WWE: Top Five Least-Convincing Finishing Moves
Through the years, the superstars of the WWE have become synonymous with their finishing moves.
Whether the finishers are designed to deliver a devastating impact or showcase jaw-dropping aerial abilities, the move should not only render the opponent incapable of kicking out of a pin-fall attempt, it should draw the fans to their feet in amazement.
Take, for example, a choke-slam delivered by the Big Show or Kane. Or perhaps you prefer an RKO or spear.
In the past there was Shawn Michaels' super-kick or Stone Cold's Stunner.
Not every superstar can have such an iconic maneuver in their arsenal.
In compiling this list, I considered the believability of the move's set-up as well as the believability of its impact.
When it's all said and done, these are the moves that any "Average Joe" could kick out of or counter.
#5: "619," Rey Mysterio
Although the "619" draws cheers from the crowd, it takes a painfully long time to develop.
Rey's opponents remain draped across the middle rope for an eternity whole he bounces around the ring and plays to the fans.
While it can't feel all that great to have Rey's knees (and brace) crash into your face, I doubt it would be enough to really finish off anyone.
#4: "Sharpshooter," Natalya
I know she's a Diva, but this is the most unconvincing version of the sharpshooter ever.
I know she does it as a way to show respect to her Uncle Bret, but it's more of a disgrace than anything. It doesn't even look painful.
Most of the time, she doesn't even try to sell the move. It doesn't even look painful.
#3: "450 Splash," Justin Gabriel
I am not disputing Gabriel's athleticism, but the "450 Splash" still makes the list.
Why? Because he only attempts this move after one of Nexus' or the CORRE's ring raids, and he hardly ever pulls it off in an actual match.
Also, every time he attempts it, he comes up grimacing like it hurt him more than his opponent.
WWE tries to sell the move by claiming it has taken out countless superstars.
I ask them one question. Who?
#2: "Tadpole Splash," Hornswoggle
I actually like this one, but it's not likely that a full grown man wouldn't be able to toll a shoulder after Hornie plops on them from the top rope.
#1: "The Cobra," Santino Marella
A goofy finisher to go along with that awful gimmick that the WWE creative straddled him with.
Seriously, though...THE COBRA!?!?
This one is just horrible. It's a jab to the neck that takes forever to develop. Yet, no one can kick out of the ensuing pin attempt.
How does that work?