WWE's list of the top 50 finishing moves

UCJOE

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50. JBL - Clothesline from Hell
49. Vader - Vader Bomb
48. Dusty Rhodes - Bionic Elbow
47. Ted DiBiase - Million Dollar Dream
46. Kerry Von Erich - Iron Claw
45. Rick Rude - Rude Awakening
44. Lex Luger - Torture Rack
43. Dudley Boyz - 3-D
42. Bam Bam Bigelow - Moonsault
41. Diamond Dallas Page - Diamond Cutter
40. Mankind - Mandible Claw / Socko
39. Honky Tonk Man - Shake Rattle and Roll
38. Yokozuna - Bonzai Drop
37. Flash Funk - 450 Splash
36. Sting - Scorpion Death Lock
35. Lita - Lita-sault
34. Kevin Nash - Jack-knife Powerbomb
33. Jerry Lawler - Piledriver
32. Rob Van Dam - Five-Star Frog Splash
31. Big Show - Chokeslam
30. CM Punk - GTS
29. Brock Lesnar - F-5
28. Bob Backlund - Crossface Chicken Wing
27. Batista - Batista Bomb
26. Mr. Perfect - Perfect Plex
25. Kurt Angle - Ankle Lock
24. Chris Jericho - Lion Tamer / Walls of Jericho
23. Edge - Spear
22. Iron Sheik - Camel Clutch
21. John Cena - Attitude Adjustment
20. Scott Hall - Razors Edge
19. Goldberg - Jackhammer
18. Rey Mysterio - 6-1-9
17. Road Warriors - Doomsday Device
16. Bruno Sammartino - Bearhug
15. Sgt. Slaughter - Cobra Clutch
14. Jeff Hardy - Swanton Bomb
13. Eddie Guerrero - Frog Splash
12. Macho Man Randy Savage - Flying Elbow Drop
11. Randy Orton - RKO
10. Bret Hart - Sharpshooter
9. Jimmy Snuka - Superfly Splash
8. Ric Flair - Figure Four Leg Lock
7. Hulk Hogan - Leg Drop
6. Shawn Michaels - Sweet Chin Music
5. Jake "The Snake" Roberts - DDT
4. The Rock - Rock Bottom / Peoples Elbow
3. Triple H - Pedigree
2. Undertaker - Tombstone Piledriver
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin - Stunner

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Stunner #1 is a given but I thought Sharpshooter & Sweet chin music would be right below it
I'd put Savage higher too but he isn't a Vince/HHH fav
 
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That's from their website? That list stinks. How the hell is a bear hug #16 and a cross-face chicken wing #28, both ahead of the F-5 and Diesels' Jack-knife? And what makes the RKO #11 but the same exact move by DDP #41? How is the Perfect Plex below the Camel CLutch and Cobra Clutch? Seriously, a bear hug shouldn't even be on the list--I don't care if Bruno is a legend. The Iron Claw shouldn't be on there, either. They may as well have put the Master Lock on the list.
 

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That's from their website? That list stinks. How the hell is a bear hug #16 and a cross-face chicken wing #28, both ahead of the F-5 and Diesels' Jack-knife? And what makes the RKO #11 but the same exact move by DDP #41? How is the Perfect Plex below the Camel CLutch and Cobra Clutch? Seriously, a bear hug shouldn't even be on the list--I don't care if Bruno is a legend. The Iron Claw shouldn't be on there, either. They may as well have put the Master Lock on the list.
The 3D and the Diamond Cutter should've been in the top 10 at least.

By the way. does anyone else prefer the Diamond Cutter to the RKO? There's just something about the way Page does it that makes it look cooler to me.

36. Sting - Scorpion Death Lock
10. Bret Hart - Sharpshooter
Those are the same exact same fucking moves. There at least a slight difference between the RKO and the Diamond Cutter.
 
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By the way. does anyone else prefer the Diamond Cutter to the RKO? There's just something about the way Page does it that makes it look cooler to me.
DDP makes it look way more real. He doesn't need an opponent to leap in the air for no reason to pull it off.
 

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The Doomsday Device is the shit. Deserves better then 17. I remember every summer when we were kids putting my little brother on my other brothers shoulders and then taking his head off diving in with a clothsline.
Triple H as 3? Really?
Ill still never understand how the Banzai Drop never actually killed someone.
 

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I love Jake The Snake, but the DDT is #5? I always thought it was a lame move.

Where's the Bushwhakers "Smell my armpit" move?
 

UCJOE

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I have no problem with that. The Pedigree is an awesome move and deserves top 5 treatment.
The only thing I don't like about the pedigree is the other wrestler just stays there and rarely tries to break free.
 

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Where's the fuckin' STF? Leg drop? The lamest, worst move ever? The list blows goats. Not a huge flair fan but the figure 4 should be up more. We tried it as kids, and it really hurts like a motherfucker.
 

Don the Radio Guy

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The only thing I don't like about the pedigree is the other wrestler just stays there and rarely tries to break free.
Psssst....wrestling isn't real. The same can be said for every single move on the list.
 

Konstantin K

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I always thought the Frog Splash looked fucking awesome.

Perfect Plex should be higher.

[video=youtube;1pzbj9ps_zk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pzbj9ps_zk[/video]
 

UCJOE

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Where's the fuckin' STF? Leg drop? The lamest, worst move ever? The list blows goats. Not a huge flair fan but the figure 4 should be up more. We tried it as kids, and it really hurts like a motherfucker.
Plus like I was saying earlier, people tried to get out of the figure four & that made the move look better. That is why I like moves like ankle lock & sharpshooter better
I like Hunter but he holds his arms wide while someone just does nothing & can get out of the hold easily & that takes away suspension of belief IMO
 

Don the Radio Guy

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The Pedigree setup is a kick in the gut. That's why there's little resistance.

Plus the first 2 or 3 times he tries it, the opponent counters.
 

Cunt Smasher

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Plus like I was saying earlier, people tried to get out of the figure four & that made the move look better. That is why I like moves like ankle lock & sharpshooter better
I like Hunter but he holds his arms wide while someone just does nothing & can get out of the hold easily & that takes away suspension of belief IMO
Or even reverse it. I've seen that move drag on for several minutes, creating a lot of drama. Nothing worse than your hero getting the dreaded figure 4 slapped on him, and seeing if he can hold out, or get to the ropes before the inevitable tap out. I'm not totally against "sudden death" finishing moves where the guy is just done, like the tombstone, but there's arguably a lot more tension and drama in something that very very occasionally can be defeated.
 

UCJOE

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Or even reverse it. I've seen that move drag on for several minutes, creating a lot of drama. Nothing worse than your hero getting the dreaded figure 4 slapped on him, and seeing if he can hold out, or get to the ropes before the inevitable tap out. I'm not totally against "sudden death" finishing moves where the guy is just done, like the tombstone, but there's arguably a lot more tension and drama in something that very very occasionally can be defeated.
sudden death moves I like
HBK's works bec the guy turns around & BAM, he isn't standing there with his chin out
Austins kick to the gut works bec a sec later the stunner follows & not 5 secs of posing (not that Hunter does it all the time but it takes away from the move when he does)
 
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I like RVD, but the Five Star Frog Splash was his worst finisher. The VanDaminator or the less used Van Terminator(I don't even know if he did it in the WWF/E) were much better moves.

The greatest thing about wrestling is the idea of a finisher. A finisher can be done on a guy who has been kicking ass for 10 minutes and he's out cold or it can be reversed by a guy who's been getting his ass kicked for 10 minutes and both are just as believable.