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 1984
    Down 620

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

    100
  2. 2
    Up 2258
    Down 617

    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    94
  3. 3
    Up 1685
    Down 596

    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    89
  4. 4
    Up 1500
    Down 719

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    83
  5. 5
    Up 1330
    Down 634

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    77
  6. 6
    Up 1044
    Down 597

    Brock Lesnar's F5

    77
  7. 7
    Up 968
    Down 633

    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    74
  8. 8
    Up 1029
    Down 537

    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  9. 9
    Up 1083
    Down 640

    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    73
  10. 10
    Up 900
    Down 542

    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    70
  11. 11
    Up 605
    Down 437

    CM Punk's GTS

    69
  12. 12
    Up 985
    Down 639

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    68
  13. 13
    Up 754
    Down 538

    Jake the Snake Roberts DDT

    68
  14. 14
    Up 571
    Down 350

    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    67
  15. 15
    Up 772
    Down 593

    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    65
  16. 16
    Up 764
    Down 535

    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
  17. 17
    Up 210
    Down 85

    Undertaker Last Ride

    61
  18. 18
    Up 216
    Down 125

    Chokeslam

    56
  19. 19
    Up 203
    Down 125

    Codebreaker

    56
  20. 20
    Up 566
    Down 502

    often listed
    Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock

    54
  21. 21
    Up 606
    Down 429

    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
  22. 22
    Up 190
    Down 103

    Edge Spear

    52
  23. 23
    Up 388
    Down 445

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

    52
  24. 24
    Up 189
    Down 107

    Batista's Batista Bomb

    51
  25. 25
    Up 203
    Down 60

    ranked low on reranks
    Randy Orton RKO

    51
  26. 26
    Up 549
    Down 513

    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

    51
  27. 27
    Up 393
    Down 362

    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    49
  28. 28
    Up 448
    Down 495

    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
  29. 29
    Up 161
    Down 99

    Sheamus Brouge Kick

    49
  30. 30
    Up 154
    Down 86

    ranked low on reranks
    Walls of Jericho

    47
  31. 31
    Up 362
    Down 427

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

    45
  32. 32
    Up 152
    Down 122
    44
  33. 33
    Up 130
    Down 88

    The People's Elbow

    43
  34. 34
    Up 132
    Down 101

    Jeff Hardy's Twist of Fate

    43
  35. 35
    Up 95
    Down 68

    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    43
  36. 36
    Up 183
    Down 214

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

    41
  37. 37
    Up 55
    Down 33

    Rey Mesterio's 619

    40
  38. 38
    Up 83
    Down 60

    Jericho's Codebreaker

    40
  39. 39
    Up 105
    Down 100

    Five Star Frog Splash

    40
  40. 40
    Up 136
    Down 113

    Batista Bomb

    40
  41. 41
    Up 117
    Down 97

    Swanton Bomb

    40
  42. 42
    Up 230
    Down 209

    Eddie Gurrero's Three Amigos

    40
  43. 43
    Up 101
    Down 133
    39
  44. 44
    Up 75
    Down 102

    Raven's DDT

    39
  45. 45
    Up 326
    Down 371

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
  46. 46
    Up 87
    Down 68

    ranked low on reranks
    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    38
  47. 47
    Up 53
    Down 61
    38
  48. 48
    Up 44
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Rhyno - Gore

    37
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  49. 49
    Up 63
    Down 77

    Lion Sault

    37
  50. 50
    Up 47
    Down 55
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    Sargent Slaughter's Cobra Clutch

    36
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