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 1969
    Down 616

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

    100
  2. 2
    Up 2244
    Down 615

    Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner

    94
  3. 3
    Up 1674
    Down 593

    Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music

    89
  4. 4
    Up 1488
    Down 715

    The Rock's Rock Bottom

    83
  5. 5
    Up 1321
    Down 629

    Bret Hart's Sharpshooter

    77
  6. 6
    Up 1036
    Down 593

    Brock Lesnar's F5

    77
  7. 7
    Up 961
    Down 629

    Chris Benoit's Crippler Crossface

    74
  8. 8
    Up 1017
    Down 535

    Bill Goldberg's Jackhammer

    74
  9. 9
    Up 1078
    Down 633

    Randy Savage's Diving Elbow Drop

    73
  10. 10
    Up 895
    Down 536

    Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock

    70
  11. 11
    Up 597
    Down 435

    CM Punk's GTS

    68
  12. 12
    Up 978
    Down 635

    Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter

    68
  13. 13
    Up 747
    Down 531

    Jake the Snake Roberts DDT

    68
  14. 14
    Up 564
    Down 346

    Jeff Hardy's Swanton bomb

    67
  15. 15
    Up 767
    Down 587

    Scott Hall's Razor's Edge

    65
  16. 16
    Up 757
    Down 531

    Rob Van Dam's Five Star Frog Splash

    63
  17. 17
    Up 201
    Down 82

    Undertaker Last Ride

    61
  18. 18
    Up 197
    Down 120

    Codebreaker

    56
  19. 19
    Up 206
    Down 124

    Chokeslam

    55
  20. 20
    Up 559
    Down 497

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock

    54
  21. 21
    Up 603
    Down 421

    Jimmy Superfly Snuka's Superfly Splash

    54
  22. 22
    Up 185
    Down 97

    Edge Spear

    52
  23. 23
    Up 380
    Down 439

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

    51
  24. 24
    Up 196
    Down 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Randy Orton RKO

    51
  25. 25
    Up 180
    Down 104

    Batista's Batista Bomb

    51
  26. 26
    Up 545
    Down 509

    Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig's Perfect Plex

    51
  27. 27
    Up 388
    Down 357

    John Morrison's Starship Pain

    49
  28. 28
    Up 445
    Down 490

    Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    49
  29. 29
    Up 155
    Down 97

    Sheamus Brouge Kick

    49
  30. 30
    Up 146
    Down 82

    ranked low on reranks
    Walls of Jericho

    47
  31. 31
    Up 358
    Down 424

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

    44
  32. 32
    Up 144
    Down 120
    44
  33. 33
    Up 90
    Down 65

    Kevin Nash's Jackknife Power slam

    43
  34. 34
    Up 122
    Down 86

    The People's Elbow

    42
  35. 35
    Up 124
    Down 98

    Jeff Hardy's Twist of Fate

    42
  36. 36
    Up 79
    Down 55

    Jericho's Codebreaker

    40
  37. 37
    Up 50
    Down 28

    Rey Mesterio's 619

    40
  38. 38
    Up 179
    Down 212

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

    40
  39. 39
    Up 130
    Down 110

    Batista Bomb

    40
  40. 40
    Up 97
    Down 98

    Five Star Frog Splash

    39
  41. 41
    Up 112
    Down 94

    Swanton Bomb

    39
  42. 42
    Up 74
    Down 96

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Raven's DDT

    39
  43. 43
    Up 223
    Down 207

    Eddie Gurrero's Three Amigos

    39
  44. 44
    Up 97
    Down 129

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rob Van Dam

    39
  45. 45
    Up 324
    Down 369

    Victoria's Widow's Peak

    38
  46. 46
    Up 84
    Down 66

    ranked low on reranks
    Daniel Bryan Yes Lock

    38
  47. 47
    Up 49
    Down 58
    38
  48. 48
    Up 40
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Rhyno - Gore

    37
    added by: Dark Orion
  49. 49
    Up 46
    Down 51
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    Sargent Slaughter's Cobra Clutch

    37
  50. 50
    Up 57
    Down 75

    Lion Sault

    36
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