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The Best Finishing Moves in Wrestling History

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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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    Tony Atlas Over head Slam

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    Paul Orndorff's Piledriver

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    THE MILLON DOLLAR DREAM

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    double rotation moonsault

    38
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    Dallas Page Diamond Cutter

    38
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    lion sault

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    Greg Valentine Figure Four Leg Lock

    37
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    Ric Flair Figure Four Leglock

    37
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    sharpshooter

    37
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    Jake the Snake Roberts DDT

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    Big Van Vader

    37
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    Shane Helms' Verta-Breaker

    36
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    John Cena Attitude Adjustment

    36
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    Brodus Clay

    36
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    The People's Elbow

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    rey mesterio 619

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    Mikey Whipwreck's Whippersnapper

    35
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    Billy Kidman's SSP

    35
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    Booker T's Book End

    34
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    Kofi Kingston - Trouble in Paradise

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    Sheamus Celtic Cross

    34
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    Rhyno - Gore

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    Kevin Nash Jack Knife

    34
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    Tajiri's Buzzsaw Kick

    34
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    The Duddley Boys

    34
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    Brock Lesnar's Kimura Lock

    34
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    Ted DiBiase Million Dollar Dream

    34
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    Sheamus What Noise

    33
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    Shelton Benjamin - Dragon Whip

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    Razor Ramon Razor's Edge

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    Eddie Guerrero Three Amigos

    33
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    Edge Spear

    33
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    Hayabusa's Phoenix Splash

    33
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    Kenta Kobashi's Burning Hammer

    33
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    Randy Savage Elbow Drop

    32
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    Randy Savage Elbow Drop

    32
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    Booker T's Scissors Kick / Ghetto Blaster

    32
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    Diesel Jackhammer

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    Cody Rhodes Crossroads

    32
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    Christian's Killswitch

    31
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    Great Khali Vice Grip

    31
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    often listed
    Skull Crushing Finale

    31
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    new! Dragon Sleeper

    31
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    Paul Orndorff Pile Driver

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    Antonio Cesaro -

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