WWE: That's a Wrap- The Top 10 Finishing Moves of All Time (Video)
Over the years in wrestling, the finishing move has been one of the most important aspects of a character's overall performance.
When I look at some wrestlers today, their finishing moves pale in comparison to some of the finishing moves I grew up watching.
Wade Barrett's Wasteland doesn't really stand out, and it seems like it doesn't do much damage to his opponent as well.
However, when Shawn Michaels hit Sweet Chin Music on his opponent, sometimes out of nowhere, you knew that wrestler was down for the count.
I would like to rekindle some of my memories of WWE finishing moves over my lifetime of watching wrestling in this list.
Some are from the past, and some are from the present, but these 10 finishing moves are my favorites based on how famous the move is/was and how original and unique it is/was.
10. Chris Jericho's Codebreaker
Save us, Chris Jericho.
The Codebreaker finisher has stood out to me more than the Walls of Jericho.
The beauty of the Codebreaker, like some finishing moves, is that it comes out of nowhere and can earn Jericho a victory in any given match.
Let's hope Jericho returns to the WWE soon and gives us one good final run.
9. John Cena's Attitude Adjustment (FU)
At first sight, the move isn't that big of a deal.
However, due to John Cena's strength, the move can be breathtaking.
If the wrestler doesn't weigh much, Cena can launch him high into the air with ease.
In other cases, Cena has hit his finisher on the likes of huge wrestlers such as The Big Show, Mark Henry or Viscera (seen here).
The only problem with Cena's finisher is how it was renamed Attitude Adjustment from FU. We all know that FU was bad for PG programming, but man, it just fits so much better.
8. Jake Roberts' DDT
The slithering Jake "The Snake" Roberts sent chills down your spine as you watched him hit the DDT on unsuspecting victims.
Roberts grabbed his opponent's arm as if he was about to send him across the ring, brought him close, took a quick step backwards and landed the DDT.
Roberts is said to have invented this maneuver, which is still used by other wrestlers today.
However, they will never be able to pull it off like the original.
7. Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb
No matter how high he hit it from, Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb has been one of the greatest finishers to ever witness.
The beauty, grace and charisma from Hardy displayed during this move was incredible.
The move really became famous when Hardy starting hitting his move off the tops of ladders.
The one he hit on Bubba Ray Dudley at WrestleMania 16 in Anaheim, California (seen here), is still one of the greatest and most shocking he has ever landed.
It is a shame that Hardy couldn't stay out of trouble, and on the WWE roster.
6. The Undertaker's Tombstone Piledriver
Since 1990, WWE legend The Undertaker has been burying his opponents with the Tombstone Piledriver.
The piledriver is a dangerous move if it isn't pulled off properly, as many wrestlers have been injured in the past.
The Undertaker's demonic style and the Tombstone Piledriver go hand in hand.
This move has helped him go 18-0 and undefeated in WrestleMania matches. The Undertaker looks to add to this number at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta.
5. Steve Austin's Stone Cold Stunner
The Stone Cold Stunner. One of the coolest finishing moves of all time.
Steve Austin was the epitome of America during the Attitude Era in the WWE.
He dared to say no to the Boss, and did it with style. If you didn't like it, he would hit you with the Stunner as he tricked you into having a beer with him.
The best wrestler at selling the Stunner was The Rock, who would catapult himself into the ring ropes after hitting the mat.
Out of all of the retired wrestlers, I miss this finishing move the most. Maybe Austin will drop a Stunner on a back-talking hopeful on WWE's Tough Enough.
4. Bret Hart's Sharpshooter
Bret Hart was the Excellence of Execution, and his finisher was no different.
The historic Sharpshooter, or Scorpion Death Lock, wasn't invented by Hart, but was most certainly made famous by the Canadian superstar.
Wrestlers such as Ronnie Garvin and Sting used the hold during their careers.
However, Hart's mat technician style and how he locked the move made it look so much better.
3. The Rock's Rock Bottom
The Rock turned a simple slide slam into a global phenomenon.
The nine-time World Champion is retired now, but his finisher still echoes in our minds today.
The Rock has hit this move on plenty of wrestlers to win matches, sometimes even doing a rare double rock bottom on two people at once.
One of the best things about The Rock, was this move was just the icing on the cake to his set-up move, The People's Elbow.
2. Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music
"Mr. WrestleMania" Shawn Michaels has hit a home run with his Sweet Chin Music on numerous occasions.
Sometimes, the move came out of nowhere. Other times, you knew it was coming.
There are even times the move made you laugh (seen here).
No Sweet Chin Music was more famous than the second one he hit on Bret Hart at WrestleMania 12 in Sudden Death overtime during their 60-minute Iron Man match for the WWE Championship.
Shawn hit it perfectly, fell on Bret and rolled him up for his first championship.
The latest victim of this move was Alberto Del Rio on an episode of WWE Monday Night Raw last month as Michaels was about to speak about his upcoming Hall of Fame induction this year.
Even though Michaels is retired, I hope we haven't seen the last of his kick.
1. Randy Orton's RKO
Even though this move reminds you of Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Cutter, it is in a world of its own.
Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, Orton will launch himself in the air and hit the RKO.
I have actually missed it a few times while watching a match with a quick look away, a sneeze or a drink of my soda. It can happen that quick.
It gives me goosebumps every time he hits it.
The set-up to the move that he has used lately, where he coils up like a snake, only helps the move's deadly nature.
It is graceful, deadly and beautiful rolled into one.
The one he hit on Evan Bourne last year on an episode of WWE Monday Night Raw (seen here) is still my favorite, and I doubt anything will ever top it.