5 WWE/NXT Superstars in Need of New Finishing Moves
Erick Rowan is one of a handful of WWE and NXT Superstars bringing a chopstick to a knife fight.
If Rowan had something more devastating in his arsenal to finish off foes than a running splash, we might see it more often. A wrestler's finishing move is often the most exciting move of the match and the perfect climax to the action in the ring.
Rowan's splash doesn't fit that description.
Not everyone can have something as thrilling as Sheamus' Brogue Kick or Justin Gabriel's 450 Splash, but the following Superstars need something more dynamic, distinctive and breathtaking. Those with the most ill-fitting or unimpressive finishing moves made the list.
A new match-ending weapon would do these men wonders.
Erick Rowan's brothers from the swamp outshine him in the finisher department.
Bray Wyatt whips his foes' heads around and plants them into the mat with Sister Abigail. Wyatt kissing his enemies just before he hammers them with the move is an unsettling, appropriate touch. Luke Harper gains his wins by brute force with a spinning clothesline that often has John "Bradshaw" Layfield howling in appreciation.
Few could name what Rowan's finishing move is. Most of the pins he has earned have come by way of a running splash.
It's an anticlimactic way to end a hard-fought match.
For a man as strong and brutish as Rowan, one would imagine that his best weapon would be something with more impact. A ring-rattling power move would be a far better fit.
Bo Dallas, scheduled to redebut on the main roster on this Friday's SmackDown, is not going to impress many fans with any of the finishers he has used.
Dallas has used a spear, a belly-to-belly suplex and a double-underhook DDT to cap off matches. His version of the spear is poor, and it's a bad fit for his build. The belly-to-belly just doesn't feel like a powerful enough move to get a three-count.
It's better suited to be a setup move. The same applies to the DDT.
Fans' expectations have changed since the days of Jake Roberts using the original version of the move as a final blow. Now, it feels too plain to serve as a finisher.
Paying homage to his uncle Barry Windham via the superplex is a wise move. A less likely but exciting option would be for Dallas to borrow the Codebreaker from Chris Jericho. It's an easy way to generate heat from protective Jericho fans, but it's also a move so associated with Jericho that WWE may not go for the idea.
Camacho uses the Samoan Drop as a finisher.
It's an exciting move, but one fans see in the middle of many other matches. Making it one's go-to move is like using a vertical suplex or a dropkick as the way to finish off opponents.
Now that he spends most of his ring time in NXT, he can experiment with adding something more special to his toolbox. Something more memorable for his foes to avoid makes his matches better right away.
His father, Haku (Meng), used both a Savate kick and a nerve hold called the Tongan Death Grip as finishers, either of which would be a major upgrade.
It's been a long time since we've seen Jinder Mahal perform his finisher because he and his 3MB bandmates are usually on the receiving end of a match's biggest moves.
Rusev's use of the Camel Clutch, which he calls The Accolade, forces Mahal to go elsewhere for his finisher. Mahal was the first of the two to use it, but just as Roman Reigns has made the spear his own, Rusev has put his imprint on Iron Sheik's old move.
Maybe Mahal will be a victim for the rest of his WWE run, but he's bound to at least win a match or two.
When he does, it would be better if he earned that victory with a new move. He used a variety of finishing moves while still in FCW, but Damien Sandow is using one of those moves (full nelson slam), and the gutbuster Mahal once performed looks a lot like Darren Young's Gut Check.
Running and then sitting on his opponent worked for Earthquake. It's just an awkward, odd end to a match when the much less immense Mojo Rawley does it.
Rawley's Hyper Drive shows off his athleticism, but it doesn't look like it hurts much. He doesn't often land flush on his opponent and even when he does, it seems less painful than most of the moves he performs leading up to that point.
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams' Oklahoma Stampede would be a vast improvement.
This move allows Rawley to show off his power and speed. It's a more dramatic and more exciting finisher. In addition, it's rarely used and would feel new to some fans and bring back members of Williams for others.
It will be a lot easier to take Rawley seriously as a threat in the ring with a better signature weapon, whether he goes the Oklahoma Stampede route or elsewhere.