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 1978
    Down 618

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

    100
  2. 2
    Up 2255
    Down 615

    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    94
  3. 3
    Up 1682
    Down 593

    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    89
  4. 4
    Up 1498
    Down 715

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    83
  5. 5
    Up 1327
    Down 631

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    77
  6. 6
    Up 1042
    Down 595

    Brock Lesnar's F5

    77
  7. 7
    Up 966
    Down 631

    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    74
  8. 8
    Up 1026
    Down 535

    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  9. 9
    Up 1081
    Down 637

    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    73
  10. 10
    Up 898
    Down 539

    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    70
  11. 11
    Up 600
    Down 436

    CM Punk's GTS

    69
  12. 12
    Up 982
    Down 637

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    68
  13. 13
    Up 750
    Down 535

    Jake the Snake Roberts DDT

    68
  14. 14
    Up 567
    Down 348

    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    67
  15. 15
    Up 771
    Down 589

    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    65
  16. 16
    Up 761
    Down 532

    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
  17. 17
    Up 206
    Down 83

    ranked low on reranks
    Undertaker Last Ride

    61
  18. 18
    Up 201
    Down 121

    Codebreaker

    56
  19. 19
    Up 211
    Down 124

    Chokeslam

    56
  20. 20
    Up 564
    Down 498

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

    54
  21. 21
    Up 605
    Down 424

    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
  22. 22
    Up 189
    Down 98

    Edge Spear

    52
  23. 23
    Up 384
    Down 441

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

    52
  24. 24
    Up 186
    Down 105

    Batista's Batista Bomb

    51
  25. 25
    Up 201
    Down 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Randy Orton RKO

    51
  26. 26
    Up 547
    Down 510

    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

    51
  27. 27
    Up 391
    Down 358

    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    49
  28. 28
    Up 447
    Down 491

    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
  29. 29
    Up 158
    Down 97

    Sheamus Brouge Kick

    49
  30. 30
    Up 151
    Down 83

    ranked low on reranks
    Walls of Jericho

    47
  31. 31
    Up 360
    Down 425

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

    45
  32. 32
    Up 148
    Down 121
    44
  33. 33
    Up 94
    Down 65

    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    43
  34. 34
    Up 130
    Down 98

    Jeff Hardy's Twist of Fate

    43
  35. 35
    Up 126
    Down 87

    The People's Elbow

    43
  36. 36
    Up 82
    Down 56

    Jericho's Codebreaker

    41
  37. 37
    Up 53
    Down 30

    Rey Mesterio's 619

    41
  38. 38
    Up 180
    Down 213

    AJ Lee's Octopus

    40
  39. 39
    Up 134
    Down 111

    Batista Bomb

    40
  40. 40
    Up 102
    Down 98

    Five Star Frog Splash

    40
  41. 41
    Up 115
    Down 95

    Swanton Bomb

    40
  42. 42
    Up 227
    Down 207

    Eddie Gurrero's Three Amigos

    39
  43. 43
    Up 74
    Down 98

    Raven's DDT

    39
  44. 44
    Up 99
    Down 130
    39
  45. 45
    Up 324
    Down 370

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
  46. 46
    Up 85
    Down 66

    ranked low on reranks
    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    38
  47. 47
    Up 51
    Down 59
    38
  48. 48
    Up 41
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Rhyno - Gore

    37
    added by: Dark Orion
  49. 49
    Up 60
    Down 76

    Lion Sault

    37
  50. 50
    Up 46
    Down 52
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    Sargent Slaughter's Cobra Clutch

    37
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