This Kid's Legacy: My Top Ten Favorite Moves
Yo! Welcome to the second installment of This Kid's Legacy, where I recap all of my favorite people and moments in professional wrestling. This time I will be taking a look at the number one thing a wrestler needs to pick up a victory, moves. So sit back and relax, and check out my top ten moves.
(If there a facts that are wrong please let me know so I can change them, i will appreciate it.)
Moves That Suck!
Big Show's Knockout Punch? Wack
Attitude Adjustment-Queer Name For a Queer Finisher
Honorable Mention: Full Nelson
What? Man you know I had to take it old school to start the countdown. No list of who made this move famous because it was used by so many people from so many different eras.
Painful because it wrenched your neck and it was difficult to get out of depending on how strong the guy using it on you was.
This move served as a finisher by Chris Masters who called it the Masterlock. He would have segments on Monday Night RAW called "The Masterlock Challenge", where he invited people to come out and break the hold. The hold was eventually broken by John Cena and then broken again by Bobby Lashley.
This move has been a danger in the past, present and will be in the future. This is also how school yard bullies get their lunch money.
10. The Leg Drop
Best Performed By: Kenny Dykstra
Made Famous By: Hulk Hogan, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Booker T, The Undertaker and Kenny Dykstra.
The leg drop is simple but its variations are incredible. Hulk Hogan was maybe the first guy to use it effectively. He would deliver the boot and then drop the leg right on your chest.
But then the Hardy Boyz came around. They were all about the extreme and risk pretty much everything including their lives.
Jeff Hardy began using the leg drop as he took both of his legs and landed on your groin. Matt Hardy did his extreme taunt, and then drop the leg on you from the second rope. But it doesn't end there. In ladder matches, Jeff will jump over one ladder, using it to catapult himself from the next and land right on your neck and chest. He can do this feat from as high as 20 ft. in the air.
Booker T even used this move a lot. He was a fan of using his flexible legs with such moves as the Crescent Kick, Scissors Kick and even his Spin-A-Roonie. But when Booker T got on that top rope and his opponent was on down on the canvas, He would complete a front flip and drop his legs directly onto his opponents prone body. This was called the Houston Hang Over.
Kenny Dykstra began using this move while being in the Spirit Squad. The reason why I like his better than all the rest is because of the hangtime he got. He would jump from the top rope, cock his legs back and proceed to drop them right on his opposition.
The Undertaker will place his opponent neck and chest right under the bottom rope. Then while on the apron, he would jump and land on his opponent. This variation is probably the most painful.
Kofi Kingston takes this moves to a new level by dropping both legs on his opponents chest.
The leg drop makes the HM because it can be so painful (Ask Matt Hardy) and some of the biggest stars used and still do use it today.
9.Randy Orton Backbreaker
Even though I cannot find a picture of this move, alot of people know what I am talking about. The move looks painful as it not only hurts the back, its strains the abdominals as well.
8. German Suplex
Best Performed By: Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Charlie Haas, Tazz, and Shelton Benjamin.
The German Suplex is a very underrated. You could probably die if you land on your neck the wrong way. It is very painful.
It was and still is used by a lot of people but Chris Benoit used very frequently when countering moves or setting up for his lethal diving headbutt. He starting doing three of them in a sequence and called it the Hat Trick.
Benoit had many feuds with another very talented technician, who went by the name of Kurt Angle. During one of their feuds, Angle started using the "Hat Trick" as a slap in the face to Chris. Then it eventually stuck with Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, as they were members of Team Angle.
7. Ankle Lock
Best Used By: Kurt Angle and Ken Shamrock
The Ankle Lock is a move that can do some damage. It is very strenuous to the ankle, as it can be applied for a very long time, sometimes turning and twisting the ankle can cause more damage.
The first guy who made this move a weapon was Ken Shamrock. During the late 90's, Shamrock would snap and go for his opponents' or enemies' ankle and begin to twist. It would take a few WWF officials to get Shamrock to release the hold, but he eventually attacked officials with Belly to Belly Suplexs to relieve his anger.
