Ranking the WWE Wrestlers Who Are Most in Need of New Finishing Moves and Holds
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What's in a finishing move? Well, a lot actually.
While a WWE Superstar's finisher might not seem like such a big deal, consider what some of the most memorable finishers in history have done for the Superstars who have used them.
Steve Austin's stunner, Randy Orton's RKO and Shawn Michaels' superkick are just a few of the maneuvers that helped some of the biggest names in pro wrestling establish themselves as top guys.
You have to wonder where a guy like Austin would be without the stunner or where Orton would be if the RKO wasn't the most over finisher in the WWE right now.
On the flip side, there are stars whose finishers may be unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. For every RKO or stunner, there's a Hogan leg drop that is an insult to finishers.
So, which current WWE stars need to seriously consider getting new ones?
Well, let's take a look with my rankings of the five stars who desperately need new finishing moves or holds.
Note: These rankings will only feature main-roster Superstars who are currently active. No NXT stars and/or inactive ones will be on this list.
5. Damien Sandow
CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler are just two of many wrestlers who use a neckbreaker as part of their move sets.
Damien Sandow uses one, too, but he uses a slightly different variation that's become known as the "Terminus."
Sandow's straitjacket neckbreaker is certainly unique in that you don't see anyone else in mainstream wrestling use it, but it doesn't seem to fit the bill of a finishing move.
Though the Terminus looks a little cooler than a standard neckbreaker, it should, in essence, have just about the same effect as the normal neckbreaker you often see used mid-match.
Whereas a swinging neckbreaker like the one used by Eve Torres looks a bit more devastating because of the quick motion that accompanies it, Sandow's neckbreaker takes awfully long to set up and doesn't deliver the earth-shattering finish it should.
While Sandow definitely appears to be a star in the making, it might benefit him to switch to a finisher that actually looks like one.
4.. John Cena
John Cena's Attitude Adjustment has been one of the WWE's most over moves over the last decade, but that doesn't make it automatically qualify as a good one.
In fact, Cena's AA is one of the weakest finishers that there is in the WWE today.
Yeah, it's not Hogan leg drop bad. But the AA isn't the effective finisher that you would expect to see from a top guy.
Consider CM Punk's GTS, Big Show's Knockout Punch or Brock Lesnar's F5. All of these finishing moves can look absolutely devastating when executed properly.
But the AA? It has about as much impact as the most basic move in pro wrestling, the bodyslam.
There's not much torque behind it and no devastating head shot that should knock a guy out cold. It's a simple move that's been turned into a finisher simply because of the guy who uses it.
Credit goes to Cena for getting the Attitude Adjustment over, but still, it's not the destructive finisher that it's made out to be.
3. Brodus Clay
The "splash," no matter what form it comes in, is one of the most overrated moves in pro wrestling today.
That has a lot to do with the fact that so many guys use some form of the splash, with Mark Henry, Big Show and Jack Swagger as just a few of the Superstars who use the "Vaderbomb" version from the middle rope.
Some of these stars make these moves look good, but Brodus Clay's running splash leaves a lot to be desired.
Why? The lack of elevation.
Sometimes, Clay will hit the splash and get some good height on it when he does, but more often than not, he gets a whole 10 inches off the ground and expects that to impress.
While Clay's size makes his splash finisher at least somewhat OK, the extreme lack of height he often gets absolutely kills its effectiveness.
If Clay is going to use the splash as a finisher, it shouldn't be too much to ask that he gets more than a foot off the ground.
But if he can't do that, why not give him a finisher that allows him to show off his power, which actually is impressive?
2. Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder's leg lariat, which we know as the "Rough Rider," is actually a pretty cool move.
But a finisher? In the words of Dean Ambrose, nope.
Consider that Dolph Ziggler uses a similar move, the fameasser/rocker dropper, only as a setup move, even though it looks like it would have a much bigger effect than the Rough Ryder would.
The Rough Rider is not much more forceful than any other move in which the guy who's taking it bumps on his back. It looks better than a standard clothesline or something similar, but it really isn't a much bigger move.
While Ryder usually executes the Rough Rider well and it can look great when a guy like Ziggler is the one who's selling it, more often than not, it comes across as a bit of a letdown when used as a finish.
I think the move could serve well as a setup maneuver, but as a move that is meant to finish Ryder's opponents, it's a bit too anticlimactic.
1. The Miz
The Miz's Skull-Crushing Finale finisher is actually a pretty unique move that looks like it could knock his opponent out.
But the same can't be said about his new finisher.
As we all know, The Miz simply cannot execute the Figure Four like his predecessor, Ric Flair, once did, and it's quickly become clear that he probably never should have adopted the move in the first place.
It was always going to be hard for The Miz to use the move of a living legend, but the fact that he doesn't do the Figure Four very well has already earned him a lot of criticism, and rightfully so.
Flair bestowed the submission move on The Miz during a MizTV segment not too long ago, and it came off as a very forced and phony "passing of the torch."
Because The Miz has had so much difficulty doing the Figure Four any justice, the WWE should seriously consider pretending like he never adopted the move at all.
If you're going to do a submission move that one of the WWE's biggest legends used, at least do it right.
You hear that, Rock?
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!