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 1930
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Undertaker's Tombstone

    100
  2. 2
    Up 2209
    Down 601

    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    94
  3. 3
    Up 1635
    Down 584

    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    88
  4. 4
    Up 1463
    Down 699

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    82
  5. 5
    Up 1009
    Down 581

    Brock Lesnar's F5

    77
  6. 6
    Up 1296
    Down 617

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    76
  7. 7
    Up 989
    Down 525

    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  8. 8
    Up 948
    Down 614

    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    73
  9. 9
    Up 1061
    Down 619

    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    71
  10. 10
    Up 964
    Down 623

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    69
  11. 11
    Up 575
    Down 424

    CM Punk's GTS

    67
  12. 12
    Up 873
    Down 526

    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    67
  13. 13
    Up 736
    Down 511

    Jake the Snake Roberts' DDT

    66
  14. 14
    Up 739
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    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
  15. 15
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    Down 578

    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    62
  16. 16
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    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    61
  17. 17
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    Undertaker Last Ride

    57
  18. 18
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    chokeslam

    55
  19. 19
    Up 174
    Down 113

    Codebreaker

    55
  20. 20
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    often listed
    Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock

    54
  21. 21
    Up 592
    Down 414

    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
  22. 22
    Up 367
    Down 424

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

    52
  23. 23
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    No image

    Batista's Batista Bomb

    50
  24. 24
    Up 168
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    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    Randy Orton RKO

    50
  25. 25
    Up 170
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    No image

    Edge Spear

    49
  26. 26
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
  27. 27
    Up 374
    Down 352

    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    49
  28. 28
    Up 536
    Down 503

    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

    48
  29. 29
    Up 134
    Down 75

    ranked low on reranks
    Walls of Jericho

    46
  30. 30
    Up 140
    Down 91
    No image

    sheamus Brouge kick

    46
  31. 31
    Up 353
    Down 418

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

    45
  32. 32
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    No image
    43
  33. 33
    Up 82
    Down 59
    No image

    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    42
  34. 34
    Up 111
    Down 96

    twist of fate

    41
  35. 35
    Up 68
    Down 52
    No image

    Jericho's Codebreaker

    39
  36. 36
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    Down 106
    No image

    Batista Bomb

    39
  37. 37
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    Down 203

    EDDIE GUERREROS THREE AMIGOS

    39
  38. 38
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    Down 91

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Raven's DDT

    39
  39. 39
    Up 89
    Down 95

    five star frog splash

    39
  40. 40
    Up 103
    Down 91

    swanton bomb

    38
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    Up 88
    Down 124
    38
  42. 42
    Up 105
    Down 83
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    The People's Elbow

    38
  43. 43
    Up 313
    Down 365

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
  44. 44
    Up 42
    Down 52
    37
  45. 45
    Up 169
    Down 207

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

    37
  46. 46
    Up 72
    Down 59
    No image

    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    37
  47. 47
    Up 40
    Down 21
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    rey mesterio 619

    37
  48. 48
    Up 54
    Down 69

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    lion sault

    36
  49. 49
    Up 31
    Down 14

    Rhyno - Gore

    36
    added by: Dark Orion
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    Up 39
    Down 27
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    Booker T's Book End

    36
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