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

    100
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    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    95
  3. 3
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    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    87
  4. 4
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    Down 698

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    82
  5. 5
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    Down 617

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    76
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    Brock Lesnar's F5

    75
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    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  8. 8
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    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    74
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    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    71
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    Down 623

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    69
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    CM Punk's GTS

    67
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    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    67
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    Jake the Snake Roberts' DDT

    66
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    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
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    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    62
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    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    61
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    Undertaker Last Ride

    54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock

    54
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    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
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    John Cena's Attitude Adjustment

    52
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    chokeslam

    52
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    Codebreaker

    52
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    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
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    Edge Spear

    49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

    48
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    Batista's Batista Bomb

    47
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    Randy Orton RKO

    47
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    46
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    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    46
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    Dean Malenko's Texas Cloverleaf

    45
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    43
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    sheamus Brouge kick

    42
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    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    42
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    twist of fate

    41
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    Jericho's Codebreaker

    39
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    Batista Bomb

    39
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    EDDIE GUERREROS THREE AMIGOS

    39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Raven's DDT

    39
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    five star frog splash

    39
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    swanton bomb

    38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rob Van Dam

    38
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    The People's Elbow

    38
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    Down 365

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
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    37
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    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    37
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    AJ Lee's Octopus

    37
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    ranked low on reranks
    rey mesterio 619

    37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    lion sault

    36
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    Down 14

    Rhyno - Gore

    36
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    Booker T's Book End

    36
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