Top 5 WWE Finishing Moves in History as Ranked by a Washington Redskins Player

Chuck CarrollContributor IIIJune 23, 2012

Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker said Goldberg's spear and jackhammer were a cut above the rest.
Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker said Goldberg's spear and jackhammer were a cut above the rest.Scott Barbour/Getty Images

When you think of people best suited to rank the top five finishing moves in WWE history, you probably wouldn't think of Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker

But you should.

As it turns out, the former first-round pick is quite the pro wrestling aficionado.  Such a fan is Carriker that convincing him to do "4th & Pain," a weekly radio show about wrestling and football, was about the easiest thing I have ever done in my life.  He jumped at the opportunity and, hopefully, the world is a better place for it.

Carriker and I debated the best finishing moves in pro wrestling history on the latest "4th & Pain" broadcast.

The best finishing move in wrestling history belongs to Goldberg, according to Carriker. 

"The thing that Goldberg also had is that he was explosive," said Carriker.  "As a football player you want to be explosive.  And he played at the University of Georgia and he played for the (Atlanta) Falcons as a defensive lineman.  So, maybe that's a little connection that I like there."

Beyond the gridiron connection, Redskins lineman said it was Goldberg's raw strength and power that played a big part in his ranking.

Goldberg's finisher was two-fold, with the spear and the jackhammer.  For Carriker, the setup was the best part.

"When he speared the guy, it was like the guy went back five feet," Carriker said enthusiastically. "I don't know how he didn't have internal bleeding and have to go to the ER afterwards.  The jackhammer was cool, but my favorite part was the spear."

I agreed with the spear being the better of two moves, but I ranked Goldberg's finisher third on my list.

Adam Carriker’s Top 5

  1. Goldberg – Spear and Jackhammer
  2. Petey Williams – Canadian Destroyer (non-WWE pick)
  3. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Stunner
  4. The Rock – Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow
  5. Undertaker – Tombstone

Chuck Carroll’s Top 5

  1. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Stunner
  2. HBK – Sweet Chin Music
  3. Goldberg – Spear and Jackhammer
  4. Undertaker – Tombstone
  5. Triple H – Pedigree

What do you think of the rankings?  Agree?  Disagree?  Post a comment and let's discuss!

Interestingly, Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer was a move Carriker hadn't seen until literally two minutes before we taped the segment.  106.7 The Fan radio host Chad Dukes, who joined the show for a 20-minute discussion on the top finishers, introduced him to the move.  Carriker was so enamored by it that it almost topped his list.

Had it not been for his affinity for Goldberg, he very well may have ranked the move at the top of the list.


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