It is simple in design and relatively safe to execute, yet it often looks as brutal as its name sounds.
It's been one of my favorite wrestling maneuvers ever since Arn Anderson planted the likes of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels with it back in the late '80s.
The move is a game-changer that can come from virtually anywhere in a moment's notice.
It has proven to be effective as a transitional, finishing and desperation move.
There have been many incarnations of the spinebuster across the globe, but for the purposes of this list, I have narrowed the field just slightly.
A spinebuster only qualifies if it:
A) has appeared in North America,
B) is not an Alabama Slam (e.g. Bob Holly's finisher),
C) is not of the sit-out variety (e.g., D'Lo Brown's Sky High).
Why the criteria?
My knowledge of spinebusters outside of WWE and TNA is limited.
I consider the Alabama Slam its own move.
The sit-out version of the move is as much a powerbomb as it is a spinebuster.
Let's break out the top 10 best spinebusters in professional wrestling!