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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  1. 51
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    Kevin Nash Jack Knife

    35
  2. 52
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    Sheamus Celtic Cross

    34
  3. 53
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    Goldberg's Jackhammer

    34
  4. 54
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    CM Punk

    34
  5. 55
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    Sargent Slaughter's Cobra Clutch

    34
  6. 56
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    Sargent Slaughter's Cobra Clutch

    34
  7. 57
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    The Duddley Boys

    34
  8. 58
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    Dallas Page Diamond Cutter

    33
  9. 59
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    Kofi Kingston - Trouble in Paradise

    33
    added by: Dark Orion
  10. 60
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    Edge Spear

    33
  11. 61
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    Ivan Putski's Polish Hammer

    33
  12. 62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shane Helms' Verta-Breaker

    33
  13. 63
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    33
  14. 64
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    33
  15. 65
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    Booker T's Scissors Kick / Ghetto Blaster

    33
  16. 66
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    Jimi Superfly Sanuka Flying Headbut

    32
  17. 67
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    Paul Orndorff's Piledriver

    32
  18. 68
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    double rotation moonsault

    32
  19. 69
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    Big Van Vader

    32
  20. 70
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    32
  21. 71
    Up 25
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    THE MILLON DOLLAR DREAM

    32
  22. 72
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    Tajiri's Buzzsaw Kick

    31
  23. 73
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    Diesel Jackhammer

    31
  24. 74
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    Great Khali Vice Grip

    31
  25. 75
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    Santino Marella Cobra

    31
  26. 76
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    John Morrison Starship Pain

    31
  27. 77
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    black hole slam

    31
  28. 78
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    Billy Kidman's SSP

    31
  29. 79
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Atlas Over head Slam

    31
  30. 80
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    sharpshooter

    31
  31. 81
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    John Cena Attitude Adjustment

    30
  32. 82
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    often listed
    Hardcore Holly - Alabama Slam

    30
    added by: Dark Orion
  33. 83
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    Jake the Snake Roberts DDT

    30
  34. 84
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    Down 14
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    Ric Flair Figure Four Leglock

    30
  35. 85
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    Down 319

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Samoa Joe's Rear Naked Choke

    29
  36. 86
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    Down 214

    Paul Orndorff Pile Driver

    29
  37. 87
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    Down 58

    Skull Crushing Finale

    29
  38. 88
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    Mikey Whipwreck's Whippersnapper

    29
  39. 89
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    Brodus Clay

    29
  40. 90
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    Hayabusa's Phoenix Splash

    29
  41. 91
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kenta Kobashi's Burning Hammer

    28
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    Razor Ramon Razor's Edge

    28
  43. 93
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    Ted DiBiase Million Dollar Dream

    28
  44. 94
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    often listed
    Akira Hokuto's Northern Lights Bomb

    28
  45. 95
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    28
  46. 96
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    Down 21
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    Sheamus What Noise

    28
  47. 97
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    british airway pac

    28
  48. 98
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    Brock Lesnar's Kimura Lock

    27
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    Randy Savage Elbow Drop

    27
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    Eddie Guerrero Three Amigos

    27
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