We all know that professional wrestling ism't real. However, there are plenty of finishing moves that would work in a real fight. In fact, many of these moves would cause serious damage. So, we have decided to put together a list of the most devastating wrestling finishers that would work in real life. This list will not include any finishers that could cause damage to the individual performing the move. For example, if someone performs a Stone Cold Stunner, he or she has the chance to break his or her own tailbone. As much as we all love the Stone Cold Stunner, it's not a move that would work in real life.
Finishing moves such as the Mandible Claw, the People's Elbow, and the Five Knuckle Shuffle will not be included either. While these moves were over big time in the WWE, they just wouldn't work at all in a real fight. Complicated submission finishers and other moves that take a long time to setup will also not be included. Unfortunately, Santino Marella's "deadly" Cobra Strike and similar comical finishing moves will not be featured either. This list is dedicated to wrestling finishers that would break bones, knock people out, and render opponents unconscious.
So, without further ado, here is our list of the top 15 wrestling finishers that would actually work in real life.
15 Million Dollar Dream
Ted DiBiase popularized the Million Dollar Dream in the 1980s. This submission maneuver is basically a modified version of a standard rear naked choke. The Million Dollar Dream literally puts people to sleep, and slapping this move on during a fight is a viable option. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experts have been choking opponents out for years, and the Million Dollar Dream has the potential to do the same thing during a fight. Will we ever see one pulled off in a UFC fight?
The Undertaker, Kane, and the Big Show have been using the Chokeslam to defeat opponents for years. This finishing move requires tremendous strength to pull off. Grabbing an enemy by his throat and launching him into the air would undoubtedly end in pain. Most real fights take place on concrete or dirt. A chokeslam delivered by a large man could result in a broken back or knockout. The average person couldn't use this, as there is almost no way you'd be able to lift someone up that high
Triple H has been using the Pedigree to win countless WWE championships for years. There's a reason why the move has won so many matches, because it's actually believable as a finisher. In reality, the Pedigree is a deadly move that would smash an opponent's face and bruise some vital organs in the process. It might be a hard move to pull off in a fight, but it offers the chance to end a confrontation instantly.
12 Ankle Lock
The Ankle Lock is a great finishing move that Ken Shamrock and Kurt Angle popularized long ago. This submission move can shatter an opponent's ankle bone. In fact, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters use this move to win fights in MMA. A perfect Ankle Lock is a deadly move that could help you defend yourself in a real life situation. It also is a move that can be done without seriously injuring anyone and simply diffusing a situation.
Whether performed by Edge, Roman Reigns, or Bill Goldberg, the Spear is a deadly finishing maneuver that would work well in real life. Running at an opponent full speed and spearing them is a great way to end a fight. A perfect Spear could break ribs and even bruise organs. The Spear can also lead to a full mount, which is one of the best positions to be in during a fight. It's best to do it when the opponent is not expecting it, as seeing it coming head on would be easy to avoid.
10 German Suplex
For years, Brock Lesnar has been using the German Suplex to send his opponents to Suplex City. Lesnar destroyed The Undertaker and John Cena with dozens of monstrous German Suplexes. In reality, one German Suplex performed on concrete has the potential to kill someone. A ride to Suplex City is never a fun trip, but it's even worse on a hard surface. It looks so simple and routine in a wrestling ring, but this move sure would be a finisher in real life.
9 Randy Orton's Punt Kick
The "Viper" is one of the greatest wrestlers in recent memory. He is a vicious and methodical predator in the ring. Orton's RKO has won him several championships, but it's his Punt Kick that has ended careers. Punt Kicking a downed opponent in real life would most likely end in a knockout. In fact, The "Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva nearly killed his opponents with similar kicks in Pride FC. Randy Orton's Punt Kick is definitely a move that would work in a real fight.
8 Curb Stomp
We have all seen Edward Norton perform this move in "American History X," and it wasn't pleasant to say the least. Nonetheless, Seth Rollins popularized this finishing move just a couple of years ago, and it has already been deemed too violent for television. The Rollins Curb Stomp has taken out notable superstars such as John Cena, Randy Orton, and even Brock Lesnar. Anyone who uses this move in real life should be sent to prison.
7 Big Show's K.O. Punch
The Big Show has been a professional wrestler for nearly two decades. He has had a few different finishers over the course of his career. However, his K.O. Punch has gotten over big time in recent years. In real life, a punch from a giant has the potential to decapitate someone. Unfortunately, we never got to see the Big Show land a real K.O. Punch in his match against Floyd Mayweather at WrestleMania XXIV. Nonetheless, Big Show's K.O. Punch is definitely a finishing move that you don't want to get hit with in a street fight.
6 Brogue Kick
Sheamus has defeated countless superstars with his ruthless Brogue Kick. The Irishman's finishing move is similar to a bicycle kick. This move would legitimately knock someone out cold if performed correctly. A giant boot across the face sounds extremely painful and life threatening. Sheamus may look stupid these days, but his Brogue Kick is still deadly. You just have to make sure that you have enough flexibility and quickness in your legs.
Believe it or not, the DDT was once one of the most feared finishers in professional wrestling. Jake "The Snake" Roberts made the move famous in the 1980s. In real life, the DDT has the potential to do some serious damage. In fact, the move has caused several injuries during choreographed wrestling matches. Ricky Steamboat's skull nearly shattered when Jake Roberts gave him a DDT on concrete. Steamboat was legitimately hurt, and he was out for several months due to a severe concussion. A DDT performed with bad intentions could break someone's neck or crack their skull.
Throughout the history of professional wrestling, the Powerbomb has always been one of the most dangerous finishing moves. Wrestling legends such as Razor Ramon, Diesel, and The Undertaker have defeated several superstars with their own variation of the Powerbomb. In real life, this move has the potential to destroy someone's spine, break their neck, and knock them out cold. While pulling off a Powerbomb in a real fight would be difficult, it would undoubtedly end the conflict.
3 The Rock Bottom
Hitting rock bottom can be a terrible thing in life, but getting hit with the Rock Bottom is even worse. The Rock made a career off of defeating foes with this finishing move. Unlike the People's Elbow, the Rock Bottom would cause serious damage to an attacker in real life. Dodging a punch and countering with a Rock Bottom could save you from bodily harm in a dangerous situation. A Rock Bottom performed on a hard surface would most likely destroy someone's back forever.
2 Tombstone Piledriver
The man from Death Valley popularized the Tombstone Piledriver nearly three decades ago. The Undertaker has defeated nearly all of his foes with this deadly maneuver. In a real life situation, the Tombstone Piledriver would most likely cripple someone. In fact, Owen Hart performed a variation of the Tombstone Piledriver on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and nearly killed him. Could you imagine the amount of damage that this finishing move would cause on concrete? Moves like this are why Vince McMahon must put up a warning disclaimer before each WWE program.
1 Sweet Chin Music
The "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels is arguably the greatest in-ring performer of all time. Over the course of his career, his finishing move has taken out countless WWE legends. In fact, it even retired the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. A sudden dose of Sweet Chin Music can end anyone's night. The Shawn Michaels superkick is a deadly move that would definitely work in real life. A swift kick to the tip of the chin is a knockout blow for sure. However, Sweet Chin Music is even more powerful if the band is tuned up first.
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