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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    Up 1926
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Undertaker's Tombstone

    100
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    Up 2206
    Down 600

    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    95
  3. 3
    Up 1630
    Down 583

    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    87
  4. 4
    Up 1460
    Down 697

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    82
  5. 5
    Up 1293
    Down 616

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    76
  6. 6
    Up 1004
    Down 580

    Brock Lesnar's F5

    75
  7. 7
    Up 986
    Down 524

    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  8. 8
    Up 946
    Down 612

    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    74
  9. 9
    Up 1057
    Down 618

    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    71
  10. 10
    Up 961
    Down 622

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    69
  11. 11
    Up 572
    Down 423

    CM Punk's GTS

    67
  12. 12
    Up 871
    Down 525

    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    67
  13. 13
    Up 733
    Down 509

    Jake the Snake Roberts' DDT

    66
  14. 14
    Up 736
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    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
  15. 15
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    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    62
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    Down 341

    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
  19. 19
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    Down 413

    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
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    chokeslam

    52
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John Cena's Attitude Adjustment

    52
  22. 22
    Up 170
    Down 112

    Codebreaker

    52
  23. 23
    Up 433
    Down 485

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
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    Edge Spear

    49
  25. 25
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    Down 502

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

    48
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    No image

    Batista's Batista Bomb

    47
  27. 27
    Up 164
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    Randy Orton RKO

    47
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    Up 133
    Down 74
    47
  29. 29
    Up 372
    Down 351

    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    46
  30. 30
    Up 352
    Down 417

    Dean Malenko's Texas Cloverleaf

    45
  31. 31
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    Down 113
    No image
    43
  32. 32
    Up 135
    Down 90
    No image

    sheamus Brouge kick

    42
  33. 33
    Up 79
    Down 58
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    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    42
  34. 34
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    Down 95

    twist of fate

    41
  35. 35
    Up 65
    Down 51
    No image

    Jericho's Codebreaker

    39
  36. 36
    Up 118
    Down 104
    No image

    Batista Bomb

    39
  37. 37
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    Down 202

    EDDIE GUERREROS THREE AMIGOS

    39
  38. 38
    Up 65
    Down 90

    Raven's DDT

    39
  39. 39
    Up 87
    Down 94

    five star frog splash

    38
  40. 40
    Up 100
    Down 90

    swanton bomb

    38
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    Up 87
    Down 123

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rob Van Dam

    38
  42. 42
    Up 312
    Down 364

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
  43. 43
    Up 102
    Down 82
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    The People's Elbow

    38
  44. 44
    Up 41
    Down 51

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Big Show

    37
  45. 45
    Up 71
    Down 57
    No image

    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    37
  46. 46
    Up 167
    Down 205

    AJ Lee's Octopus

    37
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    Up 39
    Down 20
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    rey mesterio 619

    37
  48. 48
    Up 52
    Down 68

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    lion sault

    36
  49. 49
    Up 38
    Down 26
    No image

    Booker T's Book End

    36
  50. 50
    Up 28
    Down 14

    Rhyno - Gore

    36
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