When an opponent is down, but not quite out, every wrestler has one move that will finally get them the final “1-2-3”. This move is simply known as a “finisher”, and aside from finally ending the match, it’s meant to get the crowd up out of their seats and go wild, whether they are cheering or booing the wrestler that’s about to win.
Not all finishers are created equally though, some might not have quite the right impact, or the setup is so clunky that fans lose interest by the time it’s performed. Although, there are many factors involved, a wrestler’s finishing move can make or break their career, and finding the right one is critical towards being successful. A basic kick or slam just won’t do, there needs to be something special that connects with the wrestler, and thus, to the fans.
With just over 100 male and female wrestlers on WWE and NXT’s rosters, there are plenty of moves to pick from, but only the top 30 made it to this list. The criteria used are the following: setup, impact, theatrics, and legacy.
For your convenience, videos of every move will be included, so let’s get right to it, and see where your favorite wrestlers…finished.
30 John Cena – Attitude Adjustment
29 Braun Strowman – Sideways Flapjack
28 Charlotte – Figure Eight
27 Nikki Bella – Rack Attack
26 Chris Jericho – Codebreaker
25 Dean Ambrose – Dirty Deeds
24 Natalya – Sharpshooter
23 Jack Swagger – Patriot Lock
22 Sting – Scorpion Death Drop
21 Baron Corbin – End of Days
20 Cesaro – The Neutralizer
19 Finn Balor – Double Foot Stomp
18 Fandango – Diving Leg Drop
17 Sheamus – Brogue Kick
16 Roman Reigns – Spear
15 Kane – Chokeslam
14 Paige – P.T.O. (Paige Tap Out)
13 Sasha Banks – Bank Statement
12 Dudley Boys – 3D
11 Chris Jericho – Liontamer
10 Rhyno – Gore
9 Daniel Bryan – Busaiku Knee
8 Becky Lynch – Dis-Arm-Her
7 Samoa Joe – The Muscle Buster
6 Kevin Owens – Pop-Up Powerbomb
5 Neville – Red Arrow
4 Bray Wyatt – Sister Abigail
3 Brock Lesnar – F5
2 Randy Orton –RKO
1 The Undertaker – Tombstone
Imagine being upside down and dropped directly on the top of your head, being knocked out is probably a best case scenario, followed by paralysis and then death. As harsh as that sounds, there’s a reason why he tells opponents to “rest in peace”.
Although its days are numbered, you’re number #1 finisher in the WWE: The Tombstone.
Sources: WWE.com, Wikipedia.org
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