The Best Finishing Moves in Wrestling History Anything
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The Best Finishing Moves in Wrestling History

List Criteria: Best Wrestling finishing moves!

The best finishers in wrestling are the signature moves our favorite professional wrestlers from the WWE, TNA and international leagues use as a knockout blow to their opponents to win a match. Just like the unique wrestlers' entrance music, each wrestler has their own finishing move which not only launches these wrestlers to the win column of matches but also helps to define a wrestler's career.

Years ago, wrestling finishers were primarily submission holds that were more functional than flashy. Professional wrestling has however evolved more into an entertainment event leading to intricate and harsher finishers. No longer do wrestlers rely on simple headlocks to subdue their opponents. Now it's all about the complex moves involving jumping from the ropes, flying kicks and other intricate manoeuvres.

Still, some of the older and greatest wrestlers of all time are still regarded as having some of the best closers. Hulk Hogan's Atomic Leg Drop, Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop and Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock are all quite simplistic in comparison to newer moves but are undeniabe classics. Similarly, they've inspired professional and amateur wrestlers around the globe to improve upon these moves to create their own signature finishers.

What are the best finishing moves in wrestling? Whether you're a fan of Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter, Rick Flair's Four Figure Leglock, Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner or any of the finishers in between, it's hard not to respect the creativity that goes into creating these moves. Have a favorite wrestling finisher? Vote for it below or add it if it's not yet listed!
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  1. 1
    Up 1955
    Down 611

    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Undertaker's Tombstone

    100
  2. 2
    Up 2231
    Down 612

    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    94
  3. 3
    Up 1660
    Down 590

    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    88
  4. 4
    Up 1478
    Down 712

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    82
  5. 5
    Up 1313
    Down 626

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    77
  6. 6
    Up 1027
    Down 588

    Brock Lesnar's F5

    77
  7. 7
    Up 958
    Down 622

    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    75
  8. 8
    Up 1007
    Down 532

    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  9. 9
    Up 1071
    Down 630

    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    72
  10. 10
    Up 744
    Down 525

    Jake the Snake Roberts DDT

    69
  11. 11
    Up 591
    Down 431

    CM Punk's GTS

    69
  12. 12
    Up 975
    Down 630

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    69
  13. 13
    Up 890
    Down 532

    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    69
  14. 14
    Up 760
    Down 585

    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    65
  15. 15
    Up 553
    Down 345

    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    64
  16. 16
    Up 751
    Down 527

    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
  17. 17
    Up 193
    Down 81

    Undertaker Last Ride

    58
  18. 18
    Up 192
    Down 118

    Codebreaker

    56
  19. 19
    Up 201
    Down 120

    Chokeslam

    55
  20. 20
    Up 554
    Down 494

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock

    54
  21. 21
    Up 600
    Down 418

    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
  22. 22
    Up 181
    Down 93

    Edge Spear

    52
  23. 23
    Up 376
    Down 434

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John Cena's Attitude Adjustment

    52
  24. 24
    Up 187
    Down 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Randy Orton RKO

    51
  25. 25
    Up 174
    Down 101

    Batista's Batista Bomb

    51
  26. 26
    Up 542
    Down 505

    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

    51
  27. 27
    Up 384
    Down 353

    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    49
  28. 28
    Up 442
    Down 488

    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
  29. 29
    Up 151
    Down 94

    Sheamus Brouge Kick

    49
  30. 30
    Up 142
    Down 79

    ranked low on reranks
    Walls of Jericho

    47
  31. 31
    Up 356
    Down 421

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dean Malenko's Texas Cloverleaf

    45
  32. 32
    Up 139
    Down 119
    43
  33. 33
    Up 87
    Down 63

    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    43
  34. 34
    Up 118
    Down 97

    Jeff Hardy's Twist of Fate

    42
  35. 35
    Up 178
    Down 209

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    AJ Lee's Octopus

    40
  36. 36
    Up 74
    Down 54

    Jericho's Codebreaker

    40
  37. 37
    Up 127
    Down 109

    Batista Bomb

    40
  38. 38
    Up 73
    Down 93

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Raven's DDT

    39
  39. 39
    Up 95
    Down 96

    Five Star Frog Splash

    39
  40. 40
    Up 117
    Down 84

    The People's Elbow

    39
  41. 41
    Up 109
    Down 93

    Swanton Bomb

    39
  42. 42
    Up 220
    Down 205

    Eddie Gurrero's Three Amigos

    39
  43. 43
    Up 94
    Down 127

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rob Van Dam

    39
  44. 44
    Up 320
    Down 368

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
  45. 45
    Up 47
    Down 56

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Big Show

    38
  46. 46
    Up 79
    Down 65

    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    37
  47. 47
    Up 38
    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    Rhyno - Gore

    37
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  48. 48
    Up 46
    Down 26

    Rey Mesterio's 619

    37
  49. 49
    Up 45
    Down 48
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    Sargent Slaughter's Cobra Clutch

    37
  50. 50
    Up 56
    Down 72

    Lion Sault

    36
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