Bret Hart's Sharpshooter, Steve Austin's Stunner, The Rock's People's Elbow, Undertaker's Tombstone, Goldberg's Spear...and of course the Game Triple H's Pedigree.
These have been some of the most deadly(looking) finishers in the WWE during the Attitude Era.
Now, the finishers listed in my slideshow are of the relative newcomers to the WWE. The modern day finishers of wrestlers today. There are various factors I took into consideration while selecting the finishers.
1) Effectiveness: Gets an almost instant pinfall. Looks painful or not.
2) Popularity: Crowd chants. Does it make the crowd waiting for it all throughout the match(in case of the Superstar being a face) or gives a "OMG" reaction(when done by a heel to a face)?
3) Speed: Should be able to be executed quite fast without much of setting up like in moves like Killswitch.
4) Object Compatibility: Can it be used with/on objects.
The slideshow consists of today's most effective and crowd favourite finishers in the WWE. This list has been made regardless of the Superstar being a heel/face. Comments and Opinion are, as always, welcome.
Some call it a modified Enzuguiri. But Kofi's finisher looks deadly and when he executes it to perfections, it is a great sight. A frenzied bulid up to the move with Kofi clapping his hands and gearing up the crowd helps in getting Kingston 10th spot on my list. Its a finisher thats potrayed as difficult to reverse as it is lightning fast. The best Trouble in Paradise was to John Cena in the Triple Threat No1 Contender match in January this year. The very popular Kofi Kingston gets a huge response from the crowd every time he goes for this move. And when it hits, few get up!
This one is relatively new. Has been recognised only since the advent of NEXUS throughout the WWE.
It is a standard 450 splash, but has been used as the ending maneuvre in all of Nexus' vicious attacks on Vince McMahom, Ricky Steamboat, John Cena and recently on the 900th episode- The Undertaker. To everyone's shock/surprise/glee or whichever, he also managed to pin Cena with this move couple of weeks ago. Gabriel is a great athlete and an exciting new prospect. One recommendation would be that he should give his finisher a proper NAME. 450 splash sounds a little generic. Anyways, Gabriel gets 9th spot.
Strange choice seemingly, but the Miz's sudden rise thanks to his massive push has brought his finisher into the spotlight. Why I chose it is its different. Kinda like a legsweep and a DDT cross. And he has recently used it innovatively onto his MITB briefcase which really does look like a SKULLCRUSHING impact! The man is the future of WWE and has come up with quite an "Awwwwesoooooooooooooooooooome" finisher! Miz in 8th place. The Miz is set for big things and this finisher should stick with him all the way. Be prepared to see alot of skulls being crushed in the coming years from this rising star!
A fireman's carry move than ends with the head being smashed into the knee does sound painful. CM Punk has shown it over and over. The move looks devastating and usually gets a stunned silence as a crowd reaction(as he is a heel). Visually great and almost always perfectly effective for a pin. Recently on Smackdown he turned on his on SES member Luke Gallows and delivered the GTS and knocked the daylights out off him! A fantastic heel-ish maneuvre.7th on my list!
Ah. The Spear. You may ask why not Batista's Spear or anyone else's?
the Rated-R Superstar makes the Spear his own with his manic expression as he waits for his opponent. Most Superstars make an angry or determined expression before their finishers. But Edge?? No. His expression is one of a kind. Its one of frustration. As if saying, 'Thats it! You're going down! ' Amazing buildup and a thunderous impact make the Spear a deadly finisher. Best one was from one ladder to another to Jeff Hardy. EPIC. Edge gets 6th spot. Edge had really hyped up his move right before Wrestlemania 26....chanting 'Spear...Spear.." at the end of every line he spoke to Jericho. The 10-time World Champ has still many Spears left to deliver!
Not many know the actual full form(in wrestling terms) of Cena's strong submission move. I've written it for those who didn't know. An effective move which Cena uses as a secondary weapon if his Attitude Adjustment is reversed. He gets a huge pop from the fans which gets deafening as his opponent taps, screaming. The best one I remember was when he tied Batista to the corner and did it. Also the one that made Randy Orton say 'I Quit' at Bragging Rights 2009. He did that one by cuffing his wrists to Orton's. Looked painful! Cena's second finsiher gets the 5th place! Cena's expression makes this move look as though he puts real effort into it, and makes it more realistic. One of the most effective submission holds in WWE almost always ends in a tap out.( Any sceptics ask Batista. Lol)
A shock inclusion you may say. But this guy is the future! I agree a regular armbar looks boring. But the Armbreaker drop done before the actual hold makes the finisher look graceful. Del Rio is creating waves in the WWE and his finisher has been used to devastating effect on Mysterio and an unfortunate Evan Bourne as well. Del Rio's finisher makes it to 4th spot. Crowd reactions and Mysterio's screams also help its cause..! This Mexican star is here to stay and we will be seeing plenty of this armbreaking maneuvre in the coming years!
Hey fellas! The Dubya Dubya Chumpion(I love it when he says that!) has been wrecking havoc with this move. A devastating Bicycle Kick. Looks even more painful since delivered by a heavyweight Superstar, not by someone like Evan Bourne. Sheamus' other finisher, The High Cross is admittedly a powerbomb better than most, but since he doesn't get to use it as frequently as the Brogue Kick, i chose this.This move may not look as sick as Randy Orton's Punt...but is effective nevertheless. The Celtic Warrior's big boot makes it to my lists's 3rd place! Sheamus has used this move to full effect on Cena, Triple H and many others! It also has been sold well by the other Superstars. A powerful Fit-for-a-Champ finisher!
Daniel Bryan. Enough said. The man's a sensation and has been even more so since his return to WWE at Summerslam.His various of Benoit's Crippler Crossface is a painful submission move that has left the Miz, Alex Riley and others tapping out in seconds! A ruthless finisher which gets loud pops( mostly because it Bryan who is doing it..but ah well) from the crowd. This finisher for this rising star has made it to 2nd on my list. Keep it going Daniel Bryan! This man is the next big thing and his current feud with the Miz is catching on....winning the AWESOME one's US Title is only a Lebell Lock away!
The RKO chants.......the frenzied mat pounding and slithering and the devastating impact of the head onto the mat make this one of the most formidable finishers ever. Some may call it a rip-off of the Diamond Cutter. They look similar....but Orton's move is versatile. What does the RKO not have? Speed, effectiveness, crowd pops, looks great too. Can be done of a ladder(CM Punk knows!), off the turnbuckle, onto a table, onto a chair(closed or open). The fact that this move can come out of nowhere is what makes it dangerous. An RKO has been done out of a Chokeslam, Attitude Adjustment, Pedigree, Batista Bomb, Gutwrench Powerbomb, DreamStreet, Killswitch, Spear and most noticeably Airbourne!(He destroyed Evan with that one!) The move has also been scripted well by the WWE....the crazy bulidup the Viper gimmick brings to this finisher makes it look better now than during Orton's early days as the Legend Killer. A top move and No. 1 on my list!