Over the years, American pro wrestling's catch-as-catch-can roots have been supplanted by a newer, faster, flashier methodology that derides "rest holds" and thrives on the big pops of high spots.
This type of wrestling, WWE Style, follows a compressed (time-sensitive) scripting formula (trademark-trademark-trademark-finisher) that shares very little with old school storytelling and match psychology.
Thus, wrestlers have turned away from "working the arm" and submissions to more TV-friendly finishers like the 619, Brogue Kick and RKO.
I'm a traditionalist. I believe in Broadway matches and TV time limits, and I feel like something has been lost in a world without Stu Hart and enhancement talent who can tap like they fear for their lives without diminishing their "brand."
With that in mind, here's a list of five submission finishers that could change WWE's mind about what does and does not make for good ratings.