before performing the move. This lead to a showdown between the two baddest socks in pro wrestling history. At Royal Rumble 2012, Marella’s Cobra went head to head with Mick Foley’s Mr. Socko. It was a classic case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. It was a truly electric moment in the storied history of socks.
7 Temple Noogie
The noogie is something we would think would be more likely seen in the schoolyard than the pro wrestling ring. However, The Temple Noogie was a finishing move briefly used by Sgt. Slaughter when he returned to WWE in 1990. Why he wasn’t just allowed to use his classic Cobra Clutch was a bit puzzling. It may have been due to Ted DiBiase using it has his finisher in WWE at that time. Instead, the big, bad former drill sergeant used The Temple Noogie to make WWE Superstars say uncle. Slaughter would twist his knuckle into the temple of his opponents. This is why the move is also known as the Corkscrew Noogie. Slaughter eventually dropped the ridiculous finisher in favor of using the Camel Clutch, which made more sense for his heel Iraqi sympathizer character.
6 Bronco Buster
The Bronco Buster is a move most infamously used by former WWE Superstar X-Pac aka Sean Waltman. While an opponent is seated in the corner, Waltman would straddle them then jump up and down on with his crotch in their face. It was also used, to the horror of opponents, by the elderly Mae Young. The move is used as a humiliation tactic when used by a heel and used for comic relief when used by a baby face. It’s less seen now than when it was during its peak years of WWE’s Attitude Era. Waltman actually severely injured himself a few years ago after performing the move. He tore his anus and required an emergency sphincteroplasty. The Bronco Buster is not a move known for good taste but no one would have thought it would literally tear Waltman “a new one”.
5 The Pit Stop
The Pit Stop was a double team maneuver performed by the 1990s WWE and WCW tag team of the Nasty Boys-Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags. The move featured one of the Nasty Boys driving their opponent’s head into the smelly armpit of the other Nasty Boy. The opponent’s head, while jammed into the armpit, was then rubbed back and forth to add to the humiliation. The move was a crowd pleaser when Knobbs and Sags were baby faces and used as a humiliation tactic when they were heels. The disgusting and unhygienic move totally fit the rough around the edges persona of the Nasty Boys. However, the move was little more than cheap entertainment and was rarely used outside of squash matches against enhancement talent on shows like Wrestling Challenge and Wrestling Superstars.
4 Trip To The Batcave
Trip to the Batcave was the finisher of 1990s WWE Superstar Bastion Booger. Booger was a disgusting character played to perfection by pro wrestler Mike Shaw. Shaw had previous success with gimmicks such as Makhan Singh in Stampede Wrestling and the Global Wrestling Federation as well as Norman the Lunatic in WCW. Booger was an uncouth, orgre like character who often ate snacks like grinder sandwiches during his matches. It was only fitting that a vile customer like Booger had an equally vile finishing move. Trip to the Batcave was Booger dropping both knees down around his opponents shoulders as to put the opponent’s face in quite the precarious position. The sight of a 400 plus pound man appropriately named Bastion Booger dropping his undercarriage on another guy’s face is one most 1990s pro wrestling fans are still trying to erase from their memories.
3 Stink Face
The Stink Face was most famously used by WWE’s Rikishi. The move served no other purpose than to humiliate an opponent, which it did exceptionally well. Rikishi would rub his bottom, which resembled two giant golf balls, into the face of an opponent who was lying in the corner of the ring. Rikishi has had the most success with this distasteful move due to the combination of his grotesque looking posterior and the lack of ring attire covering it. The Stink Face’s effects on fans ranged from laughter to making some physically ill. The sight of a grown man rubbing his near naked rear end all over another grown man’s face will tend to have those effects on people. You really have to give it up for the wrestlers who were willing to take a Stink Face. As Mick Foley would say, it probably takes a lot of testicular fortitude.
2 Rolling Sleeper Hold
The rolling sleeper hold was a very bizarre pro wrestling finishing hold utilized by early 1980s pro wrestling star, The Magic Dragon. The Dragon was probably best known for a very successful tag team he formed with The Great Kabuki under the management of the diabolical Gary Hart. However, in single competition, the Dragon was known for applying a leg-scissors to his opponent’s head followed by rolling his opponent until they passed out. Besides being bizarre, the move was just not very convincing. For a sleeper hold to be effective, the leg or arm would have to be secured underneath the chin to effectively put the opponent to sleep. The rolling sleeper hold showed no such proof of having the ability to put someone to sleep. At most, the rolling sleeper looked to be more of a threat to make someone very dizzy. It was also a very sloppy looking move that thankfully has taken it’s rightful place in the pro wrestling circular file.
1 Double Giant Body Vice
The Double Giant Body Vice for lack of a better term was performed by The Giant aka The Big Show and The Yeti aka Ron Reis on Hulk Hogan at WCW Halloween Havoc 1995. It has to be counted among the worst pro wrestling moves of all time. The move has been the butt of many jokes within pro wrestling circles including WWE’s clip show Are You Serious? At the time, WCW was pushing hard for stories centering around Hulk Hogan battling gigantic monster heels. It was an old played out 1980s formula that set the stage for this horrific wrestling moment, which may have been the first and only appearance of the Double Giant Body Vice. The Giant already had Hogan locked in an extremely exciting (as I roll my eyes) bear hug when The Yeti made his debut. This glorified giant walking piece of toilet paper proceeded to hug Hogan from behind while The Giant still had the bear hug locked in. I wish I could say that was it but then The Yeti began to gyrate for unknown reasons. How the capacity crowd at Joe Louis Arena escaped this event without being traumatized by the Double Giant Body Vice might be one of the great miracles of the modern era.