Kurt Angle became a very huge star in the 2000's. He was a gold medalist in 1996 which complimented his technical background of wrestling. During 2001, Kurt Angle began to use the Ankle Lock. Kurt used this move to his advantage a lot of the time, making it almost impossible for his opponent to get to the ropes by dragging his enemy back to the middle of the ring and then locking his legs around the ankle and twisting stronger until they tapped. During any situation, Kurt was able to counter any move into the Ankle Lock, making his in-ring performance that much more amazing to watch.
6.Haas Of Pain (Inverted Indian Deathlock)
Performed By: Charlie Haas
This move looks like it hurts very very bad. You take you opponents leg and drape it over his opposite knee. Then you step on the ankle, and pull both legs up using all your body weight. Sounds painful, huh?
5. Walls Of Jericho (Elevated Boston Crab)
Performed By: Chris Jericho, Me.
The Walls of Jericho is your basic Boston Crab except for you elevate your opponents legs, creating more balance for yourself.
Chris Jericho used this move in WCW, and continues to use it in the WWE. He has made some great names tap, like The Rock, Ricky Steamboat, Jeff Hardy, Benoit, Kurt Angle, and many more.
4. Orton DDT
Probably the most painful DDT I have ever seen. Orton used to prop his opponent onto the turnbuckle and drop his opponent's head directly to the mad, right before extending his opposition's body.
Orton first used this move in competition to win his second Intercontinental title against RVD in a match on Monday Night RAW back in 04. Since then he has killed some legends with this move, including RVD, and Stephanie McMahon.
He now uses this move on the second ropes. I would believe he does this instead of the top rope for safety reasons. Either way, this move is sick.
3. Shooting Star Press
Performed By: Billy Kidman, Evan Bourne,Paul London, AJ Styles.
When it comes to beauty, style and grace, this move is at the top of them all. The Shooting Star Press is one of the most difficult moves to pull off. It takes timing and maybe even some luck.
Billy Kidman started using this move in WCW. He called it the Seven Year Itch. Once he broke away from The Flock, he won the Cruiserweight title by using this move.
This move has been used by others including Paul London, ex partner of BK and AJ Styles of TNA.
Newcomer Evan Bourne has also made this move his finisher. He has a lot of flexibilty and can use this plus many other high risk spins and flips with damn near perfect execution.
2. Sweet Chin Music (Superkick)
Performed By: Shawn Michaels, Lance Storm, Justin Credible
Best Used By: HBK Himself.
This move made its dramatic debut when Shawn Michaels used it to turn his back on former partner Marty Jannety. Even though the two used this move a lot in tag competition, it did not get the name of Sweet Chin Music until Shawn used it on Marty.
The reason why I love this move so much is because it can come out of no where, and you can hear it connect all through out a stadium.
Performed By: Bubba Ray Dudley, Diamond Dallas Page and Randall Keith Orton.
Best Used By: Oh come on, do I really need to say who? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
The first guy I have ever seen use this move was DDP in WCW. I thought it was wack. Then I saw the Dudleys do 3-D, which in my opinion is the best tag team finisher that I have seen with my own two eyes, and I thought that the cutter part was still lame. Then Randy Orton did it and I immediately thought to myself, DAMN!
When he does this move, I get instantly hype. Its like the Bulls beat the Celtics, or Jay Cutler throwing a 60 yard bomb. The only thing better than an RKO is an orgasm and peach sherbert.
This move can come from so many angles, out of so many counters and finishers, so many different cold calculating ways. And everytime he hits it, its like give heroine to a toddler, or a pound of sugar to a diabetic.
As we speak, my legs are currently shaking with excitement. This move is deadly, and if you blink you will miss it. Don't blink during an Orton match.
He has put away countless legends, but the best time I have seen this move put off, is during Wrestlemania 21 against the Undertaker.
Man I had to watch that like 82 times before continuing this article.
Moves That Did Not Make My List But Still Sweet
T-Bone Suplex, The Chiropracter, Stretch Muffler and whatever Melina's finisher is.