We’ve all seen the moves: The Hogan leg drop, Sharpshooter, Sweet Chin Music and the Crippler Crossface. Of course, I am talking about finishing moves. These are moves that lets fans know the match is (most likely) about to be over. These moves are usually unique to the superstar and are usually more intense than their other moves.
I’ve compiled a list of the top eight finishing moves currently used in the WWE. These moves are in no specific order.
Comment at the end of the article with what you think about this list. Feel free to add any moves you think I missed.
With the return of Brock Lesnar to the WWE, many superstars, namely John Cena, will soon be subject to the F-5.
A few weeks ago, Lesnar made his return to the WWE and sent a message. He went down to the ring and delivered an emphatic F-5 to Cena. This move sent the message to the WWE that Lesnar was not here to play.
For those that are not aware, the F-5 involves lifting a man on top of your shoulders, spinning him off, and dropping him down on his face.
Every person reading this article should no doubt be aware of the RKO.
This move is performed by Randy Orton. The RKO is a modern-day Diamond Cutter. The move involves Orton grabbing his opponent while standing with a reverse headlock and drops him down on his face.
The RKO is exciting and unpredictable. Fans can rarely predict when Orton is about to execute the move, which adds to the excitement of the move.
Look for this move to be around for many years to come.
The next move on the list is John Cena’s Attitude Adjustment. This move is similar to the F-5, but Cena drops the opponent on their back instead of on their face.
John Cena’s move is predictable but is still exciting. The AA is really impressive when Cena performs the move on someone twice his weight. The move showcases Cena’s strength and will to perform for the fans.
While you may not like Cena, you have to respect his power and ability to perform this move.
This move is one of CM Punk’s two finishing moves he currently uses.
The move is done by CM Punk lifting his opponent onto his shoulder, dropping him off his shoulders right into a knee drop. This move is by far one of the most realistic finishing moves in the WWE. Punk pulls the move off with little issue and it appears to be devastating.
CM Punk has some of the best wrestling moves in the WWE today. Punk’s two most exciting moves are the GTS and the Anaconda Vice.
The Code Breaker is the finisher used by Chris Jericho. This move involves dropping the opponent down on a double knee drop to the face.
Jericho has used this move for most of his time in the WWE. Like the GTS, the Code Breaker is one of the most realistic moves used in the WWE. The Code Breaker can come out of nowhere and change the outcome of a match in the blink of an eye.
The Tombstone piledriver is one the most historic moves ever in the WWE. The move of course is primarily used by the Undertaker. This move has been used by other superstars, but not to the same effect “The Deadman.”
This move involves piledriving an upside-down opponent onto his head.
If there is a classic Undertaker match, you can see this move in action. The Undertaker couples his move with the cross-armed cover with his eyes rolled back in his head. When this happens, look for a classic WWE moment.
If you doubt the legitimacy of the Brogue Kick, just ask Daniel Bryan. This move costs Bryan his World Title at WrestleMania 28. The move is used by current champion, Sheamus.
This move is a running kick to the face of his opponent.
The Brogue Kick is also the move that “cost” Sheamus $500,000. This is, of course, because he delivered it to a referee’s face. The WWE is trying to push the kick to be a solid finishing move.
Look for Sheamus to continue to use this move and continue to be a solid competitor.