WWE's 10 Most Ineffective Current Finishers and How They Should Be Replaced

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIMay 23, 2012

WWE's 10 Most Ineffective Current Finishers and How They Should Be Replaced

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    Watching guys like Sheamus and Santino Marella win matches with things like the Brogue Kick and the Cobra makes you have to wonder what WWE creative is thinking with some of the finishing moves around the organization.

    There are title holders with finishers that look just plain weak and like they shouldn't be anything more than supplementary moves to a submission or something else that just looks much more aggressive and noteworthy.

    So here are the "People's Elbows" of the current WWE. The moves that, if they happened in 18 seconds, would be the equivalent of the "fingerpoke of death," and how they should be fixed and replaced.

    Also, for this slideshow, we will only look at men's finisher's because if a woman in the current WWE does a real wrestling move, it can look effective enough to be a finisher.

10. The Miz's Skull-Crushing Finale

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    What the Move Is

    Full nelson forward Russian legsweep.

    Why It Looks Weak

    While it's the strongest move on this list, it's still one of the weaker finishers in the WWE. While planting someone straight on their face is pretty harsh, this one could have more impact with a submission afterwards.

    How They Could Replace It

    They should add a submission afterwards like a modified camel clutch that would apply pressure straight to the opponent's face, and it would make the Skull-Crushing Finale look that much stronger.

9. Mark Henry's World's Strongest Slam

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    What the Move Is

    Henry picks up another wrestler into a cross-body, then drops to his knees and drops the other guy, and lays on top of them for the pin.

    Why It Looks Weak

    Even against Khali and Kane, this move looks like it's just a big man doing a simple slam. There isn't a huge impact and looks more like the best way to drop a guy before a Banzai drop or something.

    How They Could Replace It

    Another one they shouldn't just flat out replace, but if they did have Henry use it as a way to set up a second rope jump, that would be the best way to show an impact move. Drop a guy, then set up a Banzai drop or even a jump where Henry lands sitting on the opponent's chest.

8. Booker T's Scissor Kick

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    What the Move Is

    Booker T does a scissor kick to the back of his opponent's head.

    Why It Looks Weak

    The wrestler getting scissor kicked normally is sitting there bent over for a good five to 10 seconds and then gets the back of Booker's sweaty leg across the neck, similar to a Fame-Asser that Billy Gunn used to do.

    How They Could Replace It

    Go back to having Booker T do the Book End. Despite how similar it is to the Rock Bottom, Booker has been using it for years, and you can't say that he doesn't have the right to use his own finisher.

7. Yoshi Tatsu's Roudhouse Kick or Top Rope Spinning Heel Kick

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    What the Move Is

    It's a weak kick to the back of the head.

    Why It Looks Weak

    It's a weak kick to the back of the head. He just looks like he can barely extend and it doesn't knock the guy out like it should. Tatsu can't make it look affective, either, as he is a middle-sized wrestler with a little guy's move. Even Tajiri could make the buzzsaw kick look stronger.

    How They Could Replace It

    They could really do anything else. There are millions of finishers out there, and Tatsu doesn't even really have a real gimmick at this point. This is one of those things that when a guy looks weak, has a weak finisher and can't even get a gimmick, he will lose his job.

6. Dolph Ziggler's Zig Zag

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    What the Move Is

    Ziggler pulls the opponent's head down from behind, slamming it into the mat.

    Why It Looks Weak

    This move is completely weak because it's just him pulling someone down from behind. If any other wrestler does anything close to similar, it's just a way to waste time, and normally the opponent gets right up afterwards.

    How They Could Replace It

    Ziggler has always been the kind of guy who, while he is smaller, still has a lot of power and finesse to go with it. He also is a classic style guy. He would be best with something like the Perfect Slam as his finisher.

5. Zach Ryder's Rough Ryder

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    What the Move Is

    Ryder jumps and does a high leg lariat to the opponent's face. 

    Why It Looks Weak

    Fame-Asser, anyone? This is one of the weakest moves because it could be a simple Lou Thesz Press if he didn't get high enough. Would it be believable if Ryder won vs. Kane with the Rough Ryder? I don't think so; it's just too normal to take out that monster.

    How They Could Replace It

    If Ryder really wanted to have some credibility, he could use the Rough Ryder as a way to get his opponent onto the ground and then go into a classic style submission that puts pressure onto the head, like the Texas Cloverleaf...or in his case, the Jersey Turnpike.

4. Brodus Clay's Running Splash

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    What the Move Is

    Brodus jumps on top of the opposing wrestler after he runs from the ropes.

    Why It Looks Weak

    He's a big man. This should be a regular move in his repertoire. This isn't a finisher by any means and it looks really weak because he is one of the more powerful guys in the organization. Clay's overall size would be better used on a more affective slam than a splash.

    How They Could Replace It

    Brodus is the kind of monster who would benefit from something like the original Tiger Driver or Pearl River Plunge. The double-underhook sitout powerslam is a move that is funky enough to be the signature for the Funkasaurus. The Funk-Rex Slam.

3. Sheamus's Brogue Kick

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    What the Move Is

    It's a running bicycle kick to the opponent's face.

    Why It Looks Weak

    A bicycle kick as a finisher for a guy who is a world champion is just a bad fit. The title should be held by someone who looks powerful all around and has a move that can knock out another competitor quickly. The Brogue Kick can be done by anyone, but it can obviously be shown as "fake."

    How They Could Replace It

    Just use it as a supporting move. Sheamus already has a great finishing move that fits in with his gimmick in the cross powerbomb that he has been using for years, The Celtic Cross.

2. Kofi Kingston's Trouble in Paradise

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    What the Move Is

    It's a spinning kick to the head.

    Why It Looks Weak

    As you can tell by now, the spinning kicks or the kicks to the head will always look weak to me because they are just so simple and don't look powerful enough compared to some of the other things to really take someone out. 

    How They Could Replace It

    Three words: THE CANADIAN DESTROYER. While this would definitely limit the guys who Kofi could face, it would give him arguably the best finisher in the sport and would really bring people to see just how unique and innovative an athletic guy like Kofi is.

1. Santino Marella's Cobra

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    What the Move Is

    It's a guy making a cobra with his hand and barely even punching the other wrestler.

    Why It Looks Weak

    It's just a punch. It's not even a knockout punch, and a punch with your hand in that position would be even weaker. So the punches from earlier in the match should be able to take the guy out if they were good in any way at all.

    How They Could Replace It

    Just give him anything else. It's Santino Marella; he doesn't have to be completely original. The best bet for him would be to take on a submission like the Sharpshooter or Figure Four because there really aren't enough good submissions in the WWE right now.