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

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 maneuvers.

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 undeniably 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 or 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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    The Undertaker's Tombstone

    100
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    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    95
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    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    88
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    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    84
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    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    77
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    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    75
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    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    75
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    Brock Lesnar's F5

    75
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    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    70
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    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    69
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    CM Punk's GTS

    66
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    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    65
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    Jake the Snake Roberts' DDT

    64
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    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
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    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    62
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    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    60
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    Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock

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    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

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    John Cena's Attitude Adjustment

    53
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    Codebreaker

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    Undertaker Last Ride

    52
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    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    50
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    chokeslam

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    Edge Spear

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    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

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    Batista's Batista Bomb

    48
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    Randy Orton RKO

    47
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    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    47
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    Dean Malenko's Texas Cloverleaf

    45
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    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    43
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    sheamus Brouge kick

    42
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    twist of fate

    41
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    Raven's DDT

    39
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    EDDIE GUERREROS THREE AMIGOS

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    Batista Bomb

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    Jericho's Codebreaker

    39
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    five star frog splash

    39
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    swanton bomb

    38
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    38
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    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
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    The People's Elbow

    38
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    AJ Lee's Octopus

    37
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    37
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    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    37
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    rey mesterio 619

    37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    lion sault

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    Booker T's Book End

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    Rhyno - Gore

    36
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